Chevron B19

One of the DART Chevron B19s in 1971.  Copyright The GP Library 2009.  Used with permission.

One of the DART Chevron B19s in 1971. Copyright The GP Library 2009. Used with permission.

Following the success of the B16 Spyder during the latter part of 1970, Chevron put this model into production for 1971 as the Chevron B19 (although typically known as the Chevron B-19 in the US). Powered by the 1790cc Cosworth FVC engine, the B19 finished second in the 1971 European 2-litre Sports Car Championship behind Helmut Marko's Lola T212. A lightly-modified Chevron B21 was built for 1972 and many B19s were updated to that specification.

This page summarises the work to date tracking down and identifying all the original Chevron B19s. Also listed where known are all the B19s currently racing in European, South African or US historic and vintage racing.

During the research, it is increasingly apparent that some cars are claiming incorrect histories simply because the number on the frame (stamped by chassis manufacturer Arch Motors) is being mistaken for a chassis number. There is no reason for Chevron to use frames in exactly the order that Arch made them so these numbers are unlikely to align in the majority of cases. Chassis plates are easy to detach so it is likely that modern owners only have a frame number (i.e. an AM number) left to identify their car. One of the aims of this research will be to unpick these errors and line up modern cars with their correct provenance.

Ed Swart tries out the Chevron B19 at the Racing Car Show in 1971 . Copyright Ed Swart 2009. Used with permission.

Ed Swart tries out the Chevron B19 at the Racing Car Show in 1971 . Copyright Ed Swart 2009. Used with permission.

If you can add any further information, please email Allen.

If you have any Chevron B19 photographs, either in period or in historic racing, also please contact Allen. Jeremy Jackson has done an astonishing job supplying pictures of virtually every B19 raced in historic events in the UK and Norbert Vogel and Pieter Melissen are covering European and US events most impressively but more pictures of the cars in the 1970s would be very helpful.

My thanks in particular to Simon Hadfield, Marcus Pye, Brian Redman, Ed Swart, Kevan McLurg, Jeremy Hall, Pieter Melissen, Jeremy Jackson, Norbert Vogel, Philippe Rafesthain, Ian Hebblethwaite, Philippe Demeyer, Steve Wilkinson, Kelvin Jones, Urs Hauenstein, Tim Colman and Roger Andreason for their help and encouragement. There is a full list of all the people who have helped at the foot of this page. I am also very grateful to Jeremy J, Pieter, Steve, Philippe R, Norbert, Paul Vesty, Stuart Davey, Nigel Clark, Rupert Lowes, Simon Du Plessis, Gerald Swan, Peter Collins, Martin Fokkens, Jay Bonvouloir and Pete W LoBianco for the use of their photographs.

Chassis

History

Current owner

Chevron B19
B19-71-1

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). The first B19 on Chevron's records is shown going to Chevron's Italian agent Eris Tondelli. Tondelli bought six cars during the course of 1971 and it has not yet been possible to determine which car went to which owner. For more on this, see the Tondelli cars below.

Chassis 71-1 has been owned by Gualtiero Giribaldi (Monaco) since 1975. Further details to follow.


Two cars now claim to be chassis "71/1" and both can be traced back to an Italian owner. See the Monte Shalett car, owned in 2009 by Jonathan Feiber (US), and the Massimo Comelli car, owned in 2007 by José Albuquerque (Portugal).

Not yet established

Chevron B19
B19-71-2
Nick Craw in the sister car to B19-71-2 at Sebring March 1972. Copyright Nick Craw 2009. Used with permission.

Nick Craw in B19-71-2 at Sebring March 1972 which he shared with Bill Barber. Copyright Nick Craw 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'Shearson'). Delivered by US Chevron agent Fred Opert to Doug Shierson (Marathon Oil). Used by Shierson to dominate the SCCA Central Division 'B' Sports Racing title in 1971 with teammate Bill Barber finishing second in another Chevron. Barber was often the quicker of the two but wrecked his Chevron (believed to be the team's B16) at Blackhawk Farms 22 Aug 1971.

The narrow roll hoop on this car identifies it as the car loaned by Shierson to Fred Opert for the Mexico 1000 24 Oct 1971 (CP&A 13 Nov 1971 p16) which it comfortably won driven by Rudolpho Junco and Freddy Van Buren. Shierson had two cars at Daytona Beach Feb 1972 (MN 10 Feb 1972 p9-10) and at Sebring 12 Hours (MN 30 Mar 1972 pp12-14) with the newer of the two being driven by Freddy van Beuren/Rudolfo Junco ("an almost brand new car"; Hart aluminium block BDA - MN 10 Feb 1972 p9-10).

Barber (Birmingham, Michigan) and Shierson (Adrian, Michigan) again dominated SCCA Central Division BSR racing in 1972 in their Chevrons and finished third and fourth respectively in the 1972 Run-Offs. Barber scored points again in 1973. The cars being used appear to have been the new B19-71-2 and a new car possibly their B16 converted. The newer B19, assuming it can be safely identified by its full-width rollover hoop, was raced by Bill Barber and Charlie Kemp in the Feb 1973 Daytona 24 Hours. However, this second car may have been a proper B19: see the Bill Barber car.

Presumably the B19 advertised by Doug Shierson Racing (contact Matt Spitzley) in Autosport 14 Feb 1974. See the Bill Roush car which first appears at the SCCA Run-Offs in November 1974.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-3

(Chevron Records: 'R. Shardlow'). To Richard Shardlow for WCM 1971: debut BARC 1000 4 Apr 1971 (MN 8 Apr 1971 pp12-14,24) co-driven by Terry Croker (DNS). Shardlow decided not to continue with the car (MN 27 May 1971 p18) and it was returned to the factory and sold to Heinz Derflinger to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Wunstorf 15 Aug (MN 19 Aug 1971 p6) entered by Hasag. Also driven at ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Mendig 29 Aug 1971 and Zandvoort 26 Sep 1971.

Sold early 1972 to Jörg Zaborowski for Interserie and other sports car races 1972. Driven by Zaborowski at Nürburgring Interserie race 3 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p27; preview MN 30 Mar 1972 p23), at Wunstorf 13 Aug 1972, Nürburgring 3 Sep 1972 and Nuttlar 8 Oct 1972. Crashed at ADAC Bergrennen Detmold (Gausekoete) on 29 Apr 1973 and Zaborowski advises that it was "totally destroyed".

Zaborowski continued racing with a Chevron B21 that he advises was built locally, not at Bolton. This would be the car in which Zaborowski appears again at the Nürburgring 500 km 2-litre sports car race 2-3 Sep 1973 in a Chevron "B21" (AS 6 Sep 1973 pp10-12). At the end of 1974, Zaborowski entered his car at the Jarama 2 Hours, and was quoted saying of his "tatty Chevron B19 which has been updated to B21 specification - 'You get more start money if the organisers think you have the later model'". The fate of this German-built B21 is not known.

According to Zaborowski, the chassis plate from B19-71-3 was put onto a new rolling chassis built by Vin Malkie in 1993. See 'the 1993 Zaborowski car'.

Destroyed April 1973

Chevron B19
B19-71-4
John Bamford at Brands Hatch in April 1972, the last known outing for this car. Copyright Ted Walker 2009. Used with permission.

John Bamford at Brands Hatch in April 1972, the last known outing for this car. Copyright Ted Walker 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'J. Bamford'). To John Bamford to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut BARC 1000 4 Apr 1971 (MN 8 Apr 1971 pp12-14,24) entered by Worcestershire Racing Association and co-driven by John Burton. Also driven by Bamford at Thruxton Yellow Pages Trophy Race 12 Apr, the Paris GP sports cars 23 May, Silverstone 5 Jun, Vila Real 4 Jul (MN 8 Jul 1971 p19), Wunstorf 15 Aug, Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Nürburgring 5 Sep, Thruxton 19 Sep; by Peter Creasy at Zandvoort 26 Sep; by Bamford and Creasy at Montlhéry 17 Oct; and finally by Bamford at Vallelunga 30 Oct.

Advertised in Autosport December 1971 "B19 roller with spares and spare FT200 and full race BMW engine" by Bamford from Clows Top, Worcestershire.

Raced at Brands Hatch BOAC 1000 kms 16 Apr 1972 (MN 20 Apr 1972 p14-17), co-driven by McInerney and fitted with a 1980cc Alan Smith FVC. When asked by Colin Pool in October 1985, John Bamford was unable to remember who he sold the car to. Paul Owens, who has retained Chevron's original record book, also has no information on the car's next owner.


Colin Pool's Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch International Historic Weekend 31 May-1 June 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Colin Pool's Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch International Historic Weekend 31 May-1 June 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

The Plumtree Racing Chevron B19 in the paddock at Silverstone in May 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

The Plumtree Racing Chevron B19 in the paddock at Silverstone in May 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Richard Arnold in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Richard Arnold in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

The Chevron then disappeared for many years until it was bought from John Evans by Colin Pool in September 1985. It came to the UK from South Africa and Evans told Colin that "he thought it had been raced in Zimbabwe by someone called Van Dyke". Research in Zimbabwe has found no record of a Van Dyke racing a sports car in that country in the 1970s or 1980s and no record has been found of a Chevron sports car beyond the known cars.

Raced by Colin Pool in historic racing and in Thundersports in 1986 (#63; co-driver William Wykeham). After a second mediocre season of historic racing in 1986, Pool took the car to Racing Fabrications who prepared it to a much higher standard and it won the HSCC historic GT championship outright in 1988 and 1989.

Also Paul Stott and Colin Pool shared a dark blue #5 Plumtree Racing Chevron B19 in the BRDC C2 Championship race at Silverstone on 8 Oct 1989.

At the end of that 1989 season, in fact in the paddock at the final race, Pool sold the car to Richard Arnold. Then raced by Steve Arnold (Swindon, UK) in historic racing in 1990; in three International Supersports Cup races in 1992, 1994 and 1996; raced in European Supersports Cup from 2002 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2008. Retained by Richard Arnold June 2013.

Steve Arnold (UK) 2013

unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-5
The first DART Chevron B19 on its debut at Brands Hatch in April 1971 where it was driven by John Miles and Graham Birrell. Copyright Gerald Swan 2009. Used with permission.

The first DART Chevron B19 on its debut at Brands Hatch in April 1971 where it was driven by John Miles and Graham Birrell. Copyright Gerald Swan 2009. Used with permission.

John Miles in the DART Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

John Miles in the DART Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'D.A.R.T.'). Sold to DART for the European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut BARC 1000 4 Apr 1971 (MN 8 Apr 1971 pp12-14,24) entered by 'DART Racing with Castrol' and driven by John Miles/Graham Birrell. Driven at Oulton Park 9 Apr by Miles; Thruxton 12 Apr by Miles; Paul Ricard 18 Apr by Graham Birrell; at Salzburgring 23 May by Birrell; at Silverstone 5 Jun by Toine Hezemans. Then fitted with 2-litre alloy block Hart BDA engine and raced by Miles at Hockenheim 4 Jul, Croft 10 July, Brands Hatch 30 Aug (BDA engine changed to FVC), Nürburgring 5 Sep (co-driven by Wilson Fittipaldi) and Thruxton 19 Sep (FVC).

Sold to Frank Aston and used in sprints with a BDA engine: debut Weston 3 Oct 1971 ("recently purchased from the DART team" MN 7 Oct 1971 p23). Described four weeks later at a sprint at Silverstone 30 Oct 1971 (MN 4 Nov 1971 p5) as "the BDA-powered ex-Miles DART Chevron B19".

Raced extensively in libre and sprint events in 1972. First seen at BRDC Silverstone Sports GT race Easter Monday 3 Apr 1972 (MN 6 Apr 1972 p19). Also driven at Cadwell Park libre race 23 Apr 1972 (2nd - MN 27 Apr 1972 p11); Cadwell Park Sunday 30 Apr 1972 (MN 4 May 1972 p12) 3rd in both races, now FVC-engined; Gaydon Sunbac sprint 14 May 1972 (MN 25 May 1972 p9) 2nd overall; Aintree 25 May 1972 (MN 25 May 1972 p9) fourth in GT Cars and Clubmans race and fourth in one heat of libre race; Silverstone Monday 29 May 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p10) 2nd in Sports GT and retired from libre; Aintree ACC meeting 1 Jul 1972 (MN 6 Jul 1972 p9) fifth in libre; Silverstone 31 Jul 1972 (MN 3 Aug 1972 p9) accident in libre race; Silverstone BRDC Monday 28 Aug 1972 (MN 31 Aug 1972 p10) Sports/GT Cars 3rd, libre 5th; Silverstone SUNBAC 2 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 p27) won Sports/GT Cars, fifth in libre; Brighton sprint Sat 9 Sep 1972 (MN 21 Sep 1972 p15) won class; Llandow BRSCC(SW) 24 Sep 1972 (MN 28 Sep 1972 p28) on reserve list so DNS?; and Weston BP/RAC Sprint 30 Sep 1972 (MN 12 Oct 1972 p27) 7th in Top Ten run-off.

In early October, Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) announced that he would be sending his B21 to South Africa for the Springbok series so "has also acquried the ex-DART B19 from Frank Aston and this car, powered with a BDA, will be sent to Brazil for December's Brazil Cup series" (MN 5 Oct 1972 p18).

The cars damaged by water and foam by a fire at seas were returned to Antwerp in December 1972. Robinson's B19 was one of the cars on board (MN 14 Dec 1972 p21). Advertised by Robinson 2 Feb 1973.

In January 2009, Brian Robinson told Kevan McLurg that the B19 was was sold via Bobby Howlings to Japan. Robinson recalls that the sale happened quite quickly and that Howlings' mechanics were immediately getting the car ready for shipping. The Chevron would have been in Japan in time for the start of the 1973 season.

The 15 Jun 1973 edition of Japanese Autosport reports that a Chevron 'B23' had been bought from Bobby Howlings by Moto Kitano for the 1973 Grand Champion series. It was fitted with a 1930cc Titan BDA engine which also suggests it was Robinson's car. The car was sponsored by Kazuo Ito's Nisseito Racing who also bought Hugh Kleinpeter's Chevron B21 at the same time (also announced in Japan as a 'B23') and this appears to be the car driven by Sanada in 1974. It is possible that this refers to the ex-Burton Chevron B21 that Howlings had bought in December 1972 but that car appears to have stayed in Europe and was being entered by Promoto at races in the latter part of the 1973 season and was advertised by Paulenco Racing in Dec 1973.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-6
Eddie Regan in the ex-DART Chevron B19. Copyright Danny Skehan 2009. Used with permission.

Eddie Regan in the ex-DART Chevron B19 at Phoenix Park, possibly in Sep 1972. Copyright Danny Skehan 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'D.A.R.T.').Sold to DART for the European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Paul Ricard 18 Apr 1971 (Motoring News 22 Apr 1971 p16-17) driven by John Miles ("the newer of DART's two B19s"). Driven by Miles at Salzburgring 23 May and Silverstone 5 Jun; then by Graham Birrell at Hockenheim 4 Jul (Miles' usual car); Wilson Fittipaldi at Brands Hatch 30 Aug; and by Toine Hezemans at Nürburgring 5 Sep.

Sold to Eddie Regan (Dublin, Ireland) to drive in Irish libre and sports car races: debut at Mondello Park 17 Oct 1971 where he won two races (MN 21 Oct 1971 p24). The car was fitted with a FVA engine.

Regan raced this in Ireland in 1972. First seen at Mondello Park Sunday 30 Apr 1972 (MN 4 May 1972 p13) 2nd in libre race; now FVC-engined; Bishopscourt [7 May?] (MN 11 May 1972 p5) 5th? in libre race; Mondello Park Sunday 5 Jun 1972 (MN 15 Jun 1972 p27) won sports car race; Mondello Park 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 p10) 5th in libre race, won "Sports and Specials" race; Aintree ACC meeting 1 Jul 1972 (MN 6 Jul 1972 p9) won GT Cars and Clubmans, 3rd in Formule Libre and 2nd in Invitation; Mondello Park Sports cars and Special Mon 7 Aug 1972 (MN 17 Aug 1972 p15) won; Phoenix Park "Players No 6 Grand Prix" 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 p13) 4th heat 1 and retired heat 2;

Advertised by Regan in January 1973 ("ex-Team Dart") and sold the following month to Peter Richardson (Braintree, Essex) for use in European 2-litre sports car racing. Peter still had the receipt from Regan in 2009 that stated the chassis number as "71/6". According to racingsportscars.com, Richardson entered a Chevron "B21/23" at several races in 1973 (Nürburgring Interserie in April, Spa 1000 km and Nürburgring 1000 km in May, Vila Real in July) but did not arrived at any of them. He had previously driven a Daren Mk 2B in 1972.

Advertised by Richardson in July 1973 as a "Chevron B19 1800 FVC Ex Team Dart car. Unused since complete rebuild" in Autosport (19 Jul 1973 p76). Richardson's Daren also appeared in the advert. Peter recalls that the car did not sell immediately and he believes he had it for around 18 months to 2 years. When it did sell, he recalls that he sold it to a Scottish owner. This is presumably the "ex-DART" B19 advertised from an Autosport box number in December 1974.

It was bought from Richardson by Keith Millar complete with a Geoff Richardson 1790cc FVC. Millar raced it at Ingliston 13 Apr 1975 but then had a sponsor pull out and sold the B19 to Doug Baillie who had wrecked his Lola T212 at that same race. In May 1975, Baillie ran "his latest acquisition, the ex-DART Chevron B21" in a libre at Ingliston (MN 15 May 1975 p24). It was then advertised by Baillie from a Glasgow phone number in June 1975 as "ex DART team 2nd car occasionally used by Birrell/Fittipaldi" (Autosport 5 Jun 1975), adding that they engine had been rebuilt recently by Richardson. By this stage, the B19 had been used very little compared with other B19s so may have justified Baillie's claim that it was the best car available in the UK.

S Peter Smith in his Chevron B19/21 at Mid-Ohio in June 1978. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

S Peter Smith in his Chevron B19/21 at Mid-Ohio in June 1978. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

Chuck Smith's Chevron B19/21 in the paddock at Mid-Ohio in June 1979. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

Chuck Smith's Chevron B19/21 in the paddock at Mid-Ohio in June 1979. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

At this point, the car appears to have travelled to the US via regular used racing car importer Fred Opert. It was sold almost immediately to Pete Smith (Columbus, OH), sometimes given as 'S. Peter Smith', who recalls that it was yellow when he took delivery and he was confident that Opert hadn't done anything to it since it arrived from Britain. He was told that it was an ex-DART team car and had been raced by Wilson Fittipaldi and by "Watson", assumed to refer to John Watson. With the exception of Watson's name having replaced Birrell's, this matches the description given in the Autosport advert in June 1975.

Smith raced the Chevron B19 in the SCCA Run-Offs in 1975 and 1976 and then in Can-Am racing 1977-1978. He scored 31 pts in Central Division in 1975 (second behind Mike Hall's Lola T294) and 33 pts in 1976 (second behind Wayne Nelson's Chevron B31). He did not appear in the points table in 1977.

Smith also ran a Chevron in 1974, finishing fourth in the table on 41 pts but it is not known whether he was using the same B19 that season.

By 1977, when Smith first appeared in Can-Am, the Chevron was still in B19/21 specification but appeared to have a B19 cockpit. In 1978, it was significantly modified wth an extended rear wing and newer, more angular front bodywork. Sold to the unrelated Chuck Smith (either Charles L. Smith or Charles R. Smith) (Middletown, OH) and raced in Can-Am in 1979 (as #72).

Unknown from 1980 to 1982.

Next seen when advertised by Charles Agg in Autosport early in 1983 (AS 3 Mar 1983 p61) as a Chevron B19 with the description "Yes it's another one but this is the car driven by John Watson and Emerson Fittipaldi. Also driven by Pete Smith who won the two litre Can-Am Championship". A lot has been lost here in the translation but the car photographed in the advert shows Pete Smith's uprated bodywork and also makes reference to his Can-Am class championship. The reference to Emerson Fittipaldi is of course a mistaken reference to brother Wilson who had been associated with the car's history when Pete Smith had it. John Watson only drove one Chevron sports car in period, a Red Rose Racing Chevron B19/21 at Jarama in 1972, so this appears to be entirely bogus but at least it's consistently bogus with what S. Peter Smith had been told eight years earlier.

This may be the car that Tony Gordon drove later that season. See the second Tony Gordon car.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-7

(Chevron Records: 'John Bridges'). To Red Rose Racing for John Bridges to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Oulton Park Mid-Cheshire MRC Sports, GT and Clubmans race 20 Mar 1971 (MN 25 Mar 1971 p14). Also driven at Paul Ricard 18 Apr by Brian Redman and Richard Attwood; at Salzburgring 23 May by Niki Lauda (MN 27 May 1971 pp6-7); then by Bridges at Silverstone 5 Jun, Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand 20 Jun; then at Croft 10 July by Derek Bennett ('kinked the monocoque slightly in practice' and raced works car instead); by Bridges again at Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Nürburgring 5 Sep, Zandvoort 26 Sep and Barcelona 12 Oct (co-driven by Peter Gaydon). Gaydon "crashed heavily" during the race, "fracturing his leg and severely damaging the car". At Montlhéry 17 Oct Bridges' B19 is described as "not a runner" (MN 21 Oct 1971 p22). A new car (B19-71-32) was ready for Jarama 7 Nov (AS 11 Nov 1971 pp14-15) having "been built in a week following the destruction of his previous car at Barcelona".

Paul Owens, one of the principals of Chevron throughout this period and the keeper of Chevron's record book, is certain that B19-19-7 did not survive.

A car owned by Randall Smith in 2008 was said to be "c/n DBE 07".

Wrecked in period.
Chevron B19
B19-71-8

(Chevron Records: 'John Hine'). To Red Rose Racing for John Hine to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Oulton Park 9 Apr 1971 (DNS: engine MN 15 Apr 1971 p14). Also driven at Paul Ricard 18 Apr (co-driven by John Bridges), Salzburgring 23 May, Silverstone 5 Jun and at the Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand on 20 Jun 1971 (MN 24 Jun 1971 p14) where it was wrecked in the race.

Paul Owens, one of the principals of Chevron throughout this period and the keeper of Chevron's record book, is certain that B19-19-8 did not survive.

Two cars currently lay claim to this identity: Mike Catlow's ex-John Sheldon car and Laurence Kessler's ex-Swart/Tugberk car.

Wrecked in period.
Chevron B19
B19-71-9
Chevron B19 71-9 outisde the house of Central Garage Mirfield Ltd boss Buller Sinfield before its first race. Copyright Derrick Worthington 2011. Used with permission.

Chevron B19 71-9 outisde the house of Central Garage Mirfield Ltd boss Buller Sinfield before its first race. Copyright Derrick Worthington 2011. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'John Lepp'). To Central Garage (Mirfield) for John Lepp to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Croft NSCC Formule Libre race 28 Mar 1971 (MN 1 Apr 1971 p10). Also driven by Lepp at Oulton Park 9 Apr, Thruxton Yellow Pages Trophy Race 12 Apr, Paul Ricard 18 Apr (co-driven by Guy Edwards), the Paris GP sports cars 23 May, Silverstone 5 Jun, Hockenheim 4 Jul, Croft 10 July, Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Nürburgring 5 Sep, Thruxton 19 Sep, Zandvoort 26 Sep and Montlhéry 17 Oct (co-driven by Terry Croker).

To James Gray to drive in European 2-litre sports car races 1972. Driven by Gray at Nürburgring Interserie race 3 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p27; preview MN 30 Mar 1972 p23) where Autosport describes it as a "B19/21" and as "ex-Lepp"; at Brands Hatch BOAC 1000 kms 16 Apr 1972; Spa 1000 kms 7 May 1972 (MN 11 May 1972 pp12-14) co-driven by Lepp; Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 pp12-13) co-driven by Gaydon; Martini International Trophy Race, Silverstone (E2lSC R5) 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 pp8-9, AS 22 Jun 1972 pp26-30); Austrian 1000 kms (WCM R10) Osterreichring 25 Jun 1972 (MN 29 Jun 1972 pp14-17) co-driven by Gaydon; Vila Real 9 Jul 1972 (MN 13 Jul 1972 p6); Nurburgring Eifelpokalrennan 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 pp8-9). Driven by Lepp at Thruxton Motoring News/Castrol Sports/GT Cars "100 kms" 24 Sep 1972 (MN 28 Sep 1972 p6).

In November 1972, Autosport (AS 16 Nov 1972 p5) reported that "the ex-John Lepp B19 of John Gray will be seen in the hands of B8 driver Ian Harrower next year". It was raced through 1973 and 1974 by Ian Harrower and James Bell plus guest drivers. Seventh at the Two Hours of Luanda in Angola 29 Jul 1973 and second at the 6 Hours of Nova Lisboa 5 Aug 1973 (AS 16 Aug 1973 p51-53). Raced as part of "Team Chevron" in a 750 MC 6-hour relay at Silverstone 30 Sep 1973 (AS 6 Oct 1973 pp40-41). Advertised by Harrower in November 1974 (AS 7 Nov 1974).

