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#1 MCS

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:31

Is it a Lola (T290/2), or something else?

 

Was it a hillclimb car?

 

https://media-exp1.l...UreXTY1s6miu3x0

 

All help gratefully received.

 

 

 



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#2 john winfield

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:44

Is it a Lola T298?  If so, the Lola Heritage site states that they were very popular in French sports car series in the late seventies/early eighties. I can't quite make out the driver's name on the car - Phillippe Jeannxxx  ?



#3 ReWind

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:48

Philippe Jeanneret (Sui) Cheetah G601



#4 proviz

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:51

It's a Cheetah, possibly G501, but what's Thierry Boutsen got to do with it? It looks like Thierry anyway.



#5 john winfield

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 13:04

It's a Cheetah, possibly G501, but what's Thierry Boutsen got to do with it? It looks like Thierry anyway.

 

Just the fashionable peanut haircut of the time!



#6 wolf sun

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 13:12

Where is this, I wonder?



#7 Myhinpaa

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 13:29

Looks like the only Cheetah G501 (distinctive airbox) made by Swiss constructor Chuck Graemiger in Lausanne. 

Both Cosworth BDG (Brian Hart) and BMW M12 engines were used in that chassis.

 

Drivers name definitely indicates that it's Phillipe Jeanneret of Switzerland, maybe the car was used in hillclimbs then?

 

Phillipe Jeanneret was entered in a G601 for the '79 Le Mans by the official Cheetah team, but he did not start.

That car had a 2 litre BMW M12 engine and did not finish due to engine failure.

 

The sponsor Netstal (now under KraussMaffei) is a Swiss company who makes injection moulding machines.

 

PS. The car still exist in Switzerland and has been entered by Andy Feigenwinter in many historic race meetings.

 

https://www.jornaldo...-da-competicao/

 

http://www.gt-eins.d...oss1cheetah.jpg

 

PSS. Sorry for not pointing out that the machine in the background was (of course) one of Netsal's injection moulding machines.

         (Neamob 110/45?)


Edited by Myhinpaa, 05 May 2021 - 21:37.


#8 davidbuckden

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 13:31

I'd suggest a Lola T294 with a modified front end.  Have a look at this for similarities.

 

Good luck - hope you find a definitive answer.

 

Regards.

 

David



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 13:35

Looks like the only Cheetah G501 (distinctive airbox) made by Swiss constructor Chuck Graemiger in Lausanne. 

Both Cosworth BDG (Brian Hart) and BMW M12 engines were used in that chassis.

 

Drivers name definitely indicates that it's Phillipe Jeanerette of Switzerland, maybe the car was used in hillclimbs then?

 

Phillipe Jeanerette was entered in a G601 for the '79 Le Mans by the official Cheetah team, but did not start.

That car had a 2 litre BMW M12 engine and did not finish.

 

The sponsor Netstal (now under KraussMaffei) is a Swiss company who makes injection moulding machines.

Ah, yes, just seen this after making my post, and it does seem to be the G501, which I'd say was largely a copy of the Lola.



#10 MCS

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 14:16

Fantastic responses - thanks all !!



#11 wolf sun

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 15:16

The sponsor Netstal (now under KraussMaffei) is a Swiss company who makes injection moulding machines.

 

 

And I think I‘ve been able to pinpoint the - rather prosaic - picture location. The photo was taken in the company‘s parking lot in Näfels, Switzerland. Who would‘ve thought that?



#12 Mallory Dan

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 18:36

More like an Abarth than a Lola I'd say



#13 Charlieman

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 19:27

I'd love to see a modern aerodynamic analysis of that car.



#14 davidbuckden

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 20:12

More like an Abarth than a Lola I'd say

I'd agree, especially regarding the front end if you're thinking Abarth-Osella PA1, but the side intakes treatment is quite a lot different.  I really don't know much about the G501, but if Graemiger was looking to produce a car not absolutely from scratch, it's perfectly reasonable to guess that he tried to 'copy' and combine what he thought the best aspects of the Lola and the Abarth - and why not a touch of Chevron for good measure too!  Regards. David.        



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 20:16

Curious that nobody has commented on the presence of an injection moulding machine - Must have been shot for an advert. Reminds me of the copywriters at an ad agency I used to do contract work for; they gleefully told me how they had successfullyconvinced Coventry Climax that the best magazine ads would result from shipping a couple of fork-lifts to the Bahamas along with 3 or 4 models...



