1968 Chevron B8245,000 GBP - Asking Price

Chevron B8

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We have the pleasure to offer the ex-Barrie Smith, ex-David Purely Danish Grand Prix winning & Targa Florio Chevron B8 for sale.This Chevron B8, chassis DBE-56, is the car British club racer Barrie Smith used to great effect during 1968. Barrie had originally planned in building up a Lotus based Mercury GT, but figured the build was beyond his means, so instead contacted Derek Bennett at Chevron Cars and placed an order for a B8 which was built-up in double quick time. Painted dark blue and fitted with a Vegantune 1600cc Ford Twin-Cam and entered under the Avalon Racing banner, Barrie raced DBE-56 in 23 events in a little over 4 months from June 68 through to early October.He won 8 races outright, including the Danish GP, as well as finishing 2nd nine times, 3rd four times, and taking 15 class wins in the process. He only failed to finish twice, but did win the Tootal GT Championship. Barrie replaced the car for 1969 with another Chevron B8 and sold DBE-56 to David Purley who was moving into the prototype class after previously racing a Cobra in the GT class.Although still competitive in club racing and quick enough, Purley had a somewhat fraught season with the Chevron due to a myriad of engine problems, including two expensive blow-ups which necessitated a switch to a 2000cc BMW unit mid-season. Despite this, he did manage to achieve limited success in the Motoring News GT championship achieving a win at Castle Combe, a 2nd place at Brands Hatch, a 3rd at Mallory Park and 3 class wins. After only racing the B8 twice in 1970 David sold the car in 1971 to club racers John Raffo and Roy Seddon.By now though, the B8 was somewhat venerable and outclassed by the newer B16 and B19 models and was only raced half-a-dozen times, including the 71 Targa Florio where the pair managed to finish despite running out of fuel on the far side of the circuit and losing time whilst a local fetched a petrol can and enough fuel for the car to make it back to the pits. DBE-56 then sat unused for the greater part of 1972 until being bought for 850 by British salon car racer Dave Brodie in November of that year. Dave took the car all the way to the Caribbean for a couple of end-of-season races which were offering good start and prize money. Dave won at the South Dakota circuit in Guyana and finished second at Bushy Park in Barbados. Dave then sold the B8 to local rally driver Mike Mahon for 1400. Mahon doesnt appear to have raced the B8 before selling it to ano ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.

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Car 1968 Chevron B8
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Ownership History:06/68: Barrie Smith, Avalon Garage, High Street, Garlinge, Thanet, Kent, UKpainted dark bluefitted with Vegantune Ford Twin-Cam 1600cc 4Centered by Avalon Racing1968 - raced by Barrie Smithraced in 23 events - won 8 races - 15 class winsfinished second 9 times - finished third 4 times03/69: David Purley, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, UKsponsored by Lec Refrigeration1969 - raced by David Purleyoriginally raced with Vegantune Ford Twin-Cam 1600cc 4CAug 69 - re-engined with BMW 2000cc 4Cwon 1 race, finished 2nd once, finished 3rd once3 class winsraced only twice in 1970 including BOAC 1000 Kms03/71: John Raffo, Guilford, UKrepainted red - raced 7 times in 1971driven by Roy Seddon, John & Peter Rafforaced 1971 Targa Florio10/72: David Brodie, Harrow, Greater London, UKpurchased for 850entered by BOAC Team Speedbird1972 - raced twice at South Dakota, Guyana & Bushy Park, Barbadossold for 140001/73: Mike Mahon, Barbadoslocal rally driver - B8 apparently never racedmid 70s: Mr Haynes, Barbadosnever used - abandoned in a chicken shedearly 80s: Chevron Cars, Bolton, UKEarly 80s: Chris Smith (UK)recovered and imported back to the UK and placed in dry storage10/09: Current owner (UK)restored in 2010 by Kevin Jones & Paul Smallcorn - painted dark blueraced in historics - prepared by RW Racing Services Ltd. Race History:Avalon Racing02/06/68: Brands Hatch, Tootal GT, #82, B.Smith - 1st * 10 laps03/06/68: Snetterton, BRSCC Libre, #86, B.Smith - 2nd 8 laps03/06/68: Snetterton, Tootal GT, #86, B.Smith - 2nd * 8 laps09/06/68: Brands Hatch, Special GT & Prodsports, B.Smith - 2nd 10 laps23/06/68: Silverstone, Motoring News GT, #114, B.Smith - 2nd * 15 laps13/07/68: Oulton Park, Tootal GT, B.Smith - 1st * 10 laps14/07/68: Mallory Park, Special GT, #136, B.Smith - 2nd 10 laps20/07/68: Lydden, Special GT & Prodsports - B.Smith - 1st * 12 laps20/07/68: Lydden, Sports Racing & GT - B.Smith - 1st * 12 laps21/07/68: Brands Hatch, Special GT, #66, B.Smith - 2nd * 15 laps28/07/68: Mallory Park, Tootal GT, #133, B.Smith - 3rd * 12 laps03/08/68: Crystal Palace, GT - B.Smith - 2nd 10 laps04/08/68: Thruxton, Motoring News GT, #225, B.Smith - 3rd 8 laps11/08/68: Mallory Park, Tootal GT, #134, B.Smith - 2nd * 30 laps25/08/68: Danish GP, Jyllandsring, #21, B.Smith - 1st * 40 laps31/08/68: Lubysil Trophy, Silverstone, #216, B.Smith - 3rd * 20 laps31 ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.