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Lola T280

This page was developed to restucture the content of the Lola T280 thread on 10 Tenths and make the 20 pages of content easier to read. The last post on that thread to be incorporated into this page was that of 'coyotes' on 24 Aug 2004 (page 20). This page will be edited, honed and further developed at the request of the thread's contributors.

The page is structured as follows:

  1. An introduction to the T280
  2. Telling HU1 and HU2 apart
  3. The ten cars known to be produced
  4. Mystery T280s
  5. Other outstanding T280 references
  6. Known T282 or 'T284' entities
  7. Known T286 entities

Each post has been put under an appropriate heading and is accompanied by its original author and posting date plus a link back to the original post on 10 Tenths.

Particular thanks should be expressed to (in order of posts) Jeremy Jackson, Michael Oliver, Alain Hache, 'phdm', 'driftwood', 'Kojima_KE007', 'Fausto', Dan Rear, Nordic and the other ten of us that have endevoured to help.

All and any further help would be gratefully received. Please join the Lola T280 thread at 10 Tenths if you can add anything.

The 1972 Lola T280s

An introduction (Michael Oliver 5 Sep 2003)

It appears that HU-02 was driven by Bonnier/Wisell in Buenos Aires, with Larrousse/Craft sharing the prototype HU-01. The magazine reports a plan to sell them and run them for Karl von Wendt being 'apparently quite likely'. However, in the next sentence it says that after the race 'the Wisell car was sold...to a Brazilian driver' but does not say who (one can maybe assume Garcia-Veiga?). This suggests that HU-02 was sold but in fact Wisell drove both cars in the race, switching to the Larrousse/Craft T280 after his own retired. If we know that HU-02 was still with the team at Le Mans, this suggests that they may have sold the older prototype, HU-01, which would make more sense.

However, for the next race at Daytona, Garcia-Veiga was entered in the second car, alongside Craft and Larrousse, so maybe Bonnier did a deal such as suggested with von Wendt, e.g. they sold the car but continued running it for Garcia-Veiga and pairing him with their own drivers? Alternatively, maybe they never sold the car at all, but struck a deal for Garcia-Vega to drive it (e.g. sold a race drive) at Sebring and this was mis-reported as Garcia-Veiga having bought the whole car!

[Did Jo Bonnier sold an T280 chassis just after Buenos Aires 1972 1000 kms to Mr Nestor Garcia Vega? (Hache 27 Aug 2003).I don't belive Garcia-Viega purchased a chassis, but drove the Ecurie Bonnier car (practice only) at Daytona in 1972. (Jackson 3 Sep 2003).]

For Sebring, they are reported as only bringing one car, HU-02, for Bonnier/Wisell/Larrousse. For Round 4 at Brands Hatch, I know 2 Bonnier cars started, as there is a picture of them just after the start of the race. A few other interesting points: "By contrast to all these operations, that of Ecurie Bonnier is very much a shoestring effort. Their Lola-Cosworth T280s, the only two in existence, looked rather travel weary and were in need of some real development testing." Drivers for this race were Craft/Larousse (HU-01?) and Wisell/Bonnier (HU-02?). When the Craft car retired early on, Larousse switched to the Wisell/Bonnier car until that retired at about half distance (don't think JoBo drove but not 100% sure).

For Monza 1,000 kms, Hughes de Fierlandt replaced Craft as Larousse's partner, because he brought some money along... Both cars qualified well but went out of the race early on again.

For Round 6 (Spa 1,000kms) it appears that HU-01 may have actually been sold, as it reports Larrousse as driving "Lola number two after driving the original car all the rest of the season" and he shared with de Fierlandt. Wisell/Bonnier might have been originally entered but they don't appear to have turned up.

Don't think any T280s started Round 7, the Targa Florio. Ditto Round 8, Nürburgring 1,000kms, although Bonnier/Larousse were present driving an FVC-powered T290. I believe that by this stage the two cars were being prepared for Le Mans, with a reported 48,000 man hours being put into the task.

For Le Mans, two cars were fielded for Bonnier/Larrousse/van Lennep (Wisell was injured apparently)and de Fierlandt/Jorge de Bagration/Mario Cabral. Maybe the identities of two of the co-drivers is an indication that this second car had been sold before Le Mans to a Spanish or Portugese owner (sorry don't know the nationalities of these two!)? The Bonnier car (HU-02?) was destroyed in JoBo's fatal accident, while the de Fierland/de Bagration/Cabral car (which had also been driven by Larousse, in fact don't even know if de B and Cab got a drive) retired around midnight.

The following weekend (June 18th), Carlos Caspar is reported as winning the sports car race at Estoril in his "Lola-DFV T280". So, either this is HU-01 (or HU-02 depending on which car Bonnier was driving when he crashed!), ex-Le Mans or a new car. It seems this might have been a new car (HU-03?) because for the next round of the World Sportscar Championship at Osterreichring (June 25th), Vic Elford appears, partnered by Larrousse, "driving the Ecurie Bonnier second Lola T280 which had also appeared at Le Mans". By definition this can only be the car driven by de Fierlandt et al and it really depends how you interpret the use of the words "Ecurie Bonnier second Lola T280", e.g. if it was the number two car in the squad (which is what I think they mean) or the second T280 built (e.g HU-02)!!! They actually out-qualified all the Ferrari 312Ps for this race, only being beaten to pole by the Mirage. Not bad!

For Round 11, at Watkins Glen (July 22nd), Larrousse was paird with Wisell and Autosport reports that "The Lola was No. 1, and appeared in usual configuration..." Since its race number was 90, one can only assume that this is a reference to the car being chassis HU-01, again supporting the conclusion that it was HU-02 that was destroyed in the Bonnier accident.

For a sports car race at Estoril, November 11th 1972, Carlos Caspar is reported as a 'no-show' in his "3-litre Lola T280", apparently after sponsorship difficulties.

So this leaves us with three reported T280s that have appeared in public during the 1972 racing season.

In its season review of Group 5 sportscar racing, Autosport adds a few more tidbits:

"They were to have been run with sponsorship from Karl von Wendt's racing team, but when von Wendt withdrew after everything had been ordered, the cars were run at Bonnier's expense. They were even supported by his preparation business or BonGrip spike concern. With such an expensive project - around £100,000 invested - Bonnier was forced to take 'paying' drivers...

"The car's debut at Buenos Aires saw it leading at one stage and set fastest lap - a fat that, one would have expected, would make many private entrants think of running a car. This was what Ecurie Bonnier had hoped (Bonnier was the European agent for Lola cars) but surprisingly only one other car was sold throughout the year and this was never raced in Europe."

An interesting comment, particularly in the light of the fact that we know that Caspar raced his at Estoril in June! Maybe the writer didn't regard Portugal as being part of Europe!!!

As Jeremy pointed out, the Paris 1,000kms car was the prototype T282. NB although a T280 is listed in the grid for Smith/Ligonnet, this is actually a misprint and is the 2-litre T290 they had raced that year.

I've just been digging around a bit more and it seems the Bonnier cars contested a few other races, such as two Interserie rounds (but DNS at both of them 3/4/72 Ring and 1/5/72 Imola, plus de Fierlandt/Bonnier won the 4 hours of Le Mans on the Le Mans test day weekend (19/4/72).

[(Jackson 17 Sep 2003): From Autosport: Wisell drove a T280 at the Nürburgring on April 3rd 1972. He non-started heat 1, due to Fuel pump difficulties, and retired after 1 lap of heat 2 (Wet electrics). Bonnier appeared in a T280 (but did not start after the engine failed in practice) at the Imola Interserie race on May 1st 1972. However, I don't have pictures.]

[(Oliver 25 Mar 2004): BTW, when I spoke to the chap at Lola yesterday, he didn't disagree that it was the original T280/2 that was written off in the Bonnier crash.

However, I guess we still do not know that for sure, so there is a feint possibility that it could have been HU01 that was crashed and written off.

Personally, I feel certain that the original, hacked-around prototype would have been given to the pay drivers but you never know, one car might have had a better/newer spec engine in it...]

[Look here for 280/282 dfv le man entry and the odd car shot ('driftwood' 27 May 2004)]

Telling HU1 and HU2 apart

It's all in the roll hoops. The two pictures below show the respective roll hoops of HU1 (#3 - entered for Craft/Larrousse) and HU2 (#4 - Wisell/Bonnier) cars at the BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch on 16 April 1972.

 

Using photographic evidence, supported by race reports, Alain Hache has constructed this race history for HU1 and HU2 through 1972. The race dates, driver lineups and results have been added to Alain's table from Janos Wimpffen's Time and Two Seats.

Race Date HU1 HU2
Paul Ricard initial test Dec 1971 test only  
Buenos Aires 1000 Kms 9 Jan 1972 #14 Larrousse/Craft/Wisell 7 #12 Wisell/Larrousse/Bonnier* R
Daytona 6 Hours 6 Feb 1972 #14 Larrousse/Craft*/
Garcia-Viega* R

#12 Wisell/Bonnier
/Larrousse*/Garcia-Viega* R

Le Mans 4 hours 9 Mar 1972 #7 de Fierlant/Bonnier 1 DNE
Sebring 12 Hours 25 Mar 1972 DNE #12 Larrousse/Bonnier/Wisell 6
Brands Hatch (BOAC)
1000 KMs
16 Apr 1972 #3 Craft/Larrousse R #4 Wisell/Larrousse/Bonnier* R
Monza 1000 Kms 25 Apr 1972 #4 Larrousse/de Fierlant* R #5 Wisell/Bonnier R
Spa 1000 KMs 7 May 1972 DNE #8 Larrousse/de Fierlant 5
Dijon test   test only test only
Le Mans 24 Hours 10-11 Jun 1972 #7 de Fierlant/Larrousse/
Bonnier/Cabral*/de Bagration* R
#8 Bonnier/van Lennep/
Larrousse R
Osterreichring 1000 Kms 25 Jun 1972 #9 Larrousse/Elford* R  
Watkins Glen 6 Hours 22 Jul 1972 #90 Wisell/Larrousse* R  

In terms of the being sure of which chassis Bonnier raced, the only definite references I have (from Autosport), are: BA 1000:Bonnier raced HU1, Larrousse/Craft raced HU2; Sebring: one car only, HU2 (which given the timing of the events, means that Bonnier used HU1 at the LM test day, and won the 4 hours with it); Spa: Larrousse/de Fierlant in HU2 (Jackson 20 Aug 2004). The car at Watkins Glen at the end of the season was chassis no. 1. (Jackson 20 Aug 2004)

Lola T280 histories

Lola T280 HU1

Owned by Jo Bonnier (Alain Hache 24 Aug 2003). For 1972 race record see above.

