This superb multiple endurance and sprint competition winner remains in its excellent race ready set up, currently with a zero-houred FVC engine and recently resprayed body. Maintained by Martin Stretton Racing, this exceptional B16 has been campaigned by Jon Minshaw, Sylvain Stepak, Martin and Hugh Angle, and Martin Stretton to make this example one of the very best in its class.
The original chassis of this race winning Chevron B-16 is understood to have been purchased from the Chevron factory in 1981 and sent to Belgium where it was to be built up in to a sprint / hill climb car. Its early competition history, however, is not known. The car was located and acquired as a rolling chassis by Sylvain Stepak in 1996 from, it is believed, the collection of Jean Blaton.
At the time of its purchase, Sylvain Stepak already owned an FVC engine B-16 (understood to be Chassis Number DBE-15) which he had purchased from a collector in Sweden and which Stepak was racing, supported by Jon Brewin and Tony Thompson of Tony Thompson Racing in the UK. Tony Thompson, who today is a leader in the UK in Lotus Elan race preparation and components, was commissioned by Stepak to re-build the Belgium car as a sister clone to DBE-15, but with a BMW engine, and this was to be campaigned by Stepak in longer distance events. At this time, both cars carried, and were permitted to run with, the same chassis number but subsequently the Belgium sourced B-16 was allocated number CH-DBE-15-A.
Tony Thompson recalls that the B-16 sourced from Belgium, now known as DBE-15-A, arrived at his workshop without an engine or gearbox, but with a yellow body shell, the colour of which it retains today. Using correctly sourced mechanical components, this B16 was methodically and correctly brought back to life.
DBE-15-A subsequently had a significant competition history with Sylvain Stepak, winning outright with Jean Claude Andruet at the 12 hours of Jarama; with Gerard Larrousse at the 12 hours of Abercete; and again with Jean Claude Andruet at the 24 hours of Magny-Cours. It never finished the 12-hour race of Le Mans; both in 1999 and 2001 it retired whilst leading.
Jon Minshaw acquired both Sylvain Stepak’s B-16s in 2001, refreshing components where needed and preparing what was DBE-15-A for longer distance events. Martin Stretton joined Minshaw as his regular co-driver and initially with a BMW engine in DBE-15-A, they finished 2nd overall in the Jarama 12 hour in 2002 and 3rd overall in the 2002 Spa 4 hour. In 2003, again with Stretton, in DBE-15-A he came 2nd overall in the Nurburgring 1 hour, and 1st overall in the 2003 Charade 6 hour. DBE-15-A was then fitted with a new Geoff Richardson FVC engine in 2003. It was maintained throughout the period of Minshaw’s ownership by Nigel Morris, now of Valley Motorsports, a leader in historic motorsports.
In 2010 Minshaw sold the car to Martin Angle and Martin Stretton Racing took over its race preparation. Angle and his son, Hugh, who partnered him, were both experienced historic racers and the car continued to enjoy class podiums in the Masters Historic Sports Car Championship (run as an FIA series) including at the Silverstone Classic and the Masters Historic Festival on the Brands Hatch GP circuit where Hugh recorded fastest lap in class and secured a class win.
The FVC engine was re-built by Geoff Richardson at the end of the 2011 season and again in 2017. The engine is currently zero-houred and is mated to a Hewland gearbox. The suspension set-up is by Nigel Rees, of GSD RaceDyn, a leading vehicle dynamics consultancy in motor sport including F1. The body shell was fully re-sprayed in its dramatic yellow colour scheme for the 2017 season and is presented in excellent condition throughout.
DBE-15-A comes with a spares package including wheels and wet weather tyres and gear ratios, and it can be converted back to take a BMW engine.
DBE-15-A has current HTP papers valid to 31.12.2025. It is eligible for a number of prestigious races including the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, the Peter Auto series and the VdeV Endurance series.