Jonathan Buncombe in the 'Chimp' and Gerry Marshall in 'Baby Bertha' leave the line at Thruxton in October 1975. Copyright Mark Amor 2010. Used with permission.

Jonathan Buncombe in the 'Chimp' and Gerry Marshall in 'Baby Bertha' leave the line at Thruxton in October 1975. Copyright Mark Amor 2010. Used with permission.

The 'Chimp' in the paddock at Silverstone in May 1976. Copyright Tony Pashley 2011. Used with permission.

The 'Chimp' in the paddock at Silverstone in May 1976 prior to its epic victory over 'Big Bertha'. Copyright Tony Pashley 2011. Used with permission.

The B19 was then bought by Tony Wadsworth (Highbridge, Somerset), brother-in-law of Special Saloon racer Jonathan Buncombe. When they bought it, it still had Ian Bracy's name on it from Silverstone 29 Sep 1974 which had been its last race. It was found to have one of Cosworth's rare FVD engines in it at this point, an ex-Rondel/Ian Grob Alan Smith unit.

Wadsworth tried it in sprints but didn't get along with it and it sat for a good time unused. Then Buncombe's father, who raced an Imp in Saloon car racing, suggested they turned it into a Special Saloon to challenge Gerry Marshall and Dealer Team Vauxhall's 'Baby Bertha'. So they converted it with an Hillman Imp body and even took it to the Chevron works in Bolton to get the chassis checked. Buncombe recalls that he was too embarrassed to go but apparently the Chevron mechanics loved it!

The Hillman Super Imp 2-litre, nicknamed the "Chimp", debuted at Thuxton 26 Oct 1975 (AS 30 Oct 1975 p27,49). It was protested on numerous grounds but allowed to run "for fun". Buncombe qualified second, alongside Marshall, but Marshall span under pressure from the Chimp and Buncombe led before spinning as well on tyres that refused to warm up. Over the winter Buncombe and Wadsworth had the car checked by the series' chief scrutineer Peter Jowitt who agreed that it met the silhouette rules - although this was mainly because the wheels weren't thought to effect the silhouette so it was legal even though the wheelbase was different. They raced at Silverstone in early May 1976 in a high-profile race supporting the Six Hour race and were turned down at scrutineering but had the letter from Jowitt and were allowed to race. They won - narrowly from Baby Bertha after an epic battle - and Vauxhall weren't happy. After one more race later in 1976 again at Silverstone where the Chimp retired with a broken gearbox, Vauxhall brandished their barristers and the Chimp was banned as the silhouette was now deemed to incorporate the wheels. The "Super Chimp" was advertised by Tony Wadsworth Racing (Highbridge, Somerset) in September 1976 and Buncombe recalls selling the Chevron less engine to Paul Howarth in Wolverhampton. Howarth (Saddleworth, originally West Yorkshire but amalgamated into Greater Manchester in 1974) placed a 'wanted' advert for a Chevron B19 in Autosport on 3 Feb 1977.

Vin Malkie in his Chevron B19 at Oulton Park in 1978. Copyright Pete Taylor 2009. Used with permission.

Vin Malkie in his Chevron B19 at Oulton Park in 1978. Copyright Pete Taylor 2009. Used with permission.

Vin Malkie in the Plygrange Chevron B19 at Silverstone in 1980. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009 . Used with permission.

Vin Malkie in the Plygrange Chevron B19 in practice for a HSCC race at Silverstone on 30 Aug 1980. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009 . Used with permission.

Howarth drove the B19 in a Historic Racing Cars race at the Rufforth season-opener in April 1977 (MN 14 Apr 1977 p8) where it was said to be the car that had "formed the base of Jonathan Buncombe's Super Saloon Imp, a Tricentrol Super Saloon sticker still visible on the side. It was raced by Chevron B19/Skoda Super Saloon driver Jim Evans in the BAT Builders Historic Sports Car race at Oulton Park (AS 11 Aug 1977 p45) where it was described as a B19/23. James Bell adds that he saw Howarth race the B19 at Donington in 1977 and then test at Oulton Park. He saw the chassis plate and could confirm that was his old car.

Howarth moved on to a Lotus Elan at the end of 1977 and the B19 was raced by Vin Malkie in historic races from 1978 onwards. He won a BRSCC historic sports car race at Oulton Park 8 Apr 1978 in his Prestige Windows B19 (AS 13 Apr 1978 p48); won a Historic Sports Car Championship race at Oulton Park on 29 May 1978 in the "Plygrange/Prestige Windows Chevron B19" (AS 15 Jun 1978 p57) and also fails to make the start in his "ex-Lepp / Harrower / Bell / Buncombe ("Chimp") / Howarth B19" (AS 26 Oct 1978 p43). The pictures above show Malkie at Oulton Park in 1978 and at Silverstone in August 1980. The car changed significantly over this time, possibly due to a restoration to proper B19 spec for historic racing.

Malkie won the Bellini Models HSCC 2-litre Historic GT championship race at Donington Park 11 Apr 1982 in the Plygrange Chevron B19 (AS 15 Apr 1982 p51). Later retired at Donington Park 31 Jul 1982 and then second to Rick Whyman in Paul Howarth's latest 'B19' at Oulton Park 18 Sep 1982 (AS 30 Sep 1982 p62). Although the car was routinely referred to as Malkie's during this period, it was prepared by Neil Bailey's Plygrange Racing and may have been owned by Bailey and, in August 1982, was described as Dr Judith Townsend's car.

James Wallis in the Otford Group Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1984. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

James Wallis in the Otford Group Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1984. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Richard Eyre in his Chevron B19 at Silverstone in June 1986. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Richard Eyre in his Chevron B19 at Silverstone in June 1986. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

At the end of that season, Jim Wallis drove the "ex-Howarth/Buncombe" car in one round (but did not start) and, according to its HSCC papers, the B19's next owner after Malkie was James Wallis (Otford Racing) in 1983.

The car was entered in HSCC Atlantic Computer Leasing Historic GT events and Thundersports in 1983 and 1984 by Otford Group for James Wallis (Chiddingstone), Mike Wilds and Andrew Gilbert-Scott. Driven by Wallis and Wilds at Brands Hatch (European GP meeting) 25 Sep 1983; driven by Wallis and Gilbert-Scott at Donington Park 17 Jun 1984 and Brands Hatch 22 Jul 1984. Wallis also won four races in the ten-race 1984 Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship.

The car was then raced by Richard Eyre in 1986 ("ex-Wallis" HSCC Newsletter June/July 1986 p4) but the rollover bar is lower on the Eyre car, a modification that seems counter-intuitive.

After 1986, the car's HSCC papers say that it went to Ray Bellm in 1987 as the 'Lifestyle' B19. Bellm used this car in the 1987 HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT series. This would be the Bellm-owned B19 that Tony Gordon drove in the June 1987 Brands Hatch International Historic SuperPrix.

Kevin Wilkins at Silverstone in 2007. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Catlow in Kevin Wilkins' Chevron B19, in original Central Garage/John Lepp livery, at Silverstone in 2007. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Returning to the story given by the HSCC papers, the B19 then goes to Roger Andreason in 1988 and was taken to USA. However, the car's movements over the next 18 years remain a mystery. A photograph taken of a Chevron B8 in Andreason's UK workshop in 2003 appears to show the B19 under a dust sheet in the background. The next that is known for certain of the car is when it was sold by Andreason to Kevin Wilkins in 2006. Wilkins was told the car had raced in the US but was not given any details. Retained February 2009. Raced at HSCC Orwell Cup race Brands Hatch 4-5 Jul 2009 (as #47).

Kevin Wilkins (UK) 2009

unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-10
John Burton in his Chevron B19 chassis 71-10 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

John Burton in his Chevron B19 chassis 71-10 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

Arnold Seiler in his Chevron B19 in the Trophée des Ardennes race at Spa 19-20 May 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Arnold Seiler in his Chevron B19 in the Trophée des Ardennes race at Spa 19-20 May 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Dr Alexander Lienau in the ex-Walter B19 at the Silverstone Classic in 2006. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Dr Alexander Lienau in the ex-Walter B19 at the Silverstone Classic in 2006. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'John Burton'). To John Burton to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Paul Ricard 18 Apr 1971 (Motoring News 22 Apr 1971 p16-17) entered by Worcestershire Racing Association where it was said to be brand new and 60 lbs lighter than other B19s. Also driven by Burton at Salzburgring 23 May and Silverstone 5 Jun as a WRA entry. Moved to Canon team prior to Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand 20 Jun (MN 24 Jun 1971 p14). Then raced by Burton in Canon livery at Hockenheim 4 Jul, Imola 25 July, Wunstorf 15 Aug, Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Nürburgring 5 Sep (co-driver Peter Gaydon), Thruxton 19 Sep, Zandvoort 26 Sep, Montlhéry 17 Oct (co-driven by Bob Wolleck and entered by Red Rose Racing due to 'entry bothers') and Vallelunga 30 Oct.

In 1972, Burton had a new Chevron B21. Stuart Davey recalls returning Burton's car amd all the spares to the factory at the end of the 1971 season and he speculates that it would have been updated and sold on.

Just such a car was bought from Chevron by Ralf Walter (Augsburg, Germany): and his Wagenpass from 1972 shows the car as 71-10. He raced the car with a FVA engine and later with a 2-litre BMW F2 engine mainly in Bergrennen but also in some Interserie races from March 1972 until September 1977. He sold it to Karl-Heinz Conrad (Holzgerlingen, Germany) 1977 who continued to race it in Bergrennen until 1982 or 1983.

It was then sold to Jürgen Haase, (Hamburg, Germany) 1983 who raced it in Supersports. In 1986, it was sold via Fritz Neuser's Scuderia Auto-Neuser (Nürnberg, Germany) to Alfa Romeo dealer Rolf Hadorn (Bern, Switzerland) who sold it on to Arnold Seiler (Pontresina, Switzerland) in 1988. Raced by Seiler in historic racing in 1988 and 1990, and in three International Supersports races in 1992 (as #44).

Then back to Scuderia Auto-Neuser in 1994 and raced by Fritz Neuser in 1999. To Dr Alexander Lienau (Munich, Germany) 1999; raced in in European Supersports by Lienau from 2000 to 2008. Raced at Spa April 2009. Retained June 2011.

This car has been granted a FIA Heritage Certificate as chassis 10.

Dr Alexander Lienau (Germany) 2011

complete history

Chevron B19
B19-70-S-10

(Chevron Records: 'Jim Baker/Rinsler USA' crossed out and replaced with 'Siffert'). To Cyr Febbraïo to drive in hillclimbs and European 2-litre Championship 1971: first known race Paul Ricard 18 Apr 1971 (Motoring News 22 Apr 1971 p16-17) co-driven by Jean Ortelli entered by Sunfresh Racing Team. Retained by Febbraïo for 1972 and used in European and French hillclimbs. Distinctive changes to the front bodywork and an unusual rollhoop construction allow this car to be identified as the one driven by Jimmy Mieusset at the Paul Ricard 2-litre Sportscar Championship Round 1 9 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p8) and also as the car driven by Jean-Marc Guimelli regularly in the 1973 and 1974 French hillclimb seasons. Guimelli described the car as a "B23" in 1974.


Allen Timpany in '70-S-10' at the Nurburgring in 2007. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Allen Timpany in '70-S-10' at the Nürburgring in 2007. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Next seen when sold by Jean-Pierre Damais (Le Vesinet, France) to Gerard Billaud (Perpignan, France) in Jan 1978. To Alain Filhol (France) April 1994 but not raced and sold as a rolling chassis to Martin Birrane April 1995. Raced "for ten years" (presumably the B19 he raced at Brands Hatch in July 1997) then to Allen Timpany: raced 2005 to 2007. Maintained by Adams McCall Racing. Sold at Barons' Sandown Park auction March 2008 for a reported £100,575.

In Nov 2009, Barons had the car for sale again, noting that the Dutch buyer in March 2008 had failed to complete so the car was stil owned by Allen Timpany. It was auctioned at Sandown Park on 8 Dec 2009 and sold to Robert Shaw (UK). Retained November 2010.

Robert Shaw (UK) 2010

probable but unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-10A
Ed Swart in the Canon Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

Ed Swart in the Canon Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'Ed Swart'). To Ed Swart to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Paul Ricard 18 Apr 1971 (Motoring News 22 Apr 1971 p16-17) entered by Canon Cameras and co-driven by Toine Hezemans. Also driven by Swart at Salzburgring 23 May, Silverstone 5 Jun, Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand 20 Jun, Hockenheim 4 Jul, Imola 25 July, Wunstorf 15 Aug, Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Nürburgring 5 Sep and Zandvoort 26 Sep.

Shipped to South Africa for the Nov/Dec 1971 Springbok series driven by Ed Swart/Jody Scheckter: debut Kyalami 6 Nov 1971 entered by Team Wynns; Cape 3 Hours 20 Nov entered by Lucky Strike/Team Wynns; Lourenco Marques 28 Nov entered by Team Wynns/Lucky Strike; Bulawayo 3-Hours 5 Dec entered by Team Wynns/Lucky Strike; Welkom Three-Hours 11 Dec entered by Team Wynns/Lucky Strike; and Maritzburg Three-Hour 27 Dec entered by Team Wynns/Lucky Strike.

The Team Radio Veronica Chevron B19 of Theo Kinsbergen taken during the 1972 season. Copyright Jan Borsboom 2009. Used with permission.

The Team Radio Veronica Chevron B19 of Theo Kinsbergen taken during the 1972 season. Copyright Jan Borsboom 2009. Used with permission.

Ed Swart has checked his records and confirmed that he then loaned his car to Theo Kinsbergen (NL) for Dutch national sports car races.

According to the Racingsportscars website, Kinsbergen drove it at Zandvoort 12 Mar, 3 Apr, 30 Apr, 22 May and 18 Jun; at Woensdrecht 16 Jul; and at Zandvoort again 6 Aug, 7 Oct and 8 Oct.

Martin Fokkens has kindly allowed this image to be used from his fascinating racehistorie.nl website.

The car was then sold to Peter Wright (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire) in England, matching Swart's recollection that it was sold to someone in England. Wright was the designer and aerodynamicist who would later work on the Lotus 78 but in 1973 was at Specialised Mouldings, based on Huntingdon Trade Estate, who did the bodywork for the Chevron sports cars. He advertised the car in Autosport on 8 Feb 1973, an "ex Team Canon car Dutch National championship" car. On 29 Mar 1973, Wright advertised the car (p56) from an evening number in nearby Elsworth saying that it was a "Chevron B19 1800cc FVC", an "ex-Canon team car" and was "unused since chassis rebuild at John Burton Racing". He advertised it again from Huntingdon throughout August 1973.

John Cole testing his newly-acquired Chevron B19 at Silverstone in 1973. Copyright John Cole 2009 . Used with permission.

John Cole testing his newly-acquired Chevron B19 at Silverstone in 1973. Copyright John Cole 2009 . Used with permission.

John Cole or Mark Cole in their green Chevron B19/21/23/26 at the Brands Hatch 1000 km in Sep 1974. Copyright Richard Bunyan 2009 . Used with permission.

John Cole or Mark Cole in their green Chevron B19/21/23/26 at the Brands Hatch 1000 km in Sep 1974. Copyright Richard Bunyan 2009 . Used with permission.

Wright sold the car to John Cole (London) in August 1973 and Cole remembers being told that it was an ex-Swart Canon team B19. He still has the receipt which gives the chassis number as "71/012" and a photograph of Cole in the car at Silverstone when he first acquired it shows it still in Kinsbergen's Canon/Seiko livery.

Cole updated it with new nose section and rear wing for 1974 and raced it (described as an "ex-Canon Cameras Chevron B21/23") in the Tricentrol sport GT race at Brands Hatch on 3 Mar 1974 (AS 7 Mar 1974 p33); in an Interserie race (as a "B23") at Silverstone in May 1974 and also, with former Autosport club editor Mark Cole as co-driver, at the Brands Hatch 1000 Kilometres in Sep 1974. In 1975, he raced in a GT race at Silverstone 31 Mar 1975 (AS 3 Apr 1975) in a "B23"; in a sports car race supporting the International Trophy on 13 April in a green 1950cc Chevron B23/26 Ford; and in the Britannica 2000, European Championship Race at Brands Hatch on 22 Jun 1975 where the "B23/26" failed to start.

Cole advertised the car on 8 Jan 1976 as a B21/23 with 1930cc FVC engine, again on 11 Mar 1976 ("car can be seen at Stapleton Motors, London N7"), then as a "Chevron FVC" on 27 May 1976 and then finally, and revealingly, as a "B19/21" on 7 Oct 1976.

Jim Evans in the Skoda-bodied Chevron in 1977. Copyright Richard Evans 2009 . Used with permission.

Jim Evans in the Skoda-bodied Chevron in 1977. Copyright Richard Evans 2009 . Used with permission.

Cole sold the car to Jim Evans (Selby, North Yorkshire) who converted it into a Skoda Super Saloon by adding a roll cage and a steel body. The Skoda had the advantage of being the same wheelbase as the Chevron, thus avoiding the eligibility problems that John Buncombe had with the "Chimp" (see B19-71-9) a year or so before. The Skoda was supported by AET Engineering and made its debut at Croft 6 Mar 1977 winning its race despite having not turned a wheel before the day (AS 10 Mar 1977 p52). After a tremendous run of success including setting lap records at Rufforth, Croft and Ingliston, Evans crashed at Croft on 15 May and decided to sell the car. It was bought by Cliff Sayer to be driven by Norman Hodgson. In mid 1978 Norman could no longer drive it for Sayer so it was returned to Evans who raced it for the rest of the year.

According to an Autosport feature on the Skodas in March 1980 (AS 20 Mar 1980 p47), this car went to Jim Price for the 1979 season and then to Malcolm Johnstone (Lowdham, Nottinghamshire) for 1980. Now fitted with a 2-litre BDX, it was fourth (second in class) at the opening round of the Motoring News Donington GT Championship 16 Mar 1980 (AS 20 Mar 1980 p45). He raced the Skoda again in early 1981 (AS 9 Apr 1981 p21) and later advertised it as "Ex-Jim Evans. Based on Chevron B19" in July 1981 (AS 2 Jul 1981 p58). (Note that for 1982 Johnstone buys the Skoda 130RS that had been built by Colin Bennett Racing based on Chevron B26 'Chocolate Drop' chassis 74-10 and previously raced in 1981 by Walter Robertson.)

Don Bewick in the Chevron-based Skoda at Creg-ny-Baa on the Longton & District Motor Club's Isle of Man hillclimb - probably in 1982. Copyright Don Bewick 2009 . Used with permission.

Don Bewick in the Chevron-based Skoda at Creg-ny-Baa on the Longton & District Motor Club's Isle of Man hillclimb - probably in 1982. Copyright Don Bewick 2009 . Used with permission.

In October 1981, Don Bewick (Newcastle) debuts the "ex-Malcolm Johnstone Chevron-based Skoda" in a BRSCC Northern special saloon car race at "the last" Croft on 25 Oct 1981 (AS 29 Oct 1981 pp26,40-41). Now fitted with a 1300cc BDA, the Skoda won its class. Bewick ran the car in sprints and hillclimbs during 1982, picking up many class wins. Retained for 1983. In 1983, Bewick part-exchanged the car for the ex-Richard Simms Lotus Esprit, a car built in August 1982 using a March two-seater chassis and 3.4-litre Ford GA engine. Simms died some years ago but it is possible to reconstruct the next steps of the B19. At the Brands Hatch Thundersports race on 22 Jul 1984, John Salisbury (Birkenhead, Cheshire) and Barrie Williams shared a Chevron "B23" that had been "reclaimed from under a Skoda bodyshell". Simms co-drove this car with Salisbury at the next race and as it had one of Simms' 3.4-litre GA engines, it seems highly likely that this was the ex-Bewick car converted back to Chevron form. Simms had previously raced a Chevron B26 converted to Skoda form and had put that back to Chevron spec for Thundersports in 1983. Salisbury ran the B19 in a total of four Thundersports events from July to September 1984.

Roger Andreason, then owner of Chevron Cars Ltd, was also competing in Thundersports in 1984 and it would appear that the Chevron was then acquired by Andreason for a US customer.

Michael Amalfitano in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Michael Amalfitano in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

According to later owner Jorgen Moller, this car was bought from Chevron Cars Ltd in 1984. The car was imported into the US by Dick Leppla (Cleveland, Ohio), then Chevron's US agent, and sold to Mike Amalfitano (Guilford. NH) of Amalfi Racing and used in US vintage racing. After several seasons of US vintage racing, the car was completely rebuilt in 1993 by Colin Bennett at Amalfi Racing using a new chassis, body and suspension. As the original chassis, body and corners were sold as a "project", the identity splits at this point.


Miles Jackson's Chevron B19 restored to Canon livery in 2009. Copyright Miles Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Miles Jackson's Chevron B19 restored to Canon livery in 2009. Copyright Miles Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

B19-71-10A (B). The rebuilt car continued to be raced in US vintage events by Amalfitano. Sold back to Dick Leppla June 2001. To Jeff McKay (Seattle, WA) Nov 2002. To Jorgen Moller (Salt Lake City,  UT) Sep 2007 ("FIA papers say 10A, chassis plate reads '10'"). For sale April 2008. Sold to Miles Jackson (Maple Valley, WA) and entered for the Portland Historics 10-12 Jul 2009.


The Chevron B19 as received by Richard Davies in 2008. Copyright Richard Davies 2009. Used with permission.

The Chevron B19 as received by Richard Davies in 2008. Copyright Richard Davies 2009. Used with permission.

B19-71-10A (A). "Dismantled project" consisting of original chassis and body from the Amalitano car plus suspension parts and other components. These parts passed from Amalfitano to Jim Downing (Atlanta, GA) [date unknown] - Mike Gue, then of Essex Racing Services Inc (Cumming, GA), in late 2007 - Chris Crawford (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) about a month later - Sam Hancock late 2007 or early 2008 - Richard Davies (Arlingham, Gloucestershire) October 2008. Being rebuilt by Jeremy Bennett at Nemesis Racing (Stroud, Gloucestershire) during 2009.

Split:

Miles Jackson (US) 2009

highly probable

Richard Davies (UK) 2009

highly probable

Chevron B19
B19-71-12

(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'.

Not yet established

Chevron B19
B19-71-12A

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). To Italian Chevron agent Eris Tondelli. See the Tondelli cars below.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-14

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). To Italian Chevron agent Eris Tondelli. See the Tondelli cars below.


A car with chassis number "14/71" was registered with CSAI in 1991. The history given was "Rumat Torino" in 1971, Carlo Facetti 1972, Luigi Moreschi 1973, Francesco Rafanelli 1976, L. Perchinonno 1977 and then A Ripamonti in 1985. It was said to have been used in European and Italian hillclimb events but this may be the "B21" that Moreschi ran with the pseudonymous "Frank McBoden" in the Monza 1000 kms 25 Apr 1973 and the Targa Florio 13 May 1973. He also ran a Chevron B23 in events in 1974. Francesco Rafanelli ran a "Chevron B23" at the Vallelunga 400 km 2 Jun 1977 and a "Chevron B21" at the Imola 250 km 4 Sep 1977, sharing with Renato Righi on both ocassions. Ripamonti would be the well-known historic racer Alessandro Ripamonti.


A white Fed-Ex liveried car was raced by Mário Silva in 2004 and at Estoril in 2005. Then to Daniel Vidal, still in Fed-Ex livery, at Estoril in Juy 2006 and was also racing it in 2007 and 2008. Continued to race in 2009, still white but now in Savaii livery. Raced at Estrela 10 May 2009. This car was advertised on Lugo.pt by Vidal and in Retro Course Aug 2009 as "Chassis No14".

Daniel Vidal (Portugal) 2009

unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-15
Dave Garnett in the Chevron B19-Alpina at Val Des Terres in 1979. Copyright Rupert Lowes 2009. Used with permission.