Hired by Brescia Corse from Bonnier for the 500km of Imola 17 Sep 1972 and driven by Casoni who finished 5th (Oliver 5 Sep 2003 and Jackson 5 Sep 2003).

I have found another race in which the Lola T280 competed in during 1972: The Rothmans 50,000 28/8/72, Brands Hatch:

"...Mario Casoni's 3-litre Ecurie Bonnier Lola T280, this team being one of the few fully conversed with long-distance pitstops..."

"Only one sports car qualified for the big race, Mario Casoni's 3-litre Lola T280 and he performed a most creditable time of 1m 28.1s, which is 0.2s faster than the best Lola T280 time established in practice for the BOAC earlier this year."

Casoni finished 12th in the race, on 107 (maybe 106, it's not clear) laps to winner Emerson Fittipaldi's (Lotus 72) 118. Source Autosport 31/8/72.

I guess this would have been HU-01, as its previous race was the final round of the sportscar World Championship at Watkins Glen, 22/7/72 and HU-02 had already been destroyed.

For the Imola 500km race 17/9/72, Autosport 21/9/72 p12 reports:

"Scuderia Brescia Corse once again hired the Ecurie Bonnier Lola T280 for Mario Casoni. The was as it ran at the Rothmans race but for a change of engine."

This implies two things: firstly that it was Scuderia Brescia Corse that entered Casoni in the Rothmans 50,000 and not Ecurie Bonnier (programme anyone?!) and that it was the same car, e.g. HU-01. I am not sure how this ties in with your comment about the roll-over bar/hoop, although I can see how they changed during the year. If you have some photos perhaps you could email them (send me a private message and I will give you this)as I cannot find any pics of the Gaspar car or Casoni in 72? . (Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

I think this chassis was probably entered in some races in 1973 by Jolly Club : # 11 at Dijon 1000 Kms , # 10 at Monza 1000 Kms and #12 at the Nürburgring . Perhaps in entry list only # 1 Le Mans 1973? (Hache 4 Sep 2003). Autosport's reports say that Jolly Club's 1973 car was hired from Ecurie Bonnier, and entered as a T280. (Jackson 5 Sep 2003)

Autosport report for the Dijon 1,000kms 15 Apr 1973 (Oliver 10 Sep 2003):

The remaining 3-litre Lolas [MO: e.g. in addition to the works T282] were the older ex-Bonnier [MO:HU-01??] and ex-BIP [MO: HU-03??] T280-DFVs and a new T282 fitted with a three-litre competition Capri V6 engine, all three cars still under the ye of Ecurie Bonnier mechanics. The DFV powered cars were for Giorgio Pianta and Pino Pica racing in a car hired by the Jolly Club for two races, while the second had been bought be Denis Rouvreyan who enlisted Francois Migault as co-driver.

I have a picture of the Pianta/Pica car in the race and it is in Ecurie Bonnier colours. It also has the full-width roll-over bar/hoop. No pics of the Rouvreyan car :-( However, there is a small pic in Motor Sport, which shows a car with a full-wide roll-over bar/hoop and two extra headlights together in the front nose, like the Le Mans cars from 1972 (whereas on the Pianta/Pica car there is nothing, just the words Jolly Club where the headlights on the Rouvreyan car are. Don't know if this helps... (Oliver 10 Sep 2003)

For the Nürburgring 1,000kms 27/5/73, Autosport has this to say (Oliver 11 Sep 2003):

Once again the only 3-litre Lola to turn up was the Jolly Club-hired, Ecurie Bonnier-decored T280 with drivers Giorgio Pianta/Pino Pica." After a practice crash for his Porsche 908/4, Mario Casoni moved over to this car, replacing Pica. The car retired from the race with a broken gear linkage.

Autosport 20/9/73 p9 Report of Imola 500 16/9/73 (Oliver 12 Sep 2003)

Next quickest at 1m 40.22s was Mario Casoni having a rent-a-drive in the ex-Ecurie Bonnier Lola T280, which was being prepared by Bonnier's ex-chief mechanic Heine Mader, who has now taken over the Bonnier set up and has re-named it HMR Racing Components."

Speculation: HU01 goes to Rouveyran at end of 72 then ? (Willy Widar?) (Swedish guy Alain mentioned) (Oliver 23 Oct 2003). See 'the Rouveyran car'.

HU1 is identifiable because the diagonal brace on the roll-hoop which starts behind the driver and goes up to meet the other diagonal brace behind the driver' left shoulder meets that brace a bit below the main roll-hoop, whereas on all subsequent cars it meets both to make a neat join in a triangle shape. You need to get hold of a pic of Rouveyran's car at Le Mans 72 (Alain can send you one if you need it) and compare it with shots of the prototype when it ran in testing, then at other times (including Le Mans) when you can see the same feature.

It really is easy to see when you have photos in front of you but harder to explain. It was also one of only two cars to have the distinctive cut-outs in the front bodywork for the extra lights, which was a 'Le Mans 72 only' mod and was not, to my knowledge, carried out on any other cars, although I accept that noses could have been interchangeable etc, etc. Possible, but in view of the roll-hoop feature, unlikely. IIRC this feature is also visible on the photo I have (not on my home PC, unfortunately!) of the car when owned by Ulf Broman. (Oliver 25 May 2004)

Unknown (but see 'the Broman car')


Lola T280 HU2

For 1972 race record see above. Destroyed in Jo Bonnier's Le Mans crash 1972 (Alain Hache 24 Aug 2003).

Wrecked


Lola T280 HU3

Delivered to Noritake Takahara in Japan on 30th of March 1972 to be raced in the Grand Champion series at Fuji Speedway. He then took the championship and went to Kojima Engineering. It still remains in Japan (not at Kojima Engineering) in its original state. (Kojima_KE007 21 Oct 2003)

Entered in the 1972 Grand Champion Serie in Japan (driver N TAKAHARA) (Alain Hache 24 Aug 2003). Takahara drove three races in a T280 in Japan, all at Mt Fuji Raceway. These were 3/9/72 (1st), 10/10/72 (1st) and 23/11/72 (1st). (Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

It did race in the Grand Champion series in 1972 from round 2 to 5 driven by Noritake Takahara but it did not race at all in 1973 (Japanese Auto Technic magazine). As the Grand Champion race was only run at Fuji Speedway, the body was slightly modified to suit the very fast and flowing circuit configuration. Since then, it has always remained in Japan. Another interesting point is that, the bell housing of the T280 (chassis number 03) was used on Kojima KE007 and KE009 Formula One chassis. ('Kojima' 21 Oct 2003)

The reason why Takahara did not use T280 for the first round is probaby because the car simply was not ready as all the Grand Champion cars do have to go through some modifications to suit the fast Fuji Speedway circuit.

I am sure it is the chassis number 03 unless Lola got it wrong and put the wrong chassis number plate on the car, which obviously is still stuck on the chassis on the lower left hand side of the passenger seat.

It is even written on a book translated into Japanese that chassis number 03 was delivered to Noritake Takahara on 30th of March 1972 (probably the despatch date). ('Kojima' 22 Oct 2003).

The first round of the Grand Champion series 1972 was "20th of March 1972", and the delivery date being "30th of March 1972" there was no way that Takahara could run the Lola T280 at the first race. He even had to rent out a McLaren M12 from Sakai Racing. (Kojima 23 Oct 2003)

I now have the details of the book: it is the Vol. 15 of Car Graphic Liblary series, "Sekai No Jidousha (Cars of the world)" Cooper/Lola/Elva, published by Nigensha, written by Shigemi Kanta.

This is exactly what it say on the book; Lola T280/3 Cosworth DFV, 30th March 1972, Colour: White, Noritake Takahara.

We think they just translated the delivery sheet of Lola cars. ('Kojima' 27 Oct 2003)

Japan 2003


Lola T280 HU4

Probably 'the Gaspar car'.

Speculation: HU04 goes back to Ecurie Bonnier (hence ex-BIP references in race reports) then to Lord, then Zaborowski, Malcolm Johnstone, Brian & David Auger (hence reference to HU04), then Geoffrey Marsh/Marsh Plant and then ? (Rosso Bianco?) (Oliver 23 Oct 2003)

Unknown (but see 'the Rosso Bianco Museum car')


Lola T280 HU5

A replacement chassis, HU280/5, was built by Lola in 1972 and despatched to Ecurie Bonnier to replace the one destroyed in the Bonnier crash, chassis number 2. Therefore, it seems that the car which appeared at Rouen in October 72 and then Kyalami was not in fact the prototype T282 at all (it certainly looked more like a T280 than the next year's T282 when it came out) but merely an extension of the T280 line, with maybe a few bits tidied up compared to the early cars? It may well have carried (for customs/carnet purposes?) the chassis plate HU280/2, even though it was the fifth T280 *entity* built. Not sure what happened to this car after the Kyalami smash - forgot to ask - but other people I've spoken to have said that it was rebuilt. (Oliver 24 Mar 2004)

The Larrousse/Beltoise car that won the Paris 1000 kms in October 1972 was a brand new chassis (according to Autosport). However, it's bodywork was identical to the T280, i.e. it had the short nose, not the longer nose that the T282 had in 1973. (Hache 27 Aug 2003 and Jackson 3 Sep 2003).

