JARDINE RACES A BOYHOOD HERO
Veteran driver handles rare Chevron he watched race back in 1967
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.