Chevron cars had burst onto the GT racing scene in 1966 with a dream debut for its B3, the very first GT car produced by the talented Derek Bennett, winning at Oulton Park in its maiden race. To racing driver John Lepp, observer at the Chevron's first track test at the same venue, this came as no surprise having already seen the GT put in a lap no less than six seconds under the GT record.
Its closely resembling successor, the Chevron B8 - more often than not powered by BMW's two liter, overhead camshaft, four cylinder engine - went onto dominate national GT racing and enjoy much success in Europe from 1968 onwards. The B8 used a space frame chassis with all independent wishbone/coil spring suspension, while its svelte and curvaceous fiberglass bodywork made it one of the prettiest GT/sports racers of its era. With its mid-mounted engine mated to a Hewland transaxle, it was duly homologated for the international Group 4 class, and it too proved highly successful: the car made its race debut at Cadwell Park on March 3rd 1968 and just over three weeks later, an example, driven by John Silverstone, took an outright win in the GT race at Silverstone; John Lepp then went on to take overall honours in the 1969 RAC Sports Car Championship.
By the time production ceased in 1970, Chevron had only built 44 B8 models of which 34 with the BMW 2.0 litre engine and 5 with the Ford 1600cc FVA engine. Whichever power unit was fitted, the B8 remained a superbly effective racing car and highly competitive in international racing, thanks to its combination of superb agility and outright speed. The situation is no different today in historic racing where the Chevron B8 and Bolton's best is a regular podium finisher in sports and GT car events.
We are proud to offer an ex-John Lepp Chevron B8 chassis CHDBE-51 for sale; one of only 5 cars build with an FVA engine which is also the power unit in the car today. Chassis #51 has well documented, continuous ownership from new (see the History section below) and benefits from excellent in-period international race history including two participations at the Nurburgring 1000km in 1968 and 1969.
CHDBE-51 currently resides in the U.S.A. and has been in its current ownership since 2005. It has always been maintained with no expenses spared and is in gorgeous condition which includes its fresh, zero miles FVA engine. It is sold in 100% race-ready condition and comes with extensive spares including wheels, bodywork, etc.. Chassis #51 has a USA issued (ACCUS) FIA HTP which needs renewal.
This pedigree and immaculate Chevron B8 is eligible for all historic race events around the world including Le Mans Classic, Daytona 24hr classic, Masters WSM, Peter Auto CER, etc. where it will be a competitive and welcomed entry...... for more information visit www.RMD.be John Bridges Red Rose Motors were the contracted factory supported Chevron racing team. The Bridgesbrothers John and Charles had supported the Chevron marque from the very beginning, indeed the B in the Chevron type numbers means Bridges and is in recognition for their support and promotion of the brand on the race track. Part of the deal was for Red Rose Motors to be able to also purchase cars and parts at cost. Quite often these deals would not be entered into the factory records. In 1968 John Bridges purchased an FVA engined B8 for himself to race, chassis #52, but he also acquired the use the sister chassis #51 which wouldserve as a back-up car for factory driver John Lepp who would also race the Bridges car and a red factory BMW powered B8 during 1968.
Chassis #51 first appeared in practice for the 1968 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch as the T-Car to the sisterchassis #52 which Lepp would race with Bridges. Both cars were entered in the Group 6 class because the Cosworth FVA, a Formula 2 racing engine, was not homologated for the Group 4 Sport class. The first actual race for chassis #51 came a few days after the race at Brands Hatch, at the Guards Spring Cup meeting at Oulton Park where Lepp failed to finish when a con-rod let go in the engine.
Chassis #51 next appeared at the 68 Nurburgring 1000 Kms and was now with a 2000cc BMW engine with Lepp sharing the car with Bridges. Their run came to an end after a minor off with minimal damage. The car was easily fixed for the Guards Trophy meeting at Mallory Park in June 68 with the nose being fixed and repainted but now sans the white centre stripe. In the race Lepp finished 12th. Chassis #51 was never used again in 1968 and effectively sat unused as a spare while Lepp raced either the sister chassis #52 with Bridges, or the factory entered BMW powered cars which Derek Bennett often put at Lepps disposal. Lepp then purchased chassis #75 for himself to race in 1969 with chassis #51 once again acting as a spare, but it did race one more time when it was borrowed by John Bamfords JCB Excavators racing team, whose own car, the yellow B8-DBE-78 wasbeing rebuilt after two tough races in the Targa Florio and at Spa. With Le Mans the priority for the team, JCB borrowed chassis #51 for the 69 Nurburgring 1000 Kms where it was driven by Peter Brown and Tim Stock to 17th place. This was the last time the car was ever raced. It was then returned to John Lepp who had been told to keep the car in recognit..... for more information visit www.RMD.be
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