Lola T142

Horst Kroll in his Lola T142 at Mosport in 1969. Copyright Thomas Horat 2011. Used with permission.

Horst Kroll in his Lola T142 at Mosport in 1969. Copyright Thomas Horat 2011. Used with permission.

Lola's first Formula A model, the T140, had been a great success in sales and although the Eagle had proved faster in the US, its price advantage ensured good sales for an improved model, the T142, in 1969.

In the US market, several of Lola's Can-Am customers decided to try the new Formula A and the T142 also sold well in the UK, where Formula 5000 was having its first season. With 28 vehicles produced in the space of just ten months, the T142 would prove to be the most successful production F5000 ever, at least in terms of units sold. Even the later Lola T332 couldn't manage that in a single year. A better indication of "market share" is by appearances, either in the race or even on an entry list, and Lola's market share was a massive 42% in 1969.

Tracing the history of old racing cars is never easy but the Lola T142 sometimes looks like it was deliberately posed as an exercise in automotive encryption. The cryptanalysis has a page of its own: take a look at the Lola T142 hunt page before you go much further on this page. We're keen to get in touch with Steve Ward and Ramos Francisco to find out more about the cars they own. It you know of a Lola T142 not listed here, please email Allen.

All and any help would be gratefully received. Please email Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can add anything.

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
SL142/18
Invoice date 11 Nov 1968 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/19
Invoice date 21 Dec 1968 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/20
Invoice undated (Sold to Taylor). Sid Taylor 1968. First seen at Mallory Boxing Day 1968 but did not start; then damaged in testing by Tony Lanfranchi in mid-Jan and fitted with a new frame. First raced at Brands by Lanfranchi 19 Jan 1969, winning and setting a new outright lap record of 49.2s for the club circuit. Sid Taylor UK 1969 for Robin Widdows (1 race + 1 DNS), Frank Gardner (1 race only: second at Brands May 1969) and Alan Rollinson (1 DNS only). Not seen after R5 Silverstone 15 Jun 1969. To David Good for hillclimbs and fitted with a 5.5-litre Chev (first outing at Gurston Down Oct 1969) and used in early 1970. Sold in late summer to Chris Summers. (John Harris used the car on its first appearance.) Was destroyed in Summers' fatal accident at Snetterton R16. The car went end over end and disintegrated.
Roger Stones, owner of '21', was sold a frame and many spares bearing the chassis number '20'. The car has no frame tag which is possible in the case of SL142/20 as it was built very early and, like a T140, may not have had a frame tag. Sold to Reto Kuprecht June 2007.
Wrecked.

Car with same number owned by Reto Kuprecht
(CH) 2008
Lola T142
SL142/21
Chuck Dietrich in the Hogan Racing Lola T142 at Riverside in 1969.  Copyright Gil Munz 2006.  Used with permission.

Chuck Dietrich in the Hogan Racing Lola T142 at Riverside in 1969. Copyright Gil Munz 2006. Used with permission.

Chuck Dietrich in the Hogan Racing Lola T142 at Riverside in 1969.  Copyright Gil Munz 2006.  Used with permission.

Lola T142 SL142/21 residing in Brenton Griguol's living room Adelaide in 2011. Copyright Brenton Griguol 2011. Used with permission.

Invoice date 1 Jan 1969 (Sold to Haas). Carl Hogan for Dietrich US 1969 (from R1); not raced in 1970 and not seen in 1971 - Roger Bighouse Oct 1971: US 1972 and SCCA races for three seasons - unknown club racer (Savannah, GA) around 1974. Not seen again until registered in Australia by Barry Lee in 1985 with a well-reseached history including a copy of the Savannah Morning News from 1974 that had been found as packing inside the nose! Raced at Amaroo Park once but crashed. The car was then white. Sold to Malcolm Higton (Toowonba, Queensland) by Oct 1987. The car then fades from sight for another two years before being acquired by a Mike Gore (Australia) by Lincoln Small (UK). Later sold to Roger Stones (Bowness-on-Windermere, UK) 1995; advertised April 2005 ('black'). Chassis number 21 and also frame tag 21. Sold to Brenton Griguol (Adelaide, South Australia) Jan 2009. Fully restored and used in historic events in Australia. Retained August 2011.
Brenton Griguol (Australia) 2011
Lola T142
SL142/22

Invoice date 1 Feb 1969 (Sold to Henley Forklist). Doug Hardwick UK 1969 (also raced in libre at Silverstone 16 Mar 1969), UK 1970 ... "Bobby Howlings who was giving his ex-Doug Hardwick F5000 Lola T142 its first race since its rebuild" (2nd in libre at Croft (AS 13 May 1971 p46). To John Coulter July 1971 (debut winning in Northern Single Seater Championship race at Rufforth 24 Jul 1971; then led until the last lap in a libre at Croft the next day). Won at Croft finale 16 Oct 1971. Coulter second to Howlings' M10B at Croft 19 Mar 1972 (AS 23 Mar 1972 p11), third at Croft Easter Monday 3 Apr 1972 (AS 6 Apr 1972 p16), finished but not classified at R5 Nivelles Rothmans round 9 Apr; DNS (broken rose-joint) at Croft 23 Apr 1972 - Max Reinhard 1972: third at Croft on 27 May, retired at Rufforth 28 May ... Tony Pasley at Harewood hillclimb Sep 1972 - Fred Cliffe (Sherbourne, nr Leeds) Oct 1972 - John Ravenscroft: sprints 1973: British Sprint Championship 1973 (1st at R2 Curborough 15 Apr; 1st at R3 Bassingbourne 28 May; 1st at R4 Curborough 10 Jun; 1st at R5 Duxford 17 Jun; 3rd at R6 Duxford 1 Jul 1973; also driven by Arthur Ravenscroft 6th at R2 Curborough 15 Apr; 7th at R4 Curborough 10 Jun 1973). Not seen in the RAC Sprint championship after Duxford event on 1 Jul 1973 but set BTD at Curborough in late August 1973. Ravenscroft acquired the ex-Bob Rose McLaren M10B for 1974 and the T142 was sold to John Parsons and Tony Sofiano (Harborne, Birmingham), a couple of Birmingham Night Club owners: used in Sprints 1974. Parsons was 7th at the 21 Apr Curborough round of the British Sprint Championship (Sofiano was 9th in the same event) and also appeared in a Curborough sprint in May 1974. At Shelsley Walsh 9 Jun 1974.