JL Lafosse had an accident with an T280 in practice of 9 H Kyalami 1972 and the car couldnt start the race . The car was Bonnier-entered and Gitanes-sponsored and crashed after 3 laps of practice. I would assume it was the Paris chassis. (Hache 4 Sep 2003 and Jackson 5 Sep 2003). It was indeed a T282 entered by Ecurie Bonnier, crashed by J-L Lafosse and, by all accounts, written off, and probably the prototype as driven by Beltoise/Larrousse at Rouen in October. (Michael Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

Wrecked


Lola T282 HU6

Lola constructed only one T282 officially, HU282/6 was completed (or rather invoiced) 4 Jan 1973 and delivered to Larousse (I think it was actually run by Scuderia Filipinetti that year IIRC). They are adamant that no more T282s were built BUT there was a 2-litre chassis supplied (T292?) in 1973 with an uprated bulkhead and T282-type roll hoop to accommodate a 3-litre engine. I think this car was sold to Jolly Club and was the one which appeared at the 1973 Dijon 1000kms with a 3-litre Capri V6 engine installed. Don't know what happened to it afterwards but anyway this car is not in the official T28* numbering sequence. (Oliver 24 Mar 2004).

The car ex Lafosse / Filipinetti was HU 282/6 from Lola factory the 04 of January 1973 . I founded this info in french magasine "AUTOMOBILES CLASSIQUES" n°81 Mars / Avril 1997. (Hache 2 May 2004). That makes sense, as Autosport's 1973 Daytona report said the car was brand new, having only had a few laps practice before arriving. At least we confirm that it was HU6. (Jackson 2 May 2004)

Autosport's 1975 article on Lola had a table which had the total of 6 T280/T282s. So with 3(+1; HU10) T286s in '77 (From HU10 advert on race-cars.com: "In 1977, Lola built on 3 T286s, but after an order by Alain de Cadenet, a 4th was built."), that would work.

I am sure Alain has told me that T282 HU06 was built in Jan 1973 and that this was the car run by Filipinetti with Gitanes sponsorship on behalf of the works that season. (Oliver 19 Mar 2004)

The ex-Gitanes car was used by Jolly Club in 1974-75 and driven by Lella Lombardi / Giorgio Pianta in 1977 (I'm assuming still entered by Jolly Club, but nothing to confirm that). (Jackson 16 Jan 2004)

The Jolly Club T282 was raced in 1974 by Pianta-Lombardi, with Lavazza sponsorship. In 1975 Pianta and Brambilla drove the car, plain white with Arrigoni sponsorship at Monza, then at Nürburgring they had a new T380 (plain white/Arrigoni). ('fausto' 16 Jan 2004)

[22 Sep 1974] Lella Lombardi finished 3rd in the Jolly Club T282 at the Casale Interserie. In the same race, Heinz Schulthess came 7th in a 'T284'. So at least we know they cannot be the same cars. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Next, a T282 is listed at not classified for the 1000km of Mugello 23/3/75 for "Pibo"/Gallo. No entrant listed but maybe this was the Jolly Club T282? (Oliver 8 Mar 2004) A T290 series? (Jackson 8 Mar 2004)

Brambilla/Pianta DNF in the 1000km Monza 20/4/75 in a T282 entered by the Jolly Club. Same car entered but DNA (presumably Jolly Club again) at the Coppa Florio at Enna, 18/5/75. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

In 1977, Lombardi/Pianta DNF in a 'T282' at the 500km Monza 24/4/77, entered by Pianta, while Manfredini/Ghislotti were entered in a 'T282' but DNA, reportedly entered by Manfredini. Presumably the Lombardi/Pianta car was still the ex-Gitanes HU06? (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Then on 2/6/77, 400km Vallelunga, Lombardi DNF in a T282, while Manfredini was reportedly entered in a T284 (to be borrowed from his co-driver of the prevoius year Schulthess perhaps?) but DNA. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

AUTOMOBILES CLASSIQUES" n°81 Mars/Avril 1997: after J Bonnier death the run was broken for the T 280 career . But Jl Lafosse enterred a car with french cigarettes colours , its this sixth model of T280 serie,listed the 4th of January 1973 in the Lola register , is now running in historic races , droved by J Blaton .(my comment is: Scuderia Filipinetti buyed the car and Jl Lafosse bring the "Gitane" sponsorship). The car was by C Fox rebuilded in T286 specifications , whose for models was builded to 1977. (Hache 2 May 2004)

I don't think that is quite how Fox explained it to me. He said that the car was in T286 specification when it came to them, so somebody else (Jolly Club) had already carried out this work. Given that, from memory, Jolly Club raced the car for a long time into the late 1970s, this would not surprise me. (Oliver 2 May 2004)

I just read on another forum that Jean Blaton was owner of the T280 Bonnier / Switzerland . If thats right what that for a good news to follow the story but I think the man make a mistake . In the end of 2000 Jean Blaton "BEURLYS" sold in bid gallery LE POULAIN in Paris an T282 car ( sn T282/6 ) builded in 1973. Maybe the man confuse the cars ? Or did J Blaton owned two cars ? (Hache 23 Sep 2003).

Jean Blaton has/had two cars. The one entered in the Poulain aution in December 1999 (did not sell) was T282 HU6. The other one T286 HU7. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)

If you look at the Poulain auction catalogue, the Blaton's car is listed as "HU282/6". Amazingly there is also a picture of a chassis plate reading T286 HU7. There are a few pictures of "the" car but one can see one car with chromed roll hoop and yellow rear view mirror and one car with black roll hoop and black rear view mirror. So JB has/had two cars. For what it is worth, the rumour was that one car was suspect. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)

Jean Blaton's car in Poulain auction, 13 December 1999. Car described as HU282/6. ('phdm' 11 Apr 2004)

[BUT] Chassis plate shown in catalogue reads T286 HU7. ('phdm' 11 Apr 2004)

NB: 'phdm' post seven pictures from the Poulain catalogue on 11 Apr 2004. These show two cars, one with a chromed roll hoop and one with a black roll hoop. It is not clear from the posts which is the T282 and which the T286.

The picture at Paul Ricard leading the pack is from 1995 (car n° 92 with chromed roll hoop). ('phdm' 12 Apr 2004)

when i saw the car of Jean BLATON at MONTHLERY [in June 2000], i spoke with one of his mecanician and he said the car was the ex JL.LAFFOSSE/FILIPINETTI one. ('barathieu gerar' 30 Apr 2004). [As] i can remember the car was totally yellow without red stripe as we can saw on HU7. ('barathieu gerar' 30 Apr 2004).

Owned by Jean Blaton (Belgium) 2000


Lola T286 HU7

T286 - chassis 7 was supplied new to Heini (spl?) Mader, who I guess may well at that stage have been the European agent for Lola? Anyway, I think this is the car that ended up being driven by Lapeyre - not sure if it was owned by someone else - did we say Andre Chevalley? (Oliver 24 Mar 2004)

See 'the Skidmore car' but also 'the Blaton "HU7"'


Lola T286 HU8

Chassis 8 [Lola] originally said was lagoon blue and went to Italian hillclimb exponent Mauro Nesti but I think they might be getting confused because AFAIK he only had a 2-litre BMW-powered car during that period. (Oliver 24 Mar 2004)


Lola T286 HU9

[Lola say] two T286s were sold to Capoferri, so these must be 8 & 9 as we know 10 wasn't built until much later. They were different in that they had three fuel cells (right, left, behind driver) and both cars had twin front brake calipers. IIRC one of these cars ran a 2-litre turbo engine and the other a DFV? (Oliver 24 Mar 2004)


Lola T286 HU10

T286-HU10 was the chassis run by James Wallis in Thundersports during 1985-86, and this was a car that was originally destined for de Cadenet, I believe. (Jeremy Jackson 24 Aug 2003).

HU10 was driven by James Wallis, and various other co-drivers - Mike Wilds in 1985, James Weaver & Will Hoy in 1986 i UK Thundersports events. It won one race at Brands Hatch in 1985, but only finished 2 of 4 races entered in 1986, so I think you're mixing it up with another series? As I understood, it wasn't actually a running chassis until completed for Wallis' purchase in 1984. (Jackson 24 Aug 2003).

Yes chassis HU010 was originally destined to De Cadenet and won the thundersports cup in 1986 (driven by Walt Bohren ? ) probably this car also won Monza 1000 Kms in 1979 , and was recently to sold on RACE-CARS.com (Hache 24 Aug 2003).

NB. Race-cars.com description reads: In 1977, Lola built on 3 T286's, but after an order by Alain de Cadenet, a 4th was built. Because of an FIA rule change just months before Le Mans, the car was ineligible to run and conseqently was never delivered. Due to this, it was left on the shelf at Lola until it was finally assembled in 1984. It became the car of Ottford Paper Group racing team, competing successfully in Thundersports events with Jim Wallace behind the wheel. In 1986, driven by Mike Wilds, it won the British Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the car sat idle from 1986 to 1996. The car raced again in Daytona and won the 1998 Thundersports Cup, driven by Walt Bohren. This Lola T286, chassis# HU10, evolved from the T280, and has a monocoque chassis with a 3.5 liter Cosworth V8 mated to a Hewland transaxle. Vin Malkie restored it in 1996 after it was purchased at the Coys of Kensington Auction. Vin rebuilt the engine using a 3.0 liter Formula 3000 engine. The car is in the exact livery as it was when driven by Mike Wilds. This car is race ready, ready to drive and ready to win!

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The mystery T280s

The following T280s are not yet fully explained. The Gaspar car is almost certainly HU4; the Rouveyran car could be HU1 or HU4; the Lord car was ex-Casoni; the Zaborowski car might well be ex-Lord; the Auger car was said at the time to be HU4; the Mallock car was said to be ex-Lord and the Rosso Bianco Museum car looks like the ex-Mallock car. The last car in this group, Ulf Broman's, looks like HU1.