Dave Garnett in the Chevron B19-Alpina at Val Des Terres in 1979. Copyright Rupert Lowes 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'Dieter Bentz'). Built around a 3-litre BMW Alpina engine but never picked up by Bentz. For sale from the factory 27 Jan 1972 and sold instead to Tony Bancroft (formerly known as "Spotty Smith") for British hillclimbs 1972. Bancroft makes his first appearance in the B19-Alpina at Pontypool hillclimb July 1972 (MN 20 Jul 1972 p24). Also raced by Robert Sunderland at Harewood (Autosport 3 Aug 1972). Raced by Bancroft at Great Auclum 5 Aug 1972 (MN 10 Aug 1972 p28) 3rd in class (Richard Thwaites also raced it, finishing 4th in class and ninth in the Run-Offs); Loton Park BARC R10 13 Aug 1972 (MN 17 Aug 1972 p23) Bancroft wins class and shatters record; Shelsley Walsh RAC R10 20 Aug 1972 (MN 24 Aug 1972 p6) Bancroft won class and another record; Cadwell Park BARC hillclimb 27 Aug 1972 (MN 31 Aug 1972 p5) Sutherland (1st in class) and Bancroft (2nd); Gurston RAC hillclimb Monday 28 Aug 1972 (MN 31 Aug 1972 p24) 4th in class; Prescott Shell/RAC hill climb 2 or 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 p28) won class; Harewood Shell/RAC hill climb 10 Sep 1972 (MN 14 Sep 1972 p28) 2nd in class; Doune Shell/RAC hill climb 17 Sep 1972 (MN 21 Sep 1972 p24) won class; Harewood BARC hill climb 24 Sep 1972 (MN 28 Sep 1972 p27) won class and set new record; Scammonden Huddersfield Motor Club inaugural meeting 1 Oct 1972 (MN 12 Oct 1972 p26) won sports car class;

To Phil Scragg British hillclimbs 1973-74. To Mike MacDowel (Godalming) for British hillclimbs 1975; sold by early 1976 (AS 1 Apr 1976 p64). Raced by Bob Speak at Blackpool RAC Sprint 24 Jun 1976, winning the large sports car class and setting a new class record. To Dave Garnett hillclimbs late 1970s to 1980. Raced by John Noakes for his "Go with Noakes" TV programme at Harewood in July 1980 (AS 24 Jul 1980 p42).

Richard Thwaites in his Chevron B19-BMW at Donington Park in September 1986. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Richard Thwaites in his Chevron B19-BMW at Donington Park in September 1986. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Then unknown until advertised by Richard Thwaites (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) in Feb 1986 as "Built by the Chevron factory in 1971 with an Alpina tuned 2-litre 6-cylinder BMW engine to contest the European Mountain Hillclimb Championship". Thwaites drove a Chevron B19-BMW in historic racing in 1986 and 1987.


Kent Abrahamsson's Chevron B19 in the garage at Silverstone in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Kent Abrahamsson's Chevron B19 in the garage at Silverstone in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Gösta Peterson in a Chevron B19 at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP, 4-6 August 2000. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Gösta Peterson in a Chevron B19 at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP, 4-6 August 2000. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Reported to have gone to Kent Abrahamsson (Göteborg, Sweden).

This is the car raced by Marcus Pye (UK) at Spa in May 1998 and at Most in June 1998 (both as #22), and by Gösta Petterson (Sweden) in the International Supersports Cup race at Brands Hatch in September 1998 (as #22) and at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP, 4-6 August 2000 (as #26).

Also, Peterson drove a 2.5-litre #82 Chevron B19 as a guest driver the Nürburgring and at Spa in in 2003, which may be the same car.

Marcus Pye reports that Abrahamsson still has the car in 2009.

Kent Abrahamsson (Sweden) 2009

probable but unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-16

(Chevron Records: 'Siffert (Larrousse)'). To Jo Siffert for Gerard Larrousse to drive in European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut Salzburgring 23 May 1971 ("brand new" MN 27 May 1971 pp6-7). Also driven by Larrousse at Silverstone 5 Jun, Hockenheim 4 Jul, Nürburgring 5 Sep and Vallelunga 30 Oct.

Maybe the car driven by Hans Affentranger in 1972 and 1973.


Peter Paul Dürig in his Chevron B19 the Trophée des Ardennes at Spa 19-20 May 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Peter Paul Dürig in his Chevron B19 the Trophée des Ardennes at Spa 19-20 May 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

The George family Chevron B19 at Gurston Down in 2002. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009. Used with permission.

The George family Chevron B19 at Gurston Down in 2002. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009. Used with permission.

According to Marcus Pye, this car was with Peter Durig (CH) and then to Richard George (UK) in 2000. Peter Paul Dürig drove a Chevron B19 at the Oberhallau hillclimb in August 1989 and (as #48) at the Trophée des Ardennes at Spa 19-20 May 1990.

Richard George (Kent) drove a #72 Chevron B19 at the St Ursanne hillclimb in August 2001 and at Ollon-Villars in September 2001, and a #75 Chevron B19 at the Turckheim hillclimb in September 2003. Amanda and Richard George have sprinted this car for many years. Richard George told Steve Wilkinson that it was an "ex-Jo Siffert Racing car that was run in the Martini Trophy meeting at Silverstone". Raced at Shelsley Walsh July 2007. At Varono June 2008.

Second in class at Gurston Down July 2009 and on the entry list for Prescott 26 Sep 2009.

Appeared at the Shelsley Walsh "Best of British" meeting held 1-2 June 2013.

Richard George (UK) 2013

unproven

Chevron B19
B19-71-17

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). To Italian Chevron agent Eris Tondelli. See the Tondelli cars below.


See the Hans Hugenholtz car which has the chassis number 'DBE 17' but was built from a bare chassis.

Not yet established

Chevron B19
B19-71-18

(Chevron Records: 'Siffert ('Hunch' or 'Munch')'). Assuming this is 'Munch', this would be the Chevron driven by Dieter Münch in a race at Niederstetten in Germany on 15 Aug 1971, finishing third in the 2-litre class, and at ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Mendig two weeks later where he won against a field of Porsche 910s, Chevron B16s and a Lola T210. The car is not seen again in 1971 but Münch raced a Chevron B21 at two events in 1972, Interserie Hockenheim on 16 Jul 1972 and a sports car race at Mainz-Finthen on 10 Sep 1972. Autosport reported Dieter Münch qualifying fourth for a race at Zolder on 17 Sep 1972 in a "Vega-powered Chevron".

Münch swapped to a Lola T294 for 1973 and the subsequent history of the Chevron is unknown. However, this could well be the Chevron "B21"-Vega raced by Jürgen Geyser in 1973.


Martin Birrane's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1986. Alongside are Roger Andreason's crew hard at work on Tony Gordon's B19. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Martin Birrane's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1986. Alongside are Roger Andreason's crew hard at work on Tony Gordon's B19. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Dan Vegher in a Chevron B19 at the Road America International Challenge in July 1996. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Dan Vegher in his Chevron B19 at the Road America International Challenge in July 1996. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Jeff Lewis in the ex-Birrane/ex-Vegher Chevron B19 at the Monterey Historics in August 2008. Copyright Jay Bonvouloir 2009. Used with permission.

Jeff Lewis in the ex-Birrane/ex-Vegher Chevron B19 at the Monterey Historics in August 2008. Copyright Jay Bonvouloir 2009. Used with permission.

The car currently identified as B19-71-18 was originally bought in crashed condition by a London dealer from France where it had been used in hillclimbs. It was sold to Martin Birrane (UK) and he had it extensively rebuilt by Chevron Cars (then based in Scotland). It still carries a chassis plate with Chevron's Scottish address. Roger Andreason then ran the car for Birrane in historics and it is presumably the black and orange 1830cc Frox Clothing Ltd car entered by Birrane at Donington 31 Jul - 1 Aug 1982. Started five races of the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship.

Sold to Bob Jordan (Winnetka, IL) somewhere between late 1986 and 1988.

In 1989, Dave Vegher (Petaluma, CA) of Veloce Motors West bought the Chevron B19 from Bob Jordan. He ran it in US vintage racing, appearing at Willow Springs in May 1995, the Road America International Challenge 19-21 July 1996 and the VARA LA GP 31-Aug-1 Sep 1997.

Vegher owned it until the late 1990s when he sold the car to Jamey Mazzotta (Newport Coast CA) who raced it a number of times, including winning the Monterey Historics. Advertised by Mark B. Leonard of Grand Prix Classics in Nov 2001 still in Vegher's 1996 livery.

Vegher sold it (date unknown) to Jeff Lewis (Newport Beach, CA) who ran it at Monterey in 2005. Completely restored by Veloce Motors West in 2008 and repainted in Lucky Strike livery. Ran again at Monterey 2008 and retained 2009. Entered by Lewis for the Wine Country Classic at Infineon Raceway 29-31 May 2009. Advertised by Grand Prix Classics January 2011.

Jeff Lewis (US) 2009

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Chevron B19
B19-71-19

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). To Italian Chevron agent Eris Tondelli. See the Tondelli cars below.

The Montjuich book records Niki Bosch's Red Rose/Tergal Chevron B21 at Montjuich in October 1972 as chassis "B21/71-19". It would make more sense as B21/72-19.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-20

(Chevron Records: 'Tanaka'). To Hiromu Tanaka to drive in Japanese Grand Champion series: debut Fuji 500 Kilometres, Fuji 15 Aug 1971; three races. Retained 1972 for Japanese Grand Champion series: four races. According to Kevan McLurg's research, this car was sold to Masaharu Nakano for the 1973 Grand Champion series. Reported to have been burnt to the ground following Nakano's fatal accident at Fuji on 23 Nov 1973 when his car exploded in flame (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlo57AJSyjg and http://afw.fc2web.com/ziko/1973fuji200.htm).


Paul Ingram's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Paul Ingram's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

The Chevron B19 of Vincent Rivet at the Jim Clark Revival in April 2008. Used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

The Chevron B19 of Vincent Rivet at the Jim Clark Revival in April 2008. Used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

In 2004, well-known dealer Marcel Roks (Merksplas, Belgium) advertised "CH-DBE-20" saying it had been bought by Mr Tanaka, then sold to Mr Kazato for 1972 and then to a Mr Junito in 1973 who entered it for Mr Fushida. This does not tie in with Martin Krejci's research into the Japanese series that shows Fushida racing a "B21P" in 1972 and 1973, competing against Tanaka's B19 in 1972. The history with the car then says it was in the private collection of Mr K Yugai from 1982 to 1986 when it returned to Europe and was owned by Belgian dealer and former driver Gérard Burgraff. He "raced the car in several French and Belgian events until 1991 and then put it in storage". In 1994, it was bought by Paul Ingram (UK) who ran it in International Supersports once in 1994, twice in 1995 (as #49), throughout the 1996 (as #69) and 1997 seasons (as #1?) and then once more in 2000.

An "ex-Paul Ingram" Chevron B19 was advertised from Lisbon and the photograph matched the car of Armando Paes (Portugal) as raced at Jarama in 2002 and at Estoril 13-14 Sep 2003. In 2004 or 2005, the B19 was bought from Paes by Vincent Rivet (Soucieu en Jarrest, France). Raced in European Supersports from 2005 to 2008 (as #25). Raced at Spa April 2009.

Vincent Rivet (France) 2009

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Chevron B19
B19-71-21

(Chevron Records: 'Tondelli'). To Italian Chevron agent Eris Tondelli. See the Tondelli cars below.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-22

(Chevron Records: 'Siffert (Kerston)'). To Paul Kersten (D) for Clemens Schickentanz (D) to drive in European 2-litre sports car races 1971: first known event Hockenheim 4 Jul 1971 entered by Oldenkott Tobaco. Also driven by Schickentanz at Norisring 11 Jul 1971 (MN 15 Jul 1971 p8), Wunstorf 15 Aug and Nürburgring 5 Sep (co-driver Willy Kauhsen). A picture of the car at the Norisring even is on the norisringhistorie.de website.

Schickentanz got a new B21 with a BMW engine for 1972 and the fate of the B19 is not known. The history below implies it was in France in 1973 but it is not clear where it was in 1972.

Paul Kersten was a member of the Kersten family that had owned Oldenkott. The company closed down in 1992.


In 1986, Bernard Rodrigues (Hyères, France) bought a Chevron B19 from Alain Tessier (Alès, France). This car had previously been raced in French hillclimbs by Jacky Daumet (Alès, France) so is presumably the "B23" or "B26" he raced in 1977. Jacques Daumet also drove a "B21" in 1973 and a "B23" in 1974 and 1975. At times during 1974, Daumet's car was described as a B26 but a picture in Echappement shows a B19/B21.

In March 2000, Rodrigues sold the car to Gualtiero Giribaldi (Italy) and the previous history given by Rodrigues included P. Maublanc in 1971, Daumet in 1974, Tissier in 1977 and Rodriguez himself in 1982. "P Maublanc" is Pierre Maublanc, a regular Chevron agent around this time who could well have bought this car second hand, especially if it had been returned to the factory in part-exchange for a new B21. However, there is no sign of Maublanc racing a B19 in the detailed hillclimb results in Echappement so maybe he just bought it for a customer or, alternatively, maybe it only came into France in 1973 or 1974. Maublanc prepared a "toute nouvelle Chevron B23" for Gérard "Ankhar" which debuted at Soissons 16 Jun 1974 and may have prepared other Chevrons around that time.

Giribaldi drove a #15 Chevron B19-BDG at Dijon, Spa, Mugello and at two Nürburgring races in 2001. Also raced in European Supersports in 2002, 2003 (as #86), 2005 (as #38) and at Mugello and Dijon 2007 (as #81). Not seen in 2008. Sold in October 2010 to Tiberio Nocentini (Italy) and raced by him in 2011. Gualtiero advises that Nocentini still has the car in August 2013.

Tiberio Nocentini (Italy) 2013

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Chevron B19
B19-71-23

(Chevron Records: 'Red Rose (Rebuild)'). See the Hezemans Hockenheim car and also the Abarth car.


Chassis "71/23", red with white arrows, advertised by Don Brooks (Greensboro, NC) in Vintage Motorsport Sep/Oct 1993 p76.

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Chevron B19
B19-71-24

(Chevron Records: 'Siffert (Terbeck)'). Sold to Harry Hundt, head of Duckhams Germany to be driven by Bernd Terbeck in European 2-litre sports car races and German hillclimbs (Bergrennen) 1971: first known race at the Osnabrück ADAC-Bergrennen on 1 Aug 1971 (ONS-Mitteilungen Nov 1971 p68); then at Wunstorf 15 Aug 1971 (MN 19 Aug 1971 p6) entered by Duckhams Oils; and at the Nürburgring 500 km 5 Sep 1971 (entered by H. Hundt GmbH Duckhams Oils Racing Team) where the 1600cc engine (his 1969 FVA from his F2 Brabham) failed.

Terbeck was involved in Bert Hawthorne's fatal accident in a F2 race in April 1972 and retired shortly afterwards. Later in 1972, the Duckhams Oil Racing Team entered the B19 for Heinz-Günter Wechsler at Wunstorf 13 Aug (where Autosport describe it as "ex-Terbeck"), the Nürburgring 500 km 3 Sep, Zolder 17 Sep and the Nürburgring Interserie race 24 Sep. It appeared again in 1973, at the Nürburgring 500 km 2-litre sports car race 2-3 Sep 1973 as a Chevron B19 (AS 6 Sep 1973 pp10-12).and at Mainz-Finthen a week later, again entered by Hundt/Duckhams and driven by Wechsler.

According to Heinz-Günter Wechsler, talking to Mark Leonard in 2011, Wechsler took over the car from Hundt and retained it until 1976 when he sold it to Rolf Farber (Neuwiet, Germany). Wechsler's last race appears to be the ADAC-Westfalen-Pokal-Rennen at Zolder on 31 Aug 1975. Farber raced the car in Bergrennen in late 1976, for example the ADAC-Klingenring-Bergpreis in Sep 1976, ADAC-Sauerland-Bergpreis in Oct 1976 and at Mainz-Finthen 24 Oct 1976 (where it was described as a Chevron-Porsche).

Claus Peter Beckhäuser's Chevron B19 at the Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix 16-17 Aug 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Claus Peter Beckhäuser's Chevron B19 at the Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix 16-17 Aug 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Peter Beckhäuser's Chevron B19 in the paddock at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Peter Beckhäuser's Chevron B19 in the paddock at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Robin Harvey in the Gulf liveried B19 at the Silverstone Classic in 2005. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Robin Harvey in the Gulf-liveried B19 at the Silverstone Classic in 2005. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Wilfried Güllert (Wilgersdorf) then raced a Chevron B19 in Bergrennen in 1977 and 1978 and although the link from Farber to Güllert is not yet proven, it seems highly probable that it's the same car. Güllert acquired a German ONS Wagenpass for the car in March 1979 and won his class in the German hill climb series that season in the car.

The Wagenpass shows that it went to Dieter Josting (Siegen, Germany) in October 1981 and it was then bought by Claus-Peter Beckhäuser (Trier, Germany) in 1983. The car's ONS HVIF from 1987 gives its chassis number as "B19/24" and also gives a frame number (Fahrgestell-Nummer) of "AM 71 B19 24".

Raced in historic events by Beckhäuser in 1986 and in 1990, and in International Supersports 1992-1993 (as #43). Sold to Dr. Robert Harvey (Wirral, UK) 2004 and raced in Supersports in Gulf livery in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Run by Kelvin Jones Motorsport.

Sold to Peter McLaughlin (Hannover, NH) November 2008 but still with Kelvin Jones Motorsport in the UK May 2009.

Sold in June 2011, via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Chris MacAllister (Indianapolis, IN). At the 2011 Monterey Historics, still in pseudo-Gulf livery.

Chris MacAllister (US) 2011

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Chevron B19
B19-71-25
John Hine in his short-lived B19 chassis 71-25 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

John Hine in his short-lived B19 chassis 71-25 at Brands Hatch on 30 Aug 1971. Copyright Peter Collins 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'Red Rose (Hine rebuild)'). Appeared at Croft 10 July 1971 (MN 15 Jul 1971 p6) said to be brand new and replacing the car he had wrecked at the Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand on 20 Jun (MN 24 Jun 1971 p14). Then raced by Hine at Brands Hatch 30 Aug and wrecked when Hine flew off and went over an earth bank. Replaced by B19-71-29.

The Chevron chassis list states that B19-71-29 was a rebuild of B19-71-25. As B19-71-29 can be identified as the car Hine drove at Thruxton after he wrecked this car, this car can safely be identified as B19-71-25.

Paul Owens, one of the principals of Chevron throughout this period and the keeper of Chevron's record book, is certain that B19–19–25 did not survive. However, the identity of this car has been used in a number of ways. Swiss import papers show that it was used as the identity of a car brought into the country in April 1972. Also it has been used as the identity of a car built by Roger Andreason in 1985.

Wrecked in period.

Chevron B19
B19-71-26
Buzz Buzaglo in John MacDonald's Chevron at Brands Hatch Nov 1974. Copyright Richard Bunyan 2007. Used with permission.

Buzz Buzaglo in John MacDonald's Chevron at Brands Hatch Nov 1974. Copyright Richard Bunyan 2007. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: 'Bosco O'Brien' crossed out and replaced with 'Red Rose (SA)'). New car shipped to South Africa for the Nov/Dec 1971 Springbok series: debut Kyalami 6 Nov 1971 ("the John Bridges B19" MN 11 Nov 1971 pp12-14, "a brand new car" AS 11 Nov 1971 10-14) driven by John Hine/Peter de Klerk; then driven by Hine and Dave Charlton at Cape 3 Hours 20 Nov entered by Lucky Strike; Lourenco Marques 28 Nov entered by Lucky Strike (damaged in practice and DNS); Bulawayo 3-Hours 5 Dec; Welkom Three-Hours 11 Dec entered by Red Rose/Lucky Strike; and Maritzburg Three-Hour 27 Dec entered by Red Rose/Lucky Strike.

Sold by Red Rose Motors (Chester) Limited to ex-Cooper-Alta racer Bob Vincent (Wigan) January or February 1972. Appeared at Aintree ACC Spring Meeting 20 May 1972 to be driven by Vincent. He was entered in the Formule Libre heat 2, but couldn't get the B19 to run properly and did not start. Also driven at Aintree NSCC Whit Monday 28 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 p25 and AS 1 Jun 1972 p51) winning the sports car class of the Formule Libre race. The driver was given as "R Vincent" (AS) or "B. Vincent" (MN). Advertised from Vincent's Cranberry Lodge Garage in Autosport 27 July 1972 as "Chevron B19 1971, nearly new condition, Alan Smith FVC engine. First reasonable offer or exchange".

It appears that this car was then sold but another Chevron later passed through Vincent's hands. In Autosport 1 Feb 1973, a Chevron B21 was advertised as "new Sept 72 never raced" from Cranberry Lodge Garage in Wigan. Bob died in August 1974 but John Larkin, Bob's son-in-law, recalls a new Chevron being tested at Silverstone but not raced and then being sold to John Collier in Ireland. It would therefore appear that Vincent had two Chevrons, this B19 sold in August 1972 and then a B21 bought late 1972 or early 1973.

Sold to Arthur Collier (Bunclody, Ireland) August 1972. Paperwork retained by Arthur Collier confirms its chassis number as "B19 71/26". Collier was said to be entering a B19 for the August 1972 Rothmans 50,000 but does not appear on the published entry list. Driven by Collier at the Phoenix Park "Players No 6 Grand Prix" 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 p13). He retired from heat 1 but also ran in the handicap starting off scratch. Also driven at Mondello Park 22 Oct 1972 (MN 2 Nov 1972 p11) where it was described as a 1.8-litre Chevron B19-FVC. The Dublin University club meeting used the short 0.8-mile circuit for the first time since Easter 1969 and Collier was able to set new outright, libre and sports car records. He easily won the sports car race.

Raced at Mondello 6 Aug 1973 as a "B19/23" with FVC engine, finishing fifth in the libre race (AS 16 Aug 1973 p49). Also raced in the Phoenix Park Grand Prix ("B19/23") 8 Sep 1973 but retired after a couple of laps (AS 13 Sep 1973 pp52-53). Advertised by Collier (Bunclody, County Wexford, Ireland) as a "B32" (meaning B23) with 1930cc Alan Smith FVCB in December 1973 as having only done four club races due to business commitments.

Collier confirmed to Richard Davies in July 2009 that he bought the car from Lancashire. He says that he only kept it for about a year and sold it to Dublin garage owner "Monkey" Brown, aka Tony Brown who also traded as AW Brown in London. Brown advertised the car as a "B23-spec" car from January to June 1974 and it was later reported by Autosport (AS 3 Oct 1974) that it had been bought by fellow London motor trader John MacDonald who traded his Escort Supersaloon. The Chevron was driven by Buzz Buzaglo in European 2-litre Sportscar Championship events at Brands Hatch Oct 1974 and then at Jarama 20 Oct 1974. The car was then white with B23-style rear bodywork.

In September 1975, photographer Frank Hall visited Bobby Howlings' workshop and showroom and photographed many of the cars. Amongst his images are two taken of a white Chevon sports car with B23 nose and rear wing. The stickers on the car's nose exactly match the picture above of Buzz Buzaglo in John MacDonald's Chevron at Brands Hatch Nov 1974 but 'Esso' has been replaced by what looks like 'Cyntex-Fintona'. At this point it is not known who had raced it in this livery after November 1974.

The later history of this car is not known but it could be the car bought by Richard Sutherland in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, as a B23 for 1976.

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Chevron B19
B19-71-27

(Chevron Records: Works car Nurburgring). Appeared at Nürburgring 500 km 5 Sep 1971 driven by Brian Redman (yet to turn a wheel; in Gunston colours MN 9 Sep 1971 pp5-6).

Shipped to South Africa for the Nov/Dec 1971 Springbok series entered by Team Gunston: debut Kyalami 6 Nov 1971 driven by Howden Ganley/Paddy Driver; Cape 3 Hours 20 Nov driven by Driver; Lourenco Marques 28 Nov driven by Brian Redman/Mike Hailwood (intended as backup but raced after B19-Vega failed in practice); Bulawayo 3-Hours 5 Dec driven by Hailwood/Driver; Welkom Three-Hours 11 Dec driven by Driver/Hailwood; and Maritzburg Three-Hour 27 Dec driven by Hailwood/Driver.

Its sister car, the Vega-engined B19-71-12 was sold to John Rowe and this car is believed to have gone to Japan to be used for the Grand Champion series. Japanese sources confidently assert that it was Hiroshi Fushida's "B21P", the only additional Chevron to appear for the 1972 season. This Fushida car is reported to be in Japan in 2010.


See also the 1990 Dick Leppla car and Henry Manney's ex-Doug Turner car.

Unknown owner (Japan) 2010

Chevron B19
B19-71-28
"Chippy" Stross in his Chevron B19-FVC at Harewood in 1975. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009 . Used with permission.

"Chippy" Stross in his Chevron B19-FVC at Harewood in 1975. Copyright Steve Wilkinson 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: Reg Phillips). To Reg Phillips (Tewkesbury) to drive in British hillclimbs: debut Shelsley Walsh 15 Aug 1971 (MN 19 Aug 1971).

