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#1 Teapot

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:23

Rummaging through Larry Neuzel's wonderful website I've found some pictures of Tuck Thomas' Lola T332, boasting a quite substantial roll cage all over the cockpit ( http://www.yesterday...976/index_6.htm ) . Is there a story behind the fitting of this ungainly device? I've read that chassis HU38A and HU38B originated from another wrecked T332 (but I'm not quite clear about that), so was the cage there in order to give some additional stiffness to an already tired hub?

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#2 Buford

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:23

B.J. Swanson could have used that.

#3 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 12:48

I don't think that structure would do much for chassis stiffness... it's not triangulated, the tubes are bent, it's all wrong for that purpose...

Looks, really, like something someone conjured up to make their mother happy.

#4 Dave Ware

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 18:46

Teapot, I recall reading at the time that Thomas had the roll cage fitted in response to B. J. Swanson's fatal accident in a F5000 at Mid-Ohio in '75.