True to the era in which they were created the “Ducktail” Chevron B8 made a huge impact in the world sport car racing.
Designed by Derek Bennet in 1965 the car was not only unique in design but practical and relatively cheap to run. A very effective racing car from clubman’s right through to the more professional teams.
South African first made contact with the B8 Chevron in the 1968 Nine Hour when car designer and owner arrived in South Africa with two B8’s. Brain Redman/ Tim Schenhen finished 4th overall (against the might of Ferrari, Ford GT40’s, Lola etc.) the second come home 7th.
The B8 being what is (Practical and affordable) soon attracted the attention of South Africans and we soon had a number in the country – Dennis Joubert, Jack Holme, John Rowe etc. There was also a B8 in Zimbabwe.
The Holme and Joubert B8’s more than held their own in the Springbok Series for a good number of years.
At Zwarkops in the Castrol SA Tourist Trophy in January there is a entered very quick and effective black B8 BMW. Plus, the spectacular red Chevron B8 of Jonathan du Toit.
This B8 has a 1.8 litre BDA engine and over the years has not only won a great many races but always puts up a giant killing performance. The little B8’s was raced mainly with 2 litre BMW engines but then there were a few which had 1.6 Kent, BDA, BDG and even one with a F1 Repco engine!