Retained 1972: driven by Phillips at Prescott 9 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p28); Harewood 23 April (MN 11 May 1972 p14) won class; Prescott 7 May (MN 11 May 1972 p24) third in class; Wiscombe Park 14 May (MN 18 May 1972 p32) third in class; Prescott 4 Jun (MN 8 Jun 1972 p24) second in class; Shelsley Walsh 11 Jun 1972 (MN 15 Jun 1972 p28) won class; Shelsley Walsh RAC R10 20 Aug 1972 (MN 24 Aug 1972 p6) third in class; Gurston RAC hillclimb Monday 28 Aug 1972 (MN 31 Aug 1972 p24) 3rd in class; Prescott Shell/RAC hill climb 2 or 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 p28) 2nd in class; Harewood Shell/RAC hill climb 10 Sep 1972 (MN 14 Sep 1972 p28) 4th in class; Doune Shell/RAC hill climb 17 Sep 1972 (MN 21 Sep 1972 p24) 2nd in class; Weston BP/RAC Sprint 30 Sep 1972 (MN 12 Oct 1972 p27) wins class and new record;

Also run by Phillips in hillclimbs through the 1973 season, now with a 1930cc ex-Canon Cameras FVC. Then sold to "Chippy" Stross (MN 27 Sep 1973 p12). Run in hillclimbs by Stross in 1974 and 1975, still with FVC engine. Acquired late 1975 by racing car dealer Fred Opert (Upper Saddle River, NJ) and shipped to the US where it was sold to John C Krimmell (Evergreen, CO). Krimmell's racing with the car is currently unknown but documents show that he moved to White Rock, NM, and in March 1979 sold the Chevron to Chris Smith (Armitage, Staffordshire, UK).

Chris recalls that the car was very original complete with FVC. He advertised it in Autosport in June 1979 and sold it to dealer Jon Bradburn who sold it on to Tony Hill. Jon recalls that the car later went to Brian Redman. Tony Hill announced in January 1982 (Autosport 14 Jan 1982 p51) that he'd be campaigning a Chevron B19 in 1982 prepared by Andy Rouse Engineering (Southam) and using a 1840cc FVC. He was on the front row for the the Bellini Models HSCC 2-litre Historic GT championship race at Donington Park 11 Apr 1982 in his "ex-hillclimb" Chevron B19 (AS 15 Apr 1982 p51) and entered a white Chevron B19 in an HSCC Atlantic Computer Historic GT Championship round at Donington 31 Jul-1 Aug 1982.

Sold to Alan Minshaw (Tattenhall, Cheshire) and entered by Demon Tweeks in Thundersports events for Minshaw Tony Hill in four races in 1984. Advertised by Minshaw in Autosport 22 Nov 1984 p116. Sold to Brian Redman who then worked in Florida.

Earl Dunn in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Earl Dunn in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Very probably the car that still has a '28' frame number which was brought to the US by Brian Redman in March 1985 and sold to Earl Dunn (Gravenhurst, Ontario).

Raced in SVRA events in 1985 before restoration by Tony Simms, Earl Dunn, and Alex Purdy in the winter of 1986. It continued to run in SVRA events driven by Redman, Dunn, Lynn St. James, Robert Hubbs and James Redman into the early 1990s. Raced by Dunn at the Watkins Glen 'Serengeti Vintage Grand Prix', 7-9 September 1990. Thereafter raced sporadically mostly on the east coast in HSR and Brian Redman’s Targa Group 66 events up to 2006.

Sold briefly in 2002 to John Hawkes (Canada) who wasn’t comfortable racing it, so Dunn took it back. Sold to Dean Meiling (Incline Village, NV) July 2007 and retained February 2009. Entered by Meiling for the Wine Country Classic at Infineon Raceway 29-31 May 2009 and raced at the Monterey Historics 15 August 2010.

The car now bears a chassis plate stamped "71/28" but Meiling does not believe the plate is original. However, as more information emerges, it looks increasingly likely that this car is B19-71-28.

Dean Meiling (US) 2010

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Chevron B19
B19-71-29

(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".

Gerrie van Zyl in his well-documented Chevron B19 at Zwartkops in February 2008. Copyright Simon Du Plessis 2009. Used with permission.

Gerrie van Zyl in his well-documented Chevron B19 at Zwartkops in February 2008. Copyright Simon Du Plessis 2009. Used with permission.

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.

Gerrie van Zyl (South Africa) 2009

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Chevron B19
B19-71-30
Richard Budge's Chevron B19 in the Brands Hatch Thundersports race in May 1983. Copyright Rupert Lowes 2009. Used with permission.

Richard Budge's Chevron B19 in the Brands Hatch Thundersports race in May 1983. Copyright Rupert Lowes 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Wilds in Richard Budge's Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in July 2000. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Wilds in Richard Budge's Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in July 2000. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: Abrahams SA). Sold to John Abrahams late 1971 for him and Dirk Marais to drive in the Nov/Dec 1971 Springbok series enterd by Ray Racing: driven at Kyalami 6 Nov 1971, Cape 3 Hours 20 Nov, Lourenco Marques 28 Nov, Bulawayo 3-Hours 5 Dec, Welkom Three-Hours 11 Dec and Maritzburg Three-Hour 27 Dec.

Marais told Jonathan Loader in Feb 2009 that Derek Worthington came out from England with the car to act as mechanic and then took it back to England with him the following year to sell it for Ray Abrahams, John’s father. Geoff Richardson has confirmed to Jonathan that he sold a B19 for Derek but can't recall who it went to.

Chassis 30 was advertised by Geoff Richardson in Autosport 8 Jun 1972 p66 and then entered by Geoff Richardon for Richard Scott to drive in the Martini International Trophy Race at Silverstone (E2lSC R5) 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 pp8-9, AS 22 Jun 1972 pp26-30). It then went to Emile Elias (F) for French national sports car events. His only races as recorded by the ever-reliable website Racingsportscars.com were at Montlhéry on 17 Sep 1972 and 8 Oct 1972 (when he won).

Then to Mike Rawlings' Rawlson Ltd (Dover, Kent) in part exchange for a new Rawlson CR10 sports car and advertised in Autosport (7 Dec 1972 p49) as "Chevron B21 driven by Richard Scott in Martini Trophy". The Chevron was advertised again 8 Feb 1973 but in the meantime, it appears that Elias's deal to buy a Rawlson had fallen through and Elias appeared again in a Chevron "B23" at Nogaro in September 1973, presumably his old B19 returned from Rawlings. He ran it again at the Le Mans 4-Hours in March 1974 but his name is next seen in sportscar racing in August where he was entered by Chuck Graemiger in a "Cheetah 01G". The Cheetah did not appear but Elias did stay with Graemiger, driving his Cheetah 501 at Le Mans in 1975. As part of this deal, the Chevron appears to have ended up with Graemiger and, in late 1974 or early 1975, Graemiger sold it to Lucien Rossiaud to use in French hillclimbs. Lucien still has the invoice from Graemiger and a note of the chassis number.

Rossiaud first appeared with a Chevron "B23" at the start of the 1975 season and is also seen during 1976 before a fairly full season in 1977. Pictures show that the car was white at first but was repainted orange later, acquiring a later-style nose at the same time. It was fitted with a 1800cc Richardson FVC during this time. Rossiaud was involved with the ROC team around this time and he swaps over to one of the team's Chevron B36s for 1978, selling his B19 to ROC at the same time. Rossiaud recalls that the B19 was sold to Jacques Berenger, presumably for the 1978 season, but he later sold it back to ROC. It next went to Gerard Piroux who appears with a Chevron “B23” 1600 in French hillclimbs from mid-season onwards in 1979. Piroux raced the car again in 1980 and in 1981 at which point it vanishes.  

Next bought by Richard Budge (Retford, Nottinghamshire) from a Frenchman in 1981. Budge was told that the car had raced at Le Mans with Yacco sponsorship. Yacco was ROC's main sponsor in the late 1970s when Rossiaud sold 71-30 to ROC but it seems highly unlikely that ROC would have used a B19 at Le Mans when they had at least three B36s. HSCC papers now with this car state that 71-30 went to WM Racing in 1976, then "North Downs Racing" then sold to Richard Budge in 1981. This history appears bogus.

The car was entered by Richard Budge and driven by Budge, Vin Malkie (Antrobus, Cheshire) and Helen Bashford-Malkie in Thundersports races between 1983 and 1985. Budge also raced the car in the 1986 HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship and at Donington Park 19 Jul 1987. It's not currently clear if this car was raced between 1987 and 1999.

Mike Wilds (UK) then drove Richard Budge's Chevron B19 (run by Vin Malkie Racing) through the 1999 season, at Melbourne in March 2000 (as #36), and in historic racing in 2000. Thereafter to Richard Piper 2002 (raced in European Supersports in 2003 and 2004), Steve Hodges 2004 (Supersports 2005) and then Jonathan Loader (Chippenham, England) 2005 (Supersports 2006 and 2008). Raced at HSCC Orwell Cup race Brands Hatch 4-5 Jul 2009 (as #90). Retained 2011.

Jonathan Loader (UK) 2011

complete history

Chevron B19
B19-71-31

(Chevron Records: Andrew Fletcher rebuild B16). To Andrew Fletcher to drive in European 2-litre sports car races late 1971: debut Jarama 7 Nov 1971 ("a new B19", "incorporated remains of his wrecked B16" MN 11 Nov 1971 p11).

In 1972, Andrew Fletcher appears in Chevron factory records with chassis B21-72-1. As he had only received a B19 in November 1971, it would appears that B19-71-31 and B21-72-1 are the same car. However, there is also some evidence that a car with chassis number B19-71-31 was sold to the US in late 1971 or early 1972 so it's not yet possible to be completely certain what happened.

Becomes
B21-72-1?
Chevron B19
B19-71-32

(Chevron Records: John Bridges rebuild /8). The last Red Rose rebuild of 1971 is due to Peter Gaydon's accident at Barcelona (see B19-71-7) after which a new car appeared at Jarama 7 Nov 1971 driven by John Bridges ("a brand new 1972 model B19" MN 11 Nov 1971 p11; "built in a week following the destruction of his previous car at Barcelona" AS 11 Nov 1971 pp14-15). According to Autosport, this car "had a slightly wider chassis to comply with the 1972 Group 6 regulations". Chevron chassis lists imply this car was B19-71-32 and subsequent movements of the car and observations of it at Dijon and Montjuich in 1972 confirm that identification.

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 Bridges/Nicky Bosch and Balcarce 16 Jan 1972 driven by Bridges.

Updated with B21 bodywork and driven in the European 2-litre Sports Car series by Niki Bosch (Spain) at Paul Ricard (R1) 9 Apr 1972; by Paco Jose at Vallelunga (R2) 23 Apr 1972 (MN 27 Apr 1972 p9); by Bosch again at Salzburgring (R3) 21 May 1972 (MN 25 May 1972 p10); and by Bosch and Peter Hanson at Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 pp12-13). Bosch then takes over Hine's B21. Driven by John Bridges at Dijon (R4) 4 Jun 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p7, AS 8 Jun 1972 pp18,20) where Autosport notes that it is Bosch's usual car and Sport Auto (month unknown 1972 p76) identifies Bridges car as "B21/71/32" (meanwhile Hine drives B21/19, Bosch B21/7 and Juncadella B21/8). Driven by Bridges at Martini International Trophy Race, Silverstone (E2lSC R5) 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 pp8-9, AS 22 Jun 1972 pp26-30).

Appears to be the car driven by Beltoise to win at Nogaro 2 Oct 1972 (MN 5 Oct 1972 p19 and 12 Oct 1972 p27). At Montjuich 8 Oct 1972 (MN 12 Oct 1972 p4,16), John Bridges is said to be driving "the team's spare B19 chassis"; the Montjuich book identifies this as chassis 71-32. The team took in three more races in Europe: the 1000 km of Paris at Rouen on 15 Oct, Jarama on 5 Nov and Estoril on 11 Nov. At Rouen, the third car, presumably B19-71-32, was driven by Bridges and Jaussaud. Driven at Jarama by John Watson. At Estoril, it appears to be the car driven by Bridges.

Appeared at BRSCC Mallory Park Boxing Day meeting 26 Dec 1972 (MN 28 Dec 1972 p16) driven by John Lepp and entered by Bob Howlings. Howlings had bought both this "ex-Red Rose Racing Chevron B19/B21 and John Burton's Chevron B21 and had plans to run both in long distance 2-litre racing in 1973". Howlings' advert described the "B19/21" as "ex. John Bridges car", mentioning Watson's drive in it at Jarama.

Raced by Howlings, John Hine and Peter Kaye at Vallelunga 25 Mar 1973 (AS 29 Mar 1973 "the ex-Red Rose Racing Chevron B21"). There were then two Ember Racing entries at the Spa 1000 km 6 May 1973 (AS 10 May 1973 pp16-19), Hine and Howlings in the "new Ember Racing Chevron-Smith B23" (chassis 73-10, said to be "new April 1973" when later advertised) and Bill de Selincourt and John Quick sharing a dark green "B21", probably 71-32. Ember Racing had two cars again at the Nürburgring 1000 km 27 May 1973 (AS 31 May 1973 p13): Hine and John Hanson in the B23 and Quick and de Selincourt sharing a dark green B21/23 — presumably B19-71-32 again.

The next time Ember Racing appeared at a meeting was with Tony Goodwin at Vila Real on 1 Jul 1973 (crashed - Autosport called the car "de Selincourt's B21") and Estoril six days later (retired - "Ember Racing B23"). John Quick raced an Ember Racing Chevron at the Nürburgring 500 km on 2 Sep 1973 (retired) and then Goodwin reappeared for the 400 km Barcelona on 14 Oct 1973 (retired). Also during this time de Selincourt was placed third in a libre at Mallory Park on 23 Sep 1973 (AS 27 Sep 1973 p43) in a 1.8 B23-FVC and John Quick was fifth in the Ember Racing B23-FVC behind Lee Kaye's Lola T290 in a Castrol/MN Sports GT race at Thruxton 28 Oct 1973 (AS 1 Nov 1973 p17). Given the absence of a second car, it is assumed all the entries from July onwards refer to the B23 and the older B19 had been sold.

So the last probable sighting of 71-32 is atthe Nürburgring 1000 kms on 27 May 1973 but that "B21/23" could possibly have been the ex-Burton B21 in which case the last certain sighting of 71-32 is at Vallelunga 25 Mar 1973. Howlings was in contact with Nisseito Racing boss Kazuo Ito in Japan in April 1973 and it is possible that 71-32 went to Japan at this point. Howlings' company went bust in mid-1973 and some of Ember Racing's material was caught up in this, de Selincourt having to buy the team's engines back from the Official Receiver. Howlings bounced back as usual and he built up a new company, R.D.H. Racing, through late 1973 and early 1974 before reappearing as Cheshire Sports Cars in 1975.

This B19/B21 may also be the car advertised by Tony Dean in 1974 and 1975 (see the Tony Dean car) and may then be the car raced by Richard Sutherland in 1976 and presumably destroyed in his fatal accident (see the Richard Sutherland car) but this is purely speculation based on the car's locations.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-33
Pete LoBianco's Chevron B19 outside his garage having acquired a blue replacement nose. Copyright Pete W. LoBianco 2009. Used with permission.

Pete LoBianco's Chevron B19 outside his garage having acquired a blue replacement nose. Copyright Pete W. LoBianco 2009. Used with permission.

Pete W LoBianco in the family Chevron B19 at the 1976 SCCA Run-Offs. Copyright Pete W. LoBianco 2009. Used with permission.

Pete W LoBianco in the family Chevron B19 at the 1976 SCCA Run-Offs. Copyright Pete W. LoBianco 2009. Used with permission.

David Giorgi's Chevron B19 at Mid-Ohio in 1982. Copyright Mark Windecker 2005. Used with permission.

David Giorgi's Chevron B19 at Mid-Ohio in 1982. Copyright Mark Windecker 2005. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: Pete LoBianco USA). Bought by Pete A LoBianco (York, PA) directly from Chevron having fallen out with Chevron importer Fred Opert. Used in SCCA regional racing, generally at Summit Point. The car was modified to conform to SCCA regulations, including changes to the roll hoop and adding bodywork to enclose the back wheels. Raced at the Watkins Glen 6 Hours 22 Jul 1972 by LoBianco and Pete Sherman. Maintained and crewed by a group of volunteer family and friends, the car was quite successful in Nationals and Regionals with quite a few class wins and a few overall wins.

LoBianco's son, Pete W. LoBianco, who had earlier raced a Lotus Super 7, took over the car for the 1976 season and ended up joint winner in NEDiv, qualifying for that season's SCCA Run-Offs 1976.

The car was finally sold around 1979 or 1980 to David Giorgi (Lakewood, OH) who raced it in SCCA ASR racing and also in Can-Am 1981 and 1982. He appeared just twice in Can-Am: at Trois-Rivières 6 Sep 1981 (as #81) and Mid-Ohio 27 Jun 1982 (as #86) but did not start the latter race. He also appeared at the SCCA Run-Offs in 1981 in this car.

The car was still fairly original when photographed by Mark Windecker at Mid-Ohio in 1982, lacking the rear wing of the later cars. During its Can-Am career Giorgio's son recalls that it was fitted with a Chevron B26 nose and a more substantial roll hoop.

Giorgi Jnr later used the car in driver school and in May 1983 was hit by another driver, damaging the B19. Giorgi Snr sold it less engine to Dick Leppla (Cleveland, OH) at which point the original nose and roll hoop were refitted. Leppla rebuilt it and sold it to a Mr Reichman in Connecticut. As Giorgio had retained the original FVC engine, 71-33 was fitted with a Cosworth BDP engine and appeared in SVRA racing a few times in 1989. According to the log book, it was then sold to a Mr Reed, also believed to be in Connecticut, and was run a few times in Ferrari Club events before being put into storage. These owners are now believed to be Susan and John Reed. After ten years semi-dismantled in a barn, it was said to have been acquired by B.J. MacDonald of Classic Competition Specialties (Perkasie, PA) in 2005 for a customer. MacDonald reported that the car had a chassis stamping "19/71 33".

In Sep 2010, McDonald arranged the sale of the car from the Reeds to Bob Lima (Philadelphia, PA). As of June 2012 the car is undergoing restoration with a view to racing during the 2012 season.

Bob Lima (US) 2012

complete but unvalidated

Chevron B19
B19-71-34
Jim Baird's Chevron B23 at Caravan Corner in a Ingliston libre race in September 1977. Copyright Iain Nicolson 2010. Used with permission.

Jim Baird's Chevron B23 at Caravan Corner in a Ingliston libre race in September 1977. Copyright Iain Nicolson 2010. Used with permission.

(Chevron Records: George Humble rebuild B16S). To George Humble as kit to replace the B16S to be driven by Peter Humble 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). Said by Motoring News to be a "brand new 1972 B19" (MN 6 Apr 1972 p15). Also driven at BOAC 1000 kms Brands Hatch 16 Apr 1972 (MN 20 Apr 1972 p14-17); Vallelunga 23 Apr 1972 (MN 27 Apr 1972 p9); Spa 1000 kms 7 May 1972 (MN 11 May 1972 pp12-14); Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 pp12-13) co-driven by Nick May; Dijon (R4) 4 Jun 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p7, AS 8 Jun 1972 pp18,20); Martini International Trophy Race, Silverstone (E2lSC R5) 18 Jun 1972 (MN 22 Jun 1972 pp8-9, AS 22 Jun 1972 pp26-30); Vila Real 9 Jul 1972 (MN 13 Jul 1972 p6); Nurburgring Eifelpokalrennan 3 Sep 1972 (MN 7 Sep 1972 pp8-9); Nogaro 2 Oct 1972 (MN 5 Oct 1972 p19 and 12 Oct 1972 p27);

To Richard Simms (Ossett, West Yorkshire). Raced at Aintree 14 Apr 1973 (AS 19 Apr 1973 p35 "Richard Simms in the ex-Peter Humble Chevron B19"); won a Northern modsports and Yorkshire Evening Post sports GT championship round at Rufforth 26 May in a "B19/21" (AS 31 May 1973 p31); was second in a round of the same series at Croft 10 Jun 1973 in a "B19/21" with FVA engine (AS 14 Jun 1973 p56); spins but still wins class at Aintree 28 Jul 1973 in a 1.6 B19/21 (AS 2 Aug 1973 pp52-53); and fourth in a Croft libre in a "B21" (MN) or "B19/21" (AS) on 27 Aug 1973 (MN 30 Aug 1973 p8, AS 30 Aug 1973 p43), finishing one place behind Welpton's B21. Simms easily won the Yorkshire Evening Post sports GT championship that season.

In April 1974, Simms advertised a Chevron B19 "bare chassis [and] body" for £595 (AS 4 Apr 1974). However, Simms was second in a sports car race in his "B21" at Rufforth on 13 Apr 1974 (AS 18 Apr 1974 p18), just a week or so after the advert so maybe he had acquired a newer B21-spec chassis and body and used it to rebuild the ex-Humble car. Raced also at a Croft modsports race in a "B19/21 FVC" (retired); Silverstone Interserie in May 1974 in a "B21/23" (AS 16 May 1974 p35).

Later in 1974, Simms' car is described as a 2-litre B23, as at Croft for a Tricentrol Sport GT round when he briefly led from John Lepp's Chevron B26 and Jeremy Lord's Lola T280-DFV (AS 12 Sep 1974 p57). This may well be the Brian Martin/Peter Clarke "Chevron-Kelly B23" raced at the British Airways 1000 km at Brands Hatch on 30 Sep 1974 (AS 3 Oct 1974 pp16-18).

Jim Baird and Peter MacNaughtan jointly bought this car from Richard Simms in 1975 who described it to them as a B23 chassis number 26. They soon discovered that it had a B23 chassis but the rest of the car was the B19, updated. They ran it with a 1850cc FVC engine in club events at Ingliston, Croft, Rufforth, Knockhill and others during 1975, sharing the driving with one doing the GT race and one the libre race at typical northern meetings. In 1976, MacNaughtan competed in several rounds of the RAC Sports Car Championship and shared again with Baird in races at Snetterton, Silverstone, Oulton, Mallory, Donington and Brands Hatch.  MacNaughtan also raced at Zolder in an ADAC race in August 1976.

They continued to run in club events after the cancellation of the RAC Sports Car Championship. MacNaughtan raced the "ex-Richard Simms Chevron B23" in a one-off 2-litre sports car race at Aintee 1 Oct 1977 (AS 6 Oct 1977 p52) and in a sports car race at Ingliston in May 1978 (AS 11 May 1978 p53). In 1979, Baird and MacNaughtan sold the car to Richard Brown (Peasemore, Newbury, Berks) who is believed to have hillclimbed the car that season.

Then in October 1980, hillclimber Robert Speak's Barrowford Garages (Barrowford, Nelson, Lancs) advertised a "Chevron B23 FVC with spares and bodywork (Possibly the last car built) in original condition". Later, in July 1982, Barrowford Garages advertised it again as "Chevron B21/3 Chassis No 26", basically the same identity used by Richard Simms when he sold this car to Jim Baird and Peter MacNaughtan.

Subsequent history unknown.

The original B19 chassis of this car was sold by Simms in 1974 or 1975 and can be traced through several owners, during which the belief developed that it was the chassis from the B16S, the car George Humble had owned before he bought this B19. Evidence so far indicates that this is incorrect.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
B19-71-35

(Chevron Records: Not allocated).

n/a

The Chevron B16S

The prototype B19, the B16S, deserves a mention here. It was built from a Chevron B16, supposedly by just "sawing off the roof". It was raced from September 1970 to January 1971 in works hands, was then used briefly by Jo Siffert's team before being sold to George Humble. It was wrecked in October 1971 and the chassis was scrapped. However, it is reported that a new car was built using the body from the B16S and this may be the car now racing in the US.

Chassis

History

Current owner

Chevron B16S
(chassis number unknown)

Peter Humble in the ex-Redman/Larrousse Chevron B16S at Croft in 1971, presumably the 10 July race. George Humble stands proudly alongside. Copyright Stuart Davey 2009. Used with permission.

Peter Humble in the ex-Redman/Larrousse Chevron B16S at Croft in 1971, presumably the 10 July race. George Humble stands proudly alongside. Copyright Stuart Davey 2009. Used with permission.

Works (entered by Escuderia Montjuich-Team Chevron) for Brian Redman at the Nürburgring 500 kms 6 Sep 1970; for Redman at the Spa 500 kms 20 Sep; for Redman and John HIne at the Kyalami 9 Hours 7 Nov; for Redman and Richard Attwood at the Cape Town 3 Hours 21 Nov; for Redman at the Lourenço Marques 3 Hours 29 Nov; for Redman and John Love at the Bulawayo 3 Hours 5 Dec; for Redman at the Pietermaritzburg 3 Hours 27 Dec; and for Redman and Attwood at the Goldfields 3 Hours 2 Jan 1971.

To Jo Siffert Automobiles Racing for Gérard Larrousse and François Mazet to drive in the European 2-litre Championship round at Paul Ricard 18 Apr 1971 (Motoring News 22 Apr 1971 p16-17 ). Then to Peter Humble: debut Silverstone 5 Jun (ex-Redman/Larrousse MN 10 Jun 1971 pp9-10). Also driven by Humble at Croft 10 July, Brands Hatch 30 Aug, Thruxton 19 Sep, Zandvoort 26 Sep and finally at Oulton Park 19 Oct 1971 where he rolled the car (MN 21 Oct 1971 p15).

