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  Chevron B24 Chevrolet

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1972 - 1973
Numbers built:10
Designed by:Derek Bennett
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 23, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionDuring the 1970s, F5000 cars were regularly invited to fill the grid of non-World Championship Formula 1 races. Only once, at the 1973 Race of Champions, did a F5000 machine actually beat the more sophisticated F1 cars. The F5000 to achieve this feat was a Chevron B24, powered by a stock-block Chevrolet and driven by Peter Gethin.

Chevron's first F5000 racer, the B24 was built around an aluminium monocoque, which used the sturdy Chevrolet as a fully stressed engine. Suspension was by double wishbones at the front, while the rear end featured a multi-link layout. The five-litre V8 was mated to a Hewland five-speed gearbox. The B24 boasted a full-width front wing and a tall engine air-intake.

The very first B24 was ready in time for the 1972 Oulton Park Gold Cup. Brian Redman upheld a great Chevron tradition by clinching a debut victory. Redman and Gethin would score several more wins on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1972 season. For 1973, about half a dozen customer cars were built, which were actively raced at all corners of the world.

In addition to Gethin's historic victory in the Race of Champions, Teddy Pilette used the Team VDS B24 to win the European F5000 Championship. It is believed that Chevron eventually constructed 10 B24s before replacing it with the B28 in 1974. The Chevron B24 remains the only F5000 car to have won a contemporary F1 race.

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  Article Image gallery (15) B24-73-02 Specifications