Lola T280 - 'the Gaspar car'

A T280 won a race in Estoril droved by Carlos Gaspar (18th June 1972) (Alain Hache 24 Aug 2003). Carlos Caspar is reported as winning the sports car race at Estoril in his "Lola-DFV T280" (Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

Gaspar raced his T280 at Vila Real 9 Jul 1972 and finished 3rd (Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

Vila Real report, Autosport 13 Jul 1972 p8 (Oliver 10 Sep 2003):

"Heading the list was Carlos Gaspar with his new 3-litre Lola-DFV T280, the only 3-litre Lola at present running apart from the one surviving Bonnier car. Gaspar took delivery of the car early in June, tested it at Jarama and then went to the opening meeting at Estoril, where he won against a poor field of seven cars, lapping Roger Heavens three times in the process. The car is sponsored by The International Bank of Portugal (BIP) in Lisbon and Oporto and with it Gaspar is making a return to motor racing after an enforced absence of two years in the Portugese army, serving his commission in West Africa. During National Service he suffered a hunting accident when the shotgun he was using slipped out of his hand and went off, resulting in the loss of four fingers on his right hand. Very bravely, this has not deterred Gaspar who is driving as well as ever in his new car."

For a sports car race at Estoril, November 11th 1972, Carlos Caspar is reported as a 'no-show' in his "3-litre Lola T280", apparently after sponsorship difficulties. (Oliver 5 Sep 2003).

Speculation: [the Gaspar car] goes back to Ecurie Bonnier (hence ex-BIP references in race reports) then to Lord, then Zaborowski, Malcolm Johnstone, Brian & David Auger (hence reference to HU04), then Geoffrey Marsh/Marsh Plant and then ? (Rosso Bianco?) (Oliver 23 Oct 2003)


Lola T280 - 'the Rouveyran car'

Autosport's 1973 Dijon report says that Daniel Rouveyran's was the ex-BIP chassis, which was Gaspar's. (Jackson 5 Sep 2003).

[But note: "T280-HU01 was I think raced by Daniel Rouveyran in 1973, after that I don't know" (Jeremy Jackson 24 Aug 2003). "I had contact with D Rouveyran's nephew, and the car #61 was probably HU01 (Hache 24 Aug 2003). After a talk at LM Classic with Y Mahé it's sure that Rouveyran car was HU 01 (Hache 20 Aug 2004)]

I'm currently looking into 1973, where Rouvreyan appears several times as well as a Jolly Club entry. (Oliver 5 Sep 2003)

Rouveyran's car was quoted as "ex-BIP", but I don't know which races a BIP-sponsored T280 ran in. Local Portuguese races? (Jackson 5 Sep 2003).

Autosport report for the Dijon 1,000kms 15 Apr 1973 (Oliver 10 Sep 2003):

The remaining 3-litre Lolas [MO: e.g. in addition to the works T282] were the older ex-Bonnier [MO:HU-01??] and ex-BIP [MO: HU-03??] T280-DFVs and a new T282 fitted with a three-litre competition Capri V6 engine, all three cars still under the ye of Ecurie Bonnier mechanics. The DFV powered cars were for Giorgio Pianta and Pino Pica racing in a car hired by the Jolly Club for two races, while the second had been bought be Denis Rouvreyan who enlisted Francois Migault as co-driver.

Jolly Club were also the entrants for the Capri V6-engined car of Schon and Canonica.

I have a picture of the Pianta/Pica car in the race and it is in Ecurie Bonnier colours. It also has the full-width roll-over bar/hoop. No pics of the Rouvreyan car :-( However, there is a small pic in Motor Sport, which shows a car with a full-wide roll-over bar/hoop and two extra headlights together in the front nose, like the Le Mans cars from 1972 (whereas on the Pianta/Pica car there is nothing, just the words Jolly Club where the headlights on the Rouvreyan car are. Don't know if this helps... (Oliver 10 Sep 2003)

For Le Mans June 9/10/73 Autosport says (Oliver 11 Sep 2003):

A second privately entered ex-BIP Lola T280 was being run by its owner Daniel Rouvreyan with "Cyprien" (shown later in the report by the name 'Mons') and Christian Ethuin sharing the driving although by the standard of preparation it seemed highly unlikely the car would be going long enough for them all to get a drive."

I'm sure you probably already know this info but the car qualified 11th, with Rouvreyan setting the fastest practice time of the three at 3m 50.7s. A picture on p33 shows the car with a full-width roll-over bar/hoop and a white engine airbox but that is about all I can see. In the race the car experienced gearbox troubles early on and had retired by the 5th hour. (Oliver 11 Sep 2003)

Rouveyran was killed in his March 721G ('Vitesse' 24 Aug 2003) at the Mont Dore Hillclimb in 1973 ('Chofar' 25 Aug 2003).

Rouveyran died in July 1973 and the next time a T280 turns up in international competition (apart from the Lord car) was 06/04/75 Dijon 1000kms and this was the car of Michel Degoumois/Jean Belin. (Oliver 22 Sep 2003)


Lola T280 - 'the Lord car' (1974-1976)

Jeremy Lord's Lola T280 in a race at Aintree.  Copyright Alan Cox 2006.  Used with permission.Autosport 21/2/74 p5 (Oliver 12 Sep 2003):

Sports racing should receive a big shot in the arm this season if Jeremy Lord's plans are anything to go by. The Castrol/MN champion last season has bought from Italy a three-litre sports Lola with which to keep one ahead of his adversaries in this season's Tricentrol-sponsored championship."

Autosport 7/3/74 p33 Report on BARC meeting, Brands Hatch 3/3/74 (Oliver 12 Sep 2003):

"Jeremy Lord had got in to the swing of things in his ex-Casoni Lola T280-DFV (the car sounding beautiful and looking immaculate in its Minilite colours) and rocketed in to the lead for the remaining two tours."

Note: 'ex-Casoni' e.g. HU-01 as hired by Jolly Club, run by HMR at end of 1973? (Oliver 12 Sep 2003).

Autosport 16/5/74 p35 Martini Silverstone Interserie report (Oliver 12 Sep 2003):

...and Jeremy Lord's Minilite Lola T280 which was in the competent hands of Tim Goss.

N.B. Goss qualified sixth and finished eighth in the race (Oliver 12 Sep 2003).

I think the number of T280s is unclear, but Jeremy Lord raced a non-Bonnier car in Minilite colours in Motoring News events in 1974 (I think). Tim Goss certainly raced that car at the Silverstone Interserie in 1974. That car "may" have been the one raced by Ray Mallock in Thundersports during 1983. (Jeremy Jackson 24 Aug 2003).

Spoken to Jeremy Lord re his car that he raced in 1974 in the UK. He sold this in mid- to late-1976 to a guy who raced in the Interserie. This may or may not be Jorg Zaborowski, who appeared in the Mainz-Finthen round of the Interserie in October 1976 and, IIRC, finished 10th. (Oliver 22 Sep 2003).

The Lord car was advertised for sale (no chassis number mentioned in the ad unfortunately ) in Autosport 07/10/76, and Jorg Zaborowski drove a Lola T280 for the first time in Mainz-Finthen Interserie round 24/10/76 - seems like too much of a co-incidence, so likely he is the guy who bought the car... (Oliver 23 Sep 2003)


Lola T280 - 'the Zaborowski car' (1976-)

The Lord car was advertised for sale (no chassis number mentioned in the ad unfortunately ) in Autosport 07/10/76, and Jorg Zaborowski drove a Lola T280 for the first time in Mainz-Finthen Interserie round 24/10/76 - seems like too much of a co-incidence, so likely he is the guy who bought the car... (Oliver 23 Sep 2003)

Check out this site:

http://palmspringscam.com

Then click on P.S. Gallery under 'Modules' on the left, then 'The old days of my Motor Racing'. [This link may work.]

Somewhere in that gallery you will find several pics of Zaborowski's Lola T280 (as well as his March 761, 2-litre Chevron and early Formula Vee and Brabham F2 or F3 cars).

He reckons he did several races in it, as well. Bodywork was bought from Tony Birchenough, hence the different rear wing - he thinks it was basically the bodywork off a later 2-litre car.

Unfortunately, Jorg can't remember who he sold the car to, but thought the name of Malcolm Johnstone sounded right. It would fill in the last link in the chain if we could track down Mr Johnstone - anybody got any ideas about this? (Oliver 8 Apr 2004)

Definitely looks like the rear bodywork that the DRA T290/4s used. The colour scheme looks right in comparison with the photo I have of David Auger's caR in 1981 (Did I send you that, or have you got the appropriate Autosport?), and he bought the car off Johnstone. So there's a definite chain of ownership there. (Jackson 8 Apr 2004)

I agree re the colour scheme - don't know if you have got that far yet but there is a very poor quality colour shot of the car towards the end of the gallery. Of course, this doesn't help us much because the Autosport shot is b&w but does anyone have any colour pics (or memory of it) of the colours it ran in Thundersports - if they were the same that would also be a good link although I guess the car might well have been resprayed? (Oliver 8 Apr 2004)

This is what Zaborowski had to say about the races he did with the T280:

"I have had three races with the Lola, one at Hockenheim, one Wunsdorf (Airfield), one Hillclimb Eifel. The last was in Hockenheim there I blew the engine. "

He also mentions Avus in his photo gallery - maybe someone might recognise the backdrops in the photos, I'm afraid I'm not very good on German circuits other than the Ring! The one where the car is No. 9 looks like an airfield location - maybe Wunsdorf?

Interestingly, Zaborowski is listed as contesting Round 2 of the 1977 Interserie at Avus in a Lola T290, then in the next round at Wunsdorf in the same type of car.

He is then listed as driving a T390 in the next round at Nürburgring (unlikely?). Perhaps the 2-litre bodywork on a 3-litre car was confusing to people and they didn't know what to call the car? Even Zaborowski calls it a T282 in his gallery! Same car listed for next round at Mainz-Finthen in September, then he is listed as last, having completed 17 of 22 laps at the next round at Hockenheim, October 9th 1977 - perhaps this was when he blew the engine?

