The 1973 Lola T330 had been the fastest Formula 5000 car yet and dominated the 1973 season. The 1974 Lola T332 was therefore almost unnecessary. It was a refinement of the T330 and virtually made it perfect - it won the UK and US series in 1974, the Tasman and US series in 1975 and the US series in 1976. It would continue to win races in the early days of Can-Am alongside the purpose-built T333 variant. Even later still, it provided the basis of the highly successful Frissbee Can-Am car and was still running well in the final season of Can-Am in 1986 and even into the CAT series of 1987.
They were built in huge numbers so summarising the number found is very difficult. It looks like about 36 were built by Lola; at least three, probably many more, from replica tubs; and an unknown number from kits. So far, 31 have been located.
My thanks to Martin Krejci, Gerr Measures, Shayne Windelburn, Fabrizio Bologna, Ron Lampley, Todd Reiners, RJ Nelkin, Michael Duncan, Marc Rauchfuss, Jay Braffett, Johan Woerheide, Richard Fried, Bryan Miller, Jim Gustafson, Phil Myers, Dick Lasselle, Jim Snelling, David Colpak, Kent Painter, Pete Brennan, Jim Rollins, Marcus Pye, Neil Glover, Dudley Cunningham, Stephen Murphy, Jeffrey Parsons, Randy Wright, John Korn and Todd Gerstenberger for their helping in getting this far. Much, much more is needed to make sense out of these cars. As the identification of the Lola T332s has been a massive task in itself, the notes covering the identification of each chassis have been separated out into this page.
All and any help would be gratefully received. Please email Allen if you can add anything.
1974 Lola T332 production
Pat Burke for Warwick Brown Tasman 1974 (first seen Levin 6 Jan 1974); US 1974 (3 races: debut Ontario 1 Sep 1974); Australian Gold Star December 1974; Tasman 1975. Advertised alternately by Fast Co Ltd (Marblehead, Mass) and Autosport Promotions Inc (Torrance, CA) from April to September 1975 so unlikely to be one of the 1975 mystery cars. Sold to Ron Lampley (Rialto, CA) but not raced until 1977. Then to Dave Robertson who raced it three or four times and sold by him in 1980 to Jim Snelling who raced it in SCCA events in 1981 (run by John Collins) until crashed at Willow Springs in late 1981. Swapped with Pat Burke (Australia) for HU36a early in 1982: restored and driven by Warwick Brown at Amaroo Park historic meeting 1985. To George Parlby (Sydney, Australia) Feb 1990 … bought from Australia by Chapman Root (Ormond Beach, FL) in the 1990s: driven at HSR Mid-Ohio Aug 1993, HSR Daytona 1994 and Road Atlanta Dec 1997. To Bob Gerber (Westport, CT) 2000 but unused and stored in John Brundage's garage. To Dudley Cunningham (Carlisle, MA) January 2008 and fully restored in original livery. Raced at Watkins Glen F5000 race 2008. Retained 2013 when Cunningham raced it at SVRA Mid Ohio 28 Jun 2013 and Road America July 2013. Raced at the Monterey Pre-Reunion in August 2015.
Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974 (first seen Levin 6 Jan 1974); New Zealand Gold Star December 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot who, according to RCN, built a complete new tub, an exact duplicate, rivet for rivet. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). Advertised in 1993 ('fresh motor, good tub') by Richards - David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993: restored and raced at Whenuapai 1995 - Murray Sinclair (NZ) Dec 2001. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, NZ) early 2007. Entered by Greer at Manfeild Nov 2007. Raced by Greer in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009. Greer was again entered in "the ex Graeme Lawrence/Murray Sinclair T332" in the 2009/10 series. Greer appeared again in a T332 in the 2011/12 series and in the 2012/13 series. Raced by Greer at Hampton Downs Jan 2013 and at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016.
Vel's Parnelli Jones for Mario Andretti US 1974 (7 races, 3 wins at Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake and Riverside), US 1975 (9 races, 4 wins at Mosport Park, Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca and Riverside) - Skeeter McKitterick US 1976 (five races + 1 DNS): retained until at least Apr 1978. Likely to be the "ex-Andretti" car raced by Rocky Moran: Can-Am 1978 (five races: debut Watkins Glen 9 Jul 1978); Can-Am 1979 (three races but Moran also had the ex-Briggs T332CS that season); Can-Am 1980 (four races). Crashed at some point and the chassis and original F5000 bodywork went to Jack Smith in part exchange for a new Frissbee chassis. Smith repaired the tub and then sold it on to Joe Cavaglieri (Sherman Oaks, CA) who did more of the restoration but sold it before it was complete. Subsequent history unknown. A picture of this car (#58) at Mosport 20 Aug 1978 is on the Racing Sports Cars site.