Subsequent history unknown but the chassis plate is on a Lola T70 bought from Richard Simms by Ryan Hodges around 1997. Ryan recalls that the car was owned at some time by Eagle Racing in Sussex (see below) Retained 2006.

Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/23
John McNicol's Lola T142 at Roy Hesketh, Pietermaritzburg Easter 1969 (John Mac is in the blue shirt and brown short behind the car).  Copyright David Pearson 2007.  Used with permission.

John McNicol's Lola T142 at Roy Hesketh, Pietermaritzburg Easter 1969 (John Mac is in the blue shirt and brown short behind the car). Copyright David Pearson 2007. Used with permission.

Spencer Schultze in a rather shortened version of the Lola T142 at Kyalami in 1970 or 1971 . Copyright David Pearson 2007. Used with permission.

Spencer Schultze in a rather shortened version of the Lola T142 at Kyalami in 1970 or 1971 . Copyright David Pearson 2007. Used with permission.

Invoice date 18 Dec 1968 (Sold to McNichol). John McNicol SA 1969 (Ford Weslake engine: 11 races, 2 wins). Crashed heavily at Rand Spring Tropy 3 Oct 1969. To Spencer Schultze and rebuilt on new Lola frame (number 49). Schultze SA 1970 (Ford engine: 2 races + 3 DNS). To "D. Angeloni" (Krugersdorp) SA 1971 (Ford engine; raced at Kyalami in June 1971 and entered at the 7 Aug 1971 Kyalami race). Subsequent history unknown but see Anthony Corin's car and Steve Ward's car.

Unknown

Lola T142
SL142/24
Invoice date 12 Jan 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/25
Invoice date 31 Jan 1969 (Sold to Serrurier). Owned and entered by Doug Serrurier and driven by Jackie Pretorius SA 1969 (Chev? engine: 11 races), Willie Ferguson SA 1970 (Ford engine: 8 races), Spencer Schultze SA 1971 (2 races in January only). To Fred Cowell SA 1971 (3 races) - Harold Rosenberg SA 1972 (4 races + 1 DNS). Subsequent history unknown but see the David Wood car. Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/26
Invoice date 22 Jan 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/27
Invoice date 5 Feb 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/28
Invoice date 5 Mar 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/29
Eppie Wietzes in his Lola T142 at Mosport in August 1969. Copyright Thomas Horat 2011. Used with permission.

Eppie Wietzes in his Lola T142 at Mosport in August 1969. Copyright Thomas Horat 2011. Used with permission.

Lothar Kremer's immaculate T142 in 2007. Copyright Lothar Kremer 2007. Used with permission.

Lothar Kremer's immaculate T142 in 2007. Copyright Lothar Kremer 2007. Used with permission.

Invoice date 7 Feb 1969 (Sold to Formula Car Racing). To Clayton family (Canada) for Eppie Wietzes US 1969 and Canada 1969 (first raced at a Harewood Acres club event on 3 May and then at St Jovite Canada R2 25 May 1969) - Tony Simms (Willowdale, Ontario) Canada 1970 (adv as "ex-Weitzes" 6 Mar 1971) - Craig Fisher (Lola T142 "ex-Simms" Canadian series last race of 1970) ... via two? "three" other Canadian owners ... Jim Land (Vancouver, Canada) 1986: used in vintage events in NW US - Tom Quatsoe (Panama City, Panama) in 1994 and identified as the ex-Wietzes car by the engine and gearbox numbers. Restored to Wietzes' specification and run in vintage events in 1995 (11 events: Portland, Seattle, Sebring, Savannah, Road America, Road Atlanta, Moroso, "Targa 66" and a few SCCA vintage events in the NW). Sold to Lothar Kremer (Colorado Springs, CO) 2005. Retained 2007.
Lothar Kremer (US) 2007
Lola T142
SL142/30
The frame tag on Earl Zwickey's car.  
	  Copyright Earl Zwickey 2004.  Used with permission.

The frame tag on Earl Zwickey's car. Copyright Earl Zwickey 2004. Used with permission.

Invoice date 5 Mar 1969 (Sold to Haas).See the 1969 mystery cars.

Not known until 1975 when it was being raced by Dick St John (Milwaukee, WI) as a supermodified. The Post-Crescent, a newspaper in Appleton, WI, said in 1975 that St John's car was "a five-speed Lola, which was originally built as a grand prix car and later converted into a super modified". St John was very successful in this car but it was not used again after his ownership and was still in his livery when sold by Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) to Earl Zwickey (Amarillo, TX) in the autumn of 1995.

Sold to Kerry Anderson (Auckland, New Zealand) late 2004 or early 2005 and restored by Barry Leich (Southland, NZ). Raced by Anderson at Teretonga Feb 2006 in the F5000 Revival Series. Returned for the 2007/08 Tasman Cup Revival series, the 2008/09 series and the 2009/10 series.

Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/31
Willie Forbes in his Lola T142 in 1969. 
		Copyright Fred Scatley 2003.  Used with permission.

Willie Forbes in his Lola T142 in 1969. Copyright Fred Scatley 2003. Used with permission.

Willie Forbes' Lola T142 at Ingliston on 7 Sep 1969 for a libre race.  Copyright John Brown 2006.  
		Used with permission.

Willie Forbes' Lola T142 at Ingliston on 7 Sep 1969 for a libre race. Copyright John Brown 2006. Used with permission.