As far as I can tell he doesn't appear in Interserie results for 1978, which would tie in because he says he took the blown engine to Swindon Racing Engines, bought a second-hand DFV for a good price and on the same trip collected the March 761 from Williams Grand Prix Engineering, which he then appears in at Snetterton (April?) 1978.

Don't know about the Hillclimb Eifel - do you know of anyone who has results for hillclimbs in the 70s? (Oliver 8 Apr 2004)

Martin Krejci's brother Roman has some hillclimb results here:

http://isr.cudlici.com/

But I haven't checked for Zaborowski. I have the same mixture of cars for him in my results, the only definite T280 entry I had for him was Mainz in 1976. He was entered in at least 1 race in 1977 by "GRS International Racing" which I thought was linked to GRD when ran F2 & F3 in the early 70s. (Jackson 8 Apr 2004)

If you go to the very last page of the gallery to image 61 of 63 (filename image-69.jpg) there is a photo of the T280 alongside a transporter with GRS International Racing Team on the side. So I would guess this is maybe an old transporter that he bought and whoever filled in the team name did so at the meeting from the tranporter maybe, rather than the programme, or from their own photographic records? Just a thought...

Either way I would say that ties GRS International Racing in rather nicely with Mr Zaborowski, doesn't it? (Oliver 8 Apr 2004)

When it ran in Thundersports 83, it had 2 liveries, the first up to when it had it's fire at Donington in August (only have b&w photos for that), and then after the rebuild, what appears to be the red/blue livery that is shown on the car in RossoBianco, when it raced at Brands in October.

Agree that Zaborowski's is probably an old transporter, ands someone's information gathering may have been questionable. Doesn't give much confidence on accuracy of car types then... (Jackson 8 Apr 2004)

Sorry, don't have my pics of the car here at home - was the 'pre-fire' livery the same as the one on the Auger car?

BTW, I have found someone who might be able to put me in touch with David Auger, so I'll follow that one up when I get a moment. (Oliver 8 Apr 2004)

The pre-fire livery looks like a single colour (red?), with 2 white(?) stripes extending back down the top of the body from the headlights on each side (Jackson 8 Apr 2004)

Couple of points, though not much help with the mysteries I'm afraid. First 'GRS' as seen in the Zaborowski pics was I think Gunther Richter Sport, who built a one-off F2 car in about 1981-82, with little success as I recall. Similar sort of team to the Brutschins/Gebhardts, German privateers mainly doing the German F2 races only. (Dan Rear 9 Jun 2004)


Lola T280 - 'the Auger car' (1981)

In 1981 (Autosport, March 12), Brian Auger had in his collection, T280-HU4, acquired from Malcolm Johnstone. This "is though to be the last T280 built". It was thought to be the ex-Lord chassis, which went to Belgium and Switzerland, but it's history was being researched in conjunction with Lola.

How often did the Augers race their T280 ? I can't remember it out much at all in early 80s, the odd Libre race perhaps, Donington Open type things? (Dan Rear 9 Jun 2004)

The only time I know Auger raced it was at a Donington Open event in April 1981, but he may have done a few more that year. (Jackson 9 Jun 2004)


Lola T280 - 'the Mallock car' (1983)

The Lola T280 of Ray Mallock and John Cooper in the Brands Hatch Thundersports race in September 1983. Copyright Rupert Lowes 2009. Used with permission.

Autosport's Thundersports reports say that the Mallock/Wilds T280 was the ex-Lord chassis, "last raced in October 1973" - which is incorrect, as Lord raced in 1974 (he raced a T212 in '73), but never mind. (Jackson 10 Sep 2003)

Autosport's photos of the Mallock ex-Lord car in 1983 (I assume you've got access to those Michael?) show the roll-over bar extended to full width from the original, as in the picture I have of Casoni at Monza 73. (Jackson 12 Sep 2003)

My memory might be playing tricks here, but i seem to remember Mike Wilds destroying a Lola in a fire at Donington in a Thundersports race, or was that a T296?? ('Junior Senior' 25 Aug 2003). Yep your memory's OK, that was the T280 he shared with Mallock in 1983, entered by Marsh Plant Hire. It was actually rebuilt for the Brands race in September, which it won. So not sure how much dmaage the fire did, but I remember Autosport's photo, and it looked pretty extensive. (Jackson 26 Aug 2003)

Here is a colour image [see image above] of the Lola 280 at brands in what i am guessing to be the post fire colour in 1983.

I am a little confused what meeting this would have been as it shows a large crowd in a different shot, the European GP maybe? ('Nordic' 9 Apr 2004)

Yes this is the Thundersports "post-fire" livery from the European GP support race, the Otford Group Trophy. I was wrong saying October above, but this was the race I meant. This was the only Thundersports race in 1983 after the Donington fire (Jackson 9 Apr 2004)


Lola T280 - 'the Rosso Bianco Museum car'

In the Bianco Rosso Museum is a T280 different of the original car. (Alain Hache 24 Aug 2003).

As far as I know, Rosso Bianco website doesn't detail the exhibits, and I've not seen any information about this car. There is a photo here:

http://www.shmoo.com/~bmc/photos/Car%20Museum/dscf0070.jpg

, and it doesn't look in very good condition. However, it does have the additonal rear wing that the Marsh car had in 1983 (Not much to go on, I know!), and is painted light blue, and red down the centre. (Jackson 9 Dec 2003)

I agree with you about the rear wing being an indicator that it is the Marsh Plant car but in fact I'd say there were a lot of other similarities with that car:

1) The front splitter added to the nose (only car I've seen this feature on)
2) The additional centre rear view mirror
3) The enlarged air ducts on the side of the car
4) The absence of the filled-in bodywork at the rear of the car
5) The removed centre section of the cockpit between driver and passenger seat (done at the Interserie Silverstone 74, according to Jeremy Lord)

I know that none of these on their own would be very conclusive, but put together, with the rear wing, I think it is 'highly probable' that the car in Rosso Bianco is the ex-Marsh Plant one. Now we believe this to be 04, don't we? (Oliver 9 Dec 2003).


Lola T280 - 'the Widar car'

On another forum, a friend of mine mentioned that he remembered having seen what he was told was one of the 'Swiss Cheese' [the livery used by the two Bonnier cars at Le mans in 1972] Lola being prepared by Willie Widar in Belgium, and he thought it might then have gone to Jean Blaton. Certainly he remembered that it was yellow but I don't know if he was sure that it was a T280 or not. (Oliver 25 Sep 2003)

One Swiss Cheese liveried car did indeed pass through the hands of Willy Widar. It came from Switzerland. No idea of the chassis number. No idea where it went afterwards. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)

Willy Widar was a Belgian car builder (he built the Lola Mk1 inspired Widi and some other derivatives) and restorer. He passed away a few years ago. He was well known in the historic racing circles. His name was mentioned in one of the above posts. The car was definitely a DFV engined Lola. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)


Lola T280 - 'the Broman car'

The car that has been really bothering me is the Ulf Broman one - it just doesn't seem to fit in. It doesn't have the filled in rear bodywork (although I suppose whoever rebuilt it could have put a new rear body section on the car - maybe from a 2-litre?) You will notice that his car also has the centre section of the cockpit cut away but it appears to have been done even more further forward than the Lord/Marsh Plant car! I don't suppose you have any idea when that photo might have been taken, even roughly, as that might help?

However, I think I have just discovered one thing which identifies the Broman car as 01 - the roll-over bar/hoop. If you look at the photo of the Rouveyran car from Le Mans 73, you will see that the diagonal hoop that goes from bottom left to top right, starting from behind the driver's neck, is welded to the other diagonal tube running from top left to bottom right, rather than being joined to the main hoop as it is on all the other cars. You can see this again on the photo of Casoni's car in the Rothmans 50,000. On the Lord car the diagonal tube running from behind the driver meets the main hoop and is not welded to the other diagonal tube at all, while with the Takahara car it always had the original design of roll hoop, again with the diagonal tube being welded to the top tube.

I can't claim this is all my own work, as Alain Hache was hinting that there were subtle differences in the roll-over bar/hoop a long time ago earlier in this thread, I just didn't look hard enough then!

Anyway, I'm going to be bold and I've moved the Broman car from my 'Unknown' folder in my Lola T280 photos directory into HU01!!! Any thoughts? (Oliver 9 Dec 2003)

Incidentally, I don't know if you have seen the photo of the Ulf Broman car (which I believe to be HU01, see my messages from yesterday) but this has a number of decals on it with Italian connections. For example, there is one for the Lauro Restaurant in Modena, a Ferrari sticker, plus several others such as USAG - (tools maybe?), AGB and an unknown logo of a red flag with an 'S' on it, perhaps suggesting that the owner prior to Broman was an Italian or raced the car in Italy.

I think it is almost certain that an Italian did drive HU01 (Ciro Nappi, 1978 Monza 1,000kms, DNQ) but I understand that he was from Naples so I don't know why he would be carrying sponsorship from people around the Modena area but who knows! According to my best estimates, this car was then sold to Pascal Pessiot, who I believe was French and entered the car (reportedly with a Chev engine) for the 1981 Brands Hatch 1,000kms but it did not appear. (Oliver 10 Dec 2003)

Apparently, the 'Broman car' (which we believe to be HU01) has been sold the US. (Oliver 19 Mar 2004)


Other T280 references

During the discussions on the thread, other T280s have been mentioned: one (or two) advertised by Chris Fox in Mar 2004, a car entered by Guy Edwards for the 1972 Le Mans and one that had been road-converted some years ago. All are unresolved.

Lola T280 - 'the Chris Fox car'

[NB Is this the same Chris Fox that restored Jean Blaton's Lola T282?]

There is a 280 for sale [by Chris Fox] on the Lola Cars heritage site, no chassis number or much detail. ('Nordic' 12 Dec 2003).