In Feb 1990, Don May and Bruce Canepa advertised a Lola T332 described as "Mario Andretti's Championship Car", which was "undergoing ground-up restoration by top professional". At around this time, Steven Murphy bought a "basket case" T332 which he later referred to as Andretti's "original Lola", implying HU29. The car was restored for Andretti to drive at the Long Beach Grand Prix 20th anniversary celebrations in 1995. Retained by Murphy (San Diego, CA) in 2010 when it appeared at the CSRG Charity Challenge at Sears Point Oct 2010. Seb Coppola's "The Formula 5000 Registry" website lists Don May as the only owner between Jack Smith and Steven Murphy. The car was later seen for sale at Grand Prix Classics. By early 2013, the car was reported to be owned by race promoter Zak Brown (Zionville, IN). Raced at the Monterey Pre-Reunion in August 2015.
Hogan Racing (St. Louis, MO): US 1974 for David Hobbs (five races: won its first race R2 Mosport 16 Jun, also a third and a fourth); US 1975 for David Hobbs (eight starts: best of third at Mid-Ohio) and Jody Scheckter (one race: Long Beach). Hogan is thought to have bought T332C HU58 for 1976 and HU30 was probably used only as spare car that season. The T332C, if there really was one, was apparantly sold at the end of 1976.
HU30 then raced as a Can-Am car by Hogan Racing in 1977: for Randy Lewis (two races); Can-Am 1978: for Al Holbert (four races) then replaced by new T333 at Watkins Glen in July. HU30 would then be the "T332C" advertised with the T333 by Hogan in October 1978. To Bill Tempero (Fort Collins, CO): Can-Am 1979 (9 races) - Larry Johnson (Colorado Springs, CO): Can-Am 1980 (2 races + 1 DNS, debut Sears Point 24 May 1980) and also run in SCCA events (Larry Johnson noted as MiDiv ASR champ in 1979 ('Lola T330') and 1981 ('Lola T333')) - Bruce McCaw about 1987: for mechanic Byron Sandborne in SCCA events; stored for some years; run for Danny Sullivan in Vintage Seattle (SIR) race 1996 - Kevin Kelly late 1998: restored to Busch livery; run at HSR Daytona event December 2000, HSR Thundersport invitational enduro Daytona 2001, SVRA VIR event 2001. Raced by Kelly at HSR Watkins Glen in 2004. In May 2016, Ted Wenz reported that Kelly still had the car.
Eppie Wietzes (Toronto, Canada) US 1974 - Ed O'Brien (San Diego, CA) for Danny Ongais US 1975 (but crashed badly at Mosport). Ongais had to use a T400 until a new T332 was bought.
It would now appear that the damaged tub from HU31 was acquired from O'Brien by Alan Holly and then went to Rick McLean (Oceanside, CA) "at a swap meet down near San Diego" and subsequently Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand). The tub was still with Shayne in April 2016.
Evan Noyes US 1974 (3 races then crashed badly at R4 Elkhart Lake 28 Jul 1974 and replaced by HU51). Many years later, in January 1994, "HU32" was advertised by George Valerio (California) as "one owner, logbook, original, complete". "HU32" then raced by Tomy Drissi (Hollywood, CA) up to 1998 and then stored until sold to Marc Rauchfuss (Simi Valley, CA) in Jan 2004. Raced by Rauchfuss from 2005 to 2009, including the 2008 USA Formula 5000 40th Anniversary Championship. Sold May 2010 to Paul Zazryn (Melbourne, Australia) and rebuilt for the 2011 historic racing season. Raced by Zazryn at the Australian GP meeting Mar 2011, at the Phillip Island Classic in Mar 2012, and in the 2012/13 New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series. Raced by Zazryn at Hampton Downs Jan 2013. Raced at the HAWK at Road America in July 2015, and at the Monterey Pre-Reunion a month later. Raced at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016.
Rogers Racing US 1974 for Larry Harley (R1 Mid-Ohio but then written off at R2 Mosport). Harley used an ex-Haas T330 for the rest of the season but the T332 may have been rebuilt as a spare car for Redman - Bob Nagel US 1975 (6 races), US 1976 (6 races), SCCA Nationals 1976 (at least one win: Nelson Ledges 23 May 1976; retired at Runoffs); converted to Can-Am spec with Riley body: Can-Am 1977 (7 races), Can-Am 1978 (6 races then driven by Howard Kelly in two races), Can-Am 1979 (Kelly four races then Nagel at Road America 22 July 1979). Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) recalls buying this car from Dan Craddock in Dec 1980 (note that Haines advertised a Riley-bodied T332 "just rebuilt by Tom Frederick" in 1981); Craddock had raced a "Spyder NF11" during 1980. Sold , still with its Riley body, to Jim Gustafson in part-exchange for a March 73A in 1982: raced in "club racing" events, Can-Am 1983 (one race only: Road America 18 July 1983), Can-Am 1984 (one race only: Lime Rock 4 August 1984), Can-Am 1985 (4 races) - Dennis Steinhardt (West Bend, WI) 1986. Pictures of the car at Mosport 20 Aug 1978 (#9 Kelly) and at Mosport 2 Jun 1985 (#27 Gustafson) are on the Racing Sports Cars site and show that it had retained its Riley bodywork in 1985.
