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The Chevron B4 Discovered

The Trail Goes Cold

I continued trying to trace Alan Fowler and Denis Pollard of D&A Shells and Chassis, and I eventually obtained a current phone number. I telephoned Alan Fowler on 17 July 1990 and, understandably, he had only vague recollections of the sale some 18 years previously. A further setback came when he told me that Denis Pollard had died only a couple of weeks before and that it was Denis who had handled his particular deal. However, he did recall that the car had been purchased from two Irishmen, who he thought had brought it over from Ireland shortly before Denis sold it to my brother in 1972.

David Gordon suggested that I should visit Paul Owens who was co-founder of the Chevron Company with Derek Bennett, and who, as joint constructor of the first cars, might be able to shed some light on this one from the photographs I had taken of some of its components.

A Visit to Chevron Co-Founder Paul Owens

I visited Paul at his company, Reynard Composites, in August 1990. He examined the photographs and slowly began to collect his memories of 24 years ago. At first he was not so sure, but as he studied the pictures he began to describe the features of the early cars which tallied with the photographs I had taken.

After careful consideration Paul was confident that this was an early car and that it could be the prototype B4, originally raced by Derek, and later by Fred Opert at Daytona in February 1967. He also confirmed that the first cars were not given chassis number plates, although he did go on to say that the plate I had was genuine and the number was probably issued retrospectively. Strangely Paul had no recollection of the origins of the frame number G T 266 which led me to him in the first instance!

Tracing the B4's Owners

If this car really was the B4, then the only way of conclusively proving it was to compare constructional evidence with contemporary photographs of the car and to trace all of the previous owners to see if they could provide information that would either confirm or disprove the theory.

All the Irish drivers that I came up with turned out to have owned other cars, so I was left with no more than a tenuous Irish connection from D&A Shells and Chassis.

Since I knew that Roy Johnson had owned the B4 he would seem to be my best bet for discovering what happened to it and how it might have come to be sold to my brother as a B8.