Lola T70 The Design, Development & Racing History

Lola T70 The Design, Development & Racing History by John Starkey & Franco Varani

First Published in 2012, Gryfon Publishers Available December 2012
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Rarely has there been a racecar quite as beautiful as the Lola T70. It was the racing sportscar Eric Broadley so desperately wanted to design, after his association with the Ford Motor Company, whilst designing their GT40.

On its introduction in 1965, the T70 was also found to be beautiful in other respects: the handling was of the highest order and whilst the brakes on Mk. Is and IIs may have wilted when the car was pushed very hard, they were seen as being quite sufficient for their time. Indeed, in 1996, a T70 Mk. II took John Surtees to the crown of being the first Champion of Can Am racing.

With the Mk. III came bigger brakes but, more importantly, 1967 also ushered in the glorious T70 Mk. III coupe, a Peter Jackson design par excellence. So good were the aerodynamics of both the Mk. III and IIIb coupe that Porsche copied the tail to transform that evil handling sow’s ear, the 917, into a silk purse.

Within the pages of this book, you can discover how the T70 came to be designed and developed, read about its illustrious racing career (almost complete domination on the National racing scene of the day), and read the history of every single one built in period.

Today, T70s are venerated. It wasn’t so long ago, thirty years perhaps that some of them were simply discarded as: “Worn out racing cars”. To say that happens no longer is an understatement; they are highly sought after and today are as successful in historic vintage racing as they were in their day.

Part I “The Racing & Development History” contains 8 Chapters, over 130 pgs. over 150 b/w and color photos

Chapter 1 – Lola Mk. VIGT – Coupe 1963
Chapter 2 – T70 Mk. I – Spider 1965
Chapter 3 – T70 Mk. II – Spider 1965/66
Chapter 4 – T70 Mk. III – Spider 1967
Chapter 5 – T70 Mk. IIIB – Spider 1967
Chapter 6 – T70 Mk. IIIGT – Coupe 1967/68
Chapter 7 – T70 Mk. IIIB – Coupe 1969
Chapter 8 – Historic Racing

Part 2 “Chassis Histories” contains 400 pgs and over 450 b/w and color photos.

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About John Starkey
I started racing in an Elva-BMW in British Hillclimbs a long time ago; After spending all my parents’ and my friends’ money on this lark (which I thoroughly enjoyed), I settled down to marriage and two kids until age 30. An XK120 Jaguar just begged to be bought and so I promptly equipped this with a roll-over bar and damn read more...
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