Chevron B8 TC Ford 1600 (BO8-DBE56)

Lapping at Thruxton 1968

In 1968 Barrie bought the last Lotus 23b chassis made at Lotus with the view of making a Mercury special but then realised that making a special car was way beyond the capabilities of Avalon Racing team in the time left before the start of the 1968 season. So a new Chevron B8 rolling chassis and gearbox was ordered from Derek Bennett at Chevron to be fitted with the Vegantune Ford Twin-cam engine.

It was an unusual but excellent combination. B8s were fitted with 2 litre BMW engines as standard.

This car won first time out at Brands Hatch and broke the lap record. Chris Craft recently told Barrie that the Chevron B8 was the best handling car he had ever driven, Stirling Moss is reputed to have said the same when he first drove a B8 in the eighties. The Chevron B8 was a great car in which Barrie won 18 races in 1968 and won the Tootle GT Championship for 1600cc cars.

Grid at Outlon Park 1968

Barrie said: “Paul Watson of MRC called me to say there was a really good race in Jllandsringen near Silkeborg in Denmark, the Danish GP”.

It was Barrie’s first international race in August 1968. It was a late entry put in under Jac Nellerman’s accessory firm called Car Plus. With a top field of International GT racers, no one was more surprised than Jac when the practice times were pretty good.

The Chevron B8 Twincam

At the end of the five heats which made up the “Danish Grand Prix” Barrie had prevailed against all the odds. John Woofle, who wrote the Autosport report said “Barrie Smith was the star of the Danish GP, in a class of his own”.

Those who look closely will find a picture of John Blades and a great Promo Girl in the photo section. Her name is Brita Nielsen, very lovely she is too.

Barrie Smith, Winner!
Barrie Smith, Winner 1968
Wendy and the Chevron B8, 1968
Chevron Twincam B8 Hammond
Tootle final
Tim with his girlfriend
Tim tuning the Chevron B8
Tim in Danish paddock
Taking the Thruxton chicane in the B8
Barrie with the B8 at Snetterton
Snetterton Battle
Racing Silkeborg
Pole in Denmark 1968
Chevron B8 at Mallory Park 1968
Ken with the Chevron B8 09
Jyllandsringen J.Blades
John Woolfe Denmark
Jland B8 leading
GP heat
Dollie and Terry Croaker
Denmark drinks 1968
Denmark 1968 Chevron B8
Danish GP 1969
Danish paddock 1968
Danish GP 1968
Chevron group
Chevron B8 at Garlinge
Burlington bus 1953
Brands plug change
Brands pits
Brands Hatch grid
Barrie in cockpit 1969
BARC 1968 brochure
B8 with cups
The Chevron B8 Twincam
B8 on Avalon forecourt
Brand new Chevron B8 Twincam on forecourt 1968
B8 Mallory
B8 at Mallory 1968
The B8 and Barrie at Mallory Park