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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