NB. Advert reads: Lola T280. Period Richardson DFV - 150 miles since rebuild. Large brakes. DGZ - 800 miles from new. Spare wheels. Spec too long to list. Supersport race winner. Excellent condition. (see http://www.lolaheritage.com/cars_for_sale.cfm?flag=2&cat_id=9 - link no longer functioning)

I met last year the owner of this T280 in the Le Mans Classic event and he telled me that its Chassis number 5! I dont know if thats serious and the car on the picture look like a T282 284 or 286 .... For me the chassis 5 ( HU 05 ? ) is the T280/2 winner of the Paris 1000 kms 1972 This new car arrived by Bonnier team in September 1972 when
Marianne Bonnier would continue the team (dixit G Larousse) (Hache 12 Dec 2003)

2 years ago C FOX solded an T280 and telled to me that was chassis HU005 .... I will try to contact it again to confirm me that and to know car's story (Hache 10 Sep 2003).

Well, apparently, Fox Motorsports have T280 chassis numbers 2 & 5 for sale in this month's Motor Sport. This is a remarkable feat since I understand that it was chassis 2 that Bonnier crashed at Le Mans in 1972, while I have always believed that only four T280s were built... Oh well, I'm prepared to be proved wrong - no doubt Fox can provide a detailed race-by-race history to prove the provenance of the cars they have for sale. (Oliver 18 Mar 2004).

The car pictured in the MS advert as 05 (i.e the silver one) was raced in some of the 1999 RJB Thundersports (by Chris Fox I think), and entered as... a T284. Which, scarily, would fit Michael's hypothesis above about the Schulthess car! (Jackson 19 Mar 2004)

I mentioned just a bit earlier that the HU05 that Fox has was run by them in 1999 as a "T284" (according to magazine reports, I didn't get to see it -Any programmes to confirm this?), so was this Schulthess' car? (Jackson 24 Mar 2004)

About C Fox car maybe its a replica? chassis T280 HU02 was destroyed after Jo Bonnier accident .... (Hache 16 Aug 2004)


Lola T280 - 'the Edwards car'

Guy Edwards entered a Lola T280 for the 1972 Le Mans but it did not arrive.

I visited yesterday in Le Mans the Sarthe archives and look on local newspapers Le Maine Libre and Ouest France of June 1972. In these two newspapers I readed that Guy Edwards entered 2 cars : a Lola T290 # 23 and a T280 # 66! These cars was not only on the entry list because ACO invited G Edwards to the scrutennings the 7 of June at 10H50 for the T290 and 11 H for T280 .For practice the T280 was in substitute list. G Edwards did'nt came .... Sure that he owned a T290 but a T280??? Does somebody know anything about? (Hache 20 Aug 2004)

Neither of Edwards' cars turned up at LM72, so they were in the entry list only. I would guess that ACO's scrutineering schedule is done at some point before the start of the LM "week", hence they would be unaware if the cars would be present or not. Edwards 2-litre entry was "taken over" by Brian Robinson according to Autosport. He never had a T280, wishful thinking perhaps. (Jackson 20 Aug 2004)

When you got an invitation from ACO for scruteeniring before 24 H you don't have only send a letter to hope to race, but a serious dossier with a minimum of infos like chassis numbers . Yes Edwards did'nt race but all the ways are interessant to explore. To continue this assertion ACO got before scruteeniring an condidature to enter a Ferrari 312 P from a private team, but the car was not call for scruteeniring. To be back on T280 maybe was a deal Edwards/somebody (Bonnier or other)? A car was free before LM and was a week after entered at Estoril. (Hache 20 Aug 2004)

I think we're probably in agreement here - I've no doubt that paperwork for Edwards' entry would have been filed with the ACO, including chassis no. etc., on the basis that the car would be available. However in reality, the car was not present at LM, and as you say, was probably the chassis destined for Gaspar. (Jackson 20 Aug 2004)


Lola T280 - "a car in Italy"

The car in italy it was many moons ago my man was offered the car i will ask hom to think back and see if there is any useful comments to work from. ('driftwood' 26 May 2004)


Lola T280 - "a road legal DFV powered T280"

Does anyone remember an article in the Evening Standard years ago about a bloke in kent who had a road legal DFV powered T280 (I think - tho it may have been a later model) (josvandeperre 5 Sep 2003). Sounds like the sort of thing Nick Whiting would have done, being into Special Saloons and all that sort of thing! (Oliver 5 Sep 2003)


The mystery T282s

The "prototype T282', a description given to the Larrousse/Beltoise car that won the Paris 1000 kms in October 1972, is now identified as T280 HU5. So the first, and apparantly only, T282, was the works/Scuderia Filipinetti/Gitanes T282 HU6.

The following T282s references are not yet fully explained.

Lola 'T282' - 'Jolly Club V6 car' (1973)

Autosport report for the Dijon 1,000kms 15 Apr 1973 (Oliver 10 Sep 2003):

[As well as the works T282] ... a new T282 fitted with a three-litre competition Capri V6 engine ... under the eye of Ecurie Bonnier mechanics.

Jolly Club were also the entrants for the Capri V6-engined car of Schon and Canonica.

Lola constructed only one T282 officially [...]. They are adamant that no more T282s were built BUT there was a 2-litre chassis supplied (T292?) in 1973 with an uprated bulkhead and T282-type roll hoop to accommodate a 3-litre engine. I think this car was sold to Jolly Club and was the one which appeared at the 1973 Dijon 1000kms with a 3-litre Capri V6 engine installed. Don't know what happened to it afterwards but anyway this car is not in the official T28* numbering sequence. (Oliver 24 Mar 2004)

2016 update: this car has now been identified as Lola T292 HU41.


Lola T282 - 'the other 1973 Filipinetti car'

What's happen in 1973 Spa 1000 Kms for the T282 Filipinetti during practice ? was the car rebuilded ? (Hache 4 Nov 2003).

Alain, the car was crashed heavily in practice at Spa after a left rear suspension falure. According to Autosport, the car would have been withdrawn anyway, after the death of George Filipinetti. The car was rebuilt in time for Le Mans (Jackson 4 Nov 2003)


Lola T292-DFV - 'the Lehman car'

I found Walter Lehman orders T290 with DFV fitting kit to install DFV. Later in Jan-Feb 73 issues Lehman has 'wanted' ad for DFV. ('driftwood' 21 May 2004)

The piece about Lehmann is interesting, as he entered a "T282"-DFV at Hockenheim in 1973. So it may have been a T292. (Jackson 21 May 2004).

('driftwood' 27 May 2004)

Perhaps Lehmann sold his car to Schulthess? I have September 73 appearance for Lehmann in Interserie Hockenheim and then Le Mans 74 as first appearance for Schulthess car... (Oliver 27 May 2004)

Re: Schulthess, depends how much you believe Jeff Hutchinson / Bob Constanduros in AS LM 74 report. "...new 3-litre Lola making it's debut..", followed by "...new T280/4..." (Jackson 27 May 2004)

Just called my friend he recalls Lehman as Berliner [and] Schulthess as having 390 dfv car in interserie! Dont start on this line please let me mail him our items of the thread he can check some lists he has. He did also say Mader had 1 lola 290 series car with dfv fitting kit ar now sold - whether it was the Lehman 292 special order car is not being stated. He will check his list and hopefully call the guys! ('driftwood' 27 May 2004)


Lola T282 - 'the Manfredini car' (1974)

Just noticed that Corrado Manfredini is listed as being entered in the 1000km Imola 4/6/74 in a T282 by 'Scuderia Brescia Corse', rather than Jolly Club, who he raced for at other times in the season. Is that a 'nom de plume' for Jolly Club?

Incidentally, apparently a second T282 was entered for the same event but did not appear, for Pianta/Pica, the regular Jolly Club pairing that year - perhaps because Manfredini got the nod (or had the wads!?).

Manfredini also appeared at the Nürburgring Interserie 8/9/74 and finished 5th in a T282, entered by Jolly Club. This T282 is presumably the one reported to be the ex-Gitanes works car from 1973, which is (IIRC) HU06 - I think Alain can confirm this as he actually has a build date for this car? (Oliver 8 Mar 2004).

[Also at South African event November 1974] ('driftwood' 27 May 2004)

In the 1000km Monza, 20/4/75, there is an interesting confluence, with Schulthess teaming up with Manfredini in a 'T284' entered by Gulf Switzerland. Car DNF. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Then on 2/6/77, 400km Vallelunga, ... Manfredini was reportedly entered in a T284 (to be borrowed from his co-driver of the prevoius year Schulthess perhaps?) but DNA. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)


Lola "T284" - 'the Schulthess car' (1974-1977?)

