Lola MK 6
Posted 29 January 2003 - 19:51
Last year I saw a very sad "recreation" of the Lola MK 6, which looks so unhistoric , that it is a shame to advertise it as a car with loads of history. The restoring company even showed the proudness of this "Lola"-work in several magazines. And the owner wasn´t ashamed to compete at LeMans historic events. Now I saw it for sale again.
The car front section lookes as a bad replique of the original( wrong shape of front air-inlet, original had no square air outlet), the roof has a helmet-bubble (never seen at this car, neither in the early 60ies), the windows were riveted in at all sides ( how ugly, very historic), and the crown of recreation are the motorcycle-mirrors.
I think this car is a best demonstrator to show how to "restore" in the wrong way.(What Eric wouls say?)
Of course, there was a chassis and some remains of the old MK 6, which Ford used as a pattern for their GT40 projekt, but now this strange product has lost everything, mainly it´s history.
I remember the Lindner E-Type, which was recreated by Lynx around only some pieces of aluminium, but this work saved the aura of this racer.
By the way, the only original MK 6 I know , is at the RossoBianco museum, it´s the old John Mecom MK6 .
There was a third MK 6, but where is this today! It should be saved and better not restored.........destroyed.
Posted 30 January 2003 - 02:10
Posted 30 January 2003 - 14:01
I saw her in action at the Goodwood revival, and it really is a pretty beast - love the Mk1 Cortina rear lights. I'm not sure about the enrty rules at the revival, but I doubt replicas are allowed, so I expect there's a fair bit of genuine article in there.
Did I dream it, or did I read somwhere that our esteemed Mr Nye was researching this car?
Posted 30 January 2003 - 18:23
Originally posted by Garagiste
- love the Mk1 Cortina rear lights.
Didn't this car have quite a shunt at Monaco last year?
Odd place for a Lola GT....
Posted 30 January 2003 - 18:31
If you only compare the both pictures, I attached, you see what they have done..at last the result is no MK 6, but an updated car , which resembles a MK 6, and that is a real pitty to have thrown away this unique chance to save this milestone of sportscar-evolution. (By the way, be glad not to compare both from the rear, you will be shocked.)
Posted 30 January 2003 - 19:32
Do you know that one of them didn't look like the car in your first picture?
Posted 30 January 2003 - 20:28
Posted 30 January 2003 - 21:51
Of course, it may have been another driver altogether... I don't even have the magazines any more, they've been gone for twenty years.
Definitely, however, there was a car that got hacked about. It was my first thought when I saw the top pic last night. The car was a light colour, presumably white.
Where did it run? Sebring/Daytona or was it in the 'Fall series' and such places as Nassau?
Posted 30 January 2003 - 23:15
Felday Engineering had become UK agents for Colotti-Francis gearboxes, and one day around 1966 I dropped in at Holmbury St Mary - Westbury's works in the wooded Surrey hills - to see him and lying outside, under a tree, covered in bird droppings and moss, lay the hulk of one of the Ford programme test-hack Lola GTs. Ford simply did not want these cars to be remembered, and it was lying there consigned to obscurity. I don;tknow which car this was - but it might well be the Haywood-Halfpenny car. We did work out the histories of these things, but I don't carry it in my head and can't confirm it right now. We had the car for auction at Goodwood and it failed to attract a bid exceeding the would-be vendor's reserve, so did not sell. It's quite a potent beast, however, and as a racer s very nicely built. A faithful reproduction of what it was in 1963? It is not.
By the way - after starring at the London Racing Car Show in January 1963, as I recall, the model's racing debut was made at the May Silverstone International meeting that year, driven by Richard Attwood. It was painted silver grey and it was luvverly. It then appeared in the Nurburgring 1,000kms in silver grey I think with a dark green central stripe (?). It then ran in dark almost khaki green at Le Mans where it eventually crashed in the Esses after gear selection troubles left the unfortunate driver - can't remember whether it was Dickie or David Hobbs - with a boxful of neutrals au moment critique. The Pabst car at the Guards Trophy 1964 was the Chevvy powered Mecom entry surely - metallic paleish mid-blue with white stripe and splendid Mecom Racing Team badges which had a chromium background, stars and stripes I think and a map of Texas. Discretion being their middle name.
Posted 31 January 2003 - 00:29
So if one was mucked about with by Ford and one was mucked about with by John Mecom, could it be that the one in the Rosso Bianco collection is the unused test car & not Mecom's ?
(BTW, wasn't John Mecom Dan Dare's mate with the big green bald head ? - Which would also explain the bulge in the roof line).
I think I'm with Doug on the Haywood-Halfpenny car, it may not be quite as pretty as the original but it's infinitely better to see it out racing than none at all.
Posted 31 January 2003 - 08:17
More than lovely. Dauntingly, exquisitely purposeful and daringly tiny.