Steinhardt restored the car to open-wheel configuration and raced it in US vintage racing from 2002 onwards. It was advertised for sale on www.f5000registry.com (advert undated), where it was shown in Viceroy livery, and sold to Jeffrey Parsons (Bathurst, Australia) in February 2010. Still with Parsons in early 2016.
John Butterworth for Guy Edwards as Embassy Racing UK 1974 (9 races), also driven by Keith Holland (3 races) and Eddie Keizan (2 races); for Edwards again UK 1975 (16 races) - Theodore Racing US 1976 (Alan Jones at Mid-Ohio and Patrick Tambay at Riverside); sent to Australia 1977 to replace destroyed HU61: Alan Jones Australian Internationals 1977 - Jon Davison from October 1977; Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Keith Holland at R1 Sandown Feb 1978); Australian Internationals 1979; Australian Internationals 1980. Advertised in Auto Action 21 Nov 1980 with “new tub this year built by Jim Hardman”.
Raced in the Australian Gold Star May 1981; at last F5000 race March 1982. The rear end was sold to a sports sedan guy and the rest of the car went to Peter Bick. He bought the rear end from the Minogue/Brennan HU28 to complete the car. Subsequent history unknown but Bryan Miller believes it has been owned by Dr. William Marshall of Sydney at some time. Bought by Richard Davison in December 1989 and restored over the next 20 years. Raced by Richard Davison's nephew James Davison at the Mar 2011 Australian GP meeting and at the Mar 2012 Phillip Island Classic. Raced by Richard Davison at the Mar 2013 Phillip Island Classic and at Sydney Motorsport Park 1 Sep 2013, the first round of the 2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series. Raced by Richard's son Alex Davison at Phillip Island and Eastern Creek in 2015, then sold to Keith Berryman for his son Tim Berryman to race in 2016. Raced the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016 by Tim Berryman.
Vel's Parnelli Jones for Mario Andretti US 1974 (only used Ontario final and Laguna Seca); for Danny Ongais at 1974 SCCA Runoffs; probably the Al Unser car US 1975; Unser's spare US 1976. Presumably one of four T332s advertised by VPJ in Jan 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
McKechnie for Bob Evans UK 1974 - Brian McGuire (but see also HU40): UK 1975 (rebuilt on "new (secondhand) tub" priot to August Thruxton) - Alfredo Costanzo (Aus) from October 1976; Australian Internationals 1977; Australian Internationals 1978 - Charles Talbot from July 1978; Australian Internationals 1979; Australian Internationals 1980. Wrecked in an accident at Symmons Plain March 1980. Rebuilt on new tub and raced as HU36a until 1981. Peter Molloy and Pat Burke acquired HU36a in 1982 to trade it for Jim Snelling's ex-Warwick Brown HU27. Once the car was in the US, Snelling built it up with a Can-Am body bought from John Morton and raced in SCCA events in 1982 and 1983. In May 1983, Snelling had a major accident at Riverside, putting him out of action for three months. The Lola was dismantled for spares with some going to Merle Brennan and others to Les White. When he emerged from hospital, Snelling was told the tub had been scrapped. However, some parts of the tub may have been reusable and the chassis plate also survived. The fate of the tub is known but will not be disclosed at this point.
Sid Taylor for Brian Redman UK 1974 (first five races) and Vern Schuppan (next nine races); sponsored by Teddy Yip as "Theodore Racing" for Schuppan US 1974 (Laguna Seca and Riverside in October only); Theodore Racing UK 1975: driven by Schuppan, Bob Evans, and Tony Brise (R11 only) 1975; Theodore Racing for Tony Brise US late season 1975 (3 races); Theodore Racing for Vern Schuppan Tasman 1976; Theodore Racing US 1976 for Alan Jones (crashed in practice at R3 Watkins Glen and replaced by brand new HU61). Not seen again and assumed written off. Possibly rebuilt (but see also HU61) and maybe the Arnold Glass car?.
Tuck Thomas US 1974: written off at Laguna Seca Oct 1974. The car was rebuilt on a new monocoque but the old monocoque survived and was later built up into a separate car. OldRacingCars.com policy under these circumstances is to list the two cars separately, with an 'A' suffix to denote the original tub, and a 'B' suffix to denote the continuous entity.