Invoice date 19 Mar 1969 (Sold to Forbes). Willie Forbes UK 1969 (8 races; best finish 3rd at Brands Hatch 7 Apr and Silverstone 15 Jun); UK 1970 (3 races only, but entered at other events); used in libre racing 1971 - Bill Wood UK 1971 (raced at Croft 7 Oct 1971, DNS at Croft finale 16 Oct 1971). Wrecked in testing at Croft March 1972 and replaced with a McLaren M10B.
Wrecked
Lola T142
SL142/32
Invoice date 10 Apr 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/33
Invoice date 3 Apr 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars. Also see Mead Korwin's car.
 
Lola T142
SL142/34
Invoice date 20 Apr 1969 (Sold to Haas). This number is reported to be on Horst Kroll's yellow T142 at UK R1 Oulton Park 4 April 1969 and R1 Brands Hatch 7 April 1969, reportedly a car originally intended for Jo Bonnier and therefore yellow. Race Report also gives its number as '34'. See SL142/38. Also see the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/35
Mike Walker in the Alan McKechnie Racing Lola T142 in 1969.  Copyright Fred Scatley 2003.  Used with permission.

Mike Walker in the Alan McKechnie Racing Lola T142 in 1969. Copyright Fred Scatley 2003. Used with permission.

Invoice date 12 Feb 1969 (Sold to McKechnie). Alan McKechnie UK 1969 for Mike Walker (also raced in libre at Silverstone 16 Mar 1969) - Kaye Griffiths UK 1970 - Mike Mather: libre racing 1971 (debut Oulton Park 12 Jun) ... Chris Shaw UK 1973.

The "ex-McKechnie" T142 found in a barn in Scotland in the mid-1970s by Peter Kirkby complete with a spare chassis. That would align with an advert for a T142 ("complete", "spare chassis") advertised from Glasgow in May 1974. Same car ("spare chassis") then advertised from Carstairs (Lanarkshire) from May to November 1974.

Kirkby campaigned the car in sprints and hillclimbs around 1976/1977. Sold to Robin Darlington (Ruaben) and presumably the "completely rebuilt" T142 advertised by Darlington in July 1979. Ian Webb (Dorking) recalls buying a Lola T140 or T142 from Darlington and this would presumably be the car Webb advertised in Nov 1979. Ian advises that the suspension was used for a Lola T70 but the chassis and body were then sold to someone who traded as Eagle Racing, in Kent.

Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/36
The Alan Fraser Lola T142 in 1969.  Copyright Fred Scatley 2003.  Used with permission.

The Alan Fraser Lola T142 in 1969. Copyright Fred Scatley 2003. Used with permission.

Invoice date 25 Feb 1969 (Sold to 'Fraser'). Alan Fraser UK 1969 for Tony Lanfranchi(?!) and Keith Holland; UK 1970 for Holland and Ray Calcutt - Harry Linney early 1971 - Bob Miller 1971 (for engine) - John Bowtell UK 1971 (1 race + 1 DNQ), UK 1972 (4 starts + 1 DNS), also driven by Martin Ridehalgh at Silverstone round and International Trophy; last appearance R11 Silverstone 6 Aug - Richard Brown (Chieveley, UK) 1973 for hill climbs. Advertised Aug 1973. Sold to Bob de la Haye and appeared at Bouley Bay 25 Jul 1974 and finished 8th at Bouley Bay 24 Jul 1975.

Then unknown until bought by John Peskett (Leicester) in 1978. Unused and stored until the car was featured on TV program 'Salvage Squad' broadcast in March 2002 when a team led by Lee Hurst restored the car for Peskett. Peskett mentioned in the program that the car had last run in 1977. It was restored into Alan Fraser livery and 'raced' by Jerry Thurston at Mallory Park. Again unknown until advertised by Marcel Roks (Belgium) 2005 (blue with white stripe, #39). To Will Tomkins 2005 - Roger Deans (Baldock, Herts) 2006: debuted at Shelsley Walsh Sep 2006. Retained 2007. Raced by Roger Deans at Shelsley Walsh 1-2 June 2013.

Roger Deans (UK) 2013
Lola T142
SL142/37
Invoice date 23 Apr 1969 (Sold to Norinder). Sportscars Switzerland for Ulf Norinder (Sweden/Monaco): UK 1969 (from R1 4 Apr 1969); Norinder UK 1970 for Ian Ashley, destroyed in practice accident at R1. Presumably destroyed but see Roger Townshend's car and Anthony Brazzo's car.

Wrecked?

Lola T142
SL142/38
Horst Kroll at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Horst Kroll at Road America in July 1969. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Horst Kroll's T142 at Westwood in May 1970, his last race in this car before its crash at Seattle. Picture provided by Tom Johnston. Used with permission.

Horst Kroll's T142 at Westwood in May 1970, his last race in this car before its crash at Seattle. Picture provided by Tom Johnston. Used with permission.

Invoice date 15 Apr 1969 (Sold to Kroll). Horst Kroll. See also SL142/34. This or SL142/34 raced in UK at start of 1969. Then to Canada: first race Mosport Park Canada R1 18 May 1969. Canada 1969 (9 races, 5 second places); US 1969 (8 races, best finish 4th). Kroll retained the car for 1970, again racing it in the Canadian and US series, but crashed heavily at Seattle 7 Jun 1970, presumably in practice as he is not mentioned in the race results. Kroll told Murray Bryden that he bought another T142 from Arizona and transferred his bits onto that. He was reported at Rockcliffe Airfield 1 Jul 1970 to be driving a borrowed car.

Kroll appears to have transferred the SL142/38 chassis plate onto the Arizona car and continued to race it in both series. He raced three more times in the Canadian series in 1970, winning at Harewood in August, and in seven more US races. Used again in US series 1971 (8 starts, best finish 6th).

Retained until sold to Aldo Bigioni 1980, in good but unrestored condition. To Dick Baker on Jul 1987; restored in 1993/94: Raced in vintage racing by Brad Baker 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000; Duncan Baker 1995; Dean Baker 1996. Sold to David Gathercole (Peterborough, UK) Nov 2006. Subsequently to Phil Walker and raced in the UK in 2008. To Adam Simmonds 2009.

