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#1 Odseybod

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 10:15

A bit of a long-shot but I'm hoping the combined wisdom of TNF might come to the rescue.

A reader in Belgium contacted me recently, trying to trace the early history of his Lola Mark 1, chassis number BR-8. The reason he picked on me was that it was advertised for sale in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars (as it then was) in February 1983 - but unfortunately, the seller used a box number and since we've had several publishers and associated change-over chaos since then, it's impossible to attach a name to the number.

I'm told Lola Heritage has no trace of the original owner (though I've not yet managwed to confirm this), its Chassis Register merely showing that it's a 1960 sports-racer, recently domiciled in France. Does anyone here happen to know of the car and its early life, leading up to its 1983 sale?

Much obliged (on behalf of the owner) for any help!



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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:03

David Pratley's book on the Mk1 Lolas suggests there might not have been a BR8, though there was a car of that number in France in 1998...




#3 Odseybod

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:26

David Pratley's book on the Mk1 Lolas suggests there might not have been a BR8, though there was a car of that number in France in 1998...


Thanks, David. Hope we're not in a 'continuation situation'!

#4 D-Type

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:33

reading this, the name "Widi" comes to mind.

#5 David McKinney

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 13:22

I think the Widi history is well known, though its consructor, Willy Widar, did have a pukka Lola Mk1 at one stage. That existed post-Widi however

#6 David Birchall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 16:22

I started tracking sales of Lola Mk1s in the seventies but never saw a reference to BR8 except the one mentioned.
Pratley's book says "Not identified but possibly the dark blue car supplied to John Wolfe."

#7 Odseybod

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 17:15

I started tracking sales of Lola Mk1s in the seventies but never saw a reference to BR8 except the one mentioned.
Pratley's book says "Not identified but possibly the dark blue car supplied to John Wolfe."


The only relevant Lola book we have in the office is the 'Illustrated History 1957-77' by John Starkey & Ken Wells. Afraid I've no idea how reliable its information is, but it suggests that in 1960, 19 Mark 1s were built at Bromley out of a total of 44 Lola cars of all descriptions. Concversely, the Lola Heritage Chassis Register shows 21 Mark 1s from 1960, within the number range BR-1 to BR-24, plus a 1960 car with no chassis number and a couple of duplicated numbers with unverified history.

Beginning to wish I hadn't answered the phone ...!

Edited by Odseybod, 18 November 2010 - 17:16.


#8 piperp2

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 19:30

Does anyone know the chassis number of John Ewers ex Lola Mk1, the picture below shows John Ewer with the car in Sep 1960 at the Roskilde Ring. Unfortunately this was the weekend that George Lawton was killed, John that weekend and the following days helped Lawton's distraught team mate Denny Hulme with all the paperwork to get poor George flown back to New Zealand

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#9 JB Miltonian

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 20:06

Hi, Tony;
I looked in my old Autoweek magazines from early 1983, in case anything popped out at me. I don't claim to know anything about the subject of Lola's, but this might be a connection. From February 7, 1983 (same time frame as the T&CC listing):

"Lola. First ever built. Ex-Eric Broadley. Ex-Wershat. Consistent winner English 1172 Formula 1955-1964. Exactly as last raced. Also 1959 AC Bristol. Offers to Lawrie Loveless, 2 Mill Cottages, Crimple Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, 44-423-887467"

This car might have a known history under a specific chassis number. Don't know...

Jeff / JB Miltonian

#10 David Birchall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 20:48

Jeff, that sounds much more like SKM201 Broadley's first special that looked somewhat like a Lotus 7 and was powered by an 1172 Ford.

#11 David Birchall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 20:50

Does anyone know the chassis number of John Ewers ex Lola Mk1, the picture below shows John Ewer with the car in Sep 1960 at the Roskilde Ring. Unfortunately this was the weekend that George Lawton was killed, John that weekend and the following days helped Lawton's distraught team mate Denny Hulme with all the paperwork to get poor George flown back to New Zealand

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Not to usurp this thread, but do we know who's Lotus Seventeen is on the left?

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 21:13

Not to usurp this thread, but do we know who's Lotus Seventeen is on the left?


That should be Ronald Wrenn, who had his moment of fame here : http://forums.autosp...showtopic=61916

According to Pratley, Ewer's Lola was BR-20.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:56

I started tracking sales of Lola Mk1s in the seventies but never saw a reference to BR8 except the one mentioned.
Pratley's book says "Not identified but possibly the dark blue car supplied to John Wolfe."


The following link shows John Wolfe as having had BR8, and lists some of the races he ran:

http://www.racingspo...esults/BR8.html

Vince H.


#14 David Birchall

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:51

The cavalry has arrived! :cat:

#15 Odseybod

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:08

The following link shows John Wolfe as having had BR8, and lists some of the races he ran:

http://www.racingspo...esults/BR8.html

Vince H.


Ah, this looks very promising. Many thanks - knew TNF wouldn't disappoint :)

#16 piperp2

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 17:44

Not to usurp this thread, but do we know who's Lotus Seventeen is on the left?


Yes the Lotus Seventeen is Ronald Wrenn's, the guy standing next to the car is his mechanic Johnny Langton.