The original tub was repaired and sold as a spare tub at the same time as the complete HU38(B). These were last advertised by Tuck Thomas (Edina, MN) in May 1978. The complete car was sold to Gordy Oftedahl (Minneapolis, MN) but the fate of the repaired tub is unknown. It may have gone with the complete car via Oftedahl and Chris Carrell to Chuck Haines. Believed to be the car sold by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) to Ian Clements (Christchurch, New Zealand) in September 1999. Clements was also told by Haines that Gordy Oftedahl was a previous owner. Chuck says this came direct from Gordy and that it had Lazier's name on the side. This makes no sense unless Lazier F5000 bodywork from Oftedahl's 1976 Lola T330 had been sold together with the monocoque Oftedahl had acquired from Thomas in 1978.
Clements had the car rebuilt by John Crawford of Canterbury Motor Racing School Ltd and went on to win the 2006/07 Tasman Cup Revival series with it. Sold by Clements to Sefton Gibb (Napier, New Zealand) 2007. Raced by Gibb in the 2007/08 Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival series, in HSCC racing in the UK in 2008, at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009. Sold to Tony Galbraith (Te Kauwhata, NZ) and raced in the 2017/18 series.
HU38 was rebuilt on a new tub supplied by Carl Haas in time for Tuck Thomas (Edina, MN) to race at the 1974 Runoffs. Used in SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1975, then joined the Pro series at Road America in July. During the 1975 season, Bill Peters, Thomas's crew, built a roll cage for the car. Thomas retaiend the car for 1976 as well, again getting very good results in Nationals and taking in selected Pro races. He won a SCCA National at Brainerd in July 1977, and advertised the car and its spare tub from Minneapolis, MN in May 1978.
It was sold to Gordy Oftedahl (Minneapolis, MN), but remained in F5000 specification with roll cage, so is not the car he entered in Can-Am. In mid-1979 it was bought from Oftedahl by Chris Carrell, repainted 'Petty' blue, and used in two SCCA events before engine problems intervened. He bought a new Riley Can-Am body for the car but it was not fitted and the whole project was sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1987. Carrell recalls that Haines sold it to somebody in the northeast so this is presumably the "project" acquired by Bill Faircloth (Ridgefield, CT) in 1990. He rebuilt the car and raced it in vintage F5000 racing in the mid 1990s (e.g. HRS Mid-Ohio in July 1994, and the Dodge Vintage Festival at Lime Rock in September 1996). Still with Faircloth in June 2016.
Haas Racing for Brian Redman US 1974. Wrecked at Mosport Park in June and replaced by HU42.
HU39 was repaired by end of 1974, sold to Steve Durst (Medford Lakes, NJ), and raced in the US series in 1975. Sold in August 1975 to Randy Lewis (Mountain View, CA) and used by him in the US series in 1975 and in 1976. Advertised in April 1977. Lewis ran the Hogan T332 in 1977 but returned to his original car for Can-Am in 1979 and 1980. According to Mike Apker, it was sold in 1980 to Fred Parkhill (Tulsa, OK). Parkhill won the MidDiv ASR championship in 1983 and 1984 in his 'Lola T333' before the category was discontinued. After racing in SCCA events in the 80s and 90s, by 2004 it sat in a garage next to a WWII army tank. It still is in running shape and is taken to Hallet race track once a year to race. Last seen racing at Hallet on 2 Apr 2006.
Brian McGuire UK 1974 (first appeared late May; 9 starts plus 2DNS) - Reed Racing for Gordon Spice UK 1975: crashed "very heavily" on Saturday before R9 Mallory Park on 10 Aug; totally rebuilt; car reappears for Bob Evans R13 Silverstone 28 Sep then for Bill Gubelman R14 Snetterton 5 Oct, R15 Mallory Park 12 Oct and R16 Brands 19 Oct. Advertised by Reed Racing (contact Gordon Spice) in Autosport 18 Dec 1975. Sold to Dr John Korn (Novato, CA) early 1976 and crated up for shipment March/April 1976. Entered by Pyott-Boone for Dr Korn only in one Pro race, at Riverside 17 Oct 1976. Also raced in a SCCA National at Sears Point 24 Apr 1977 then converted to Can-Am specification and raced by Korn at Trois-Rivières 4 Sep 1977. Advertised until April 1979. Sold to Newman-Freeman Racing and used to built one of the Spyder NF11s for the 1979 season. Dr Korn recalls that the car was later destroyed in an accident by Keke Rosberg in Canada, presumably his crash at Mosport Park in 1979.
Chuck Jones Racing US 1974: raced by Graham McRae, Mike Hall and Al Unser (late 1974 season). Advertised by Chuck Jones (ex-McRae, ex-Unser) 1 Feb 1975. Bill Baker (Pismo Beach, CA) US 1975 (seven races; wrecked in heat at Laguna Seca 12 Oct 1975 and rebuilt on new Haas-supplied tub in time for Riverside two weeks later), US 1976 (one race only: crashed at R2 Mosport). Not seen again and presumed destroyed. Bill Baker later died of a heart attack while practicing for a NASCAR Grand National West race at Sears Point International Raceway in August 1978.
