Lola T70 History – Photos – Records

Lola T70 MkI Chassis SL70/1

Lola T70 SL70/1 qtr view front Lola T70 SL70/1 side view Lola T70 SL70/1

Lola T70 SL70/1 cockpit Lola T70 SL70/1 engine

The first Lola T70 Spyder, SL70/1 was built in November 1964 and sold to Mr. J. Burke of Eastleigh, Hants on 20th March 1965. Burke was a Team Surtees co-owner with John Surtees. This chassis was originally fitted with a 4.5 Traco Oldsmobile engine, then Traco six-litre Chevrolet engines. Its race history [see below] includes drives by none other than Jackie Stewart, John Surtees and Mario Andretti.  Lola T70 chassis SL70/1 has acheaved one 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish and a 3rd place finish.

The 1st place finish was in 6/5/1965 at Player’s 200 Mosport being driven by  John Surtees. The 2nd place finish occurred before the 1st place finish and was on 3/20/1965 at the Senior Service Silverstone race being driven by John Surtees. The 3rd place finish was on 8/30/1965 at the Guards Trophy Brands Hatch race being driven by Jackie Stewart. See complete race history below

In 2005, SL70/1 was completely restored by Hudson Historics, the Sports Racing Specialists, before being sold.
Owners: J. Burke => John Surtees => John Mecom (1965 end) => John Poland (~1967)

Color: red.

Unverified data: Crashed by Andretti in Riverside 1965, later rebuilt as Mk2B to John Poland without original chassis plate which was put on unnumbered car that was sold to Japan, which needed a chassis tag. Source of this crash claim: – this story is not substantiated in John Starkeys book and chassis record for Chassis: SL70/1

Race Records:

Date Chassis No. Race Drivers Entrant/Team Result
3/20/1965 #SL70/1 1 Senior Service Silverstone John Surtees Team Surtees Ltd. 2nd
4/19/1965 #SL70/1 31 Lavant Cup Goodwood John Surtees Team Surtees Ltd. DNS
5/1/1965 #SL70/1 1 Tourist Trophy John Surtees Team Surtees Ltd. DNF
5/15/1965 #SL70/1 34 Silverstone International John Surtees Team Surtees Ltd. DNF
6/5/1965 #SL70/1 11 Player’s 200 Mosport John Surtees Team Surtees 1st
7/24/1965 #SL70/1 44 Martini Trophy Silverstone John Surtees Team Surtees DNF
8/30/1965 #SL70/1 5 Guards Trophy Brands Hatc Jackie Stewart Team Surtees Ltd. 3rd
9/25/1965 #SL70/1 4 GP Canada Mosport Jackie Stewart Team Surtees DNS
10/31/1965 #SL70/1 24 200 mile Riverside Mario Andretti Lola Cars Ltd. DNS
No record of this chassis racing and placing in any notable races are on record.
All Lola T70 Chassis Race results for 1965All Lola T70 Chassis Race results for 1966

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Data verification: John Starkey’s book “Lola T70 The Racing History and Individual Chassis Record” 3rd edition.

Information about Lola T70 MkI Chassis SL70/1 is sourced from the internet and verified by john starkey’s book if possible. This page is not “the last word” on this Lola T70 #SL70/1’s history, this page is a work in progress. If you believe this data to be in error contact me with updates or use the “Leave a Reply” comments form below to post your updates. If your information is verified to be accurate the listed data will be updated.

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