The Chevron Story – Derek Bennett and Chevron Cars

The life of Derek Bennett and the success of Chevron Cars are  inextricably entwined in the Chevron Story. After years eking out a living mending cars in back street garages, Derek rose to become one of the world’s leading builders of racing cars. Chevron is the fairy tale story of how he did it.

Stars such as Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Brian Redman, James Hunt, Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Graham Hill, Peter Gethin and Jody Scheckter all drove Chevrons. In his book “Chevron – The Derek Bennett Story” – David Gordon explains how they got on.

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‘In the Mind’s Eye’ by Kevin Hodgkinson

A car by car record of early Chevron single seat racing cars
updated edition exclusively available from us

In the late 1960’s a young engineer worked at the Chevron factory in Bolton. His name was Kevin Hodgkinson and he fell in love with the cars he was building. Later he lived a dream when he owned one of those cars – a Chevron B17 – and used the car in hillclimb and sprint events.

Kevin has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the early Chevron single seat race cars and in 2009 he published “In The Mind’s Eye: Chevron Classic Formula Race Cars 1967 – 1970”. The book rapidly sold out.

Kevin has now updated the book with additional content and the second edition of the book is now exclusively available from Chevron Heritage. It details every single seat racing car coming out of the Chevron factory in that period.

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About the author and the book

After travelling many thousands of miles to trace the people who knew and worked with Derek, motor racing journalist David Gordon tells the Derek Bennett story and that of his brainchild Chevron Cars, charting the contributions of the many people who played a part in the company’s meteoric rise to success, and relating why it all happened the way it did.

This book is being reprinted in 2018 to mark the 40th anniversary of Derek Bennett’s death and to celebrate 50 years of racing for his iconic B8 sports cars. Derek Bennett designed and built successful racing cars for 13 years from 1965 until his untimely death in 1978, but another four decades later the appeal of those cars shows no sign of waning.

The  reprint is a joint venture between David Gordon and Chevron Heritage Limited. Chevron Heritage is the direct descendant of Derek Bennett’s original Chevron company and is the only supplier of genuine Chevron parts using the original drawings, jigs, patterns and body moulds.





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