Haas Racing for Brian Redman US 1974 (new at Watkins Glen replacing the wrecked HU39). To Bay Racing and Eisert for BJ Swanson US 1975. Wrecked in testing late July/early August 1975 but probably rebuilt and therefore the car wrecked by Swanson in his fatal accident at Mid-Ohio.
Then the car advertised by Chuck Jones Mar 1976 (NB Jones' car is referred to as ex-Redman/Swanson and Eisert recalls selling a wreck to Jones. Also,Ed O'Brien told Shayne Windelburn that he bought all the BJ Swanson cars and that they consisted of three cars plus the Mid-Ohio wreck.) To Kent Morgan (Monrovia, CA) for Rocky Moran to drive at R7 Riverside at the end of 1976. Then to Mike Roche (Rolling Hills, CA) SCCA Nationals early 1977 (17th at Riverside 13 Feb 1977) then converted for Can-Am by Paul Lamar: Can-Am 1977 (2 races: debut Sears Point 25 Sep but was earlier a DNA at Watkins Glen 10 Jul); Can-Am 1978 (four races); Can-Am 1979 (just the Californian rounds: 1 race + 1 DNS); Can-Am 1980 (Sears Point only: DNS). Subsequent history unknown.
New to Hogan Racing (St. Louis, MO) and entered for Johnny Rutherford to drive at the Watkins Glen F5000 race in July 1974. It was Rutherford's first F5000 race and his first road race of the year. During first practice session on the Thursday before the race, Rutherford lost control through the esses at the back of the circuit, struck the barrier on one side and was picthed across into the opposite barrier, which the Lola hit head-on. Rutherford was able to extract himself from the wrecked car and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.
Tom Erwin's notebooks give a number of snapshots of the Hogan team over the next few seasons and no car numbered HU43 is noted either as a race car or a spare car over that time. It must be assumed that HU43 was not rebuilt. However, the Hewland DG300 gearbox originally used for HU43 does later appear in a different ex-Hogan Lola so that would have been retained as a spare.
For the car now fitted with HU43's Hewland gearbox, see the Hogan/Haines car.
Leader Cards Inc US 1974: raced by Mike Mosley (4 races) and Mick Fowler (1 race) - Patrick Racing/George Bignotti for Gordon Johncock US 1975 - Doug Schultz US 1976. Rebuilt as the first Schkee ('DB1/01') for Can-Am in 1977. Very probably the that car that Tom Klausler raced as the Schkee DB3 in 1980, and as the Schkee DB82 in 1982. Then to Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) and raced in SCCA ASR in 1983 and 1984, qualifying for the Runoffs both seasons. Subsequent history unknown but owned by Linn Way (Oceanview, NJ) in 2005.
Both Schkee DB1s, Linn Way's 'HU44' and Johan Woerheide's 'HU55', were reunited at Road America July 2007.
Mickey Rupp US 1974 (new for Ontario: crashed) - returned to Haas and rebuilt as Haas Racing car in 1975: driven by Brian Redman US 1975 (won championship). To Max Mizejewski (Woodland Hills, CA) for SCCA racing, appearing at the Riverside National in July. Advertised by Mizejewski in December 1976 noting that it had only had "one race since completely rebuilt by Jim Hall". Mizejewski cannot remember who he sold it to.
Next seen when acquired by John Macaluso (Glenwood, NY/Hamburg, NY) in 1983. When contacted by Daniel Rapley in 2011, Macaluso could not remember the previous owner; just that it came out of California and Gerre Payvis may have put him in touch. The SCCA log book and stamping identify this car as Mizejewski's, and as it was stamped by the SCCA for 1984, it would appear that it had not previously raced in Can-Am. Macaluso entered one race in late 1983 but the T332 did not arrive, so its first appearance in Can-Am was at Mosport Park in June 1984. The car's bodywork was unorthodox, broadly following T333 lines but with front radiators instead of the normal position either side of the cockpit. Macaluso raced this black #84 car in Can-Am in 1984, 1985 and 1986. The #10 Frissbee-Lola that Macaluso raced in CAT in 1987 is thought to be a different car.
The car was sold in 1986 to collector/dealer Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) who sold it on to Lowell McGrane (Zephyr Cove, NV) in 1987. It was owned by McGrane until bought by Daniel Rapley (Bethel, CT) c2010, by which time its condition had seriously deteriorated. Rapley advertised the car on eBay and on bringatrailer.com in 2011 as a 'barn find'. Sold to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia) June 2011. Murray reported that the rebuild was nearly complete in May 2014. Still with Murray in April 2016.