According to Stuart Davey, the chassis was cut up after the accident and scrapped, the suspension and other undamaged components sold off to build the Smith/Welpton B21 (B21-72-2) and a new B19 car in kit form (B19-71-34) was ordered. The engine and gearbox from the B16S were kept as spares.


Don Shead's Chevron B16 Spyder at Silverstone in October 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Don Shead's Chevron B16 Spyder at Silverstone in October 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

In 2009, Don Shead told Jeremy Hall that he acquired the original body from the B16S (which had presumably sat at Chevron since the car was rebodied as a B19 for 1971) and had a new chassis built to recreate the B16S. After the car was completed, Shead was contacted by someone who had the original B16S chassis and this was reunited with the car. It is not clear at this point how the original chassis had survived nor who had owned it between 1971 and 1985. One possibility is that this was actually the chassis from B19-71-34 which had been regarded as the rebuild of the B16S and, many owners later, this could easily have been misunderstood.

Shead entered the B16S at the Oulton Park Gold Cup Thundersports round 5 Apr 1985, co-driven by Alan Rollinson. The car also appeared at Silverstone in October that 1985. Also driven in the the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship by Don Shead (eight starts) and James Shead (one start).

Then sold (with both chassis) to Roger Andreason of Chevron Cars Ltd. As the car reappears with Dick Leppla (Cleveland, OH) a few years later, the car was presumably sold directly from Andreason to Leppla who was then Chevron's main representative in the US. It is not clear which chassis it would then have used, nor what happened to the second chassis.

Dick Leppla driving the B16 Spider at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP, August 1989. Note the SVRA and SCCA stickers, suggesting the car had already spent time in the US. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Dick Leppla driving the B16 Spider at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP, August 1989. Note the SVRA and SCCA stickers, suggesting the car had already spent time in the US. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Roy Walzer in the Chevron B16S at Laguna Seca in 2008 . Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Roy Walzer in the Chevron B16S at Laguna Seca in 2008 . Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Monte Shalett (New Orleans, LA) recalled in December 2006 that:

"[The] bodywork was separated from the original chassis and another chassis was made and sold for this car. The original B16SW was sold by Chevron Cars, U.S.A. from my old friend Dick Leppla in Cleveland to a well-known collector and racer of that day, Joel Finn. I am not sure what happened to B16S after that." (source)

Roy Walzer raced at Chevron B16 at Daytona in October 1997. Later a 1970 Chevron B16 entered by Roy Walzer at Monterey 2005 (identified as 'B16DBE/SP1).

It is believed that Finn only raced the B16S once or twice and then sold it to Walzer some time in the late 1990s.

Entered as a "spyder B16" at Monterey 2008 with no chassis number given (red with yellow and green stripes) and driven by Roy Walzer (Litchfield, CT).

Wrecked in 1971 and recreated in 1985.

Roy Walzer (US) 2008

probable but unproven

The Tondelli cars

Team Chevron Italia announced with "three B19s and a degree of works assistance" and run by Eris Tondelli. Drivers to include Mario Casoni, Carlo Facetti and Giovanni Alberti.

The following Italian entries will relate to the six cars supplied to Eris Tondelli: B19-71-1, B19-71-12A, B19-71-14, B19-71-17, B19-71-19 and B19-71-21. The six end owners appear to be Carlo Facetti, Giovanni Alberti, Domenico Scola, Gianfranco Bonetto, Tondelli himself and probably Stefano Buonapace.

In Italian national series (the Campionato Italiano Sport):

In Italian hillclimbs in 1971:

Five drivers were entered in Chevrons at Trento-Bondone in July 1971: Facetti, Scola, Tondelli, Giancarlo Rondanini and Bonetto. All but Facetti's car are given as B19s and all were in the 2-litre class except Facetti's which ran in the 1300cc class.

At the Targa Florio in 1972, four Chevron B19/21s are shown in the 'targapedia' galley on Flickr. These are:

  1. Eris Tondelli/Mauro Formento in the #48 Tondelli BT1600-FVA;
  2. a light and dark blue #10 "B21" with RAF and Ford signwriting; entered by Scuderia Citta dei Mille and equipped with a Hart 2-litre engine for "Amphicar" and Ignazio Capuano.
  3. a plain red #14 "B21" with no stickers at all on it; entered by Gianfranco Bonetto with a standard 1.8-litre FVC engine to be driven by Bonetto and Giovanni Alberti.
  4. a white #54 "B19" with a blue nose and Anastasio signwriting; entered by Pasquale Anastasio and fitted with a 1.3-litre Ford/Novamotor engine for Anastasio and Giovanni Boeris.

None of these match the appearance of the two main Chevron drivers in the Italian hillclimbs championship:

  1. Mauro Nesti had a plain blue "B21" with Cebora signwriting; and,
  2. Domenico Scola had a plain red "B21".

In April 1973, Abele Tanghetti, who raced under the pseudonym "Tango", raced a B19 at the Ampus hillclimbs in FRance and a B21 at the Monza 1000 km (sharing with Luciano Rassega). He also entered the Targa Florio in May (sharing with Antonio Zadra) but failed to qualify. This may be the B19/21 that Rassega had entered at the previous year's Monza 1000 km, intending to share with Alceste Bodini, but failed to qualify.

The 1971 Mystery Cars

Despite access to the Chevron production list, it is still not possible to match each car that appeared during the 1971 to an entry on that list with certainty. Four cars present a problem:

  1. the "brand new" car that Hezemans drove at Hockenheim 4 Jul that then promptly vanishes (B19-71-23?);
  2. the Dupont car which would logically be a Siffert order but may be his "ex-McQueen" B16 rebuilt;
  3. the Abarth-engined car that first appeared at Zandvoort (maybe Hezemans' Hockenheim car again);
  4. the Chevron-Opel of Arthur Blank, possibly a car built by Spartan Racing Team in Switzerland;
  5. the second Shierson Racing Chevron B19 driven by Bill Barber.

Only one car on the Chevron chassis list is still unexplained, B19-71-23. This was listed as "Red Rose (Rebuild)" which is consistent with the way Toine Hezemans' car was described when it appeared at Hockenheim on 4 July. This car then disappears again, unless it is Hezemans' later Abarth-engined car.

The two Swiss cars of Dupont and Blank cars could both be B16s converted using B19 components. There have been observations of the Dupont car as B19-71-20, the number of Tanaka's car in Japan. Could Chevron have used the same number twice? Or could the Wicky team's B16 have been DBE20?

Chassis

History

Current owner

Chevron B19
‘the Hezemans Hockenheim car’

Driven by Toine Hezemans at Hockenheim 4 Jul (MN 8 Jul 1971 p6) where it was said to be a brand new car being tended by John Bridges as the Red Rose Racing cars were not present. Autosport (8 Jul 1971 pp10-12) said it was a replacement chassis for the car Hine crashed at Clermont Ferrand (see B19-71-8) and that Hine was having another car built for Croft (see B19-71-25). It would appear from that description that Hezemans' car was B19-71-23.

Not seen again but see the Abarth car below.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
‘the Dupont car’

Appeared at Nürburgring 500 km 5 Sep 1971 driven by Michel Dupont (CH) and entered by Wicky Racing Team. Wicky/Dupont had previously had a B16 which had been crashed at Imola 25 Jul 1971. Also raced at Montlhéry 17 Oct (co-driven by Pierre Bobin).

Appeared in 1972 at Le Mans 4-Hours Mar 1972 (MN 23 Mar 1972 p7); Paul Ricard 2-litre Sportscar Championship Round 1 9 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p8); Monza 1000 kms Tuesday 25 Apr 1972 (co-driven by Fabrizio Noe, MN 4 May 1972 pp6-7); Spa 1000 kms 7 May 1972 (MN 11 May 1972 pp12-14); Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 pp12-13) co-driven by Blancpain; Le Mans 10-11 Jun 1972 (MN 15 Jun 1972 pp14-16,26) co-driven by Bodin and Blancpain; Austrian 1000 kms (WCM R10) Osterreichring 25 Jun 1972 (MN 29 Jun 1972 pp14-17) co-driven by Blancpain; Hockenheim Interserie 16 Jul 1972 (MN 20 Jul 1972 p4); Interlagos 500 km 7 Sep 1972 (MN 21 Sep 1972 p18) 6th (co-driven by Blancpain).

An online report of the WCM race at Monza 25 Apr 1972 says that Dupont wrote off the B19 during the race. Could the car that appeared at Spa two weeks later have been new?

Dupont bought a new B23 with Paul Blancpain for 1973 and debuted this car in the Nürburgring 1000 km in May. He used this car up to the end of 1974 when it was described as a B23/B26 (having acquired B26 rear bodywork) but during the latter season, Dupont entered a second car, usually described as a B21 but sometimes as a B23, at several races. This may have been his 1971/72 car. At Le Mans in 1974 for example, Dupont drove his #27 Chevron "B23/26" and Christine Beckers drove Dupont's #30 Chevron "B23". Dupont committed suicide in the autumn of 1974 and the subsequent histories of his two cars are unknown.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Abarth car'
Toine Hezemans in the blue (!) Chevron B19-Abarth at the Trophy Des Dunes at Zandvoort 26 Sep 1971. Copyright Jan Borsboom. Used with permission.

Toine Hezemans in the blue (!) Chevron B19-Abarth at the Trophy Des Dunes at Zandvoort 26 Sep 1971. Copyright Jan Borsboom. Used with permission.

Appeared at the Trophy Des Dunes at Zandvoort 26 Sep driven by Toine Hezemans ('the wrecked ex-John Hine chassis' with Abarth engine and entered by Osella). At this point, "the wrecked ex-John Hine chassis" would appear to be a reference to the B19-71-08 that he drove in the Trophée d'Auverne at Clermont Ferrand on 20 Jun 1971 (MN 24 Jun 1971 p14) where it was wrecked in the race. That is broadly the same description Autosport used for Hezemans' car at Hockenheim earlier in the season, suggesting it's the same car. Hezemans put the car on pole position but was sixth in heat 1 and failed to finish heat 2 with a gearbox failure.

Also entered by Scuderia Osella (or "Escuderia Calvo Sotelo") for Toine Hezemens and Alex Soler-Roig at Barcelona 12 Oct (on pole again) and by Scuderia Brescia Corse (or Abarth Corse) for Carlo Facetti at Vallelunga 30 Oct (second on grid).

Subsequent history unknown.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Blank car'
(1971-1976)

Arthur Blank (Zurich, CH) was said by Auto Revue (AR 4 Mar 1971 p9) to have a new Chevron B19 for 1971 with a 1790cc Cosworth [FVC] engine and had also struck a deal with Klaus Steinmetz to drive a Steinmetz-prepared Opel Commodore in Swiss Championship events. He had driven a B16 twice in July 1970, winning his class at Ulm-Laupheim and at Niederstetten-Künzelsau. At some time over the next few weeks, the B16 was burnt out in a SAR club race.

Blank was then entered in an Opel-engined Chevron B19 by Steinmetz Automobiltech in the Nürburgring 1000kms 30 May 1971 (co-driver Bob Wollek) but it is marked in Time & Two Seats as a DNA. It was also entered for Le Mans 16 Jun 1971 and the Nürburgring 500 km 5 Sep 1971 but did not show up for those either. Its first race appears to be when Blank finished second in class in the Steinmetz Chevron-Opel at the AvD/MHSTC-Saison-Finale '71 at Hockenheim on 28 Nov 1971.

The following season it appeared at the Course de Côte d'Abreschwiler hillclimb in France on 14 May 1972 (photographic evidence). A photograph of this car taken at Abreschwiler shows a red B19 with a large Opel logo dominating the front of the car, an Opel Power logo on the side and numerous minor sponsor decals. Blank was a regular competitor at Swiss Championship events and at German national events in the B19 during 1972. It was also driven by Fredy Link at Interlagos 500 km 7 Sep 1972 (MN 21 Sep 1972 p18); Link has confirmed that this was Arthur Blank's car.

Blank reappeared with a B21 at Swiss events in 1973 which is likely to be the same car. At some point the car was damaged and it is not believed to have raced after September 1973. Blank sold the car to Gerhard Kobler (Muri, Switzerland) who repaired the front-end damage it still bore and fitted it with a 1.3-litre FVA engine built by engine builder Max Funda (Geneva, Switzerland) who would later build the Simca engines for the ROC team. Kobler raced it in German, Swiss and French events through 1974 and 1975 but often found that he was running with 1600cc or even 2-litre competition so experimented with a turbocharger. The car's career ended with a heavy shunt in private testing at Misano. Kobler kept the wreck for some time before selling it to a race car dealer called Büchi (Rapperswil, Switzerland).

It is reported that this car has been restored and is now in the UK.

Unknown owner (UK)
Chevron B19
'the Bill Barber car'
A second Chevron B19 bought by Doug Shierson Racing for teammate Bill Barber after Barber crashed the team's B16 at Blackhawk Farms 22 Aug 1971 and extensively damaged it. Barber next raced in a SCCA National at Nelson Ledges on 26 Sep 1971 but CP&A (Competition Press & Autoweek 23 Oct 1971 p17) only refers to his car as a Marathon Chevron, giving no clue as to whether it was a rebuilt B16 or a new B19.  

The 1972 Mystery Cars

This section covers the B19s that appeared during 1972 that do not yet have an established identity. As a starting point for this clearing exercise, here is a summary of the location of the 35 B19s plus the B16S in 1972:

Known cars Unknown cars
  • B16S - wrecked at Oulton Park 19 Oct 1971
  • B19-71-2 - Doug Shierson (US)
  • B19-71-3 - Jörg Zaborowski (D)
  • B19-71-4 - John Bamford (UK) only up to April
  • B19-71-5 - Frank Aston (UK)
  • B19-71-6 - Eddie Regan (Ireland)
  • B19-71-7 - wrecked at Barcelona 12 Oct 1971
  • B19-71-8 - wrecked at Clermont Ferrand 20 Jun 1971
  • B19-71-9 - James Gray (UK)
  • B19-71-10 - Ralf Walter (D)
  • B19-70-S-10 - Cyr Febbraïo (France)
  • B19-71-10A - Theo Kinsbergen (Netherlands)
  • B19-71-12 - John Rowe (South Africa)
  • B19-71-15 - Tony Bancroft (UK)
  • B19-71-18 - Dieter Münch (D)
  • B19-71-20 - Hiromu Tanaka (Japan)
  • B19-71-24 - probably H. Hundt GmbH/Duckhams
  • B19-71-25 - wrecked at Brands Hatch 30 Aug 1971
  • B19-71-26 - Bob Vincent (UK) and Arthur Collier (Ireland)
  • B19-71-27 - Hiroshi Fushida (Japan)
  • B19-71-28 - Reg Phillips (UK)
  • B19-71-29 - Central Garage (UK)
  • B19-71-30 - Geoff Richardson (UK) and Emile Elias (F)
  • B19-71-31 - Andrew Fletcher (UK) renumbered B21-72-1
  • B19-71-32 - Red Rose Racing (UK)
  • B19-71-33 - Pete LoBianco (USA)
  • B19-71-34 - George Humble for Peter Humble (UK)

Apart from the six Tondelli cars, six more B19s are currently unknown in 1972. The works/Gunston car (B19-71-27) may have been rebuilt into a B21 for 1972 as the difference in specification between late-season B19s and 1972-spec B21s was very small. The Schickentanz car may also have been consumed in the B21 he had for 1972 but the Siffert/Larrousse car, B19-71-16, is likely to have been sold privately. The mystery Red Rose Racing/Toine Hezemans car (B19-71-23) remains a complete puzzle. It should also be noted that Bamford's B19-71-4 is last seen in April 1972.

The cars below are an evolving list of unresolved B19s in 1972 which will help explain those missing cars. Of these, the Serblin car is likely to be one of the Tondelli cars, as is the "Tondelli BT1600". The Squadra Tartaruga car of Peter Ettmüller and Walter Frey remains a mystery for now but Swiss import documentation has recently come to light that appears to solve that mystery.

Of the four hillclimb cars to appear during the season, Jean-Marie Porcier's car may be Cyr Febbraïo's B19-70-S-10 on loan and Hans Affentranger's may be the B19-71-16 that Siffert entered for Larrousse. The other two Swiss cars, Arthur Frischknecht's and Ruedi Jauslin's, may not be B19s at all but if they are likely to be drawn from the Kersten/Schickentanz B19-71-22 and the Red Rose/Hezemans car suspected to be B19-71-23. The Chevron 'B21P' of Hiroshi Fushida in Japan appears to have been the works/Gunston B19-71-27 which could have been regarded as the prototype B21.

Clearly there are enough unexplained B19s in 1972 to suggest that all the 1971 B19s were sold on.

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History

Current owner

Chevron B19
'the Serblin car'
(1972)
'AG'

Appeared at Paul Ricard 2-litre Sportscar Championship (Round 1) 9 Apr 1972 (MN 13 Apr 1972 p8) driven by Gabriele Serblin. Presumably an ex-Tondelli car. Also driven at Vallelunga 23 Apr 1972 (MN 27 Apr 1972 p9); Monza 1000 kms Tuesday 25 Apr 1972 (MN 4 May 1972 pp6-7) co-driven by Jacopo Trivellato, "the Italian engine tuner"; Salzburgring (E2lSC Round 3) 21 May 1972 (MN 25 May 1972 p10) entered by Automobil Club Vicenza and fitted with a Trivellato engine; Monza 29 Jun 1972 (MN 6 Jul 1972 p8); Trento-Bondone hill climb 2 Jul 1972 (Autosprint) won G5 2000cc class; Hockenheim Interserie 16 Jul 1972 (MN 20 Jul 1972 p4); Misano 6 Aug 1972 (MN 24 Aug 1972 p23) 3rd;

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Squadra Tartaruga car'
(1972-1973)
'AJ'

Appeared at Brands Hatch BOAC 1000 kms 16 Apr 1972 (MN 20 Apr 1972 p14-17) for Peter Ettmüller (Aarau, Switzerland) and Walter Frey (Zurich, Switzerland); entered by Squadra Tartaruga, a group of Swiss enthusiasts formed by Rico Steinemann in 1959 and most recently the entrant of Xavier Perrot in F2. Also driven by the same pairing at Monza 1000 kms Tuesday 25 Apr 1972 (MN 4 May 1972 pp6-7); Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1972 (MN 1 Jun 1972 pp12-13); by Frey at Dijon (2-litre series R4) 4 Jun 1972 (MN 8 Jun 1972 p7, AS 8 Jun 1972 pp18,20); and by both at Austrian 1000 kms (WCM R10) Osterreichring 25 Jun 1972 (MN 29 Jun 1972 pp14-17, AS 29 Jun 1972 pp7-11). Time & Two Seats reports that the car repaired due to exhaust problems but the car was not seen again for two months and when it did appear (St Ursanne-Les Rangiers 20 Aug 1972) it was described by Automobil Revue as brand new. Could the B19 have been wrecked somewhere or had it simply been updated?

In 1972, Chevron factory records list a B21 chassis B21-72-25 going to Frey and Ettmüller. The number is quite late given that their car had appeared as early as April but this may indicate that it used parts of a B19 but with B21 parts and a B21 identity. Maybe the car had been wrecked and replaced with a new B21 chassis of maybe a B21 kit was supplied together with a new chassis plate.

This car raced by Frey and Ettmüller again in 1973 (as a B19/23). At the Nürburgring 1000 kms 27 May 1973, Autosport notes that Frey/Ettmüller were "still using their old B19 and waiting for the new flat-eight Tecno and a newer chassis" (AS 31 May 1973 p13).

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Tondelli BT1600'
(1972)

Appeared at Monza 1000 kms Tuesday 25 Apr 1972 (MN 4 May 1972 pp6-7) entered by Eris Tondelli and driven by Tondelli and Mauro Formento (Italy). It had a FVA engine so it could run in the 1600cc class and had been "modestly" renamed "Tondelli BT1600". Motoring News was quite clear that it was a Chevron B19. Also driven at the Targa Florio 21 May 1972 (MN 25 May 1972 pp14-16); Misano 6 Aug 1972 (MN 24 Aug 1972 p23) 4th;

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Affentranger car'
(1972-1977)

Raced at Sembach 30 Apr 1972 (ONS Mitteilungen) driven by Hans Affentranger (Nidau or Lotzwil, Switzerland). Also appeared at the Abreschwiler hillclimb 14 May 1972 (photographic evidence) and raced at Côte de Vuillafans 2 Jul 1972 (Echappement July 1972 pp160-2) and Côte de Beaujolais 9 Jul 1972.

A photograph of this car taken at Abreschwiler shows a plain red B19 with a series of white lines across the front and rear wings. Affentranger was a regular in his B19 at French and German hillclimbs and at Swiss championship events throughout 1972. He appeared again in 1973 and a Chevron B21 in 1974, likely to be the B19 upgraded. Affentranger's entrant during this time is sometimes given as Squadra Caposcarico. Affentranger continued to appear in the Chevron up to the end of 1977, when he replaced it with a Lola T297.

Affentranger died in December 2005 and a biography on berg-meisterschaft.de referred to him buying his Chevron from Jo Siffert, implying it is 71-16.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Frischknecht car'
(1972-1974)

A "Chevron" raced at Sembach 30 Apr 1972 (ONS Mitteilungen) by Arthur Frischknecht (Switzerland) but listed by Automobil Revue as a "Chevron Eigenbau B19" when it appeared in the Swiss Championship event at Hockenheim (18 Jun 1972). This is probably the same car raced by Frischknecht two years later at Romont (9 Jun 1974) and Schauinsland (28 Jul 1974).

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Porcier car'
(1972)

Appeared at Course du côte du Col Bayard 14 May 1972 (Echappement July 1972 pp160-2) driven by Jean-Marie Porcier. This is the only known outing of Porcier with a B19 (so far) and it has been suggested that this was Febbraïo's car on loan. Porcier had raced an Abarth 2000 in 1971.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Jauslin car'
(1972-1973)

Ruedi Jauslin (Muttenz, Switzerland) raced a Chevron spyder in 1972 and 1973, starting at the Swiss Championship round at Hockenheim on 28 May 1972. In 1972 his engine was generally given as "Cosworth" and the car was sometimes described as a "Chevron Spider". He generally ran in Group 7 in German hillclimbs. He continued to run this car in 1973 - in German, Luxembourg, Swiss and French hillclimbs - but one of very few clues to its identity came at Côte de Turckheim-Trois-Epis 24 Jun 1973 when Echappement listed it as a 'Chevron B16S'.

In 1971, Jauslin had raced a Chevron B8 and it is possible that this car was the basis of his Spyder, not a B16.

Jauslin swapped to a Lola T294 for 1974.

Not yet established

At this point it is necessary to introduce one more car: not a B19 but a virtually identical car built by Spartan Racing Team (Dübendorf, Switzerland) during 1971 and first raced in 1972.

Chassis

History

Current owner

Spartan 721
'the Studer car'
(1972-2005)
A Chevron B19 driven by Hansmarkus Huber at Zolder in August 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

The Spartan driven by Hansmarkus Huber at Zolder in August 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

The Chevron B19 of Bob Storz at the Monterey Historics in 2005. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

The "Chevron B19" of Bob Storz at the Monterey Historics in 2005. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

In mid-August 1970, Arthur Blank crashed his recently acquired Chevron B16 at a SAR club race. He sold the wreck to Spartan Racing Team (Dübendorf, Switzerland) and they used it as the basis of one or more cars built to a Chevron B19 pattern. It has been reported that Chevron cooperated with the first build as it was effectively the conversion of a B16 to Spyder specification but withdrew that help when they realised Spartan were building other cars. The Swiss-built cars are said to be distinguished by the use of metric bolts and fasteners instead of the Imperial fitting that would have been used by Chevron.

One of these cars was called the Spartan 721 and was sold to Benjamin Studer (Grindelwald, Switzerland) at the end of 1971. It was fitted wth a 1-litre engine and used in the 1000cc and 1150cc class racing in Germany, Italy and Switzerland during 1972, winning the Swiss championship. Studer moved up to a Formula 2 March 722 for 1973 and the Spartan was eventually sold to Hubert Ihle (Zürich, Switzerland) in December 1973. Ihle raced it in 1974 and 1975 as the "Spartan 721 B" during which time it was updated to Chevron B23/26 specification.

Ihle sold the car to Gérard Vallat (Geneva, Switzerland) who continued to race it up to 1979 but calling it a Chevron instea of a Spartan. He sold it in Oct 1979 to Louis Fontanel (Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland) who stored it until 1986 when he sold it to Bernard Friedli (Bernex, Switzerland). Like Fontanel, Friedli did not use the car and sold it in 1988 to William Hofer (Geneva, Switzerland) who sold it straight on to John Salmona. Salomona reseached the history of the car and provided excellent documentation to future owners. Salomona then sold it to Hansmarkus Huber who used it in historic racing from 1990 to 1999. His first known races was at the Zolder European Historic GP 18-19 August 1990 (as #52).

