JAR­DINE RACES A BOY­HOOD HERO

Vet­eran driver han­dles rare Chevron he watched race back in 1967

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Tony Jar­dine made his Chevron de­but at Oul­ton Park in the ex-digby Mart­land B6 that he watched make its de­but race at the Cheshire track in 1967.

“I was 15 at the time and Oul­ton was my lo­cal track,” said Jar­dine, who was born in Liver­pool but was liv­ing on the Wir­ral by 1967. “I came here with two school mates and saw Mart­land give his B6 its first race,” he said.

The two mates came back to Oul­ton Park 49 years later to join Jar­dine over the week­end. “They’d not seen the B6 since that day in 1967,” said Jar­dine who later mar­shalled at Oul­ton Park and worked in the assem­bly area at the fol­low­ing year’s Gold Cup.

Jar­dine, who started his work­ing life as a teacher, has raced and ral­lied ex­ten­sively around com­men­tary and PR work at the top of the sport, and was as­sis­tant team man­ager at Mclaren in 1980 in the year of Alain Prost and John Watson. He was given the chance to race the Chevron by its owner Kevin Kivlochan. Jar­dine had pre­vi­ously shared Kivlochan’s AC Co­bra at Good­wood.

“It was amaz­ing to drive this car on this track,” said Jar­dine. “It was my first race in a proper rac­ing car since 1971 as ev­ery­thing I’ve raced since has been pro­duc­tion-based.

“In 1971, I did some For­mula Ford rac­ing un­til I de­stroyed the car against the bar­ri­ers at Knicker­brook!”

They fin­ished sev­enth over­all in the 40-minute Guards Tro­phy race on Sun­day.

Jar­dine and Kivlochan shared Chevron B6

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