Totally Unique Ex-Chris Skeaping Chevron B20 Formula 3. Chassis number B20-72-1. Works car for 1972
History of Chevron B20-72-1
One of only nine B20’s built by Chevron; this is the only Formula 3 version ever produced and was the works car for Chris Skeaping who raced it in F3 events in England and Europe. Chris’s best result was 3rd at Silverstone, 14 May 1972. It then passed to the Chevron dealer in Italy – Eris Tondelli.
In 1975 it was back in the Chevron factory and sold to a local racer Alex Lowe and went on to win the Formula 4 & Monoposto championships in 1977 and 1980 respectively.
In 1986 Roger Andreason bought the car – with a couple of other B20’s and in 1990 – having restored it – it was sold to Nick Crossley in 1994 . Roger spared no expense at all on his cars so used all the right bits on this one. It was then used by Nick in HSCC F3 races, winning the Classic F3 Championship in 1995.
When the present owner bought it the car had been standing for quite a number of years so it was subjected to a light restoration and returned to its original livery from when Chris Skeaping ran it for Chevron.
It has been maintained by Martin Stretton Racing so has wanted for nothing although it will need new tyres and belts and the extinguisher will need recertification as it hasn’t been raced since Oulton Park in August 2014.
The Twin Cam engine was rebuilt by Colin Holt in April 2013 and since then it’s done 5 races, a total of 584 miles, verified by Martin Stretton’s records. It's never been used since.
So basically, apart from a light re-commissioning (tyres, belts, extinguisher etc.and the obvious change of fluids), it is pretty much ready to race. It will also come with a set of (old) wets, a spare nose section, rear wing, 2 rear uprights, 4 front wishbones and various other suspension parts.
The car was raced at Monaco in 2010 so would certainly be eligible should they run a suitable class in the future.
Could run in not only Classic F3 but is also eligible as is for Classic Racing Cars, Derek Bell and Historic F2.
Although it is of the utmost importance that the car remains in its original F3 specification it could, very reluctantly, be split and sold as a rolling chassis to be converted to F2 or Atlantic specification with the corresponding re-negotiation in price.
History of the Chevron B20
The Chevron B20 was Chevron’s 1972 single-seater design, intended for Formula 2 (F2), Formula 3 (F3) and Formula B, but designed primarily for F2. It was panelled spaceframe based largely on the B18 but with a full-width ‘sports car’ nose.
Derek Bennett completely rethought the aerodynamics of the B18, and replaced its front wing with a full-width nose which was essentially a squared-off version of the front of the company’s B19 sports car.
Although Chevron got credit for introducing the ‘sports car nose’ to F2, the Surtees TS10 also had the same style of nose from the start of 1972, and it had been Tyrrell that had first introduced a Porsche 908/3-inspired nose to single-seaters when such a ‘bluff’ nose was added to Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell 003 in June 1971.
Chevron’s continuing success in sports car racing ensured some customers were found for the new single-seater design. Fred Opert, the US agent, bought cars for Formula B customers Jim Grob, Bobby Brown and Brian Robertson, and in early 1973 sold a fourth car to Peter Ferguson.
Pierre Maublanc was now the French agent and bought one car for himself, which proved to be very effective in French hill climbs. Also a car was sold to the far east for the 1600cc twin cam formula.
In the UK, singleton cars were sold for Formula 3, to Chris Skeaping, and for Formula Atlantic, where Bobby Howlings bought a car for John Lepp to race.
Skeaping’s Vegantune-engined F3 car was unsuccessful, but Lepp was more competitive in Formula Atlantic, winning one round of the British series at Croft in August.
But most of Chevron’s focus was on the Formula 2 project, our B20 72-2 where Peter Gethin drove the works entry and won at Pau in early May 1972.
A second F2 car was finished off in time for John Watson to race at Oulton Park in September.