Lola Heritage


LOLA T296 HU87

Lola T296 HU87 is fitted with a 2-litre BDX engine and was the official 1977 factory car, run under the Ultramar-Rizla Team Lola banner.

There were only two T297s built, the second car was sold to America. The reason for the high chassis number was that the T290 series (T290/T292/T294/T296/T297/T298/T299) were allocated consecutive chassis numbers.

The first race for HU87 was at Estoril on the 10th July 1977, the Prémio International da Costa do Sol, a round of the World Championship for Makes. Driven by Chris Craft it won its class finishing 4th overall behind the three works 3-litre Alfa Romeos. 

The second WCM race at the Paul Ricard 500kms two weeks later saw HU87 driven by Ray Mallock, retired due to a broken gear linkage after qualifying 7th.

Next was the Imola 250kms on the 4th of September were, driven by Guy Edwards, HU87 was 5th quickest in practice but retired due to fuel pressure problems.

The fourth and final WCM race was the Salzburgring 300kms on the 18th of September, driven by Guy Edwards & Ray Mallock, HU87 won the 2-litre class class and was 4th overall, once again behind the three works 3-litre Alfas.

At the end of the season the chassis was sold to European Lola agent Heini Mader, it then spent the next 20 years in the Bianco Rosso Museum, Germany until sold to the USA in 2007.  Kevin bought it from S. Tillack in the USA near the end of 2008. 

HU87 has now been brought back to life, rebuilt to its own original specification, and is competing in the Classic Endurance Racing series.