DBE71 was collected new from the factory in 1968 by Paul Vestey, the first owner who competed in many events with the car including the 1000Kms at the Nurburgring (1969) and many rounds of the RAC Sports Car Championship including the rounds held at Silverstone and Snetterton (Gaurds Trophy). After this the car passed into the hands of James Tangy and Chris Smith (the current owner of Chevron Cars) who campaigned the car in the last round of the 69 championship at Thruxton. For 1970 the car ran in events all over Europe with great success including Mugello, the Nurburgring 500Km and the Spa 1000Km. Also during 1970 DBE71 competed at the Snetterton, Thruxton, and Silverstone rounds of the RAC Sports Car Championship.
DBE71 then passed into the hands of Tony Charnell (again competing in most of the 1971 rounds of the RAC championship) and then Simon Phillips (who later drove a Ferrari 512 BBLM at Le Mans with Mike Salmon). Phillips owned the car until 78. After passing through the hands of two further owners it was purchased in 1982 by Stirling Moss (the car features in the Chevron book with Stirling sitting next to the car). The car fell into the ownership of Chris Saunders in the late 90's who set about restoring the car. Following a few seasons racing the car then passed into the Rushden stable of Top Knob Racing where the car was most successful with Luke Stephens behind the wheel.
DK Engineering purchased the car in 2006 when the car was quickly despatched to South Africa for the Springbok Series where the Cottingham brothers enjoyed great success even gaining a column in Autosport as a result.
Once back in the UK a full strip down and rebuild of the car was carried out. During 2007 the car ran in various HSCC rounds proving to be very competitive especially during the 3 hours of Snetterton and at Spa where the Cottingham brothers gained a combined win for the weekend.
At the end of 2007 a fresh Hewland gearbox and casing was fitted to the car. Again during 2008 the Cottingham brothers have enjoyed great success winning outright at Castle Coombe (lapping the entire field & autosport photo) and Silverstone. At the one hour mark of the Gaurds 3 hours at Snetterton the brothers were looking at another podium (at least!) when a fuel pump failed ending their race (not stopping them from grabbing fastest lap).
The Chevron has just returned from Spa where the car lapped the iconic circuit 3 seconds faster than any other B8.
This B8 has proven to be the quickest B8 in the world in recent seasons including an overall win by 3 laps at Snetterton for the Gaurds 3 hour Trophy in May 2009
Lap times achieved: Castle Combe 1:14.7 (lap record), Snetterton 1:16.8 (fastest lap of 08 event, possibly a lap record), Silverstone International 1:32.5 (fastest lap) & Spa 2:43.4 (3 seconds clear of the next Chevron B8).Download PDF Spec Sheet