Almost certainly the Arciero/Grant car. Frank Arciero US 1974: driven by Jerry Grant (debut at Ontario) - Eddie Lewis for Graham McRae US 1975, US 1976 (1 DNS only) - AAR for Vern Schuppan US 1976 - Mike Allen: Can-Am 1977 (1 race: Riverside 16 Oct 1977); Can-Am 1978 (8 races); Can-Am 1979 (1 race + 1 DNS: crashed in practice at Mosport 3 Jun 1979). Allen replaced the car with the ex-Briedenbach T333 but it appears that the T332 was not badly damaged.
It is probably the car entered by Allen's regular entrant Don Weber for Rick Knoop as a second entry at R10 Riverside 28 Oct 1979. After Allen's death in 1983 (while driving the T333), Bob Brewer (Los Angeles) acquired HU46 from his widow together with many of the remaining parts in his workshop. Brewer intended to prepare the car for West Coast ASR racing but sold it in the autumn of 1985 to Ray Reimer (Middlebury, Indiana). Reimer and chief crew Phil Myers repaired the damage to the lower front tub and raced the car in Can-Am in 1986 (1 race) and in the CAT series in 1987 (3 races). Retained by Reimer 2005 but in very poor condition. Reimer died in March 2012 at the early age of 59.
Sold by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) to Ian Riley (South Waikato, New Zealand) in Aug 2012 and arrived in New Zealand in Jan 2013. Still in Can-Am form in Feb 2013 but due to be converted back to original F5000 specification. First raced by Riley in the F5000 Tasman Revival at Hampton Downs in January 2017.
John Gunn US 1974, US 1975, US 1976 - Bill Blackledge for Feb 1977 National - back to Gunn by June 1977: raced in Can-Am; retained until 1987. Sold to Tom Frederick (Brooks, CA) in 1987 or 1988 and sold to Bob Lee (Sebastopol, CA) 1989. Frederick then restored the car to F5000 specification for Lee who raced it in vintage racing.
Sold to Tom Malloy (Villa Park, CA) in 1997 or 1998. Raced by Malloy in the 2008 USA Formula 5000 40th Anniversary Championship. Raced by Malloy at the 2010 Columbia River Classic Formula 5000 race, at Watkins Glen September 2012, and at Laguna Seca June 2013. On display in the Malloy Collection (Corona, CA) in April 2016.
Francisco Mir US 1974: raced by James Hunt, John Morton and Lella Lombardi. Retained for 1975 and raced by Vern Schuppan and Elliot Forbes-Robinson.
According to Tom Erwin's notebooks, this car then to Newman-Freeman Racing and rebuilt as Spyder NF11 [CA-04] for Can-Am series in 1979. Believed to be the car driven by Randolph Townsend at R3 Mosport 3 Jun 1979 (accident), R5 Watkins Glen 8 Jul 1979 (13th/retired), R6 Road America 22 Jul 1979 (19th/retired), R7 Brainerd 19 Aug 1979 (9th/retired) and R8 Trois Rivieres 2 Sep 1979 (15th). Intended for Townsend at R9 Laguna Seca 14 Oct 1979 but taken over by Keke Rosberg for the race, finishing 6th). For Townsend again at R10 Riverside 28 Oct 1979 (7th). Subsequent history unknown but some evidence that this was the Robert Meyer car in 1981.
James LaBar for Jerry Karl US 1974 (debut Laguna Seca 13 October); US 1975 (last seen Road Atlanta 31 Aug 1975). Then unknown until 1978 when it reappears with Tex Arnold (then Club Racing Director at Texas World Speedway) in Can-Am spec (Riley-bodied, as Karl's 1977 car was - Nagel's and Oftedahl's were also Riley bodied) - Gerre Payvis (Peoria, AZ) 1978/79 until 1984 - GTS Racing (David Leslie) … "B.Beer" 1989 - Stan Siegel 1990: returned to F5000 specification as raced at ASRA Firebird (Phoenix, AZ) Feb 1992 - John Obialero (Littleton, CO) 1994: retained 2001. Ran at the Pueblo (CO) F5000 reunion on 6 May 2001. Presumably the T332 raced by Obialero in the 2008 USA Formula 5000 40th Anniversary Championship. Also appeared at the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman Road America 16-19 July 2009. Raced by Obialero at Road America July 2013, July 2015 and July 2016.
New to John-David Briggs, replacing a T300 that he had crashed at Sears Point in August 1974. As HU49 and HU51 first appeared in October 1974, it is likely that Briggs took delivery of HU50 around the same time. First observed at the Laguna Seca "June Sprints West" on 28/29 June 1975 where Briggs was 9th overall and 2nd in class. Ended the 1975 SCCA season with 10pts in the NP Div, suggesting just two finishes, a 2nd and a 3rd.
Raced by Briggs raced in the US in 1976. Despite suggestions that Briggs bought a new car for 1976, his car was observed as HU50 during 1976 and the SCCA registration stamps on both of Briggs' cars in 1977 have been dated to 1974 or early 1975, so he cannot have been using a later car.
