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Debut of Lola T70 MkIII


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#1 Herbert

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 18:31

When actually did the T70 Mk III make his first appearance at a race track? I found contradicting information regarding this. Whereas Autocar reports "Additional interference was expected from a Lola T70 which, however, non-started with a bent left front suspension and frame ...", Gregor Grant writes in his report that the Lola of Buck Fulp and Roger McCluskey failed to arrive. Motorsport does mention a T70 "doctored for GT racing".

That the car was at Sebring, but failed to start the race, is also mentioned in the T70 books of Ian Bamsey and John Starkey. According to Starkey (and Janos Wimpffen in Time and Two Seats) it was chassis number SL73/102. But Starkey contradicts himself because in the chassis history he writes it was SL71/18.

So did Lola T70 really appear at Sebring in 1967? If so, was it the new MkIII coupé or still an open top version? If it was there has somebody seen picutures of that car? Or was the debut of the MkIII at the Le Mans Test a week later where John Surtees drove the Aston Martin coupe?

Edited by Herbert, 05 December 2011 - 18:34.