In 2001 or 2002, Huber sold the car via Guido Enderle to Bob Storz (Westbank, BC, Canada). When seen in Canada, this car was wearing a Chevron chassis plate stamped "Spartan P721" chassis number "01". Entered by Bob Storz at the Monterey Historics in 2005 as #77 and identified in the program as Chevron B19 chassis no '001'. Believed to have been sold shortly afterwards. It is believed that this car has returned to England and is being rebuilt to B16 form.

Bob Storz (Canada) 2005

Later Mystery Cars Part 1 - Europe 1973-1979

The B19s start to disappear in 1973 as they move into ever more obscure forms of racing. Also, they start to be described as B21s or B23s, or even B26s, making identification even more difficult. In Britain, Chevrons were used primarily in circuit racing rather than sprinting events. The Motoring News/Castrol Championship was one of the main British circuit series in 1973, followed by a Tricentrol Sports GT series in 1974. An RAC 2-litre British Sports Car Championship was organised for 1976 but the arrival of Sports 2000 in 1977 changed the direction of British sports car racing. At this point Chevron sports cars started to be converted into "Super Saloons" for this highly popular evolution of Group 2 saloon car racing. The Chimp had been the first such car in 1975 (see B19-71-9) but the first legal version was Jim Evans' 'Skoda' in 1977 (see B19-71-10A). B19s also started to be used in historic racing, first with Paul Howarth and B19-71-9 in 1977 but this was just in guest entries and the HSCC did not allow B19s into their main championships until 1982.

Chevrons were rarer in British hillclimbs with only Phil Scragg and Reg Phillips using B19s, although when Reg Phillips sold his B19 to Chippy Stross in September 1973, B8 owner John Cleland was also looking for a B19/B23 for 1974. In French hillclimbs, Chevrons appeared in larger numbers in 1973 and 1974 and there were at least two unidentified Chevrons in this series in 1974 that were likely to be B19s or B21s. See Intermission 2 - Championnat de France de la Montagne 1971-1975 below.

Meanwhile in the US, the 2-litre 'B' Sports Racing class was flourishing in Divisional and Regional SCCA racing and Chevrons were used in this category right up to 1976. From 1977 onwards old B19s and B21s were used in the 2-litre class of Can-Am - back in International racing just as they were becoming 'historic' in Britain.

Only two more B19s go missing after the start of 1972, John Bamford's B19-71-4 and Bobby Howlings' B19-71-32. Here is a further summary showing the location of the 35 B19s plus the B16S during 1973 and 1974. This does not include the list of 1972 mystery cars; only a couple of these do not reappear but both look likely to have been hire cars.

Known cars Unknown cars
  • B16S - wrecked at Oulton Park 19 Oct 1971
  • B19-71-2 - Doug Shierson (US) to Feb 1974
  • B19-71-3 - Jörg Zaborowski (D) destroyed in 1973
  • B19-71-5 - Keiichi Tahara (Japan) 1973
  • B19-71-6 - Peter Richardson (UK) 1973 and maybe 1974
  • B19-71-7 - wrecked at Barcelona on 12 Oct 1971
  • B19-71-8 - wrecked at Clermont Ferrand on 20 Jun 1971
  • B19-71-9 - Ian Harrower (UK) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-10 - Ralf Walter (D) 1973
  • B19-70-S-10 - Jean-Marc Guimelli (F) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-10A - Peter Wright (UK) 1973, John Cole (UK) 1974
  • B19-71-12 - John Rowe (ZA) 1973, Fred Goddard (ZW) 1974
  • B19-71-15 - Phil Scragg (UK) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-20 - Masaharu Nakano (Japan) 1973
  • B19-71-24 - probably Hundt/Duckhams (Germany) 1973
  • B19-71-25 - wrecked at Brands Hatch 30 Aug 1971
  • B19-71-26 - Arthur Collier (Ireland) 1973, John MacDonald (UK) 1974
  • B19-71-27 - Hiroshi Fushida (Japan) 1973, unknown 1974
  • B19-71-28 - Reg Phillips (UK) 1973, Chippy Stross (UK) 1974
  • B19-71-29 - Chris Oates (UK) 1973, Doug Drysdale (ZA) 1974
  • B19-71-30 - Emile Elias (France) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-31 - Renumbered B21-72-1
  • B19-71-33 - Pete LoBianco (USA) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-34 - Richard Simms (UK) 1973 and 1974
  • B19-71-1 - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-4 - John Bamford (UK) last seen April 1972
  • B19-71-12A - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-14 - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-16 - Siffert/Larrousse in 1971
  • B19-71-17 - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-18 - Dieter Münch (D) in 1972
  • B19-71-19 - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-21 - a Tondelli car in 1971
  • B19-71-22 - Kersten/Schickentanz (D) in 1971
  • B19-71-23 - Probably Hezemans in 1971
  • B19-71-32 - Bobby Howlings (UK) May 1973

Four B21s racing in England at this time deserve a mention here to avoid them being confused with the B19s. Alex Seldon had a "1.6 Chevron B21/23" in 1974, winning the 1600cc class in the Tricentrol sport GT race at Brands Hatch on 3 Mar 1974 (AS 7 Mar 1974 p33); this was chassis B21-72-1, the car originally built as B19-71-31 for Andrew Fletcher which was sold to Alex Seldon for 1974, to Mike Fowler (Weston-super-Mare, Somerset) in 1975, to Reg Thurley (Calne, Wiltshire) in 1976, then left for sale with Mike Gue of Road & Track when Thurley emigrated and then back to original co-owner Willie Tuckett soon after. Also Peter Long drove Stewart Chubb's "ex-Twaites/Johnson Angola series-winning Chevron B23" at Thruxton that month (AS 28 Mar 1974 p30); this was chassis B21-72-2 and would go to France at the end of 1975. Thirdly, Peter Smith (Wakefield, West Yorkshire) had his B21-72-3 still running in International events in 1973 and 1974 and fourthly Robin Smith (no relation) raced his rechassied B23 in 1974 and 1975 which had begun life as B21-72-12A. Robin Smith's car was sold to Yorkshire hillclimber Ian Curtis (Bradford) for 1976 but Curtis drove a Mallock Mk16 on the hills in 1976 so it is possible that the Chevron moved on again quickly and that it's the car listed below driven by a pair of Yorkshire hillclimbers, Richard Sutherland and Peter Davey, both from Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Another early B21 racing in 1973 was that of Dutchman Henk Bosman, who drove an ex-Red Rose Racing Chevron B21 in Dutch national events for the magnificently named "Team 4711 SIR irish moss", winning the 1973 Dutch Championship. He also drove at the Nürburgring 500 km 2-litre sports car race 2-3 Sep 1973 in the car (AS 6 Sep 1973 pp10-12) and appears to have continued to drive it until 1976. The car was advertised by Ray Hutchinson (The Hague, Netherlands) in June 1974 (AS 13 Jun 1974 p66) as a B21 with 1900cc Smith FVC.

For the only 1974 English mystery B19, that of Tony Dean, there are two main contenders: Peter Richardson had B19-71-6 in July 1973 and probably into 1974 and Bobby Howlings had B19-71-32 in early 1973. Richardson's B19-71-6 reappears with Doug Baillie in May 1975 which just leaves room for Dean's ownership but not for it to go on to Sutherland so marginally the most likely contender is Howlings' B19-71-32.

Also included here is the car of Christine Beckers/Roger Dubos which may turn out to be a later car, either a B21 or a B23. It will be moved to the relevant page later if necessary.

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History

Current owner

Chevron "B21"
'the Christine Beckers car'
(1973-1974)

Belgian driver Christine Beckers and her French fiancé Roger Dubos shared a Chevron "B21" or "B21/23" in endurance racing during 1973. The car was bought from Paul Blancpain in Fribourg and Beckers believes it had come from England. It may well have been a B21 but is included here as there is a significant chance that it was a B19.

It first appeared at the Le Mans test weekend and Le Mans 4 Hours (1 Apr 1973) and then at the Spa 1000 km (5 May) where it was white with blue stripes and Dinitrol/Total signwriting. It retired at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was then raced by Beckers alone at the Interserie Hockenheim (15 Jul). A week later, Dubos was killed in an accident in the 24 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps touring car race.

Beckers continued to race the "B21" and appeared at the Nürburgring 500 km (2 Sep) and Nogaro (30 Sep) that season. In 1974, the car carried Sieko livery and Beckers shared with Claude Michy at the Le Mans 4 Hour (24 Mar), with Jacques Coche at Paul Ricard (7 Apr), with Yvette Fontaine at the Spa 1000 km (5 May) and with Laurent Ferrier at the Nürburgring 1000 km (19 May), where the car was described as a B26. Beckers then hired Michel Dupont's backup Chevron "B23" for the 1974 Le Mans and shared with Dupont twice more that season. Then Beckers suffered a second personal tragedy when Dupont committed suicide in September.

Beckers recalls that the "B21" was sold with a broken engine to a Renault dealer in Le Mans. However, it was advertised by Vic Elford, then living and working in France, in 1976.

Not yet established

Chevron B19
'the Tony Dean car'
(1974-1975)

In Feb 1974, Tony Dean (Castleford, West Yorkshire) advertised a Chevron B19/21 with FT200 gearbox and FVC engine for £2,995. This advert is repeated in Feb 1975, again for a Chevron B19/21 with FT200 and FVC but now said to be the "ex-Lepp championship winning car". Lepp had won the British (RAC) title in 1972 (or maybe even the Motoring News/Castrol Sports GT Championship) but that was with B19-71-29 which has a fairly strong history into South Africa at the end of 1973. The other Lepp B19 was B19-71-9 but this car was with Ian Harrower in 1973 and 1974. Lepp was very briefly connected with a third car, Bobby Howlings' B19-71-32 which Lepp drove just once, at the Boxing Day Mallory Park meeting in 1973. The timing is right for this to be the same car.

The advert appears again in April 1975. No record has been found of Dean racing a Chevron sports car. Dean was often partners with Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) who owned B19-71-5 at the end of 1972 and a B21 (chassis B21-72-4) in 1972 and 1973 but this description does not fit either of them.

This could be the car that goes to Richard Sutherland in nearby Harrogate, North Yorkshire, as a B23 for 1976.

Not yet established
Chevron B19
'the Richard Sutherland car'
(1976)

A Chevron "B19/23" or "B23" raced by Richard Sutherland (Harrogate, North Yorkshire) in 1976. Sutherland, a former Modsports champion, had bought the car over the winter with hillclimb partner Peter Davey. Second in a libre race at Croft as a 1.9 "B23" on 7 Mar 1976 (AS 11 Mar 1976 p42) and retired from another Croft libre as a "B23" 4 Apr 1976 (AS 8 Apr 1976 p52). Appeared at Silverstone 19 Apr 1976 (third) and Oulton Park 31 May 1976, both rounds of the RAC 2-litre Sports Car Championship; and then at Zolder for an Interserie race on 13 Jun 1976. Sutherland was killed during the race when his car was involved in an accident with the Chevrons of Colin James and Martin Raymond and hit the Armco heavily. The car slid under the rail and Sutherland was killed instantly. See Autosport 17 Jun 1976 p5.

The origins of this car are not yet known. Two possible contenders are the B19 advertised by Tony Dean from Castleford, West Yorkshire, in 1975 (see above) or the B21 of Peter Smith in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, also last seen in 1975.

Wrecked

In August 1977, a Chevron B19/21/23 was advertised from a central Manchester phone number as "the famous ex-works car" with a "carbon fibre body, good Ford T/C and FT200".

In September 1981, a car was advertised from Crossford, near Dunfermline, Fife, as "Chevron B19 FVC, original condition, no updating whatsoever, known history". It is quite possible that this is one of the B19s that emerged in historic racing in the early 1980s.

Intermission 1 - The Fuji Grand Champion Series 1971-1973

The Grand Champion series In Japan also started in 1971 but only a single Chevron B19, that of Hiromu Tanaka, appeared in 1971. In 1972 it was joined by the 'B21P' of Hiroshi Fushida which does not appear in the factory B21 chassis list but may have been the ex-works late-season B19-71-27. In 1973, as may as ten more Chevrons appear in the series: many said to be B23s but more probably B19s and B21s with suitable updates.

So far, the third-hand ex-DART/Aston/Robinson B19-71-5 is known to have gone to Japan plus a B21 from Hugh Kleinpeter in the US. Both appeared early in the 1973 season. The other eight cars remain to be identified.

1971

Hiromu Tanaka Chevron B19 (debut R3; R4; R5) = B19-71-20

1972

Hiroshi Fushida Chevron B21P (R1; R2; R3; R4; R5) = B19-71-27?

Hiromu Tanaka Chevron B19 (R1; R2; R3; R4; R5) = B19-71-20

1973

Hiroshi Fushida #1 Chevron B21P (R1; R2; R3; R4; R5) = same car as 1972 = B19-71-27?

Noritake Takahara #3 Chevron B23 (R3; R4; R5)

Moto Kitano #4 Chevron B23 (R2; R3) (appears in 1974 R1 in a Chevron B19) - ex Bobby Howlings 'B23'

Masaharu Nakano #7 Chevron B19 (R1; R2; R3 ('B23'); R4 ('B23'); R5('B23')) = ex-Tanaka B19-71-20

Jiro Yoneyama #27 Chevron B21 (R1; R2 - DNS)

Keiichi Tahara #44 Chevron B19 (R2; R3; R4; R5) - ex-DART Racing B19 (Japanese Auto Sport 1 Jul 1973)

Yoshimi Katayama #52 Chevron B21 (R3; R4)

Hiroshi Kazato #80 Chevron B23 (R3; R4; R5 ('B23/26'))

Takashi Yorino #85 Chevron B23 (R5)

Akira Tajima #86 Chevron B23 (R2)

Motokuni Tajima #86 Chevron B23 (R3; R4; R5)

Naohiro Fujita #88 Chevron B23 (R4; R5)

Intermission 2 - Championnat de France de la Montagne 1971-1975

Only one B19 originally went to the French hillclimb series, Cyr Febbraïo's B19-70-S-10, and he retained this car for 1972.

For 1973, three more cars appeared. At Ampus at the start of 1973, Jean-Marc Guimelli was second in the national class in his ex-Febbraïo B19 and he was joined by Jacques Almeras who had the ex-Oliver Chevron B21 in the International class. Soon after Ampus, Marc Pozet appeared in a B23 which would prove very effective over the next three seasons and then Jacques Daumet arrived at the beginning of May in a fourth "new" Chevron. Pozet's car may have been a brand new B23 and was certainly no older than a B21. Daumet's car was older and looks like it may have been B19-71-22.

At the start of 1974, Guimelli, Pozet and Daumet retained their cars and the Alméras B21 went to Daniel Gache. They were joined at Col Saint-Pierre on 21 April by Fredy Canin in another "B23" and then by "Ankhar", whose car was prepared by Pierre Maublanc, in June. All six cars were referred to as B23s.

Lucien Rossiaud bought B19-71-30 for the 1975 season.

Later Mystery Cars Part 2 - USA 1974-1979

In the US, B19/21/23 Chevrons were still being used in SCCA racing and were eligible for the 2-litre class of the revived Can-Am from 1977 onwards. Relatively few B19s are known to have been in the US by this time: Doug Shierson's B19-71-2 which could be the ex-Shierson car raced by Bill Rousch, Dick Leppla and Don Chab between 1974 and 1978; Pete Smith's B19-71-6 raced from 1974 to 1979, the ex-Reg Phillips/Chippy Stross B19-71-28 raced by John Krimmel between 1975 and 1979 and Pete LoBianco's B19-71-33 which went to David Giorgi in 1979 or 1980.

It is also worth mentioning at this point Hugh Kleinpeter's Chevron B21 which, although listed as a B21 in Chevron records, was described as a B19 when publicised by the South Florida Auto Show in November 1972, and Ray Petry's later ex-Peter Smith (the English Peter Smith, not the Columbus, Ohio S. Peter Smith) Chevron B21 which ran in Can-Am from 1978 to 1980.

Chassis History Current owner
Chevron B19
'the Bill Roush car'
(1974-1978)
Bill Roush racing his Chevron B19/26 in the 1975 Run-Offs. Copyright R. Allen Olmstead. Used with permission..

Bill Roush racing his Chevron B19/26 in the 1975 Run-Offs. Copyright R. Allen Olmstead. Used with permission.

Don Chab's Chevron B19/26 in the paddock at Mid-Ohio in June 1978. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

Don Chab's Chevron B19/26 in the paddock at Mid-Ohio in June 1978. Copyright Mark Windecker 2009. Used with permission.

Bill Roush (Tallmadge, OH) bought a B19 from Doug Shierson that he understood to be a converted B16 and raced it in the SCCA Run-Offs in November 1974 and, with Rerko & Wertman backing, in 1975. The Run-Offs entry lists show that he had been 4th in NE Div in 1974 and 3rd in NE Div in 1975. The points tables in the SCCA's Sports Car magazine show he had scored 18 pts driving a NTM-FVC (a brand new Mk IV chassis 6) in the SCCA's North East Division in 1974, representing the Mahoning Valley Region (in North East Ohio), suggesting he acquired the Chevron B19 in between the regular season and the Run-Offs. In 1975 he appeared in two Divisions, scoring nine points to finish third in NE Div and also 13 points in Central Division for NEOhio Region in a Chevron. Although in different Divisions, Mahoning Valley Region and NEOhio Region border each other.

Roush also entered a Chevron at the Watkins Glen Players "200" on 22 Aug 1976. According to RacingSportsCars.com, it was entered by William R. Roush as a B19/26 and had a 2-litre Hart engine. He scored six points in NE Div in 1976, finishing fifth behind, amongst others, the B19 of Pete LoBianco but did not appears in the Central Division table. Rousch sold the car to Dick Leppla for 1977 who appeared in the NE Div BSR points table, also representing Mahoning Valley Region. Leppla (Cleveland, OH) drove the "Chevron B26" in the Road America Can-Am race on 24 Jul 1977.

To Don Chab (Grove City, PA) Can-Am in 1978. The car appeared twice, at Road Atlanta 14 May 1978 and at Mid-Ohio 11 Jun 1978 and was entered both times by C & H Specialties as a Chevron B19/26. It was photographed by Mark Windecker at Mid-Ohio and clearly shows B26-style front and rear bodywork.

Unfortunately, Don does not remember who he sold it to but Bill Rousch recalls that Chab crashed the car and that it was not raced again.

Unknown

Later Mystery Cars Part 3 - 1980-1989

Many of the remaining Chevrons in Britain had been turned into Skoda Super Saloons in the late 1970s but the tide began to turn in the early 1980s as the HSCC's Historic Special GT Championship began to grow. As a rival to this, David Piper and Mike Knight started promoting "Super Sports" racing in 1981, organising six prestigious races that year for 1964-1970 3-litre and 5-litre cars. Inevitably, given the traditional flexibility of eligibility rules in historic racing, some 2-litre cars were allowed in but the only Chevron B19 to appear in the early years of Super Sports was the 3-litre BMW-Alpina B19-71-15.

The HSCC's series flourished when John Foulston sponsored it through his Atlantic Computer Leasing company in the early 1980s and Chevron B19s started to be allowed into a new 1968-1970 class in 1982. This class was announced as a Pre-'71 class but was interpreted as a pre-31 Dec 1971 class, thus allowing in the B19s. However, B21s and B23s wouldn't be allowed so work was needed to return some upgraded cars to B19 specification. Also, some Chevrons built new as B21s and B23s were also rebuilt to B19 specification during this time. Tim Colman of Chevron Cars Ltd drew attention to this problem in a letter to the HSCC Newsletter in January 1985, suggesting "some UK owners" may have "a slight feeling of guilt".

Also in this period at least two new B19s were built and given suitable "cover stories" to qualify for historic racing. The actual quantity of new cars built isn't yet clear but is likely to be significantly more than two. These extra cars are listed with the mystery cars below.

The first B19s to appear in the 1982 HSCC series included Vin Malkie's immaculate Plygrange Racing B19-71-9, Tony Hill's B19-71-28, Paul Howarth's B23/B19 and Tony Gordon's ex-Stirling Moss car. Hill's car is next seen in Thundersports in 1984 and then goes to the US.

The new Thundersports series brought out more B19s in 1983, including Steve Thompson in Gil Baird's car and Tony Gordon in his second car to join Tony Griffin in the ex-Howarth B23/B19, James Wallis in the ex-Malkie B19-71-9 and Ray Bellm in the ex-Moss/Gordon car. Assuming Rollinson uses Baird's car in 1984, all of these continue into the next season.

Starters in the ten 1984 rounds were #67 James Wallis in B19-71-9 (nine starts; four Class 'D' wins), #68 Alan Rollinson in Gil Baird's car (one start), #69 Tony Griffin (eight starts), #72 Tony Gordon (nine starts; one win), #74 Ray Bellm (nine starts; five wins) and #78 Richard Fry (one start). All of these return for 1985.

Competitors in Class 'D' of the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship in Chevron B19s were: #59 Sid Marler in the ex-Tony Griffin B23/B19 (one start), #62 Don Shead (eight starts) and James Shead (one start) in the B16S, #62 James Wallis in B19-71-9 (ten starts; four wins), #69 Chris Aylett in the ex-Gil Baird car (nine starts; one win), #70 Ray Bellm in his new 1985 car (two starts; two wins including one overall fastest lap), #78 Richard Fry (eight starts), #81 Juergen Haase (registration only), Tony Gordon (six starts; one win) and Martin Birrane in 'B19-71-18' (five starts). Of these, only Ray Bellm's car doesn't reappear in 1986.

Competitors in Class 'C' of the 1986 HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship in Chevron B19s were: #69 Chris Aylett in the ex-Gil Baird car (seven starts; four wins), #34 Richard Eyre in the ex-Wallis B19-71-9 (six starts; three wins), #32 Tony Gordon (six starts; two wins), #35 Martin Birrane in 'B19-71-18' (one start; one win), #59 Sid Marler in the ex-Tony Griffin B23/B19 (three starts) and #38 Richard Fry (two starts); plus two newcomers: #63 Colin Pool in 'B19-71-4' (six starts) and Richard Budge in B19-71-30 (four starts).

In 1987, Steigenberger Hotels started a lavish sponsorship of the German Open series, then run by the Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport and catering for sports cars from 1964 to 1971 in their SuperSports Cup. Chris Aylett managed the UK end of this series. Results for this predecessor to the Orwell SuperSports Cup have proved difficult to find so far. Meanwhile the HSCC Historic GT Championship was sponsored by Atlantic Computers in 1987 and announced ten races with B19 competitors to include Ray Bellm (now with B19-71-9), Richard Budge (B19-71-30) and Sid Marler (the ex-Tony Griffin B23/B19).

Chassis History Current owner
Chevron B19
'the Roy Lane car'
(1981-2009)
Richard Fry 's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Richard Fry's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Chris Chiles in his Chevron B19 at Dinington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Chris Chiles in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Ross Maxwell at Brands Hatch in JUne 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

Ross Maxwell at Brands Hatch in June 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

A car with the number 'CH-DBE-03' can be traced back to when Roy Lane's Techcraft bought a Chevron from Bob Howlings in 1981.

Such a car was advertised by Howlings's AMCO Racing in January 1981 as a Chevron B23 "totally rebuilt by Neil Edwards Racing, latest type B36 bodywork is now fitted, with rear wing, fitted 2-litre BMW Schnitzer inj engine". The advert was repeated in May 1981.

Lane recalls that it was fitted with a crossover Schnitzer BMW M12/7 which they removed and sold to Stuart Ridge and fitted an FVC. The front suspension was upgraded to B23 spec and the rear to B26. The number 'CH-DBE-03' may be an AM number which does not necessarily correspond to a chassis number. This may be a different early B19, rather than being B19-71-3.

It was only announced that Lane had a B19 in April 1982 when Lane was rebuilding it for Super Sports (AS 29 Apr 1982 p55).

Sold to Richard Fry 1982 who removed the FVC and fitted a BDA: raced in the HSCC GT Races up to 1987. To Ted Williams 1988: raced in Steigenberger SuperSports Cup races and HSCC GT Races. To Chris Chiles (UK) 1989: raced in historic racing 1990, in Steigenberger Series and in International Supersports 1992 (as #59), 1993 (as #1) and 1994 (overall champion in 1992 and 1994). Also raced intermittently in 1997 and 1999.

To Ross Maxwell (a New Zealander based in London) 2003: raced in Orwell Supersports Cup 2003-2006. Raced at HSCC Orwell Cup race Brands Hatch 4-5 Jul 2009 (as #21).

Ross Maxwell (UK) 2009

Chevron B19
'the Stirling Moss car'
(1982-1985)

Ray Bellm's immaculate Chevron B19 waiting in the Donington Park pitlane one sunny day, probably at the Thundersports race 14 Aug 1983. Copyright Kevin McLurg 2009 . Used with permission.

