This car is a special and taken such good care of. It has a Cosworth engine with 1 test and one race weekend on. Lots of new parts such as new Jennings distributor and ignition system, new clutch, new front bulkhead mounting bracket, new rear bulkheads added, new Dynamic shocks and two new ATL fuel cells. Stiffened floor and excellent frame. Hewland 5 speed with cam and pawl differential. Custom gearbox spacer to move engine forward 2" to improve weight distribution. Matching AP four pot calipers all around. 3 sets of Speedlines refurbished, shod with Avon tires. New electrics throughout and most rodends replaced.
This iconic pink Excita Chevron B45 F Atlantic is chassis #4 of only four built that year and has a well-documented history. The car was originally assigned to Eje Elghe in Fred Opert's FA team and competed in the 1978 Labatts F Atlantic series. However, at the Lime Rock event, Opert's lead driver Keke Rosberg comprehensively crashed his car (chassis #2) and took over Elghe's car. Rosberg subsequently qualified on pole and finished 4th. Thereafter it was driven by Rosberg until his original car was repaired. During the season other drivers in chassis #4 were Davina Galica, Richard Spenard and Arturo Mezarrio at Trois Riviere. Its final race for Opert was at Macau where once again it was driven by Rosberg, but failed to finish after sustaining a punctured radiator. The car was returned to the Chevron factory where it was driven by Jim Crawford in the 1979 Hitachi British Formula Atlantic series and finsihed 2nd in the Championship (5 wins). Crawford, now running in Plygrange colors, also ran in the Aurora F1 Championship series, where in 1980 he won outright in the rain at Oulton Park, beating many notables in F1 cars. Together with his engineer, Crawford made some significant improvements to the car, by moving the engine forward 2" and adding bigger rear brakes (same as the fronts). Subsequently, Crawford moved to the USA to run Indy cars and the Chevron was raced by several pro/club teams in the UK. It was eventually acquired by Simon Hadfield where it was thoroughly refurbished including rebuilt calipers, and gearbox etc., before it was purchased by Jeff Wright and returned to the States. To our knowledge this is the only F Atlantic of the time to have raced as a works car on both sides of the Atlantic. This car has also been featured in Victory Lane Magazine in their April 2015 edition written by Terry Johnson.
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