Briggs raced a T332 in F5000 spec in SCCA Nationals in early 1977: at Riverside in February and at Sears Point in April, winning both races. He and teammate Don Briedenbach then appeared in converted T332s in Can-Am races during 1977. Although one of these cars could well be HU50, the SCCA stamp on his Can-Am car suggest it was built on an older T332. Briggs' Can-Am car is covered below as the John David Briggs Can-Am car.
Evan Noyes US late 1974, Tasman 1975 (one DNS - crashed). Repaired and presumably Noyes' primary car at Pocono (US R1) and Mosport (US R2) where Noyes crashed. Noyes has a car with a new tub for R3 Watkins Glen. Presumably same car used for the rest of the season, US 1976 and Can-Am 1977. Advertised 18 Aug 1978. As Noyes other car, HU32, appears to be accounted for, HU51 must be the ex-Noyes T332 with roll bar number '76-2401' owned by Joseph Moch (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in the late 1980s. Offered to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) 1991 but sold instead to a Terry Muir in Texas. Bought "somewhere in Texas" by Stan Wattles [date unknown]. To Wade Gohran (Washington state?) [date unknown] and restored in blue and yellow livery. To Tupper Robinson (Monterey, CA) 1995 - Guy Drier (Tucson, AZ) 1999 - Johan Woerheide (Atlanta, GA) July 2001. Still in Johan Woerheide's garage in May 2014.
Bill Simpson (Torrance, CA) and tested by Luis de Palma and Juan Fangio IV at Willow Springs but not raced. Sold to Gary Wilson US 1975 (2 races; DNS at Long Beach and retired at Laguna Seca). Later used in SCCA racing in 1978 and 1979, including 'Pacific Coast champion' 1978/79, winning a Super-National at Riverside on 27 May 1978, two other Super Nationals in 1979 and appearing in the 1979 Runoffs, but only 10 starts over those five seasons. Still with Wilson in September 1981. Later sold by Wilson to Tom Shelton (Florida) and then to Richard Schoenfeld (Muttontown, NY). Advertised late 1994 by Schoenfeld and sold to Glenn Brown (Auburn, WA): vintage racing 1996 to 2003 (overall wins at SOVREN Seattle in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003; at Zupan Historics at Portland 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2003; and at HSR West Las Vegas in 1999); retained 2006.
Sold to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and Marcus Pye (Bournemouth, Dorset) Dec 2006. (According to New Zealand reports, HU52 was the car raced by Mark Dwyer at Hampton Downs in Jan 2010, but this was a misreading of the chassis plate of HU62.) Sold by Hadfield and Pye to top Clubmans racer Steve Chaplin (Aylesbury, UK) January 2011 and raced in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy in 2011. Raced by Chaplin in the 2012 Silverstone Classic and the 2014 Silverstone International Derek Bell Trophy race. Still owned by Champlin in April 2015 when it was on display in the Donington Museum.
1974 mystery cars
The combination of Lola's invoice records, Tom Erwin's notebooks and a limited amount of information from Carl Haas' records has allowed all the T332s that ran in 1974 to be identified.
1975 Lola T332 production
The 1975 Lola F5000 was the T400 but this was a dismal flop, most owners replacing them with T332s at the earliest opportunity. Lola built two more T332s later in the season before building a new run of T332Cs in 1976.
As well as the two cars that appear in official Lola records, at least three more T332s were supplied to owners in 'kit' form, allowing them to build a complete car using parts of an unwanted T400. This process was done on the Vel's Parnelli Jones T400 (probably HU6), on John Morton's T400 HU12, and by Danny Ongais team using parts from T332 HU31 and their T400 HU10. These three cars are called 'K1', 'K2' and 'K3' in these histories.
BARA for Benny Scott US 1975 ... Converted to Can-Am specification and sold by Carl Haas to RJ Nelkin for Price Cobb: Can-Am 1979 (2 races: Road Atlanta 6 May 1979 and Charlotte 20 May 1979) - Charlie Kemp (Jackson, Miss): Can-Am 1979 (2 races: Laguna Seca 14 Oct 1979 and Riverside 28 Oct 1979). Sold to Gerre Payvis (Peoria, AZ) who owned three other similar cars around this time: T330 HU19, T330 HU24 and T332 HU49.
According to Joe Schultz III, who talked to Gerre Payvis about his cars in 2013, HU53 was the car Payvis raced in Can-Am from 1980 to 1983, and was then rebodied as a Frissbee for Drake Olsen for 1984. Appeared as the #31 Race Power Lola T332 with T333CS bodywork for Payvis at three races in 1980, and six races in 1981. Entered once in 1982 but did not appear. Appeared at three races in 1983, still with T333CS bodywork. Rebodied with Frissbee bodywork for 1984, still as the #31 Race Power entry, and raced by Drake Olson (Bridgewater, CT) at three events. Race Power had a spare car for Olson, built on T330 HU19 but also wearing #31 and with identical Frissbee bodywork.
