Lola T70 MkI Chassis SL70/1
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)
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: www.wsrp.cz – this story is not substantiated in John Starkeys book and chassis record for Chassis: SL70/1
|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 1965 – All Lola T70 Chassis Race results for 1966|
Race results research: www.racingsportscars.com
Photos and info: www.straightspeed.wordpress.com
Data verification: John Starkey’s book “Lola T70 The Racing History and Individual Chassis Record” 3rd edition.
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