Chevron B24, Chassis 73-02 is possibly the most famous F5000 ever built. This was the very car that Peter Gethin beat the Formula 1 opposition in the 1973 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Now owned by Greg Thornton it’s been a regular on the UK Historic F5000 scene plus the Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand.

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Sadly in June 2012 a fire at Thornton’s workshops severely damaged this historic car leaving it a charred and sorry mess!

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Chevron Racing were given the task of restoring B24-73-02 back to it’s former glory. Not an easy job considering the damage and it was important to keep the integrity of this important car in place.

The first task was to strip the wreck down to see what could be salvaged. The team wanted to keep as many original parts as possible so that they could be incorporated back into the rebuilt car.

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Once apart, the first task was to rebuild the chassis. The aluminium skin was past repair but much of the steel structure remained intact and was reused after careful checking and preparation.

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Once completed the finished chassis was moved to the main workshop where the car could be assembled…

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…and the removed parts were cleaned, repaired or replaced as necessary and then stored ready for fitting.

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The engine has been rebuilt by Mathwall Engineering…

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…although came back with a few parts that were too damaged to use again.

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B24-73-02 begins to look like a racing car again. Special covers were made to protect the already painted side pods.

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The car, almost complete, was displayed to the public at the 2013 Oulton Park Gold Cup.

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Chevron B24, chassis 73-02, began testing in late 2013 and is now racing again in the capable hands of Greg Thornton.

HSCC Thruxton 2014.

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The Phoenix has risen!

 

Alan Raine – May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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