#16 The Mountaineer

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:08

I think it's time to forget all the Lola/Abarth theories and to accept the very competent posting from Myhinpaa. The correct spelling  of the driver's name is Philippe Jeanneret.



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:49

Le Nouvelliste, 24 April 1979 — report from Dijon by Jean-Marie Wyder:

La Cheetah G 501 helvétique nest plus non plus de toute première fraîcheur : « Je lai construite en 1974 et je crois quelle participe aujourdhui à sa 106 course ... », remarquait Chuck Grâmiger, en attendant que sa belle barquette franchisse la ligne darrivée en 6 position de ce rendez-vous mondial, mais surtout au premier rang de sa catégorie . C est vraiment une belle performance qu ont donc accomplie à son volant les jeunes Mario Luini ( 28 ans ) , Philippe Jeanneret ( 28 ans ) et Philippe Roux ( 27 ans ). Après que le Verbiérain eût pris le départ, chacun deux effectua deux relais impeccables, sans histoire , en se gardant bien de fatiguer inutilement le matériel qui leur était confié. Mécaniquement aussi, après avoir réussi à régler de manière optimale leur auto lors des essais en lui donnant un maximum dappui aéro-dynamique , la Cheetah ne broncha point. Pas plus que son moteur Cosworth BDG, préparé par Marc Frischknecht. « Pourvu qu elle tienne » : cétait la pensée de tous , lorsque Luini repartit de son stand pour lultime heure deffort. Et elle tint bon jusquà la fin . « Le seul souci , cétait le trafic , très dense , et toutes ces Porsche conduites par des « manches » ... » , commentait Luini , en descendant de voiture. Pour l ensemble du « team » , pour Daniel Schupbach , qui a pris des risques certains afin de relancer le « programme Cheetah » , pour Chuck Grâmiger , son constructeur , ce résultat de Dijon constitue le plus précieux des encouragements pour le futur et pour Le Mans, en particulier. Pour Philippe Roux , autour duquel gravitent déjà pas mal de parasites et de « connaisseurs » , le test a aussi été probant, bien que leuphorie du moment passée , il faille le considérer et le replacer ( le test et non Roux ... ) à sa juste valeur . Philippe a encore passablement de choses à apprendre . Il en est parfaitement conscient et ne perd pas une occasion pour en connaître davantage en discutant avec des pilotes plus chevronnés que lui . Par exemple : il éprouve beaucoup de difficultés à contenir lexplosion dénergie et dinflux nerveux ( défaut typique des descendeurs de ski ) pour le répartir plus équitablement et plus longtemps dans le temps. Si , dans une gradation souhaitée , il était passé la tète baissée directement de la conduite dune Porsche Carrera à la Cheetah , le Verbiérain aurait sans doute opéré un mauvais choix , trop précipité , trop démesuré , et surtout , dépourvu de véritable débouché . Les recruteurs de talents ne hantent pas les courses du championnat du monde des marques ... Mais on sait qu après cet extra ( pour la galerie , serait-on tenter de dire ... ) , que seront ces 24 Heures du Mans et leur phase de préparation ? Philippe sen ira en Angleterre pour y disputer dix épreuves de formule Ford ( une vraie école de conduite ) pour le compte de lécurie Van Diemen , avant de revenir au pays terminer sa saison des rallyes et conduire à une ou deux reprises la Cheetah de formule 3 , actuellement en finition , comme l espère Daniel Schupbach .

A ce moment-là , ce sera vraiment le début « du commencement » dans un sport où , se tromper de direction , peut avoir des conséquences désastreuses pour la suite d une carrière ... J .-M . W .

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 05 May 2021 - 06:52.


#18 BRG

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 15:34

Curious that nobody has commented on the presence of an injection moulding machine

The elephant in the room... or rather, few of us knew what an injection moulding machine actually looked like!



#19 john winfield

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 15:56

The elephant in the room... or rather, few of us knew what an injection moulding machine actually looked like!

 

Guilty as charged.  I assumed it was a high-quality coffee machine with attached microwave.



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#20 AJCee

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 19:05

I thought it was an early hybrid power plant.