This car has chassis plate 38 and frame tag 26. The frame tag is much too early for chassis 38, implying the Arizona car was a much earlier car.

Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/39
Miles Whitlock's Lola T142.  Copyright Phil Creighton 2005. Used with permission.

Miles Whitlock's Lola T142. Copyright Phil Creighton 2005. Used with permission.

Invoice date 8 May 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars. Unknown until advertised by Richard Schoenfeld (Muttontown, NY) Nov 1994. According to Bill Storke, who bought the car from Schoenfeld, the T142 was originally from Eno de Pasquale who was supposed to be the importer of two T142s. Owned by Bill Storke (Boca Raton, FL) May 2001 - December 2002. Sold to Miles Whitlock (Atlanta, GA) some time before April 2005. Raced by Whitlock at Road Atlanta April 2005.

This car has chassis plate 39 and frame tag 43. It also has SCCA number 11-9609. This is a Florida Region number but given the very high sequence number, it is likely to be from historic racing when owned by Storke.

Miles Whitlock (US) 2006

Lola T142
SL142/40

NO RECORD IN LOLA INVOICES. Paul Hawkins (Racing) Ltd (Slough) UK 1969 for Mike Hailwood (from R1 Oulton Park 4 Apr 1969) et al - Lingard Goulding UK 1970. Wrecked at Castle Combe 9 May 1970.

Wrecked

Lola T142
SL142/41
Dick Thymian racing his ex-Lew Florence Lola T142. Copyright Richard Thymian 2010. Used with permission.

Dick Thymian racing his ex-Lew Florence Lola T142. Copyright Richard Thymian 2010. Used with permission.

Invoice date 8 Jul 1969 (Sold to Haas). Still "new" when advertised by Lew Florence (Yakima, Washington) in May 1970 so presumably not raced in 1969. Only seen at a handful of races, all at Seattle: the Pro race on 7 Jun 1970; a SCCA National 9 May 1971 which Florence won, and the Pro race on 23 May 1971. Next seen when advertised by Bruce Kearsley (Bellevue, WA) in June 1972 and bought from him by Dick Thymian (Seattle, WA). Thymian believed Kearsley had bought the car from Florence and the results quoted in Kearsley's advert, including a win in a Seattle National, reinforce that. Thymian raced it in NW Region SCCA events from 1973 to 1975, still in Florence's yellow #24 livery. He later advertised the "ex-Florence" car in CP&A in March 1975 and "traded it to the local BMC dealer name of Dick Lightner for a 250 Ferrari". Subsequent history unknown.
Unknown
Lola T142
SL142/42

Invoice date 31 Aug 1969 (Sold to Williams). Derek Williams UK 1969, UK 1970 (destroyed in fatal accident at Anderstorp R12). See also 'David Harvey's car' which uses frame number 42 but is definitely not the ex-Williams car.

Wrecked

Lola T142
SL142/43
Invoice date 2 Aug 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/44
Invoice date 3 Aug 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  
Lola T142
SL142/45
Invoice date 28 Aug 1969 (Sold to Haas). See the 1969 mystery cars.  

So, of 28 Lola T142s, eight stayed in the UK, 16 went to Carl Haas, two to South Africa and two to Canada.

Of the US cars, at least eight, maybe ten, were invoiced early enough to have been at the opening round of the US series at Riverside on 20 April. The known T142 drivers at that race were Dietrich (SL142/22), Galloway, Morley, Simon, Wintersteen and Ron Courtney, nowhere near enough. Bill Moore may have been driving a T142 at that race. Only three more, Gunn, Johnston and Negley, turn up later in the season. So where did all the other T142s go?

The 1969 mystery cars

All the mysteries between 1969 and 1972 are in the US. In 1969, these can be split between the car probably delivered new and the later ones that were probably second hand.

New T142s up to May

Haas bought 16 T142s during 1969 and another two were sold direct to Canada (Wietzes and Kroll). At least 10, probably 11, of the Haas cars were invoiced in time for the first race at Riverside on 20 April with one more in early May and the last four in July and August. At that first race were six or seven T142s: George Wintersteen, Bud Morley, Chuck Dietrich (142/21), Rich Galloway, Dick Simon and Ron Courtney definitely had T142s; Bill Moore probably did. John Gunn also joined the series at race two so that makes up to eight known T142s against the 11 invoiced cars.

In June, Sherwood Johnston and Richard Negley join the series and these must also be from the first 12 deliveries. This brings the likely total up to ten, which still leaves two unexplained cars. As will be seen below, Wes Wilson, Eno de Pasquale, Keith Saunders, Len Guneau, Russ Murray and Lew Florence later have cars that may be new and may therefore explain the missing cars. Also Don Finlayson (Lombaro, IL) entered a T142 entered a T142 for the Brainerd F5000 race in August but did not appear.

Brian O'Neill/ARM also advertises a Lola early 1969 but this seems to be a reference to his late-season T140.

The July/August cars

Haas bought four T142s well after the start of the season, in July and August, and three of these appear to have been supplied without gearboxes, suggesting they could have been sold on as kits. One of these was Lew Florence's car but no other new T142 appeared in the Pro series after Negley's car in June. The following references may help explain the other three cars.

  1. Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL - a Chicago suburb SW of the city and therefore only 40 miles or so from Haas) advertised a brand new unraced red T142 on 23 Aug 1969.
  2. Wes Wilson (Akron, Ohio) drove a T142 in a National on 7 Sep 1969 - too early to be a second-hand car - and advertised it the following April as "bought new last fall".
  3. Eno de Pasquale (Mamaroneck, NY) advertised a "new" T142 AW 15 Nov 1969 and again (Mt Vernon, NY) "brand new, never driven" 1 Jul 1972 . See SL142/39 above.
  4. Keith G. Saunders (Albuquerque, NM) bought a BRG T142 as a kit from Carl Haas and completed it late 1969 or during 1970.
  5. Len Guneau (Hermosa Beach, CA) raced a T142, first appearing at a Riverside National on 26 Oct 1969. It could (just) be a second-hand T142 or may be new.
  6. Russ Murray (Darval, Quebec) also entered a Lola T142 in August and September 1969 but has no definite race appearance until 1970. It's distinctly possible he didn't take delivery until some time after those entries so the car could be second-hand.

