Ironic that Lola's only F1 victory...
Posted 18 October 2001 - 20:41
Posted 18 October 2001 - 22:40
The two "Hondola" models were the RA300 and RA301 (Lola T130 and T180), built at the urging of John Surtees when Honda accepted the shortcomings of the RA273 (too heavy and under-powered). The first car was based on a T90 USAC chassis, with a revised rear end but retaining the Lola suspension. Indeed, when Honda first decided to go F1 racing in 1962 they had acquired a Cooper chassis, which was used to test the first engine.
Other commissioned Lolas include the T370 for Graham Hill (there was also the T371, also known as the Hill GH1) and the T850, the production version of the Toleman TG280.
Posted 19 October 2001 - 05:50
I saw John Surtees score Lola's first Formula 1 win, on 11th June 1962.
Posted 19 October 2001 - 09:40
Was that race at Mallory Park?
I have not looked it up but I have a recollection of attending a race for the then F1 cars at Mallory and Surtees won it
Posted 19 October 2001 - 09:54
Surtees won quite easily, leading all the way from Brabham's Lotus and Graham Hill's Rob Walker Lotus.
Most entries were privateers, although Clark was there in a works Lotus (he retired).
Posted 19 October 2001 - 11:25
I know the 1963 edition, also won by a Lola, was
Posted 19 October 2001 - 11:53
It was also in a week between Monaco (June 3rd) and Belgium (June 17th). Must have been quite a rush! BTW, Surtees' car still had the short Monaco nose fitted.
Posted 19 October 2001 - 17:18
Posted 19 October 2001 - 17:25
Originally posted by Keir
Chris Amon won a "libre" race in the 1963 Lola. I guess that would be a stretch to call it an F1 win??
Particularly as it had a 2.5 litre engine!
I remember that the 1962 Mallory race created quite a lot of interest because of the prize money; 2,000 Guineaus was quite a lot by the standards of the time. Bowmaker also had Mike Parkes in a T56 Cooper at Malory as mentioned in an earlier thread.
Posted 19 October 2001 - 17:26
Posted 19 October 2001 - 18:11
Ever since F1 began in the 1940s there were perhaps 20 races each year. When the WDC was introduced in 1950 only the most important half-dozen or so counted. Gradually the numbr of counting races increased, and the number of non-championship races decreased, though the RoC was by no means the only one in 1967. Or 1968.
Posted 19 October 2001 - 23:25