However, I don't know where the T284 fits in - Schulthess' car is called T284 or T286 at various times, but delivered just before Le Mans 1974. (Jackson 15 Jan 2004)

The car is referred to in its first appearance at LM74 (by Autosport) as a "new T280/4". At Ricard & Kyalami it's called a T282 (There's another photo of it in Autosport's Kyalami report: Autosport 14 Nov 1974, Larrousse Matra at Kyalami on the cover) (Jackson 25 Mar 2004 and 25 Mar 2004)

[On 22 Sep 1974] Lella Lombardi finished 3rd in the Jolly Club T282 at the Casale Interserie. In the same race, Heinz Schulthess came 7th in a 'T284'. So at least we know they cannot be the same cars. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Schulthess is then listed in the results of the 800km Dijon 6/4/75, driving a 'T282' with Herve Bayard, as a DNF. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Schulthess still had his car 13/4/75 as he finished 2nd in an Interserie race at Hockenheim, although it is reported as a 'T284' again. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

In the 1000km Monza, 20/4/75, there is an interesting confluence, with Schulthess teaming up with Manfredini in a 'T284' entered by Gulf Switzerland. Car DNF. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

For the 1000km Spa, 4/5/75, a T284 was driven by Belgians Christine Beckers and Willie Braillard, entered by Chappee RTS and DNF. Maybe they rented the car from Schulthess for the race? (Oliver 8 Mar 2004). Spa 75: The Beckers/Brailliard T284 was Schulthess' chassis. He was originally nominated as a driver. (Jackson 8 Mar 2004)

Then Kurt Hild (is he the guy who was involved in the Rodriguez accident?) is listed as driving a T284S (not sure what the 'S' stands for?) 17/8/75 Interserie at Kassel-Calden. Again, perhaps he rented this from Schulthess? (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Then in 1976, Schulthess entered his T284 for the 300km of Nürburgring, although I'm not clear about the date of this race. Then he drove with Francois Migault in the 200km of Salzburgring, data not sure, perhaps Sept 76, and DNF. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Then on 2 Jun 1977, 400km Vallelunga, Lombardi DNF in a T282, while Manfredini was reportedly entered in a T284 (to be borrowed from his co-driver of the prevoius year Schulthess perhaps?) but DNA. (Oliver 8 Mar 2004)

Courtesy of the Moity/Teissedre 2-volume LM book, here's the Schulthess car at LM75. This car also ran with a triangular section central airbox, I know I have a photo somewhere... and Jauslin's car has this airbox - There'a paddock photo of it here (Jackson 25 Mar 2004):

http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/1981/Most-1981-08-16-042.jpg

HU50 would have been a T292. Guess what? Schulthess ran a T292 at the LM 4 hours in 1973... (Jackson 25 Mar 2004)

So the Schulthess car could have been his 1973 2-litre upgraded? It might make sense if it was but for the sake of our chassis history it kind of fits in better if it was T280/2(2) upgraded. (Oliver 25 Mar 2004).

Just called my friend he recalls Lehman as Berliner [and] Schulthess as having 390 dfv car in interserie! Dont start on this line please let me mail him our items of the thread he can check some lists he has. He did also say Mader had 1 lola 290 series car with dfv fitting kit ar now sold - whether it was the Lehman 292 special order car is not being stated. He will check his list and hopefully call the guys! ('driftwood' 27 May 2004)

See 'the Mahé car' below which is said to be ex-Schulthess.

[Translation] When I went to visit Heinz Schulthess, Switzerland, for GRAC book, I had the opportunity to consult its archives including all customs documents (officiels. ..) of his Lola. They cover all the chassis number following: Lola T284 # HU2 with two engines DFV Cosworth DFV # 089 and # 166. (Gérard Gamand 13 Sep 2008)


Lola T28? - 'the Mahé car'

Note: the story moves on to a car believed to have been owned by Jean Blaton and offered at auction. See the note on Blaton's Lola T286 "HU7" below.

I also heard it went to France. You probably mean Yvan Mahé (www.equipeeurope.com). (phdm 21 Mar 2004)

For the next Le Mans Classic event are enterred these two cars: from Equipe Europe (Y Mahé) a T280 car of 1972 and a T286 of 1976 from USA (Skidmore). (Hache 14 Jul 2004)

The Mahé car was the ex-Schultess T284 LM 1974 and 1975. This car was built by Heini Mader (ex-Bonnier team in Gland, Switzerland) in 1974. Y Mahé told me that T284 is not Lola chassis number , the car was builded with spares from 1972 Jo Bo's T280. The chassis number is T280/4 HU02!!!! It's for me difficult to believe but that seem to be coherent... what do you think about ? (Hache 6 Aug 2004)

Well that answers why Schulthess' car didn't really seem to fit anywhere... To his credit, Michael [Oliver] did suggest that this may be the case (Jackson 6 Aug 2004)

Interesting. So what is the car in the Rosso Bianco museum then? The ex-Jauslin chassis? It's a while since I've read the thread, so I think I need to go through it again as even I am getting confused now!

Also, Fox Motorsports were advertising T280 HU02 in Motor Sports and this is a totally different car, it is in the US, I believe. So this puts a question mark over the Mahe car, especially given what I have been told about when it was built and how...

Would be interesting to see the pictures from the LM Classic. (Oliver 7 Aug 2004)

Just watched the LM Classic on MotorsTV, and while there weren't any close-ups, there were a couple of shots of Mahé's car during racing - it was plain yellow, with T280 type bodywork. Hopefully Alain's photos will show it better. (Jackson 7 Aug 2004)

ACO Photos

If you know the number of the car you are looking for the ACO has all the pictures in order. (Nordic 7 Aug 2004)

Thanks Nordic! To help anyone interested, Mahé was no. 57. (Jackson 7 Aug 2004)

Oh yeah, just peachy: no photos of car 30!!!! (the Skidmore T286). However, there are plenty of pics of the Mahe car, including a 'body off' shot of it in one of the 'Ambiance' sections, looking very shiny and NEW :-) (Oliver 9 Aug 2004)

about Y Mahé car I did'nt see chassis plate but Y van show me FIA agrement to race with all technicals infos , so I confirm chassis number T280 / 4 HU02 .This car was not by LOLA factory builded but in H Mader factory for H Schultess. I own pictures of LM 1974 the car was #28 ,the roll over hoop bar seem to bee exactly the same than Y Mahé car .... (Hache 16 Aug 2004)

We just saw that you were talking about LM Classic. Here are the Lola's chassis numbers we've got, we do have some pictures of the chassis plates... (One of them has been removed by the owner as he does not want it to be stolen)

Grid Race Number Number Type Year Chassis number Note
6 15 LOLA T290 1972 HU 22  
6 24 LOLA T292 1973 HU 54  
6 30 LOLA T286 1976 HU 286-7 Skidmore
6 33 LOLA T296 1974 FIA 78 1  
6 38 LOLA T290 1972 HU 17  
6 53 LOLA T294 1974 HU 66  
6 57 LOLA T280 1972 ?? Mahé
6 61 LOLA T290 1972 ??  
6 62 LOLA T294 1974 HU 70  

You'll notice that, for a meeting supposed to accept only historic cars, one of them was a complete recreation builded in... 2004! ('coyotes' 24 Aug 2004)

I've just browsed through the ACO pictures mention above and the #57 Mahé car looks nothing like either of the two Blaton cars from the auction in 1999. Alain - did Yvan Mahé tell you where he bought his car? (Allen Brown 30 Aug 2004)

Owned by Yvan Mahé (France) 2004


There was a suggestion early on in the thread that Jean Blaton had a second T282 - see 'the Blaton "HU7"' below.

The mystery T286s

It appears that four T286s were originally built: one for Xavier Lapeyre and/or Andre Chevalley, two for Marco Capoferri and one much later for James Wallis. Only one Capoferri car has been mentioned but there are also mystery cars in the hands of Jauslin and Zorzi.

Four cars are known today: HU10 is for sale in the US; Toby Bean's car may be ex-Capoferri; and Bert Skidmore's car and Jean Blaton's car are both said to be HU7.

Lola T286 - 'the Lapeyre car' (1976)

T286 also sold to Xavier Lapeyre. (Jackson 16 Jan 2004).

about the T286 # 21 entered in the 24 H of Le Mans 1976 :
the annual book of C Moity and JM Teissédre tell that this car was just out from factory for the race , the owner was Mr PAINVIN , Co drivers X Lapeyre and Chevanne , Cosworth engine from G Hill (?) , X Lapeyre made only a test before the race in Karland . The 2 reporters are very serious and I think that this info is correct but what can be the chassis number of this car out from factory in May or June 1976 ? (Hache 16 Jan 2004)

Maybe this was Lapeyre's 1975 car, which had gone back to the Lola factory to be freshened up and to have any latest updates to the specification added? (Oliver 16 Jan 2004)

The LM yearbook that Alain mentions says of this car "...(evolution of the T294 2-litres)". Wonder if that means this was an upgraded 2-litre, as the T286 would logically be an evolution of the T284? Only other option is that the 3 T286s made in 1977 is not quite 100%, and at least one was made in 76? (Jackson 16 Jan 2004).

See 'the Skidmore car' below.


Lola T286 - 'the Capoferri turbo car' (1977)

Writing about Pergusa 1977 ... I went through Autosprint (Italian motorsport weekly) and found out that at Pergusa 1977 there were three "Capoferri" Lolas [including]:
-a 3 litre class T286, powered by a 2.1 l. turbocharged Cosworth engine, practiced by Capoferri and Gottifredi, who was probably involved in the engine preparation. ('fausto' 18 Jan 2004).

See 'the Toby Bean car'


Lola T286 'the Jauslin car' (1978-1983)

If it wasn't for T286-HU50 being raced by Reudi Jauslin in Interserie from approx. 1978-83! (Jeremy Jackson 24 Aug 2003).

Plus, and this may not be part of our "story" at all, Reudi Jauslin's "T286-HU50" raced in Interserie betwenn 1978 & 1983 - Is this (most likely) a 2-litre chassis uprated, or a misprint of HU05? The one photo I have of shows a tall airbox, alost identical to Schulthess' car. (Jackson 24 Mar 2004)

It would fit if it was a misprint and the chassis tag in the car was really HU05 and also it could be a 2-litre car uprated. Do we know how many 2-litre cars were built (a lot, I would guess!) and if so I suppose the only answer is to try and find out where/whom chassis T29*/50 was sold to? (Oliver 25 Mar 2004).

HU50 would have been a T292. Guess what? Schulthess ran a T292 at the LM 4hours in 1973... (Jackson 25 Mar 2004)

Do you agree that Jauslin used his car up until August 84? I found a record of him doing a hillclimb and he used it in a couple of other races (Swiss Championship?) that year. (Oliver 25 Mar 2004). Yes, Agree that Jauslin ran it in the Swiss Champ. & Euro. Hillclimb champ. up to 1984. (Jackson 25 Mar 2004)

In the Rosso Bianco collection there's a T292, with a tall Schulthess / Jauslin-like airbox... I guess from the nose sticker, it raced in the Supersports cup at some point, but don't know who drove it.. (Jackson 27 Mar 2004):

http://www.shmoo.com/~bmc/photos/Cars/Rosso%20Bianco%20Museum/tn/dscf0046.jpg.html

Blimey Jeremy that's a bit too close to be a coincidence, don't you think?! There can't have been too many cars with a distinctive airbox, central rear-view mirror, and the rear (brake?) ducts like that, can there? Also, what is under that airbox - a dummy engine? Surely if it was a 2-litre engine that kind of airbox wouldn't fit? You can even see white paint on the nose where it has flaked away - maybe that is another clue too.

