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LOLA T400 HU05

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The new owner of T400 HU5, since October 2019, is Mark Rauchfuss from Prescott, Arizona.

HU5 raced in the 1975 Shellsport F5000 Championship where it was driven by Ian Ashley with a best result of second in the Zolder round but it was abandoned as uncompetitive and replaced by an older T330 and it was later crashed in testing. At the end of 1975 the car was returned to Lola to be updated to the VDS team's latest specification and Autosport reported that it was sold to "little known American racer Alan Carlsberg". Presumably an Autosport journalist had misheard the name of Formula Atlantic driver Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA).

The car was next seen when advertised by Jack Smiley (Dallas, TX) in Victory Lane Magazine, April 1989 where it was described as "very possible last one in existence in original spec", indicating that it had not been used in Can-Am. In the early 1990s, historic racer Reg Howell (Corona Del Mar, CA) had a T400 which his crew told Steve Bay was "ex-Jack Smiley". It was next seen, advertised as HU5, with Car Amigo (Dallas, TX) in 2002. It would appear that it was being advertised during the ownership of Juan Gonzales (Dallas, TX), who raced a T400 in vintage events during 1996, and who later sold HU5 to Hamish Somerville (Canada) in 2008.

Used by Somerville in US Historic Racing 2010 and then entered by Somerville at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing in December 2011 and rumoured to have been sold after the event to Kenny Smith. From Smith to Lance Robinson (Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire) in 2012 and then to Mark in the USA. HU5 is finished in the livery of the Richard Oaten Racing team who entered the car for Ashley in the UK.

(History of HU5 courtesy of OldRacingCars.com)

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