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LOLA T210 SL/01

Graham Adelman became the new owner of SL/01 in 2011.

Previous owner Richard Rothman recounts the history of this famous car.

"This was the factory sponsored prototype in which Jo Bonnier won the Driver's Championship in the 1970 under two liter World's Sports Racing Prototypes championship series.  Bonnier compiled an amazing record in this car. He missed winning the Manufacturer's Championship by a single point caused by a spin on the last lap of the final race of the series at Spa.  Brian Redman passed him there and Brian was thus able to win the 1970 Manufacturer's Championship for Chevron."

Date Venue Driver Result
1970 - April 25 Silverstone J. Bonnier 1st O.A.
1970 - May 24 Salzburgring J. Bonnier 1st O.A.
1970 - June 6 Anderstorp J. Bonnier 1st O.A.
1970 - July 5 Hockenheim J. Bonnier 1st O.A.
1970 - August 15 Enna-Pergusa J. Bonnier 1st O.A.
1970 - Sept. 20 Spa-Francorchamps J. Bonnier 2nd O.A.
All races were round of the European 2-litre Championship with the exception of Silverstone which was a non-championship event.
Bonnier also raced SL/01 at Hameenlina on May 3, a two heat race in which he took a DNF in the first heat, but won the second. 

"I have also found the Jo Bonnier raced a Lola T210, very possibly SL-01 at Aachen on October 18, 1970.  Overall outcome of the top 6 sports cars, two liter prototypes and racing cars is as follows:"

Rank Driver Vehicle Time
1 Helmut Kelleners March 707 1.21.39,9
2 Chris Craft McLaren M12 1.22.47,5
3 Niki Lauda Porsche 908 1 1.24,05,3
4 Joakim Bonnier Lola T210 1.24.14,7
5 Herbert Müller Lola T 70 1.24.45,6
6 Michel Weber Porsche 908 1.24.54,3


"My documentation shows that SL 210/01 was sold to Daniel Rouveyran, a well known French hillclimb competitor, who raced this car with co-driver Carlos Ruesch in the 1,000 Km race in Buenos Aires on January 10, 1971. The car is shown to have been entered by Scuderia Bonnier.  There were 22 cars which started the race and SL 210/01 finished 13th, the last of the cars still running at the end of the five and a half hour race. Sadly, Italian driver, Ignazio Giunti, crashed and was killed in his factory entered Ferrari 312 PB during the race. Rouveyran himself was later killed in a hillclimb accident at Mt. Dore, France, on July 1, 1973, when his March 721G went off course.

I also have been given information that Daniel Rouveyran raced Lola T-210, presumably chassis No. SL/01 at Circuit d'Albi in the south of France on March 21, 1971; the Coupe de Vitesse on May 9, 1971, and at Nogaro, France on August 8, 1971. He finished 2nd in the Coupe de Vitesse, but had a D.N.F. in the other two races. The same material shows Rouveyran in a T-212 at Nogaro, while the the two races list him in a T-210. I suspect it was actually the same car."

"My F.I.A. documents show the car was transferred to a Mr. J. Perrin in 1991, and then to Mr. Jeremy Agace in 1996. I discovered a posting showing the car to have been raced by Mr. Agace in the "Grand Prix of the Golden Age" at Montlhéry, France, on June 20-21, 1998. He finished 4th behind 3 Lola T70's, and ahead of several other T70's plus assorted Chevrons and Elvas.

Mr. Malcolm Sanders, from whom I acquired the car, purchased it through the Hairpin Company in Wiltshire, U.K. on January 22, 2005. He raced it at the historic Le Mans race in 2006 I bought SL 210/01 and imported it to the U.S. in May of 2007. I have raced it at Mid Ohio, Road America at Elkhart Lake, Road Atlanta, and my best finish was 1st O.A. in the Group 5 race at Roebling Road, Savannah, Georgia on April 13, 2008."

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