Chevron B40 Hart: GP de Nogaro 1977 and Ray Mallock…

Posted: August 2, 2016 in Who,What,Where & When...?
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I have always been a big Derek Bennett and Chevron fan, ditto Formula 2 nutter. It was a pity Bernie f@cked the category over by creating F3000 as a home for all those F1 redundant Ford Cosworth DFV’s in my book…

The photo above is of Ray Mallock at Nogaro during the 1977 European F2 Championship round on 3 July. His works car was disqualified for being underweight, the race win was taken by Rene Arnoux’ Martini Mk22 Renault V6, the championship taken by the plucky little Frenchman on his way to F1 that year.

Best placed of the Bolton Bolides that weekend was a Chevron favourite, Riccardo Patrese in a Trivellato Racing, BMW engined B40 in second place, only a second behind the flying French V6. Patrese was the highest placed of the Chevron B40 pilots that year having done the full championship, he was 5th in the title, a year of consistency. Rosberg took a race win at Enna and Lamberto Leoni’s Trivellato Racing Chevron B40 Ferrari Dino another at Misano.

Plenty of ‘hotshots’ had a steer of the B40 in addition to Patrese including Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Patrick Tambay, Jacques Laffitte, Clay Regazzoni, Art Merzario, Derek Daly, Brian Henton, Elio de Angelis and Tiff Needell amongst others. Many of these ‘guested’ in the Fred Opert Racing entries, Fred the US importer of Chevrons and key Rosberg entrant in F2 and F Atlantic/Pacific.


Alain Prost in an Opert B40 Hart at Pau in May 1978, DNF engine in the race won by Bruno Giacomelli’s works March 782 BMW, Euro F2 champ that year . The 2 litre Hart 420R, injected, DOHC, 4 valve engine gave circa 300bhp (unattributed)

Perhaps Ray Mallock was not at the absolute elite level of some of the dudes above, but after a successful career in the junior single-seater formulae and sportscars the Brit, son of Arthur ‘U2’ Mallock built a very successful business constructing and racing cars for a wide variety of global road car manufacturers, click on this link to suss the achievements of RML Ltd;

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Ray Mallock, Ralt RT4 Ford BDD at Calder, AGP 8 November 1981, the red RT4 behind is John Smith’s car, Q8 and DNF (John Brewer Collection)

Australian enthusiasts of a certain age may remember Mallock contesting the 1981 Australian Grand Prix at Calder, the first of three AGP’s won by Roberto Moreno. Mallock raced the Ralt RT4 in which he won the ’81 British F Atlantic Championship with 9 wins. He plonked the thing mid grid at Calder, finishing 7th. In front of him were Moreno, Piquet, Geoff Brabham, Larry Perkins, Andrew Miedecke and David Oxton, behind him Bruce Allison, Alfie Costanzo and John Smith. Alan Jones, Jacques Laffitte and John Bowe all failed to finish the race. I saw the full race weekend and thought Ray’s was a great race so far from home.


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Tailpiece: Mallock’s works B40 at Nogaro ’77…

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Chevron B4o chassis an aluminium monocoque, the gearbox the ubiquitous Hewland FT200 5 speed transaxle (unattributed)



  1. Willem Toet says:

    Thanks for the article. Ray’s car at the Calder 1981 race was a new one built (to the same spec as Ray’s Atlantic championship winning car) for the race – built for Aussie racer Russell Nordon. Ray came to Australia to race it to prove it was a good car – better than Nordon going to the UK to see it run good lap times there . The Wrangler (jeans) sponsorship was a one off. Ray raced it on the wrong brand of tyres for this event and was the first of that brand in the race. The car was then campaigned by Nordon. The event and meeting Ray changed my life. I was working with Nordon and lent Ray and his chief mechanic Mick my road car (very modified Gemini) and asked them to “assess” me while they were in Oz. Ray offered me a job some months later and I flew over to England and started my career in European motorsport there.

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