Historic Motorsport: Former Chevron racers re-unite

Chevron racers from the 1960s and early '70s are to gather at Oulton Park's latest Gold Cup event later this month to help celebrate the B8's 50th anniversary

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Chevron racers from the 1960s and early 1970s will join the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Chevron B8 at the Oulton Park Gold Cup over the August Bank Holiday (August 25-27).

Those due include Digby Martland, now living in Jersey, who was the first customer for an original Chevron GT and took the car to Chevron’s first GT win at Oulton Park in July 1966. Alan Rollinson raced a B8 extensively in 1968 and shared the car in the Nurburgring 1000km with the late Mo Nunn, finishing third in class.

Others attending include Ian Skailes, Mike Garton, Ian Harrower, Dr Tony Goodwin, John Cardwell and George Duncan, who all raced B6s and B8s internationally in period.

Clive Baker raced a B8 internationally in 1969 as did James Tangye while former British Hillclimb champion Peter Lawson raced for Red Rose Racing alongside John Bridges.

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Pictures courtesy of Paul Lawrence

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