Ray Bellm's immaculate Chevron B19 waiting in the Donington Park pitlane one sunny day, probably at the Thundersports race 14 Aug 1983. Copyright Kevin McLurg 2009 . Used with permission.

Ray Bellm in his Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1984. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Ray Bellm in his Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1984. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

A car bought from Stirling Moss by Tony Gordon (Meopham, Kent) in April 1982. Moss's car was said to be newly restored (AS 22 Apr 1982 p51). See B19-71-12. Pictured in Autosport prior to a historic meeting in June 1982 when Moss was due to share the drive with Gordon (AS 17 Jun 1982 p58). The car was then white, and Gordon/Moss won the 90-minutes endurance race (AS 24 Jun 1982 p55).

In August 1982, Gordon exchanged the B19 for Ray Bellm's Chevron B16 (AS 2 Sep 1982 p51). Bellm (Alton, UK) debuted the car in the the Failsafe Historic Sports Car Endurance Race at Donington Park 24 Apr 1983 (red, 1970cc) and also shared it with Chevron Cars boss Roger Andreason as a Daily Mail/Mucron Racing entry in two Thundersports races that season. Bellm then drove the B19 in all but one round of the ten-race 1984 Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship, winning his class on five occasions. His final race with it was at Silverstone in the Birkett 6 hour relay on 13 Oct 1984.

He cannot recall who he sold this car to, but does remember that it was chassis B19-71-12.

Ray adds that "for 1985 Roger Andreason convinced me to build a new car with modern chassis in better gauge material", a car listed below as the 1985 Bellm car.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the second Paul Howarth car'
(1981-1990)
See the Paul Howarth B23.

 

 

Chevron B19
'the Gil Baird car'
(1983-1986)
Gil Baird's Tech-Speed Racing Chevron B19 in the Oulton Park paddock in June 1983. Copyright Peter Howarth 2011. Used with permission.

Gil Baird's Tech-Speed Racing Chevron B19 in the Oulton Park paddock in June 1983. Copyright Peter Howarth 2011. Used with permission.

Steve Thompson in Gil Baird's Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 at Silverstone in July 1983. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Steve Thompson in Gil Baird's Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 at Silverstone in July 1983. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Chris Aylett's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in June 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Chris Aylett's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in June 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Chris Aylett in his Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch International Historic Weekend 31 May-1 June 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Chris Aylett in his Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch International Historic Weekend 31 May-1 June 1986. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Rebuilt by Vin Malkie and shaken down on 10 March 1983 (AS 17 Mar 1983 p29). Entered by the late Gilbert 'Gil' Baird (Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) under the Tech-Speed Racing banner for Steve Thompson and Alan Rollinson to drive in Thundersports in 1983.

Thompson took pole and second place in a libre at Lydden Hill 27 Mar 1983 (AS 31 Mar 1983 p62). Thundersports debut Brands Hatch Easter Monday 4 Apr 1983; also driven at Snetterton 2 May, Brands Hatch 30 May and Donington 14 Aug.

This is presumably the car in which Rollinson started the 21 Jul 1984 Brands Hatch round of the 1984 Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship.

The car then moved to Chris Aylett (Leamington Spa) who was highly successful in historic racing in 1985 and 1986 winning one round (from nine starts) in the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship and then four wins (from seven starts) in 1986.

Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the Ron Hand car'
(1984-2012)
Fred Phillips in his Chevron B19 at Killarney in May 2009. Copyright Patrick Vermaak 2009. Used with permission.

Fred Phillips in his Chevron B19 at Killarney in May 2009. Copyright Patrick Vermaak 2009. Used with permission.

Built by former Chevron employee Ron Hand using Chevron B19 components and raced in sprint and hillclimb events. First known event was at Weston 6 Oct 1984, prior to which Hand had raced a Chrysler Stiletto Special Saloon.

Sold in 2008 by Hand to Steve Humble for Fred Phillips (Cape Town, ZA). Raced by Phillips in South Africa in 2009 and 2010 in Lucky Strike colours. Sold to Barry Scott (Johannesburg, South Africa) January 2011 and fitted with a Cosworth BDG engine and Hewland DG300 gearbox. Won the 2012 South African Pre-74 ISP championship and Class A of the Pre-77 Sports Car championship.

Barry Scott (ZA) 2012
Chevron B19
'the second Tony Gordon car'
(1983-1986)
Tony Gordon's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in September 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Tony Gordon's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in September 1985. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A #77 North Downs Instruments Chevron B19 driven by Tony Gordon at Brands Hatch in May and September 1983 (co-drivers Rick Whyman and Mike Knight respectively).

(Note that Gordon had previously owned the Stirling Moss car in 1982 before selling it to Ray Bellm.)

Gordon started nine races in the 1984 Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship, winning at Brands Hatch 21 Jul 1984 and twice finishing second. He also appeared in the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship, drove a #61 North Downs Racing Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in October 1985 (co-driver Roger Andreason); and a #44 North Downs Instruments Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in July 1986 (co-driver Roger Andreason).

Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the 1985 Bellm car'
(1985-2009)
Fred Laufer's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in September 1999. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Ray Bellm in his new Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in June 1985. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2010. Used with permission.

Fred Laufer's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in September 1999. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Fred Laufer's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in September 1991. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Dirk Waaijenberg in his Chevron B19 in June 2009. Copyright Pieter Mellison 2009. Used with permission.

Dirk Waaijenberg in his Chevron B19 in June 2009. Copyright Pieter Mellison 2009. Used with permission.

Built by Roger Andreason by Ray Bellm for the 1985 Historic GT season. Ray recalls that "it was given a chassis no by Roger Andreason that was not used in period so this B19 is not a genuine car but a recreation". It was painted in red/green/white Waspeze livery and raced just in two rounds of the 1985 HSCC Failsafe Historic GT Championship, on the Silverstone Club circuit on 8 Apr 1985 and on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on 9 Jun 1985, winning both times.

Ray cannot remember who he sold this car to but is sure that it is the car later owned by Fred Laufer (Essen, Germany) and the two pictures shown here clearly demonstrate that. Laufer's car's German HVIF, dated April 1991, gave its chassis number as 71/25 and lists previous owners including Tony Gordon and "H.-W. Schab-Pepperhoff, Essen". Hans-Werner Schwab-Pepperhoff's son Lucas recalls that his late father owned a dark green Chevron at about this time but could not confirm the chain of ownership.

Laufer raced the B19 in International Supersports 1991-1993 (as #44).

Papers with the car during Dirk Waaijenberg's ownership show that it was later with Andreas Schönberg (Germany) and would be the #13 Chevron B19-BDG he drove at Spa and at two Nürburgring races in 2000. Advertised by A. Schönberger in 2001. It was bought around 2001 from Silvio Kalb, promoter of European SuperSports by Dirk Waaijenberg (Netherlands). Raced by Waaijenberg in European Supersports from 2003 to 2008 (as #30) and at Spa April 2009.

This car is currently in Red Rose Racing livery and has a chassis plate B19 71/25.

Dirk Waaijenberg (Netherlands) 2009
Chevron B19
'the Bob Snodgrass car'
(1986-2011)
Peter Lindenberg racing his Chevron B19 at the Piper Day meeting at Killarney in February 2008. Copyright Barry Scott 2011. Used with permission.

Peter Lindenberg racing his Chevron B19 at the Piper Day meeting at Killarney in February 2008. Copyright Barry Scott 2011. Used with permission.

A car originally brought to the US by Brian Redman some time between 1982 and 1986 and sold to Bob Snodgrass (Fort Myers, FL) of Brumos Porsche (Jacksonville, FL). Believed to have been imported in 1982 and raced in US vintage racing between 1984 and 1986. One of two B19s featured in the book "Vintage and Historic Racing Cars" by Alex Gabbard, published late 1986, at which stage it was red with green and yellow stripes. Raced by Paul Reisman (Upper Saddle River, NJ but previously of Hollywood, FL) in historics under the Brumos banner from 1984 or 1986 up to 1999.

Sold to Bruce McCaw (Seattle, WA) 1999 and fully restored. To Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO) 2001. Sold to Anthony Corin (Pretoria, South Africa) 2004; also co-owned by Peter Lindenberg (South Africa) for a time up to the end of 2008. Entered for the Bosal Golden Age of Motor Racing at Zwartkops on 29 Jan 2005 by Corin. Overall winner of 2008 Piper International Sports Prototype races in Cape Town.

The history of the car as passed on to Corin includes statements that it was purchased by Redman from Stirling Moss around 1982; see the Stirling Moss car above which is last seen in England in 1985.

Sold to Fred Phillips (ZA) late 2010/early 2011 and being repainted from Corin's Gunston livery to period Canon colours.

Fred Phillips (ZA) 2011
Chevron B19
'the Redman/Hurd car'
(1986-2009)
Brian Redman in a Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Brian Redman in a Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Brian Redman (UK) at the Watkins Glen 'Serengeti Vintage Grand Prix', 7-9 September 1990. One of two B19s featured in the book "Vintage and Historic Racing Cars" by Alex Gabbard, published late 1986, at which stage it was red with a silver stripe, exactly as seen in the photo here. Redman was shown posing with the car.

Redman raced a car in identical livery at VIR June 2004 when it was said to be owned by George Hurd. George A Hurd Jr (Bethlehem, PA) is president of Square A Motorcars (Bethlehem, PA) who run the car. Brian Redman reported that the car was still in Hurd's ownership in September 2009.

George Hurd (US) 2009

Chevron B19
'the Hubert Ravier car'
(1989-1993)
Hubert Ravier in a Chevron B19 in a race at Croix-en-Ternois, probably in May 1989. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Hubert Ravier in a Chevron B19 in a race at Croix-en-Ternois, probably in May 1989. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Hubert Ravier (France) Croix-en-Ternois (France), probably May 1989 and at Paul Ricard in April 1993 (as #48). Ravier had a B21 at Paul Ricard two years later.

Ravier had a blue B21 in 2000 which may be the same car. This went to Portugal in 2001 and was for sale in 2004.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the Blaton car'
(1989-2009)
Jean Blaton in a Chevron B19 in a race at Croix-en-Ternois, probably in May 1989. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Jean Blaton in his Chevron B19 in a race at Croix-en-Ternois, probably in May 1989. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Jean Blaton's car was also driven by Philippe Martin, Teddy Pilette and Willy Braillard in 1992 and 1993. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Jean Blaton's car was also driven by Philippe Martin, Teddy Pilette and Willy Braillard in 1992 and 1993. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Jean Blaton ('Beurlys') at Croix-en-Ternois (France), probably May 1989. The same car appeared for drivers Philippe Martin (Nürburgring Wellem-Pokal, 27-28 Jun 1992); Teddy Pilette (Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix, 15-16 Aug 1992) and Willy Braillard (Zolder European Historic GP, 22-23 Aug 1993).

Sold to André Wanty (Belgium) and raced in International Supersports 1995-1996 (as #67), 1998 (as #49) and 2000 (as #32). This car was later badly damaged in a fire and the remains are reported to have gone to Portugal. According to its HVIF, this car is chassis DBE 12 (see B19-71-12).

There were at least three Chevron B19s in Portugal in the period in question, the blue ex-Ingram 'B19-71-20' raced by Armando Paes in 2002 and 2003 and sold to Vincent Rivet; the white 'B19-71-14' raced by Mário Silva and Daniel Vidal from 2004 to 2009; and 'the Massimo Comelli car' bought by Miguel Pais do Amaral (Lisbon) in 2000 and sold to José Albuquerque in 2007. None of these cars can be Alain Schlesinger's car covered below.


Alain Schlesinguer at CER Silverstone September 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Alain Schlesinguer at CER Silverstone September 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

A car bought from Portugal by Alain Schlesinger in 2006. It is understood to be chassis 12, an ex-Canon car and to have been previously owned by Jean Blaton.

Finished in Canon livery and driven by Schlesinger (sometimes spelt Schlesinguer) at CER (Classic Endurance Racing) Silverstone September 2008 (#67?). Also appeared at the Spa 6 Hours 2007 (#36) and at Donington Park 9-10 May 2009. It was entered for the Silverstone Classic in July 2009. Still with Schlesinger in March 2014 following a refresh by Kelvin Jones Motorsport.

Alain Schlesinger (F) 2014
Chevron B19
'the Monte Shalett car'
(1989-2009)
Jonathan Feiber at Laguna Seca in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Jonathan Feiber at Laguna Seca in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Monte Shalett (New Orleans, LA) bought "B19/1" from veteran collector Corrado Cupellini (Bergamo, Italy) with a FVA in 1988 or 1989. It had been used in Italian hillclimbs. He doesn't recall it having a a chassis plate but it appeared to have been well used at the time. The car was then restored and raced by Shalett. It was advertised by Berlinetta Imports Inc (Woodstock, GA) as "Chevron B-19 AM 71/01 currently undergoing restoration" in Victory Lane in 1992 (April 1992 p64 and July 1992 p67).

In the mid-1990s Shalett sold it to Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics who sold it on to John Hall. It then passed to Ralph Manaker (Marshall, VA) and later to Jonathan Feiber (Atherton, CA). The dates of these movements are unknown.

Note that the Massimo Comelli car, also with an Italian history, also claims the identity "71/1".

Driven by Feiber at Monterey 2008 (given as "c/n 71/1"). Also entered by Feiber (Menlo Park, CA) for the Wine Country Classic at Infineon Raceway 29-31 May 2009. At the 2011 Monterey Historics.

Jonathan Feiber (US) 2011

Chevron B19
'the Swart/Tugberk car'
(1989-2009)
Rasim Tugberk in a Chevron B19 at Road Atlanta in April 1997. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Rasim Tugberk in a Chevron B19 at Road Atlanta in April 1997. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Laurence Kessler at Laguna Seca in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Laurence Kessler at Laguna Seca in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

A car bought by Ed Swart from an advert in Autosport in late 1988 or early 1989. Roger Andreason advised Swart that the car needed to have everything replaced so Swart decided to buy Sid Marler's car instead and this car was sold instead to Rasim Tugberk (Fairfax, VA). Tugberk raced it at the Road Atlanta Walter Mitty Challenge 25-27 April 1997 in Blue Chip Racing colours and at the Daytona Continental Historics on 1 Nov 2003. He had bought the car from Ed Swart who told later owner Larry Kessler that he bought it "many years ago" from Roger Andreason in England. Swart said that Andreason identified it as car #8 but added "that could have been the Arch Motors number". The date of Tugberk's purchase from Swart and Swart's from Andreason are unknown.

Sold to Jim Downing and advertised by him (as chassis #8 still in Tugberk's 1997 livery) in June 2005. Sold soon after to Laurence Kessler (Rochester, NY). Raced by Kessler at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 2005 and again in 2008. Retained June 2009.

Laurence Kessler (US) 2009

Chevron B19
'the Swart/Turner car'
(1989-2010)
Henry Manney's Chevron B19 in the paddock at the 2009 Monterey Historics. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Henry Manney's Chevron B19 in the paddock at the 2009 Monterey Historics. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

An old repaired chassis plus boxes of parts supplied by Roger Andreason to Ed Swart in 1989 and shipped from England to Swart in Torrance, CA in November 1989. Sold to Doug Turner (Newport Beach, CA), 'put together' with a 2.3-litre Cosworth YB engine and raced by him at Willow Springs in May 1995, at the VARA LA Grand Prix 30 Aug-1 Sep 1997 and at the 1999 Coronado Speed Festival (see picture on classics.com). The car was then blue with white arrows down both wings.

After Doug died, the car was sold in 2004 by his widow Loretta to Scott Drnek (San Francisco, CA) who sold it on to Mike Taradash (Palos Verdes, CA). Taradash raced it at the Coronado Speed Festival 25 Oct 2004 (see photo on Voodoo Images). Taradash put the car up for sale again and it was purchased (via Ed Swart) by Henry Manney IV (Santa Ana, CA) in January 2005. Henry was told that it had been owned by Swart and sold by him to Turner in 1981.

Ed Swart was told by Andreason that this was chassis 27 but a chassis plate was not provided. Eventually a chassis plate was provided by Malkie racing. Henry has had the car restored in Team Gunston colours and raced it at the 2009 Monterey Historics. Retained Jan 2010.

Henry N. Manney (US) 2010

A Chevron B19 rolling chassis was advertised with a Lotus 24, a Lola T70 Mk 3 and a Lola T210 from a Guildford number in October 1982. In November 1982, a Chevron B19 in "superb condition" was advertised by "Mrs Robinson" from an Oldham (Greater Manchester) number.

Later Mystery Cars Part 4 - 1990-1999

Chassis History Current owner

Chevron B19
'the Kent Abrahamsson car'
(1990-2008)

Kent Abrahamsson in his Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch HSCC meeting in the summer of 2007. Copyright Garry Hutchings 2009. Used with permission.

Kent Abrahamsson in his Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch HSCC meeting in the summer of 2007. Copyright Garry Hutchings 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Kent Abrahamsson (Göteborg, Sweden) in International Supersports 1990-2001; and in European Supersports 2002-2003 and 2005-2008. According to Roman Krejci's Euromontagna.com, this car has the identity 'C14-011'. David McKinney also noted this car to be chassis '011'. Presumably the car raced by Abrahamsson at Spa April 2009. Raced at HSCC Orwell Cup race Brands Hatch 4-5 Jul 2009 (as #37).

Note that Abrahamsson is known to have owned three B19s so not all these results may belong to the same car.

Kent Abrahamsson (Sweden) 2009
Chevron B19
'the Jonas Qvarnström car'
(1990-2005)
The Chevron B19 of Jonas Qvarnström in the paddock at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

The Chevron B19 of Jonas Qvarnström in the paddock at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

A car raced by Jonas Qvarnström (Sweden) in International Supersports 1990-1993, 1995-1997 and 1999-2001; and in European Supersports 2002. He also won a race at Mantorp Park in 2004 and appeared at Falkenberg on 10 Sep 2005.

According to Martin Krejci and David McKinney, this car has the identity 'B19-71-070'.

It would appear that Qvarnström has had two cars during this period as he sold one to Bruce Van Der Merwe before 1998.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the Helen Bashford-Malkie car'
(1990-1997)
Jean Blaton ('Beurlys') in a Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 in the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009 . Used with permission.

Jean Blaton ('Beurlys') in a Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 in the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009 . Used with permission.

Helen Bashford in her Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Helen Bashford in her Vin Malkie-prepared Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

John Burton in his Chevron B19 at Silverstone in July 1993. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

John Burton in the Malkie Chevron B19 at Silverstone in July 1993. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Roly Nix in one of the blue Vin Malkie Racing Chevron B19s at Silverstone in October 1998. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Roly Nix in one of the blue Vin Malkie Racing Chevron B19s in the Atlantic Historic Sports/GT race at Silverstone in October 1998. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

One or more cars raced by Helen Bashford-Malkie (as Helen Bashford) in International Supersports 1992-1997. Presumably the same car raced at the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in 1990 (as #61) and in the RJB Mining Sportscars series in 1995. According to Roman Krejci's Euromontagna.com, this car had the identity '124' at Brno in 1995. Vin Malkie drove a blue #30 Chevron B19 in a RJB Mining round at Brands Hatch in July 1995.

A virtually identical car was raced by Jean Blaton ('Beurlys') in the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987 (pictured here).

John Burton (UK) also borrowed a B19 from the Malkies to race in International Supersports 1993-1995 (as #61 or #62).

In October 1997, Helen Bashford-Malkie drove a #123 Chevron B19 at the HSR Brumos Daytona Historics. A month later, an "ex-Lauda, ex-John Burton" Chevron B19 was advertised by Malkie in Victory Lane magazine (Dec 1997 p65).

It appears that it wasn't sold as Vin Malkie advertised a Chevron B19 in July 1998 (AS 2 Jul 1998) in Autosport described as being "ex-Lauda, Red Rose, Derek Bennett, John Burton" adding that "she's been an honour to own for the last 20 years". The ex-Red Rose/Lauda history appears to refer to B19-71-7.

In October 1998, Roly Nix raced a Vin Malkie Racing #33 Chevron B19 in a Atlantic Historic Sports/GT race at Silverstone. This car was in the same pale blue colours as the one shown above in 1987 and 1990 but differed in several respects from the car John Burton raced.

Bashford-Malkie also drove a #85 Chevron B19 in European SuperSports Cup in 2003 but given the gap, this may not be the same car. Bashford-Malkie was also reported as racing a Chevron B19 in 2005 and 2006. An orange B19 wearing #7 on the nose was at the Malkie works in March 2009 and was reported to be Helen's car.

See the Randall Smith car, a B19 in the US in 2008 reported to have been Helen Bashford-Malkie's car in Europe. This car is also said to be ex-Lauda, tying in with the way the Malkies' car was advertised in 1997/98.

Unknown but see the Randall Smith car
Chevron B19
'the Redman-Hubbs car'
(1990)
Brian Redman drives an unidentified Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990, possibly the ex-Smith/Bradburn/Hill car . Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Brian Redman drives an unidentified Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Robert Hubbs drives a Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Robert Hubbs drives a Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen 7-9 September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Brian Redman at Donington Park in July 1990. Photographs demonstrate that this is the same car then driven by Robert Hubbs at Watkins Glen two months later.

The car carried a "Square A Motorcars" sticker at both events.

Brian Redman reported in 2009 that he bought this car in the UK and sold it to George Hurd (Bethlehem, PA). He added that the car was still in Hurd's ownership as of September 2009.

Both Hubbs and Hurd are involved in Square A Motorcars (Bethlehem, PA).

George Hurd (US) 2009
Chevron B19
'the David Kopf car'
(1990-2004)
David Kopf in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

David Kopf in his Chevron B19 at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Bob Brown in a Chevron B19 at the Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix in July 1993. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Bob Brown in a Chevron B19 at the Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix in July 1993. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Michael Kennedy's B19 at Sebring in 2007. Copyright Jeremy Hall 2009. Used with permission.

Michael Kennedy's B19 at Sebring in 2007. Copyright Jeremy Hall 2009. Used with permission.

According to Ed Swart, David Kopf (Tujunga, CA) bought this car from Monte Shalett and said that it had originally come from Italy. See also 'the Monte Shalett car' which Shalett bought from Italy and sold in 1992.

Raced by Kopf at the Watkins Glen 'Serengeti Vintage Grand Prix', 7-9 September 1990. Appears to be the same car driven by Bob Brown at the Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix 9-11 July 1993. This car had David Kopf's name on the side and wore Amalfi Racing and Engineering stickers.

Kopf retained the B19 until his death in May 2004 after which it was sold via Ed Swart to Michael Kennedy (Klamath Falls, OR). Raced by Kennedy at Sebring in 2007. The chassis plate says "B19-21" which may indicate a B19 chassis updated to B21 specification. The car has B19 bodywork.

Pictures on the web show this car at Monterey 2005 (1), at the 2006 Sebring Fall Classic (www.jgrphotos.com picture since removed) and at Sears Point in April 2008 (3). Curiously, the livery is identical to Dave Vegher's B19-71-18 when advertised by Grand Prix Classics in 2001.

Michael Kennedy (US) 2008
Chevron B19
'the 1990 Dick Leppla car'
(1990)
Dick Leppla in yet another Chevron B19, this one at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Dick Leppla in yet another Chevron B19, this one at Watkins Glen in September 1990. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Dick Leppla (Cleveland, OH) at the Watkins Glen 'Serengeti Vintage Grand Prix', 7-9 September 1990. Note that this yellow-and-black car can't be B19-71-10A as that car was already with Mike Amalfitano.

Roger Andreason told Dean Meiling in Feb 2009 that he remembered selling a Chevron B19 to Dick Leppla which needed a new plate. His off-hand recollection was that it was given the number 71/27 after some research. That could be this car but see also the Henry Manney car which Andreason sold to Ed Swart.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the Hans Hugenholtz car'
(1990-2009)
John Hugenholtz at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

John Hugenholtz at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Sandy Watson at Silverstone in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Sandy Watson at Silverstone in 2008. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Bought from Gérard Burgraff (Belgium) by John Hugenholtz (Hans Hugenholtz Jr) late 1990/early 1991. The car was to be built up by Burgraff from a bare chassis and Hans cannot remember whether it was a new or repaired chassis. Paperwork with the car gave its history as Tondelli - Stirling Moss - David Anderson - John Coors and Jeff Wilson and gave the chassis number as DBE 17.

Raced by Hugenholtz in 1992/93 and possibly 1994. Sold to Simon Wayne (UK) April 1998: raced in three International Supersports Cup races in 1999 and later in European Supersports Cup in 2002 and 2003 (#24). According to Marcus Pye, this car then to Sandy Watson (Dalgety Bay, Scotland): raced in Orwell Cup from 2005 to 2008 (#35).

Raced in Classic Endurance Racing 2009.

Sandy Watson (Scotland) 2009

Chevron B19
'the 1990 Ed Swart car'
Ed Swart in his Chevron B19 at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Ed Swart in his Chevron B19 at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

A new car built by Chevron Cars Ltd for Ed Swart after the 1990 season. The car used the identity of B19-71-25, a car destroyed in 1971, and this was accepted for the purpose of FIA papers.

