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Chevron: The Derek Bennett Story Hardcover – 16 Sep 1991


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd; First Edition edition (16 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852603186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852603182
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,173,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fenelon on 5 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'll put my cards on the table here and admit that I grew up a Chevron nutter. I used to haunt Aintree circuit as a kid and Chevrons were never far away, gorgeous sports cars and single seaters.
So I had high hopes for this first full-length history of the marque and its eccentric, self-taught genius founder Derek Bennett. And I wasn't disappointed. It's excellent.
This is racing history told as social history - Chevron was a Lancashire company through and through, and Gordon (whose stepfather was a Chevron driver) places the close-knit band of Bolton individualiasts firmly in context.
The story of Bennett, his helpers, the cars and their drivers is told with affection, enthusiasm and a keen eye for detail. Gordon's spoken to all the important people, and the book is rich in anecdote and humour.
Chevron never did take over the world; in a sense the marque really died with Bennett's tragic hang-gliding accident although the name lived on for several years.
This is a great book about a great marque and a great man. Need I recommend it more than that?
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