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LOLA - The T70 and Can-Am Cars
THE T70 & CAN-AM CARS
By Gordon Jones
Forewords by Richard Attwood and George Follmer
Publication date: January 2022
UK price RRP: €95.00 Hardback ISBN: 978-1-910505-53-3
• Format: 280x235mm • Page extent: 576
• 689 photos, including colour
In the most glittering era of sports car racing, the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Lola T70 and its descendants radiated star quality. These big racers, both brutal and beautiful, graced the Can-Am stage in North America as open spyders and the world sports car championship as closed coupés. Powered by big American V8 engines, they were massively fast and exceedingly popular, both with fans and the racers
In this important new book, which has taken Lola enthusiast Gordon Jones three decades to complete, the racing history of the T70 and the Can-Am models that followed — from T160 to T310 — is exhaustively recorded, complete with a superb array of nearly 700 photographs. All sports car devotees will treasure this labour of love.
The introduction is a celebration of the genius of Eric Broadley, detailing the Mark 1 sports car and all the other Lola racing cars up to the introduction of the T70, including the involvement of Peter Jackson's Specialised Mouldings.
The story of the ground-breaking Mark 6 GT, its Le Mans baptism, its links to the Ford GT40 programme, and its subsequent restoration by a Shelby Cobra racer.
The sad saga of the Lola-Aston Martin's 1967 Le Mans adventure.
Full details are given for every Roadster and Coupé T70 built and raced.
The creation and racing lives of all the T70's successors: every T160, Peter Revson's T220, Jackie Stewart's T260 and David Hobbs's T310.
Covers every race from 1963 to 1974 in which these Lolas ran, split by World Sports Car Championship, European and South African racing, and separately all the SCCA, USRRC and Can-Am series races, detailing the cars and drivers, the opposition, the practice times and grid positions, the story of the races, the results and post-race analysis.
A comprehensive list of every Lola, in every race, in every year from 1963 to 1974, giving entrant, driver(s), chassis number, engine, car colour, race number, race result and commentary. A history of horsepower and torque: Ford and GM; Small Block and Big Block; American engine wizards of the sixties.
Gordon Jones's first encounter with a Lola came in 1959 while marshalling at Goodwood, where three Lola Mark Is sat on the front row of the grid and finished 1—2—3. Later, when the T70 came along, he found one close at hand as hillclimber David Good ran a spyder version from a nearby workshop. He watched, and wrote about, the wonderful T70 coupés as they appeared — a fascination that has lasted ever since. He co-wrote with John Allen The Ford That Beat Ferrari, an acclaimed Ford GT40 history first published in 1985 and reissued by Evro in 2019. He lives in France.
On a personal note, this is a staggering book and I don't just mean physically, the print quality is excellent and there is a bewildering series of photos of the highest quality, a large percentage of which I have never seen before. Gordon has carried out an amazing amount of work in researching all the races these cars have competed in and I can see I will need to spend a lot of time updating the Heritage Hall of Fame!
On a personal note can I add my thoughts to Gordon's on Anders Hedborg who was collaborating with Gordon until his sad death, Anders loved the T70s and was a tremendous source of knowledge to me in my research. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed.
Gordon offers three corrections that slipped by before the book went to the printer:
1. page 38 - we now know, courtesy of Ronnie Spain, that GT40/101 was delivered to Lola at Slough on 14th February 1963;
2. page 151 - the mechanic to left of car is Terry Hadley, not Malcolm Malone;
3. page 227 - the mechanic pushing the Lola is John McDonnell, who went on to look after the Lolas raced by Barrie Smith.