Chevron racing cars competed with success in pretty much every single seat and sports car formula from the mid 1960s and after several reinventions they still race today. For me their heyday was the late 1960s when the B8 and B16 2 litre GT cars raced in all the sports car classics including Le Mans. In 1970 three B16s entered Le Mans, one of them fitted with a Mazda rotary engine. This was Mazda's first entry at the Great Race and it was also the first for a rotary engine. The car retired with a blown engine in the fourth hour but for Mazda it was the beginning of a romance that would be consummated 21 years later with Japan's first Le Mans victory.
The B16 was modeled by Bitume Slot Racing (a tiny outfit affiliated with Proto Slot) about 15 years ago but it was always rare and very expensive. I'd been looking for one for a very long time when an unbuilt kit surfaced in the Bay last year for a reasonable price. BSR have a very good reputation and I thought that this build would be a breeze. It didn't quite turn out like that because of the interior. BSR made an unadorned shell from scratch and provided it with a resin interior copied from the Fly Chevron B19, whose body is a shameless copy of the Porsche 908/3. This interior made no attempt at all to fit inside the B16 shell! I then discovered that the dashboard provided by BSR was similarly imaginative. The real car has a strange double decker arrangement:
but the model just had the standard flat platform so I had to make my own
This, plus a lot of trimming of the interior and the driver just to get them to fit took a fair bit of the gloss of this 'easy' build but once it was over the rest was pretty easy. The shell fits perfectly onto the Fly B19 chassis, it's just a case of painting the wheels. Here's the model, first without its decals.
This car has beautiful lines, I think it's reminiscent of a Jaguar XJR9. Here it is with the excellent decals that make it look less pretty in my opinion.
Now I have three different Chevrons from 1968, '70 and '72 - not bad at all!
Finally, I pulled out all my models of cars from the 1970 Le Mans race. There are now 13, that was a big surprise to me!
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