Second-hand T142s

The first of these cars to vanish were Ron Courtney's (wrecked at Riverside on 20 April), Rich Galloway's and George Wintersteen's (both crashed at St Jovite 7 Sep and assumed written off), Dick Simon's (last seen at Thompson 21 Sep and then to Mel Andrus), John Gunn's (last seen at a VIR National on 28 Sep and then to Randy Blessing), Eppie Weitzes (last seen at Mosport on 14 Oct and then to Tony Simms), Richard Negley's (last seen at Thompson 21 Sep but advertised 29 Nov) and Chuck Dietrich's (last seen at the ARRC on 29 Nov).

Bud Morley's and Sherwood Johnstone's cars continued through to Sebring in December. Horst Kroll's did three seasons.

Meanwhile, Wes Wilson and Len Guneau also raced T142s in SCCA events in September and October. Wilson's appears the same day as St Jovite confirming that it must be new but Guneau's could possibly be second-hand. Russ Murray's only appears on entry lists in 1969 and first races in 1970 but is believed to have been new.

The 1969 early-season cars

If 12 T142s were in the US by early May, these would be SL142/18, SL142/19 (both sold in late 1968), SL142/21 (sold to Carl Hogan), SL142/24, SL142/26, SL142/27, SL142/28, SL142/30, SL142/32, SL142/33, SL142/34 and SL142/39 (probably sold to Eno de Pasquale). The Hogan car above plus the nine cars below account for ten of those, leaving two more that are not yet understood. If Eno de Pasquale did have SL142/39, the last of the pre-July cars, that reduces the unknown to just one.

To make the research more difficult, five of these nine cars are believed to have been destroyed.

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
'the Galloway car'
Rich Galloway in his early-season T142 at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Rich Galloway in his early-season T142 at Road America in July 1969. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Rich Galloway (Golden, CO) US 1969 (yellow #27 from R1) - (entered as T140 at R4 Sears Point) crashed at St Jovite and not seen again.
Wrecked?
Lola T142
'the Morley car'
Bud Morley's fabulous red T142 at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Bud Morley's fabulous red T142 at Road America in July 1969. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Bud Morley (Denver, CO) US 1969 (red #14 from R1) - (adv 1 Nov 1969 and 22 Aug 1970 p26). Subsequent history unknown.
Unknown
Lola T142
'the Simon car'
Dick Simon's Lola T142 at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Dick Simon's Lola T142 at Road America in July 1969. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

Dick Simon (Salt Lake City, UT) US 1969 (yellow #66 from R1) - (maybe with Hayes 10 Dec 1969? ). In the book "The Boys of Indy" (Phil Berger & Larry Bortstein, 1977), Simon is quoted as saying the car was "used". But he also says he won one race (true) and finished in the top six five times in his six races (not so). Simon used this season to get into USAC. Maybe to Hayes. Then to Mel Andrus: US 1970 (two races: R2 Edmonton 24 May and R5 Sears Point 28 Jun); US 1971 (only appeared at R1 Riverside 25 Apr: crashed in practice and Andrus was killed). The car was stripped and the remaining damaged section of the chassis lay in a wrecking yard for many years.
Wrecked
Lola T142
'the Wintersteen car'
Bill 'Murph' Mayberry tending to George Wintersteen's Lola T142 at Lime Rock Park 1969. Copyright Greg Rickes 2012. Used with permission.

Bill "Murph" Mayberry tending to George Wintersteen's Lola T142 at Lime Rock Park 1969. Copyright Greg Rickes 2012. Used with permission.

George Wintersteen (Villanova, PA) US 1969 (#12 from R1) - crashed at St Jovite and not seen again.
Wrecked?
Lola T142
'the Courtney car'
Another 'Golden Yellow' Lola T142, this one with John Gunn aboard at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Mike Kramer tries Ron Courtney's Lola for size while it was being completed at Carrera Motors in Lombard, Illinois. The model of Courtney's Lola wasn't published but the photo shows a standard T142. Copyright Mike Kramer 2008. Used with permission.

Ron Courtney (Chicago, IL) - wrecked ("exploded in flame") in practice accident with Sam Posey at R1 1969. Two photographs provided by Mike Kramer show that it was a standard Lola T142, apparently brand new. Kramer worked for Carrera Motors in Lombard, Illinois, 20 miles due west of Chicago. He recalls that the car was light blue and brand new.
Destroyed
Lola T142
'the Gunn car'
Another 'Golden Yellow' Lola T142, this one with John Gunn aboard at Road America in July 1969.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

Another 'Golden Yellow' Lola T142, this one with John Gunn aboard at Road America in July 1969. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

John Gunn (Miami, FL) US 1969 (yellow #39 from R2 - 4 May) - (adv 22 Nov 1969 ). To Randall M. Blessing, aka Randy Blessing (Lakeland, FL) who raced a T142 in the SCCA Regional at Daytona 1 Aug 1970 and at the 'Pro' race at Sebring 25 Oct 1970. Raced more consistently in the Pro series 1971 as #31, appearing in five races but retiring at every one. Colour listed at Brainerd as blue. Blessing later advertised both his T142 and the ex-Hood T140 in Aug 1972 but before the T142 could be sold, Blessing wrecked the T142 in a race at Roebling Road. Although the mangled frame was sold off, Blessing reports that "there really was nothing left of it".

Wrecked
Lola T142
'the Sherwood Johnston car'
Don McGreevey's restored Lola T142 in December 2013. Copyright Don McGreevey 2013. Used with permission.

Don McGreevey's restored Lola T142 in December 2013. Copyright Don McGreevey 2013. Used with permission.