Raced by Swart in Supersports in Europe in 1991 but involved in an accident at Dijon in 1991 and the new chassis broke in half. Swart ordered a replacement chassis from Vin Malkie and continued to race this car in Supersports until 1996, a total of 35 races. It was then shipped to the US and has appeared in 62 races in the US since that time. Rebuilt in 2009. At the 2011 Monterey Historics in Canon livery. Still with Swart in March 2014.

Ed Swart (US) 2014
Chevron B19
'the Owners Abroad car'
(1992-2008)
John Sheldon in the Owners Abroad B19 at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

John Sheldon in the Owners Abroad B19 at Zandvoort in 1993. Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Catlow at Brands Hatch in JUne 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

Mike Catlow in the ex-John Sheldon Chevron B19 at Brands Hatch in June 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

A new car built in 1992 by Steve Sheldon using the identity of B19-71-8 purchased from John Bridges.

Sold to Owners Abroad as a "company car" for FD Geoff Stone and raced for him by John Sheldon in the International SuperSports Cup 1992 to 1995 (as #53). Stone left Owners Abroad in November 1993 and acquired the car from the company. He joined Janspeed but after some engine problems the car was parked in 1995 and remained unused for the rest of the decade. Offered at auction by Bonhams 23 Jun 2000.

Purchased by Mike Catlow (Maidstone, UK) in 2000: raced in European Supersports from 2002 to 2008 (#32; #88 in 2008).

Mike Catlow (UK) 2008
Chevron B19
'the 1992 Birrane car'
Martin Birrane in a Chevron B19, presumably the ex-Filhol car, at Silverstone in July 1992. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Martin Birrane in a Chevron B19 at Silverstone in July 1992. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Martin Birrane at Spa and Silverstone in 1992. This may be Alain Filhol's B21, which was raced as a B19 in this period.

Unknown

Chevron B19
'the Mike Wrigley car'
(1993-1995)
Mike Wrigley in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in May 1995. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Wrigley in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in May 1995. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Mike Wrigley (Derbyshire) in International Supersports 1993-1995 (as #52). He was also second in the RJB Mining Sportscars series in 1995 (#2).

Wrigley's car was prepared by Vin Malkie racing and was a darker blue than that used on other cars in the Malkie Racing fleet.

Unknown
Chevron B19
'the 1993 Zaborowski car'
(1993-2013)

A rolling chassis built by Vin Malkie for Jorg Zaborowski in 1993 using the chassis plate from B19-71-3 that Zaborowski had "totally destroyed" in 1993. Sold to Kent Abrahamsson (Göteborg, Sweden) in 1997 but its usage over the next ten years is unclear as Abrahamsson had two other B19s. Nigel James (Surrey, UK) bought it from Abrahamsson in 2008 and, in January 2009, was completing the restoration. Sold to Irvine Laidlaw for the 2011 HSCC 2-litre championship. Retained 2013.

Irvine Laidlaw (UK) 2013
Chevron B19
'the Jan Brunstedt car'
(1993-2008)
Jan Brunstedt in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in September 1996. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Jan Brunstedt in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in September 1996. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Jan Brunstedt (Akersberga , Sweden) in International Supersports 1993 to 1996 (as #57) and in European SuperSports Cup 2004 to 2008.

Reported to be entered for the Jim Clark Revival meeting at Lausitz 15-7 May 2009 and shown in the official results as racing a B19. However, the Orwell Cup website reports he was racing a Lola T212.

Jan Brunstedt (Sweden) 2008
Chevron B19
'the Stephen Gibson car'
(1994-2009)
Stephen Gibson's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Stephen Gibson's Chevron B19 at Silverstone in May 1997. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Chris Roche at Brands Hatch in JUne 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

Chris Roche at Brands Hatch in June 2006 . Copyright Nigel Clark 2006. Used with permission.

A car raced by Stephen Gibson (Nottingham) in International Supersports 1994-1998 (as #41 in 1996 and as #70 in 1998) and in the HSCC's RGB Mining Championship (as #17 in 1995).

Bought from Gibson by John Grant (UK) and raced in International SuperSports 2000-2001 (as #37) and in European Supersports 2002, 2003 and 2004 (as #33). Grant commented that "although the car's history was not supported by much documentation, it had chassis number 12 and was reputedly one of two cars sold new to Jo Siffert in 1970."

Grant was runner up in the International Supersports Championship in 2000, won the championship in 2001 and then won the Orwell Supersports championship in 2002.

Purchased from Grant by Chris Roche (Poulton le Fylde, UK): raced in European Supersports 2005 to 2007. Driven by Kelvin Jones at Spa in 2006; loaned to Peter Meyrick for one race in 2008. Retained 2010. Chris's car has the chassis plate "B19-71-12".

Chris Roche (UK) 2010
Chevron B19
'the Adam/Hubbs car'
(1996-2008)
Robert Hubbs in a Chevron B19 at the Mid-Ohio Historic Challenge 26-28 July 1996. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Robert Hubbs in a Chevron B19 at the Mid-Ohio Historic Challenge 26-28 July 1996. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Robert Hubbs at the Mid-Ohio Historic Challenge 26-28 July 1996. An identical car was raced by Bill Adam (Bethlehem, PA) to win the Brian Redman's Tenth Annual Jefferson 500 at Summit Point May 18-20, 2001. Square A Motorcars are based in Bethlehem, PA.

Both Hubbs and Adam raced a B19 at Daytona in October 1997, implying they had separate cars. Hubbs can be seen in one picture in Victory Lane's report (VL Dec 1997 pp16-21) and has the number #48, suggesting Bill Adam was driving #49.

Square A look after three B19s, including George Hurd's car and the Redman-Hubbs car, last observed in 1990 wearing #48.

A car in exactly this livery was raced by Robert Paltrow (Armonk, NY) at the 2007 and 2008 Lime Rock Fall Vintage Festivals. In December 2010, the car was still in this green livery and included with its paperwork was a SCCA Log Book dating from May 1972 giving Bill Barber as the first driver. It looks increasingly likely that the Chevron B16 that Barber drove as Doug Shierson's team mate in 1971 was written off after Barber's crash at Blackhawk Farms 22 Aug 1971 and was replaced by a B19 in time for the Run-Offs. This B19 - or "converted B16" depending on how many B16 bits were carried over - would have been Barber's 1972 car.

Robert Paltrow (US) 2008
Chevron B19
'the Joe Hish car'
(1996-2011)
Bruce Van Der Merwe at Silverstone in May 1998. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Peter LeSaffre at The Mitty 09 Speedfest. Some rights reserved by Hans Enderle.

A car bought by Joe Hish (Geneva, IL) from Vin Malkie (Antrobus, Cheshire, UK) in 1996. Identified at the time as chassis 'DBE-29' but also said to be the car that Malkie had run for Richard Budge in the UK (see B19-71-30).

Raced by Hish at Daytona in October 1997. Raced in the Brian Redman International Challenge at Road America 16-19 Jul 1998 and at the same event 15-17 Jul 2005. Bought from Hish by Peter LeSaffre (North Andover, MA) 2009 and raced at The Mitty 09 Speedfest 30 Apr-3 May 2009 in yellow-and-green Tergal livery; also at Lime Rock 2009. The car is unusual in having front-facing rollhoop stays as well as normal rear-facing ones. To David Jacobs (Boulder, CO) Jan 2011. At the 2011 Monterey Historics.

David Jacobs (US) 2011
Chevron B19
'the Van Der Merwe car'
(1998-2009)
Bruce Van Der Merwe at Silverstone in May 1998. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Bruce Van Der Merwe at Silverstone in May 1998. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A car bought by Bruce Van Der Merwe (South Africa) from Jonas Qvarnström and raced in International SuperSports from 1998 to 2001 and in European SuperSports Cup 2002 to 2003 (as #35).

Not raced after 2003 but still retained by Van Der Merwe in September 2009. It is in the care of Vin Malkie in the UK.

Bruce van der Merwe (South Africa) 2009
Chevron B19
'the Massimo Comelli car'
(1999-2007)
José M. Albuquerque in his Chevron B19 in July 2007. Copyright João Veiga 2007. Used with permission.

José M. Albuquerque in his Chevron B19 in July 2007. Copyright João Veiga 2007. Used with permission.

A car offered at auction by Coys of Kensington on 15 Jan 2000 and bought by Miguel Pais do Amaral (Lisbon). The FIA papers (CSAI fiche 1579) provided with the car were dated 28 Jan 1999 and gave its chassis number as "71/1" and the then owner as Massimo Comelli (Brescia, Italy). Previous owners were listed as Chevron Racing Cars, England; Eris Tondelli; "DARK - Paganucci"; Corrado Cupellini; and Emilio Comelli. Also included was a copy of a CSAI Passaporto Tecnico No 02328. The date of Massimo Comelli's acquisition was given as "10.96".

"Dark" is a pseudonymous Italian hillclimber who raced a Chevron B19 between 1985 and 1991. Several Paganuccis have been involved in Italian hillclimbs. It should be noted that the Monte Shalett car also came from Corrado Cupellini and was also said to be chassis "71/1".

The car appeared in Coys' catalogue as "chassis number B19/71/1" and it was said to have won the 1998 Italian Hill Climb Championship. The car was green with yellow nose and stripes.

Raced by Miguel Amaral in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Sold to Portuguese collector José Manuel Albuquerque in April 2007 and raced by Albuquerque at Granja do Marquês 15-17 Jun 2007, Braga 21-22 Jul 2007 and at Vila Real 5-7 Oct 2007. The car was then dark blue with twin white stripes running down the centre of the bodywork.

José Albuquerque (Portugal) 2007

Later Mystery Cars Part 5 - 2000-2009

One change to the historic racing landscape during this decade was the arrival of the Classic Endurance Racing series in 2004. As much more recent cars were allowed to compete, there were few opportunities for the Chevron B19. Allen Timpany's 'B19-70-S-10' raced in this series in 2006 and David Mountain and William Binnie also co-drove this car. Kevin Wilkins and Mike Catlow shared the well-used 'B19-71-9' in 2008 and Sandy Watson also appeared in 'B19-71-17' that year, taking a fine second place at Silverstone in September.

Chassis History Current owner
Chevron B19
'the Randall Smith car'
(2007-2008)
Randall Smith at Laguna Seca in 2008 . Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

Randall Smith at Laguna Seca in 2008 . Copyright Pieter Melissen 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Randall Smith (Petaluna, CA) at the Wine Country Classic June 2007 and at Monterey 2008 (given in the program as "c/n DBE 07").

However, a board by the car at Monterey identified it as '19/71/21' and said that it was originally a Red Rose car driven by John Bridges and Niki Lauda's Salzburg winner. Also the "ex-Helen Bashford-Malkie car in Europe". Marcus Pye reports that this was the "long-time" Malkie car. The Bridges/Lauda history would appears to belong to B19-71-7 whereas B19-71-21 was one of the Tondelli cars.

Randall Smith (US) 2008

Also, Bill Ferguson entered a Chevron B19 at Monterey 2005 (identified as '28'). Nothing more is known about this car.

Chevron B21s and Chevron B23s that ran as B19s

As the HSCC Pre-71 series only allowed B19s, there were a number of B21s and B23s that were converted back to B19 specification so that they could race. It was necessary in some cases to weave a bit of B19 history in order to complete the HSCC forms but the deceit was often very half-hearted. In other cases, B21s and B23s were used because the owners genuinely did not know their cars' identities. This section covers all B21s and B23s that are known to have run as B19s.

Chassis History
Chevron B23
'the Paul Howarth car
(1981-1990)
Rick Whyman in Paul Howarth's Ebor Motorsport Chevron B19 on his way to victory in the Bellini Trophy race at Oulton Park 18 Sep 1982. Copyright Peter Howarth 2011. Used with permission.

Rick Whyman in Paul Howarth's Ebor Motorsport Chevron B19 on his way to victory in the Bellini Trophy race at Oulton Park 18 Sep 1982. Copyright Peter Howarth 2011. Used with permission.

Tony Griffin's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in August 1983. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Tony Griffin's Chevron B19 at Donington Park in August 1983. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009 . Used with permission.

Andrew Marler in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Andrew Marler in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1987. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

A car entered by C. Paul Howarth (Saddleworth, Greater Manchester) for John Lepp and Rick Whyman in historic events in 1982. In correspondence with Ed Swart in 1990, Howarth stated that he could not remember who he bought it from but that it was a "basket case" and the centre section of the chassis was "99% replaced" by Brian Martin. Howarth said that he owned the car for two years and sold it at the end of the 1982 season, indicating that he acquired it at the start of 1981. The chassis number stated on the HVIF issued to Howarth in April 1982 was 'B19-71-25'.

This is presumably the "Chevron B19/21 FVC 'the best in the country bar none'" advertised by Whyman in Autosport 9 Jul 1981 p56.

Autosport's preview for the 1982 HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT series said that Paul Howarth's Ebor Motorsport would be entering a Chevron B19 for John Lepp to drive. Lepp drove the Ebor Chevron B19 in the Bellini Models HSCC 2-litre Historic GT championship race at Donington Park 11 Apr 1982 (AS 15 Apr 1982 p51) but the car later had serious engine problems. It was then driven by Whyman to win Bellini Trophy races at Oulton Park 18 Sep 1982 and Brands Hatch 26 Sep 1982 (AS 30 Sep 1982 pp62-64). Chris Beauvoisin (Harpenden) drove the car in a libre at Donington Park 10 Oct 1982 (AS 14 oct 1982 p28) with a view to buying the car.

Sold to Tony Griffin (Birmingham) Dec 1982 and prepared by Richard Dodkins to run in the HSCC Atlantic Computer Leasing Historic GT series in 1983: known races are Silverstone 15 Jul, Donington Park 29 Aug and Silverstone 2 Oct but he was also entered at Brands Hatch in June. Also appeared in eight rounds of the 1984 Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship.

FIA forms in 1984 gave the history as Red Rose, John Hine 1971 to Autohaus (Germany) 1973 to C.P. Howarth 1979 to Tony Griffin 1983 to Sid Marler 1984. The car was again said to be B19-71-25.

Driven by Sid's son Andrew Marler in Thundersports in 1986 and in historic racing, winning the SuperSports Cup in 1989. Sold to Ed Swart (NL) 1989 and raced in SuperSports 1990. Swart then took the car to Roger Andreason of Chevron Cars Ltd who immediately spotted that it was a B23 with B19 bodywork. Ed then ordered a brand new B19 from Chevron Cars Ltd and continued to race this in Supersports. See the 1990 Ed Swart car.

The B23 was rebuilt with B23 bodywork and shipped to the US in 1991. Ed raced it in 1991 and 1992 and then sold it to Robert Manschot (Phoenix, AZ). Five owners later, it was running in US vintage racing in 2014.

Chevron "B19"
'the Philippe Fravalo car'
(1987)
Philippe Fravalo in a Chevron B19 at the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

Philippe Fravalo in his Chevron B21 at the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Philippe Fravalo at the European Historic GP at Zolder 7-9 Aug 1987. It was described as a B19 at the time but Philippe has confirmed, via Kevan McLurg, that this was his B21, later sold to Jacques Nicolet.

Chevron "B19"
'the Alain Filhol car'
(1990)
Alain Filhol's Chevron B19 in the Donington Park paddock in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

Alain Filhol's Chevron B19 in the Donington Park paddock in July 1990. Copyright Jeremy Jackson 2009. Used with permission.

According to Alain Filhol writing to Robert Shaw in 2010, the car shown here was "a car I owned and raced from 1987 to 1990 and it is a 1972 B21 chassis #14 (ex Canon, Jabouille/Wolleck)".

Chevron "B19"
'the Cazalières car'
(2007)
Olivier Cazalières in his Chevron at Spa in August 2007. Copyright Norbert Vogal 2009. Used with permission.

Olivier Cazalières in his Chevron at Spa in August 2007. Copyright Norbert Vogel 2009. Used with permission.

A car raced by Olivier Cazalières in the Classic Endurance Racing event at Spa 18 August 2007.

Although described then as a B19, it was described as a B21 on the Atlantic Racing web site (www.atlantic-racing.com dead link in 2012). In 2007 it was observed by Pieter Mellison as chassis DBE-72-17.

Other unresolved cars

The cars in this section are still being researched and will be built into the lists above as time allows.

In US racing (SCCA Nationals and Can-Am)

Seven drivers raced Chevron B19s in the US and all are now listed above: Doug Shierson's B19-71-2 from 1971 to 1973, S Peter Smith's B19-71-6 from 1975 to 1978 and then Chuck Smith with the same car in 1979; Pete LoBianco B19-71-33 from 1972 to 1976 and then David Giorgi with the same car in 1981 and 1982, the Bill Roush car from late 1974 to 1976; and the Don Chab B19/26 in 1978. Shierson also had a B16 converted to B19 specification.

In Thundersports

Six Chevron B19s known to have raced in the Thundersports series are now listed above: the Andreason/Bellm car in 1983; the Richard Budge/Vin Malkie car in 1983-1984, the James Wallis car in 1983-84, the (second) Tony Gordon car from 1983 to 1986; the Gil Baird car for Steve Thompson and Alan Rollinson in 1983 and B19-71-28 for Alan Minshaw and Tony Hill in four races in 1984.

In the International Supersports Cup

The International Supersports Cup ran from the mid/late 1980s to around 2001 and the Chevron B19 was one of the most popular 2-litre models in the series. As well as the many cars listed above, the rapidly shrinking list below shows a number of one-off or infrequent drivers who may have been making guest appearances.

This list will be extended with runners in the Orwell Cup Supersports events from 2001 to 2008 and similar historic series in Europe and the US. A separate section on Italian historic hillclimbs has been added below.

Photographs may solve many of these riddles but please contact Allen if you know anything about these drivers or their cars.

In the European Supersports Cup

Results have been sourced from the Orwell Supersports Cup website's results summaries for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Later seasons will follow as time allows.

In Italy

Gianni Bottaretto (Italy) drove a #122 Chevron B19 at the Caprino-Spiazzi hillclimb in June 2000. Gualtiero Giribaldi advises that this is not a B19 but a German-built chassis wearing a B19 body. A reference to Luciano Marini (Italy) in a #123 Chevron B19 at the Caprino-Spiazzi hillclimb in June 2000 in a previous version of this page was an error. Also, the "B19" entered by Roberto Benelli (Italy) at the Vallecamonica hillclimb in June 2003 was actually his B21 being allowed into the 1971 category.

Another Italian car was advertised by Alfonso Di Francesco as "Chassi NR 010" on Race Cars Direct in 2005.

And also

Joe Buzzetta (St James, NY) entered a blue Chevron B19 at BRIC Road America 15-17 July 2005 (listed as a DNS) and appeared at Lime Rock Fall Vintage Festival Race Day on 20 Sep 2005. The car may have been in Red Rose Racing colours. It was also on the entry for the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman 2006 in 2006.

Brian Redman recalls importing three B-19s to the USA in 1983 when he was working for Brumos in Florida. The first went to George Hurd (Brian has raced it many times), the second to Bob Snodgrass/Paul Reisman and a later one, now believed to be B19-71-28, to Earl Dunn (Brian has also raced this car on more than one occasion). Also, In his foreword to David Gordon's book "Chevron: The Derek Bennett Story", Redman mentions that he has driven a B19 in US vintage racing since 1982.

Summary of B19 owners in 2009

The list below shows all B19s know to exist in 2009 plus a sprinkling of ones seen in the last few years. A tick indicates that we are in touch with the owner. Could the other owners get in touch please to ensure the history of their car is being accurately reflected?

Kent Abrahamsson (Sweden) Both B19-71-15 and his regular car (July 2009)  
Steven Arnold (UK) 'B19-71-4' (2008)  
Helen Bashford-Malkie (UK) (March 2009) In contact with owner
Jan Brunstedt (Sweden) (see above)  
Mike Catlow (UK) 'B19-71-8' (see above) (2008)
Richard Davies (UK) 'B19-71-10A (A)' (March 2010) In contact with owner
Bill Ferguson (US) '28' (nothing more known - last seen 2005)  
Jonathan Feiber (USA) (see above) (August 2011)  
Richard George (UK) 'B19-71-16' (June 2013)  
George Hurd (USA) Two cars (September 2009) In indirect contact with owner
Miles Jackson (US) 'B19-71-10A (B)' (March 2010) In contact with owner
David Jacobs (US) (see above) (August 2011) In contact with owner
Laurence Kessler (USA) (see above) (June 2009) In contact with owner
Michael Kennedy (USA) (see above) (April 2008)  
Irvine Laidlaw (UK) 'B19-71-3' (March 2011)  
Jeff Lewis (USA) 'B19-71-18' (May 2009)  
Dr. Alexander Lienau (Germany) B19-71-10 (June 2012) In contact with owner
Bob Lima (US) 'B19-71-33' (June 2012) In contact with owner
Jonathan Loader (UK) B19-71-30 (September 2010) In contact with owner
Henry Manney (US) 'B19-71-27' (see above) (January 2010) In contact with owner
Ross Maxwell (UK) (see above) (July 2009)
Chris MacAllister (US) 'B19-71-24' (August 2011) In contact with owner
Dean Meiling (US) 'B19-71-28' (Sep 2009) In contact with owner
Tiberio Nocentini (I) 'B19-71-22' (August 2013)  
Robert Paltrow (US) (see above) (Sep 2008)  
Fred Phillips (South Africa) (see above) (January 2011)  
Vincent Rivet (France) 'B19-71-20' (August 2009) In contact with owner
Chris Roche (UK) 'the Gibson car' (December 2010) In contact with owner
Alain Schlesinger (France) (see above) (March 2014)  
Barry Scott (South Africa) (see above) (January 2011) In contact with owner
Robert Shaw (UK) 'B19-70-S-10' (November 2010) In contact with owner
Randall Smith (USA) (see above) (August 2008)  
Ed Swart (USA) (see above) (March 2014) In contact with owner
Bruce Van Der Merwe (South Africa) (see above) (September 2009) In contact with owner
Daniel Vidal (Portugal) 'B19-71-14' (May 2009)  
Dirk Waaijenberg (NL) (see above) (June 2009) In contact with owner
Roy Walzer (USA) B16S (August 2008)  
Sandy Watson (UK) (see above) (September 2009)  
Kevin Wilkins (UK) 'B19-71-9' (July 2009) In contact with owner
Gerrie van Zyl (South Africa) 'B19-71-29' (June 2009) In contact with owner

Sources

The primary sources for this page have been the Chevron factory production list and Motoring News (individual editions as indicated in the text). Autosport has also been used in some places and the websites Racingsportscars and euromontagna.com have been used as a quick reference for sports car racing, European hillclimb and International Supersports results.

I am grateful for the additional information provided by Miguel Pais do Amaral, Roger Andreason, Chris Aylett, Christine Beckers, Claus-Peter Beckhäuser, Ray Bellm, Don Bewick, Jay Bonvouloir, Jonathan Buncombe, John Burton, Nigel Clark, John Cole, Mark Cole, Alan Collard, Peter Collins, Tim Colman, Stuart Davey, Richard Davies, Rob Davison, Philippe Demeyer, Simon Du Plessis, Richard Evans, Martin Fokkens, Jochen Gaa, Tony Gallagher, Graham Gauld, Gualtiero Giribaldi, Simon Hadfield, Jeremy Hall, Urs Hauenstein, Ian Hebblethwaite, Steve Hodges, Hans Hugenholtz, Steve Humble, Jeremy Jackson, Miles Jackson, David Jacobs, Nigel James, Kelvin Jones, Larry Kessler, John Larkin, Claude Le Jean, Mark Leonard (via Jeremy Hall), Dr. Alexander Lienau, Bob Lima, Peter Lindenberg, Fredy Link, Jonathan Loader, Pete W LoBianco, Chris MacAllister, B.J. MacDonald, Kevan McLurg, Henry Manney, Peter MacNaughtan, Dean Meiling, Pieter Melissen, Keith Millar, Doug Nye, Paul Owens, Ray Petry, Fred Phillips, Marcus Pye, Philippe Rafesthain, Mike Rawlings, Brian Redman, Geoffroy Rivet, Chris Roche, Lucien Rossiaud, Bill Roush, Lucas Schwab-Pepperhoff, Barry Scott, Monte Shalett, Robert Shaw, John Sheldon, S. Peter Smith, Gerald Swan, Ed Swart, Alan Van Der Merwe, Bruce Van Der Merwe, Dave Vegher, Patrick Vermaak, Frank Verplanken, Norbert Vogel, Dirk Waaijenberg, Ralf Walter, David Welpton, Kevin Wilkins, Steve Wilkinson, Derek Worthington, Jörg Zaborowski and Gerrie Van Zyl. Apologies to anyone I have inadvertently missed from this list.

More information on the B19 can be found on Wouter Melissen's ultimatecarpage.com.

All and any help would be gratefully received. Please e-mail Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can add anything.