Thorn­ton re­turns Chevron to the track

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

An ex-digby Mart­land Chevron B8 raced in the UK for the first time since 1968 dur­ing the Guards Tro­phy race at Cas­tle Combe last Sun­day.

Ex­pe­ri­enced his­toric racer Greg Thorn­ton has had the Chevron re­stored to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter it ap­par­ently spent more than 40 years in South Africa.

It is be­lieved that the car went to South Africa in 1969 for the Spring­bok Se­ries and Mart­land rolled it at Kyalami. It was left in South Africa af­ter the ac­ci­dent and con­verted into a spy­der with a Mazda ro­tary en­gine and raced through un­til the 1990s.

Thorn­ton dis­cov­ered it four years ago and has had it to­tally re­built by mar­que spe­cial­ist Vin Malkie.

“This week­end was the car’s first race as a Chevron B8 since 1969,” said Thorn­ton, who has 38 week­ends of rac­ing planned this sea­son across his col­lec­tion of his­toric cars.

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