Sherwood Johnston (Scottsdale, AZ) US 1969 (#47 from R3 - 8 Jun) - Ed Luke (Phoenix, AZ) who is believed to have crashed the car at Portland International Raceway - Ron Elliot (Scottsdale, AZ) who raced it at Riverside Feb 1972. Subsequently to Ernie Rollston (Mesa, AZ) in 1974 - Steve Bolen (Scottsdale, AZ) - Bill Neibauer (Red Lodge, Montana) June 1976. Sold by Neibauer to Donald McGreevy (Mill Valley, CA) Dec 1987. Don McGreevy's son Evan has a lot of paperwork with the car that shows all these owners but the Ed Luke ownership remains the least understood part of its life. This car has frame tag 40 but no chassis plate. Completely restored by Don McGreevy by December 2013.

Donald McGreevy (US) 2013
Lola T142
'the Negley car'

Richard Negley (San Antonio, TX) bought a Lola T142 for the 1969 US series, replacing the Lotus 41C he had raced in FB in 1968. Raced at Continental Divide 8 Jun 1969, Sears Point (DNS) 22 Jun 1969, Road America 20 July 1969, Mosport Park 23 Aug 1969 and Mont-Tremblant 7 September 1969. He raced as #74 early in the season but #79 after Andrea de Adamich took over #'74 for his Surtees TS5. Negley advertised the Lola in Competition Press & Autoweek 29 Nov 1969. Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Lola T142
'the Moore car'

Bill Moore (Scottsdale, AZ) advertised a #69 Lola T142 ""one race, like new" in November 1969. Presumably the car he raced at Riverside 20 Apr 1969. [The website my5000.com reports that Moore advertised a Lola T140 from Ponca City, OK on 14 Jun 1969.] Subsequent history unknown but the car's location in Arizona hints that it could the T142 bought by Horst Kroll to replace the car he crashed heavily at Seattle 7 Jun 1970.

Unknown

The 1969 late-season cars

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
'the Murray car'

Ross Murray (Dorval, Quebec): entered at Mosport 23 August 1969 and St Jovite 7 Sep 1970. Canada 1970 (three races); US 1970 (one race only: Lime Rock 7 Sep 1970). Ed Butt, who did the chassis set up for Murray, recalls that it was a brand new car. Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Lola T142
'the Wilson car'

Wes Wilson (Akron, Ohio): only seen once, winning a SCCA National at Mid-Ohio 7 Sep 1969. Advertised "bought new last fall" Autoweek 25 Apr 1970 Likely to be one of the last three Haas cars (43, 44 or 45). Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Lola T142
'the Guneau car'

Len Guneau (Hermosa Beach, CA): first seen winning FA class in a SCCA Regional at Riverside, 26 October 1969 so possibly second hand but there are no obvious contenders except the cars crashed at St Jovite. If new, then likely to be one of the last three Haas cars (43, 44 or 45). Raced at Sebring 1969, the West Coast races in 1970 and at Laguna Seca 1971. On the entry list for Laguna Seca 1972.

Unknown
Lola T142
'the Saunders car'
Keith Saunders on the left of his newly completed Lola T142 with crew Pete Betz (centre) and Michael Lucero (right).  Copyright David Hutson 2006.  Used with permission.

Keith Saunders on the left of his newly completed Lola T142 with crew Pete Betz (centre) and Michael Lucero (right). Copyright David Hutson 2006. Used with permission.

Keith G. Saunders (Albuquerque, NM): bought as a kit from Carl Haas and completed late 1969 or during 1970. David Hutson recalls that it ran at the Laguna Seca Pro race, presumably in 1970, but the engine blew in practice and it did not start. Likely to be one of the last three Haas cars (43, 44 or 45). Subsequent history unknown.
Unknown

The 1970 mystery cars

Some race cars changed hands before the 28 Dec 1969 Sebring race so the Dave Heinz car is included here with the 1970 mysteries. Of the cars seen in the US in 1969, Hogan had retained SL142/21, Len Guneau was still running his car, Bud Morley advertised his car as late as August 1970, Mel Andrus had the ex-Dick Simon car, Randy Blessing had the ex-John Gunn car, Wes Wilson advertised his unseen car in April, Keith Saunders almost certainly still had his car, and both Florence and Murray would finally debut their cars. Ron Courtney's car was burnt out early in 1969 and another two, Rich Galloway's and George Wintersteen's, may have ended their lives at St Jovite. The two Canadian cars, by now with Simms and Kroll, can also be accounted for, as can the late-season car for Ross Murray. That leaves only three: Richard Negley's car in Texas, last seen when advertised in late November; Bill Moore's in Arizona, also advertised in November 1969; and Sherwood Johnston's car which is unknown in 1970 but appears to have stayed in Arizona as well.

Appearing for the first time late 1969 or during 1970 were three new T142 drivers: Dave Heinz' yellow car in Florida, first seen at Sebring December 1969; John Saucier's white, blue and red car in Oklahoma, first seen in May 1970; and Gerald Geishart's red car in Wisconsin, seen in June 1970. As only two of these can be Richard Negley's and Bill Moore's cars, it possible that the other could be an updated T140, as several of those go missing at the end of 1969, or that either the Galloway or Wintersteen car survived. Other possibilities are that Heinz's car was new or that Geishart had acquired Cliff Phillips' new red T142.

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
'the Heinz car'
(1969-2011)

#59/#57 Dave Heinz (Tampa, FL): US 1969 (only appeared at Sebring Dec 1969); US 1970 (two races only: R3 Seattle 7 Jun and R7 Elkhart Lake 18 July); SCCA Nationals 1970 (at least two races); ARRC 29 Nov 1970 (won). Advertised by Roy Maze's company Royal Dodge Inc (Alvin, TX) 6 Mar 1971 and sold to Don Inferrera (Oakland, CA): raced extensively from 1971 to 1974 in 'Pro' championship races and in SCCA Nationals and Regionals. Don still has the log book for this car and it gives the car as "T 142/38", a number which was later explained as its frame stamp.

