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Owned and raced in Rhodesia by Ziggy Berkau and Roger Higham. Acquired from Tim Hooper of Durban who owned the VW Franchise. Apparently fitted with two different sizes of Weber DCOE's (40 & 42) - Roger imported a Piper BDA engine that made the car more competitive.
Model B8
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References Nick Wood
 
 Chevron
                      B8

 

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Year   Owned in rough condition by Ron Lupson in Rhodesia, having been acquired from Isaac Codron in the 1970s. Had been raced by Codron. Possibly the car raced by Brian Redman in the 1970 Springbok series.

Model B16 / BVA
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Colours Red & white
           
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References Nick Wood; Photo John Green, Steve Lupson
 
B16B16B16

 

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(Chevron Records: 'Works'). Entered by Chevron Cars for Chris Craft to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Oulton Park 9 Apr 1971 (MN 15 Apr 1971 p14). Also driven by Craft at Paul Ricard 18 Apr, Salzburgring 23 May, Silverstone 5 Jun and Hockenheim 4 Jul; by Derek Bennett at Croft 10 July; Craft at Brands Hatch 30 Aug (with RES 2-litre BDA), Nürburgring 5 Sep (usual BDA works car but initially entered by RRR with John Hine co-driving because of engine issues) and Zandvoort 26 Sep.

Converted to Cosworth Vega engine and shipped to South Africa for the Nov/Dec 1971 Springbok series and entered by Team Gunston: debut Kyalami 6 Nov 1971 (AS 11 Nov 1971 p10-14) driven by Mike Hailwood/Chris Craft; Cape 3 Hours 20 Nov driven by Hailwood/Redman; Lourenco Marques 28 Nov driven by Hailwood (Vega engine went on warm-up lap so DNS); (not mentioned at Bulawayo 3-Hours 5 Dec); Welkom Three-Hours 11 Dec driven by Hailwood/Redman; and Maritzburg Three-Hour 27 Dec for Hailwood/Driver but not used in the race.

Sold to John Rowe (Durban) and raced at Cape Town Three-Hours 18 Nov 1972 (MN 23 Nov 1972 pp10,15). Described as "ex-Hailwood" but Rowe has confirmed to Ian Hebblethwaite that he bought the Vega-engined car (less engine). Third at the Two Hours of Luanda in Angola 29 Jul 1973 but disqualified from the 6 Hours of Nova Lisboa 5 Aug 1973 (AS 16 Aug 1973 p51-53). Raced in the Kyalami 6 Hours 10 Nov 1974 co-driven by Meyer Botha.

Rowe sold his car to Jeremy Done (or Jeremy Dore?) in Botswana who sold it on to Fred Goddard in Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe). From Goddard it moved to Paolo Cavalieri (Johannesburg, South Africa) and was exported back to the UK for Stirling Moss, who was actually looking for a B16. It was reported in England that Stirling Moss had bought a Chevron B19 for the HSCC's Atlantic Computers Historic GT series in 1982 (AS 18 Mar 1982 p31). See the Stirling Moss car below.

One story is that the Moss car ended up with John Hugenholtz which seems to join this history with the history of the car now known as 'B19-71-17'. However, Hugenholtz didn't race his 'B19-71-17' until 1992 so that must surely be a different car.

See also Alain Schlesinger's ex-Blaton car and Chris Roche's ex-Gibson car which are both said to be "chassis 12" and also Anthony's Corin's car which is believed to be the ex-Gunston B19 that went to Stirling Moss. Note that chassis 12A may be mixed up here as may whichever car carries the '12' frame number so it is not impossible that three cars could legitmately carry the number '12'.



Model B19
Chassis No. B19-71-12
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References http://www.oldracingcars.com/chevron/b19/
 
 



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Ex Red Rose Racing driven by Brian Redman, later owned by Chris Craft then Doug Drysdale, who raced the car in the Springbok series in 1975/76. Sold around 1977 to John & Royce Love, raced by Royce 1977-81 winning the Rhodesian Sports Car Championship 1977-80. Owned by John Hatfield in South Africa in 1982, passed onto Gary Dunkerley around 1988, raced by Gary 1992-94. Owned by Gerrie van Zyl by 2006, still being raced.

(Chevron Records: Red Rose rebuild Bridges /25). Appeared at Thruxton 19 Sep driven by John Hine reputedly replacing a car wrecked at Brands Hatch 30 Aug. Then driven at Zandvoort 26 Sep and Barcelona 12 Oct (co-driven by Jose Juncadella); by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and John Bridges at Montlhéry 17 Oct (Hine stepped down as Bridges' car not a runner). Presumably this is the car driven by Jose Juncadella at Jarama 7 Nov.

Chevron chassis lists imply this car was B19-71-29.

This car then shipped to Argentina for a pair of races in January 1972 entered by Tergal/Red Rose Racing: Buenos Aires 9 Jan 1972 driven by Hine/Juncadella and Balcarce 16 Jan 1972 driven by Hine.