So perhaps Schulthess/Jauslin's car really was a T292 uprated, maybe even the car built by Lola and sold originally to Jolly Club which ran Dijon 73 with the Capri V6 or Schulthess's original 73 T292 uprated?

Do you know of anyone who has results for the Orwell Supersports - surely they haven't been backing it for that long have they?- (Oliver 27 Mar 2004)

The series website is http://www.orwell-supersportscup.com but only has 2002-03 results. The T292s in those years are chassis I've seen a few years ago, and so they're not the item in question. (And we don't know how long the car has been at Rosso Bianco).

I'm not sure about previous series, but Roman Krejci's site at http://isr.cudlici.com/ has some results (Balton's T282 gets a few mentions), but not complete.

Unfortunately, as we've seen, contemporary reports don't give much on the Schulthess car's history, although I've only ised Autosport, have got MN reports for that period. (Jackson 27 Mar 2004).

Regarding the car in the Rosso Bianco museum with the tall airbox, which may or may not be the ex-Jauslin car, Orwell Supersports organisers have replied to me saying that this car never competed in any of their races, despite the fact that it features a series sticker! Confusing eh! (Oliver 16 Apr 2004)


Lola T286 - 'the Zorzi car' (1979-1981)

Then there was a T286 driven by Renzo Zorzi in 1979-81...

[A Capoferri car?] probably Marilena money came with Renzo Zorzi (together with Pirelli tyres, Zorzi being a test driver for the Milanese company), who co-drove with Capoferri. ('fausto' 26 May 2004)


Lola T286 - 'the Chevalley car' (1979)

Well, I suppose it narrows it down a bit because only 2 T286s appeared at Le Mans in 1979 - the Martin Raymond Fisons car and the Andre Chevalley Racing car for Lapeyre... (Oliver 23 Mar 2004).

The Martin Raymond car at LM79 was a T380, not a T286. (Jackson 23 Mar 2004)


Lola T286 - 'the Skidmore car' (1999-2004)

The ex-Lapeyre T286 is now racing in HSR events in the USA, as of last year, any thoughts where this came from? (Jackson 21 Mar 2004)

owner Bert Skidmore had restored in to 1979 livery (Jackson 22 Mar 2004).

Just googled Bert Skidmore+Lola and came across a story sourced to shannons.com.au previewing an event (Philip Island, maybe?) and it said that his car was the first of four 3-litre T286s to be built, e.g. they are saying it is HU07. So either he owns the car sold by Blaton at auction or there are two cars with the same chassis plate... (Oliver 23 Mar 2004)

The Bert Skidmore Lola T286 (1976). The writeup in the Philip Island programme states that it is chassis no.HU286/7. Being the 1st built out of 4 cars constructed. HU286/7 raced at LeMans from 1976 thru to 1981. It also raced in the French Sportscar championship by Henri Pescarolo. Bert Skidmore purchased it in April 1999 and rebuilt it groundup. ('mickj' 25 Mar 2004)

The date of April 1999 would seem to suggest that this cannot have been the same T286/7 that was offered for sale/(sold?) at the Poulain auction, as I am sure somebody said that was December 1999 or even 2000. (Oliver 25 Mar 2004).

Skidmore's car appears to have had it's first post-restoration race at Thunderhill park in early July last year (quoted in VM as "fresh white paint", and it didn't have it's 1979 graphics on a that time). (Jackson 26 May 2004)

For the next Le Mans Classic event are enterred these two cars: from Equipe Europe (Y Mahé) a T280 car of 1972 and a T286 of 1976 from USA (Skidmore). (Hache 14 Jul 2004)

I came this day from LE MANS CLASSIC with marvellous cars. I saw the LOLA T286 of SKIDMORE/LEONARD and i could saw the chassis plate:T 286 HU 286/7 delivered 11/03/76. ('barathieu gerar' 23 Jul 2004)

more about the car:24H DU MANS:
1976 :LAPEYRE/CHEVANNES
1977: PERRIER/LAPEYRE
1979:CHEVALLEY/LAPEYRE/PERRIER
1980:GAILLARD/CHEVALLEY/TRISCONI
1981:CHEVALLEY/GAILLARD/SOTY
('barathieu gerar' 23 Jul 2004)

Thanks for the confirmation Gerard, I think it's LM history is as we thought. Nice to have the chassis confirmed. (Jackson 23 Jul 2004)

We just saw that you were talking about LM Classic. Here are the Lola's chassis numbers we've got, we do have some pictures of the chassis plates... (One of them has been removed by the owner as he does not want it to be stolen)

Grid Race Number Number Type Year Chassis number Note
6 15 LOLA T290 1972 HU 22  
6 24 LOLA T292 1973 HU 54  
6 30 LOLA T286 1976 HU 286-7 Skidmore
6 33 LOLA T296 1974 FIA 78 1  
6 38 LOLA T290 1972 HU 17  
6 53 LOLA T294 1974 HU 66  
6 57 LOLA T280 1972 ?? Mahé
6 61 LOLA T290 1972 ??  
6 62 LOLA T294 1974 HU 70  

You'll notice that, for a meeting supposed to accept only historic cars, one of them was a complete recreation builded in... 2004! ('coyotes' 24 Aug 2004)

Owned by Bert Skidmore (US) 2004


Lola T286 - 'the Blaton "HU7"'

I just read on another forum that Jean Blaton was owner of the T280 Bonnier / Switzerland . If thats right what that for a good news to follow the story but I think the
man make a mistake . In the end of 2000 Jean Blaton "BEURLYS" sold in bid gallery LE POULAIN in Paris an T282 car ( sn T282/6 ) builded in 1973. Maybe the man confuse the cars ? Or did J Blaton owned two cars ? (Hache 23 Sep 2003).

Jean Blaton has/had two cars. The one entered in the Poulain aution in December 1999 (did not sell) was T282 HU6. The other one T286 HU7. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)

If you look at the Poulain auction catalogue, the Blaton's car is listed as "HU282/6". Amazingly there is also a picture of a chassis plate reading T286 HU7. There are a few pictures of "the" car but one can see one car with chromed roll hoop and yellow rear view mirror and one car with black roll hoop and black rear view mirror. So JB has/had two cars. For what it is worth, the rumour was that one car was suspect. ('phdm' 15 Jan 2004)

[One of these] apparently owned now by someone in France called Ivan Maier/Meyer/Mayer. (Oliver 19 Mar 2004).

The suspect car was indeed T286/7. I also heard it went to France. You probably mean Yvan Mahé (www.equipeeurope.com). (phdm 21 Mar 2004)

Jean Blaton's car in Poulain auction, 13 December 1999.
Car described as HU282/6. ('phdm' 11 Apr 2004)

[BUT] Chassis plate shown in catalogue reads T286 HU7. ('phdm' 11 Apr 2004)

NB: 'phdm' post seven pictures from the Poulain catalogue on 11 Apr 2004. These show two cars, one with a chromed roll hoop and one with a black roll hoop. It is not clear from the posts which is the T282 and which the T286.

The picture at Paul Ricard leading the pack is from 1995 (car n° 92 with chromed roll hoop). ('phdm' 12 Apr 2004).

For the next Le Mans Classic event are enterred these two cars: from Equipe Europe (Y Mahé) a T280 car of 1972 and a T286 of 1976 from USA (Skidmore). (Hache 14 Jul 2004)

See also 'the Mahé car' above


Lola T286 - 'the Bean car' (2003)

Toby Bean has 280 type Lola with DFV in USA. Is this another car or the Skidmore car? I saw it race at Elkhart Lake last Redman event in 2003 ('driftwood' 21 May 2004)

Toby Bean's car is different to Bert Skidmore's but is still a T286. Michael may have tried to seek something on this, we shall see. (Jackson 21 May 2004)

I thought we'd discussed Bean's car briefly... it'a white liveried T286, with Marilena sponsorship. I have a pic of it from last year (Can't remember where this came from, but the original is large - 1536x1024). If you want me to send a full size version, let me know. (Jackson 25 May 2004)

[picture can be seen on the 10 Tenths thread]

The Marilena sponsored car was from Marco Capoferri team. ('fausto' 26 May 2004). Thanks Fausto, do you mean this is the livery that the car last ran in, or that the car was bought from Marco Capoferri? When would it have run with this livery? (Oliver 26 May 2004)

Bean's car you saw at Elkhart lake - that was the Brian Redman event, also in July? (Jackson 26 May 2004).

Just searched results and Bean's T286 is down as having won a race at Elkhart Lake in July 2002 (Brian Redman Challenge), so yes, he was racing his car before Skidmore. (Oliver 26 May 2004).

I cannot say this is the last livery seen, I'm sure about the fact that Capoferri cars sported Marilena and Pioneer sponsorship (very late 70s), probably Marilena money came with Renzo Zorzi (together with Pirelli tyres, Zorzi being a test driver for the Milanese company), who co-drove with Capoferri. However I don't remember the "latest" T286 body kit, I'll go through the magazine to let you know, bye! ('fausto' 26 May 2004).

Marilena is an Italian company (sportwear), it went on to sponsor Arrows in the early 80s (83?, do you remember the race-by-race deals?).

Pioneer money was from the Italian importer, who was actively involved in motosport, mainly formula cars, Riccardo Paletti was one of the recipient, when he drove for Mike Earle in F.2 and Osella in F.1. ('fausto' 29 May 2004)

Update

Toby Bean contacted OldRacingCars.com briefly in April 2007 to say that he's owned this car since 1988 and that its chassis plate is dated 24-8-77. He did not fill in its history since Capoferri which would be of great interest if he'd be willing to get back in touch.


These histories last updated on 14 November, 2016 .