A Unique Chevron
Fred Goddard would still like to get his Reynards out racing his
year, but in the meantime he’s as busy as ever with other
projects. One of these is the rebuild of a unique Chevron B23 –
“It’s the only B23 Chevron ever built by Derek Bennett
with a DFV.... but it was raced in the last Kyalami 9 Hours by Bernard
Titanus, Ian Harrower and Graham Duxbury with a rotary Mazda engine.”
So far, we can’t
puzzle out what year that was. This image was taken in 1987, at
a club race at Zwartkoppes, in South Africa.
This car has
an unusual history: it was built in 1973, to race at Le Mans –
with a Tecno engine, commissioned by an Italian called Tondelli.
The Tecno was unsatisfactory, and the car didn’t appear at
have already added further information: Eris Tondelli was the Italian
Chevron importer - but he chose instead to run a McLaren M8F in
the Interseries. A.M.S. of Bologna then ran a Lola fitted with the
Tecno engine, which apparently sounded very pleasant - driven by
Francesco Cerulli Irelli and Manfred Mohr.
“Derek then decided
it had to have a DFV in it, but I think there was a financial problem
– so it ended up with the Mazda engine in it, racing in South
Africa,” continues Fred Goddard. “The Mazda was installed
using the original DFV engine mountings, so the car was still very
Malkey has been pushing me to rebuild it for years – and with
the fortieth anniversary meeting of Chevron being held at Oulton
Park in August this year, that was the signal to get the job done.
John Nicholson has supplied the DFV, so at last it will be as Derek
Bennett intended it.
“The plan is that
Earl and I will race it at the Silverstone LMES meeting in August,
but Earl reckons I’m too old: he says we’ll just give
me a push round the paddock!
going to be tough to get it ready in time, but we’re doing