Then sold (MN 10 Feb 1972 p15) to Central Garage (Mirfield) to be driven by George Silverwood in European and RAC British sports car races 1972: debut Snetterton 31 Mar 1972 Anglia Television Trophy RAC championship race (MN 6 Apr 1972 p12). Also driven at BRSCC Rufforth Formule Libre Saturday 1 Apr 1972 (MN 6 Apr 1972 p19); BRDC Silverstone Sports GT race Easter Monday 3 Apr 1972 (MN 6 Apr 1972 p19). To be driven by John Lepp/John Burton at the BOAC 1000 kms Brands Hatch 16 Apr 1972 (MN 20 Apr 1972 p14-17) but "totalled in practice" by Lepp. Entered at Croft NSCC libre 23 Apr 1972 (MN 27 Apr 1972 p26) for Silverwood but did not arrive as the car was "still in bits after Lepp's shunt in BOAC practice". Driven by Silverwood at Croft Sunday 27 May 1972 ("rebuilt since BOAC shunt, and with a 1900cc Alan Smith FVC" MN 1 Jun 1972 p27 and AS 1 Jun 1972 pp30-37); by Lepp at Dijon (2-litre series R4) 4 Jun 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p7, AS 8 Jun 1972 pp18,20); by Silverwood at Silverstone Monday 29 May 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p10) 3rd in Sports GT and won libre; by Lepp at Martini International Trophy Race, Silverstone (E2lSC R5) 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 pp8-9, AS 22 Jun 1972 pp26-30). Then driven by Silverwood at Silverstone Motoring News/Castrol Sport and GT Championship race 2 Jul 1972 (MN 6 Jul 1972 p24) 3rd; Croft BRSCC(N) 16 Jul 1972 (MN 20 Jul 1972 p7) 3rd in first libre, retired in second libre; Silverstone 31 Jul 1972 (MN 3 Aug 1972 p9) won libre; Thruxton 6 Aug 1972 (MN 10 Aug 1972 p6) 2nd in Sports/GT race; Oulton Park BARC(NW) Motoring News/Castrol Championship Sports/GT Cars race 12 Aug 1972 (MN 17 Aug 1972 p7) 2nd; Ingliston 20 Aug 1972 (MN 24 Aug 1972 p24) won Special GT sports cars race and Silverstone BRDC Monday 28 Aug 1972 (MN 31 Aug 1972 p10) Sports/GT Cars 2nd, libre 3rd. Driven by Lepp at Nurburgring Eifelpokalrennan 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 pp8-9). Driven by Silverwood at Thruxton Motoring News/Castrol Sports/GT Cars "100 kms" 24 Sep 1972 (MN 28 Sep 1972 p6).

At Montjuich 8 Oct 1972 (MN 12 Oct 1972 p4,16), Paco Rosa is said to be driving "the ex-John Lepp B19 chassis loaned to the equipe". The Montjuich book identifies this as chassis 71-29.

In November 1972, Autosport (AS 16 Nov 1972 p5) reported that "the Estoril-winning Chevron B21 belonging to Central Garage (Mirfield) has been sold to Chris Oates to drive next year".
The history associated with this car today agrees with the above until 1973 when it says it went to Mike and Bev Oates (Manchester) for libre races rather than to Chris Oates. MN may have got the name wrong in their report, Chris Oates being a well-known Formula Atlantic driver from Nottingham. However, just to confuse matters, Chris Oates Ltd (Nottingham) advertised a Chevron B23 with FVC engine in January 1974 (AS 24 Jan 1974 p50).

Advertised from a Failsworth, Manchester number in June 1973 as "Chevron B19/21 ex-Lepp/Silverwood" (AS 7 Jun 1973 p73) and from a different Manchester number from July to September (AS 2 Aug 1973 p66, AS 16 Aug 1973 p66, 30 Aug 1973 p50, 6 Sep 1973 p58, 20 Sep 1973 p66) as "Chevron B19/21 ex Central Garage Lepp/Silverwood" with FVA engine and FT200 gearbox. The car may have raced regularly in Sports GT events during this period but its only known result is when Bev Oates finished second and last in class at Aintree in late July (AS 2 Aug 1973 p53).

Then to Doug Drysdale and Roger Harradine (South Africa) Sep 1973 and shipped to South Africa. Its arrival at Cape Town docks was covered in Die Burger Woenstag 31 Oct 1973 with a picture showing the car still with the familiar Central Garage stripe down the car. It was raced in the Kyalami 9-Hour race on 3 Nov 1973 (where Motoring News described it as the "ex-John Lepp B21" MN 9 Nov 1973 pp12-13). To John Love 1976: driven by Royce Love. To John Hatfield (Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa) 1982. To Gary Dunkerley (South Africa) 1988. To Gerrie van Zyl (Johannesburg, South Africa) April 2006.

Raced at Zwartkops International Raceway (South Africa) Feb 2008. Retained June 2009.

Model B19 / B21
Chassis No. B19-71-29
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References Nick Wood, Gary Kirk, Rob Davison; http://www.oldracingcars.com/chevron/b19/
 
B19B19
Royce Love 1977 as No.8 - was No. 1 in 1978, No. 514
in 1979, No. 11 in 1980, No. 512 in 1981.
Chevron B19Chevron B19 Gary Dunkerley
Photo probably post 1974, driver Doug Drysdale in          Dunkerley in South Africa
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