Sold by Infererra to "a Mr. Owen Star in Boise Idaho [who] said it was to be raced as a sprint car".

The frame tag on Burt Curtis's T142.  Copyright Evan McGreevy 2004.  Used with permission.

The frame tag on Burt Curtis's T142. Copyright Evan McGreevy 2004. Used with permission.

Then unknown until around 1989 when Donald McGreevy found a car that had been converted for oval track sprint car racing. Subsequently to Bert Curtis (Eureka, CA) who has frame and suspension but no transmission. This car has frame tag 38 but no chassis plate. The frame tag matching Infererra's log book combined with the life as a sprint car securely identify this car as Dave Heinz' car.

Sold to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia) 2011. Still with Murray in May 2014

Murray Bryden (Australia) 2014
Lola T142
'the Saucier car'
(1970-1972)
John Saucier's Lola T142 at Ponca City in July 1971. Copyright Mark Milliken 2010. Used with permission.

John Saucier's Lola T142 at Ponca City in July 1971. Copyright Mark Milliken 2010. Used with permission.

#61 John R Saucier (MidWest City, OK): SCCA Nationals 1970 (at least five races: first seen Mid-America Raceway 24 May); US 1970 (two races only: R6 Dallas 5 Jul and R12 Mid-Ohio 27 Sep); ARRC 29 Nov 1970; SCCA Nationals 1971 (at least three races); US 1971 (two races only: R5 Elkhart Lake 18 Jul and R7 Brainerd 15 Aug); ARRC 27 Nov 1971; SCCA Nationals 1972 (won at Mid-America Raceway 7 May 1972). Advertised Autoweek 1 Jul 1972 ("MiDiv Champion 1970, 1971"). To Brad Blankenship (Indianapolis, IN) and raced by him in the Mid-America Raceway National on 24 Sep 1972. Advertised by Blankenship in CP&A 16 Dec 1972 p27 ("MidDiv champ 1970, 1971, 45 points in 1972"). Subsequent history unknown.

Unknown
Lola T142
'the Geishart car'
(1970-1971)
A fuzzy image of Jerry Geishart's T142 at the 1970 Road America June Sprints but enough to show us that it was red and that it was a T142.  Copyright Tom Schultz 2006.  Used with permission.

A fuzzy image of Jerry Geishart's T142 at the 1970 Road America June Sprints but enough to show us that it was red and that it was a T142. Copyright Tom Schultz 2006. Used with permission.

#98 Gerald Geishart (Wisconsin Rapids, WI): SCCA Nationals 1970 (only seen once: Milwaukee 28 Jun), US 1970 (two races only: R7 Elkhart Lake 18 Jul and R9 Brainerd 16 Aug); on entry list for ARRC 29 Nov 1970. Listed as non-started at US R5 Elkhart Lake 18 Jul 1971. Not seen again.
Unknown
Lola T142
'the Kroll 1970 car'
After damaging his regular car at Seattle, Horst Kroll was reported to have borrowed a car for his race at Rockcliffe Airfield (Canada R4) on 1 July 1970. Kroll told Murray Bryden in 2011 that he had bought this car in Arizona and used it thereafter.  

The 1971 mystery cars

Of the three known and identified US-based T142s, SL142/21 was still with Hogan, SL142/29 was last seen with Craig Fisher in 1970 and SL142/38 had been crashed by Kroll. Of the 11 known but unidentified cars, Galloway's and Wintersteen's had been wrecked in 1969 and not seen since, Ron Courtney's had been destroyed, the Dick Simon car had been destroyed, Bud Morley's had been last advertised in August 1970, John Gunn's was with Randy Blessing, Sherwood Johnston's was with Ed Luke, Keith Saunders still had his car, Richard Negley's and Bill Moore's had been missing since the end of 1969, Wes Wilson's had been last seen in April 1970, and Lew Florence's had gone missing at the end of 1970. That still leaves two unaccounted for: the cars of Len Guneau, which he kept for 1971, and Ross Murray's which goes missing after 1970. Of the mystery 1970 cars, Dave Heinz car went to Don Inferrera while John Saucier and Gerald Geishart both kept their cars.

So that means the cars of Richard Negley (San Antonio, TX) since 1969, Bill Moore (Scottsdale, AZ) since 1969, Wes Wilson (Akron, Ohio) since an advert in April 1970, Bud Morley (Denver, CO) since an advert in August 1970, Ross Murray (Canada) and Lew Florence (Yakima, Washington) are all missing in 1971.

Amongst the new drivers of T142s in North America in 1971 and 1972 were Randy Johnston (Suitland, MD), possibly in the ex-Pete Sherman T140/142, Terry Matheny (Newton, Iowa) and Tim Duke (Lewisville, Texas). The T142s of Kendall Noah (Kansas City, MO) and Jim Stevens (Dearborn, MI) are both covered on the Lola T140 page. Also a T142 was entered by a Theodore Lebsack (Denver, CO) at Riverside in 1971.

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
'the Jim Stevens car'
(1971)
See the Lola T140 page.  
Lola T142
'the Randy Johnston car'
(1971-1972)
Randolph P Johnston, aka Randy Johnston (Suitland, MD): raced at Lime Rock 6 Sep 1971 and Watkins Glen 18 Jun 1972. Johnston later drove the ex-Pete Sherman Lola T192 and as both drivers were from Maryland and as no other T142 appeared in Maryland, it is likely that Johnston drove the ex-Sherman T142. Subsequent history unknown. Unknown
Lola T142
'the Terry Matheny car'
(1971 only)
Terry Matheny (Newton, Iowa): won a SCCA National at Mid-America Raceway 19 Sep 1971. Nothing more known. Unknown
Lola T142
'the Tim Duke car'
(1971-1972)
Tim Duke (Lewisville, Texas): won SCCA Nationals at Ponca City 2 Jul 1972 and Lake Afton 13 Aug 1972. Nothing more known. Unknown

From 1972 onwards

The history of these cars in the US and UK from 1972 onwards is currently being explored in more detail and will be published at a later date. US cars after 1972 include the Autocross car of Chris H. Korntved (Weaverville, CA), the Super Modified car of Earl Kelley (San Jose, CA), and the ill-fated car of Jerry Dulski (Plymouth, MN) in CenDiv ASR.

