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When asked by Colin Pool in October 1985, John Bamford was unable to remember who he sold the car to. Richard Arnold in his Chevron B19 at Donington Park in July 1990. It came to the UK from South Africa and Evans told Colin that "he thought it had been raced in Zimbabwe by someone called Van Dyke". Sold to DART for the European 2-litre Championship 1971: debut BARC 1000 (MN pp12-14,24) entered by 'DART Racing with Castrol' and driven by John Miles/Graham Birrell.
Paul Owens, who has retained Chevron's original record book, also has no information on the car's next owner. The Plumtree Racing Chevron B19 in the paddock at Silverstone in May 1987. Research in Zimbabwe has found no record of a Van Dyke racing a sports car in that country in the 1970s or 1980s and no record has been found of a Chevron sports car beyond the known cars. Driven at Oulton Park 9 Apr by Miles; Thruxton 12 Apr by Miles; Paul Ricard 18 Apr by Graham Birrell; at Salzburgring 23 May by Birrell; at Silverstone 5 Jun by Toine Hezemans.
Also listed where known are all the B19s currently racing in European, South African or US historic and vintage racing.
During the research, it is increasingly apparent that some cars are claiming incorrect histories simply because the number on the frame (stamped by chassis manufacturer Arch Motors) is being mistaken for a chassis number.
Colin Pool's Chevron B19 at the Brands Hatch International Historic Weekend 31 May-1 June 1986. Raced by Colin Pool in historic racing and in Thundersports in 1986 (#63; co-driver William Wykeham). Then fitted with 2-litre alloy block Hart BDA engine and raced by Miles at Hockenheim 4 Jul, Croft 10 July, Brands Hatch 30 Aug (BDA engine changed to FVC), Nürburgring 5 Sep (co-driven by Wilson Fittipaldi) and Thruxton 19 Sep (FVC).
After a second mediocre season of historic racing in 1986, Pool took the car to Racing Fabrications who prepared it to a much higher standard and it won the HSCC historic GT championship outright in 19. Sold to Frank Aston and used in sprints with a BDA engine: debut Weston ("recently purchased from the DART team" MN p23).
Chassis plates are easy to detach so it is likely that modern owners only have a frame number (i.e. One of the aims of this research will be to unpick these errors and line up modern cars with their correct provenance.Used by Shierson to dominate the SCCA Central Division 'B' Sports Racing title in 1971 with teammate Bill Barber finishing second in another Chevron.Barber was often the quicker of the two but wrecked his Chevron (believed to be the team's B16) at Blackhawk Farms .If you can add any further information, please email Allen.If you have any Chevron B19 photographs, either in period or in historic racing, also please contact Allen.