This Chevron chassis number CH-B19-08 saw its early racing life among the famous circuits in Italy. It was purchased by an American in 1979 and brought to the United States. It raced in the early 1980s in SCCA racing and later campaigned in vintage and historic racing where it continues to be a front runner and reliable race car.
Derek Bennett was the engineer and creator of Chevron Cars Ltd. out of Bolton, Lancashire in northern England. Derek made a name for himself as an engineer of custom-built racecars under the name 'Bennett Specials.' Success led to customer orders and in 1965 Derek Bennett Engineering Ltd trading as chevron Cars was formed, the name inspired from a British Highway Code symbol.
The Chevron had many iterations starting with the B1 and B2 - front engine design for Clubman - British national formula racing; then the Chevron B3-rear engine 1600cc for Grand Turismo competition; the Chevron B6-introduced a fiberglass body. Chevron B7, B9 and B10 competed as F2, F3 and FB racers. The BMW engined B8 coupe set the name Chevron on the map, with race wins all over the world. The Chevron B16 coupe made its inaugural debut at the 1969 Nurburgring 500km race driven by Brian Redman who qualified for pole position and won the three and a half hour race.
In 1970 Lola produced the lightweight T210 and immediately it was faster than the B16. Redman appealed to Bennett to design a lighter and more nimble car and at the end of the season Chevron produced the B16/S - a B16 with the body taken off and replaced by a lightweight 'spyder' body, hence the 'S' designation. This car was leading its first race, the 500 kilometers at the Nurburgring by 2 1/2 minutes when a fuel line broke and it caught fire. It was completely rebuilt by the Chevron crew in seven days for the final race of the year at the notorious Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Redman took the lead on the last corner of the last lap to win the Championship for Chevron by 1 point.
Niki Lauda, 3-time F1 Champion, won his only race previous to his entrance in Grand Prix racing in a Chevron B19 driving a Red Rose sponsored B19 in a 2-liter Sportscar race won at Salzburgring in 1971.
Jody Scheckter, Ferrari World Driving Champion, won a round of the Springbrok Series later that year in a Chevron B9.
Many F1 drivers who drove Chevrons include: Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, Riccardo Patrese, Derek Daly, Keke Rosberg, Alan Prost, Alan Jones, John Watson, Jo Siffert, Brian Redman and Peter Gethin.Also photographed at :