Mystery cars today

The following cars are not entirely understood.

Chassis History Current owner
Lola T142
'Mead Korwin's car'
(2000-)
Mead Korwin's Lola T142 in 2014.  Copyright Mead Korwin.  USed with permission.

Roland David's Lola T142 in Vienna in 2012. Copyright Roland David 2012. Used with permission.

First seen with Dino Crescentini (Rochester Hills, Michigan) in 2000. According to The F5000 Register, he bought the car at auction in Toronto in the early 1980s. Crescentini advertised the car as 'chassis 031' but it has subsequently been referred to as "HU 33". Sold to Mead Korwin (Shelby Township, MI). Crescentini told Mead that he had purchased the car from Ed Murray in 1979 and that Murray had got the car from California after its owner had been killed in a motocycle accident. Mead has contacted Murray to find out more.

Mead cannot find a frame tag on the car and suspects it was lost during repairs at some time. Retained by Mead Korwin February 2014.

Mead Korwin (US) 2014
Lola T142
'the David Wood car'
(2000-)
Roland David's Lola T142 in Vienna in 2012. Copyright Roland David 2012. Used with permission.

Roland David's Lola T142 in Vienna in 2012. Copyright Roland David 2012. Used with permission.

David Wood since 2000. David understands that this car went to the Domingo Bros and then to 'Mick van Rensberg for club races sprints and "Drag Races"'. Sold to Roland David (Vienna, Austria) Feb 2011; retained June 2012.

This car has chassis plate 25 and frame tag 28.

Roland David (Austria) 2012
Lola T142
'Anthony Corin's car'
Believed to be SL142/23. Anthony Corin (SA) 2004. This car has chassis plate 23 and frame tag 49 which would make sense as the car is known to have got a replacement frame. Anthony Corin (SA) 2004
Lola T142
'Steve Ward's car'
Believed to be SL142/23. Steve Ward (NZ) 2006. The chassis plate and frame tag of this car are unknown. Steve Ward (NZ) 2006
Lola T142
'Roger Townshend's car'
Robert Scott's Lola T142 at Teretonga in 1999.  Copyright Kevin Thomson 2007.  Used with permission.

Robert Scott's Lola T142 at Teretonga in 1999. Copyright Kevin Thomson 2007. Used with permission.

Believed to be SL142/37. Imported from US to NZ in early 1990s by Kenny Smith ... Robert Scott (Dunedin, NZ) by 1999 - Roger Townshend (Christchurch, NZ) c2003. Retained 2005. This car has no frame tag but has chassis plate 37.
Roger Townshend (NZ) 2005
Lola T142
'Anthony Brazzo's car'
Nick Buttress in the Lola T142 '37' at Donington Park in Sep 1992.  Copyright Jeremy Jackson.  Used with permission.

Nick Buttress in the Lola T142 '37' at Donington Park in Sep 1992. Copyright Jeremy Jackson. Used with permission.

Believed to be SL142/37. Earliest known owner Tom Fletcher (Helsley) [date unknown] - Henry Pearman (now Eagle E-types in Kent) [date unknown] - Nick Buttress (Leek, Staffordshire) October 1987 - Ken Gladdis (Chale, Isle of Wight) 2000 - Anthony Brazzo (Romford) October 2005. This car has no frame tag but does have a '37' chassis plate.
Anthony Brazzo (UK) 2006
Lola T142
'David Harvey's car'
The frame tag on the "ex-Derek Williams" T142 in New Zealand

The frame tag on the "ex-Derek Williams" T142 in New Zealand.

The history of this car is reported to be: Jim Brackett (Denver, CO) 1971 - Ken Petrie (Denver, CO) 1980 - Gary Tapp (Denver, CO) 1988 - Larry Detrich (Christchurch, NZ) 2003. Petrie does recall the T142 but says it went from Brackett (Arvada, CO, a suburb of Denver) to Lee Huls in the mid to late 1970s then to Petrie in 1982 in exchange for a T140 that Petrie had also bought from Brackett. Sold by Detrich 'recently' as of October 2005. With David Harvey (NZ) 2006. This car has frame tag 42 but no chassis plate. Its papers claim that it is the ex-Derrick Williams car but this is a misunderstanding - the frame number '42' has been assumed at some point to be its chassis number. The Williams car was destroyed in Europe in 1971 whereas this car spent its early life in the US.
David Harvey (NZ) 2006
Lola T142
'the Larry Harvey car'
Larry Harvey raced a Lola T142 in a VAR event at Willow Springs in February 1993. This car was later bought by Scott Bader (Rosamond, CA) and was still owned by Bader in July 2013. Scott Bader (US) 2013

These histories last updated on 22 May, 2014 .

Sources

Fred Scatley kindly gave permission to use a number of the images he took at Brands Hatch in 1969 prior to his death on 27 Dec 2002. His photograph collection passed to Ted Walker who now holds the copyright on these images. Thanks also to Marcus Pye, Bryan Miller, David McLaughlin, Ian Webb, Evan McGreevy, Roger Stones, David Wood, Tom Quatsoe, Mike Rowe, Kerry Anderson, Lawrence Sufryn, Roger Townshend, Anthony Brazzo, Ryan Hodges, Andrew Reeser, David Hutson, David Gathercole, Steve Wilkinson, Reto Kuprecht, Gerald Swan, Mead Korwin, Scott Bader, Don Infererra and Murray Bryden.

Sources used for this page include Autosport's 1970 F5000 Seasonal Survey (28 Jan 1971 pp22-26), Formula 1 Register Fact Book: Formula 5000 1968-1971.