Note that the car raced by T. Patrick McGonegle in 1982 was previously identified as HU53 on this page, but that car does not have a complete provenance and was identified as HU53 based on the number '53' on its SCCA log book. In the absence of stronger evidence, that car is now listed as the 1982 Patrick McGonegle car.
In 1984, Payvis's ex-Olson Frissbee was sold to Dave Nuding (San Diego, CA), but the degree to which Nuding actually owned it is unclear. In November 2003, the car was at Lance Nist's workshops when it was sold to John Odell (Newport Beach, CA). Odell received with it the SCCA log book showing Olson's races in 1984. Fully restored by Odell to Frissbee specification. Still with Odell in September 2013. In May 2016, it was being restored by Graham Collins and in the paint shop.
'K1 - the Parnelli car'
Converted T400. Vel's Parnelli Jones for Mario Andretti and Al Unser US 1975. This conversion was first seen at R6 Road Atlanta but was only ever used in practice. Then Unser's main car in 1976 (2nd at R3 Watkins Glen, 2nd at R4 Elkhart Lake, 4th at R5 Mid Ohio and won R7 Riverside). Presumably one of four T332s advertised by VPJ in Jan 1977. To Brad Frisselle 1979 and converted for Can-Am: Can-Am 1979 (raced just once in final race at Riverside); converted over winter as first Frissbee Can-Am; Can-Am 1980: driven by John Morton (3 races) and Al Unser (1 race: won at R9 Laguna Seca 19 Oct 1980). After the 1980 season, the car was stripped and reconstructed on a new monocoque fabricated by Joe Cavaglieri. The resulting car was the first true Frissbee, effectively a new car, and the history of this car continues below as Frissbee GR2.
The monocoque and other parts of the Unser T400/T332 were kept by Cavaglieri and may be the basis of the Steve Simpson car.
'K2 - the Morton car'
Built by John Morton's team in September 1975, using a Lola T332 'kit' from the factory plus all the transferable components from his Lola T400: engine, gearbox, wheels, instruments, brakes and steering rack. Raced by Morton in the last three races of the 1975 US F5000 series. Morton spent much of 1976 racing co-driving Brad Frisselle's Datsun 240Z but returned to F5000 for the Riverside race at the end of that season.
Converted to Can-Am specification with the T333CS bodykit. After Brian Redman's car somersaulted at the opening Can-Am race at Mont-Tremblant, most Lola customers went back to using F5000 Lola T332 noses. For Morton, designer Trevor Harris made modifications to the stock T333CS nose, introducing air exits at the side and on top, a forerunner of his later Frissbee design. Morton only appeared four times that season, but finished third at the two end of season races in California. He was back for the opening race of the 1978 season, at Road Atlanta, but crashed in practice and the car was written off. Morton bought a new T333CS to continue the season.
'K3 - the Ongais car'
Prior to the Long Beach Grand Prix in September 1975, Ed O'Brien's team built a new Lola T332 for Danny Ongais to replace the kitted T400 he'd used earlier in the season. The car was built around a new Lola tub supplied by Carl Haas, and used parts from the T332 HU42 that BJ Swanson had crashed at Mid-Ohio in August. It has been suggested that this car was HU54, but the invoice date for HU54 was not until the end of November. As Lola only supplied a monocoque, this might be seen as an unnumbered car. A logical identity would be 'K3', following the similar cars built up by Vel's Parnelli Jones and John Morton at around the same time. Ongais drove the car at Long Beach, Laguna Seca and Riverside, but it was damaged during the Riverside race. The team took the car to the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta five days later, but Ongais did not consider the car safe due to the accident damage and did not start.
A new car (or new tub) was then acquired for the 1976 season, and the Long Beach monocoque was retained by Ed O'Brien. It was eventually acquired by Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand) from O'Brien in July 2005. Shayne reskinned the monocoque and built it up as a complete car, using the chassis number "HU 42/2" until 2016, as it could have been viewed as a rebuild of HU42. It was sold to Roger Williams (Auckland, NZ) in October 2007, and raced by Williams in the 2007/08 Tasman Revival series, the 2008 USA Formula 5000 40th Anniversary Championship, the 2008/09 Tasman Revival and in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009. Returned in Jan 2010 for the 2009/10 Tasman Revival series when Williams won the Lady Wigram Trophy, then at Hampton Downs Jan 2011, for most rounds of the 2011/12 Tasman Revival and again for the 2012/13 series. Sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, NZ) in 2015.
A black Lola T332 invoiced to Carl Haas in late November 1975, and likely to be the car bought by Interscope Racing for Danny Ongais to replace the car damaged by Ongais at Riverside (see T332 'K3'). This would be the T332-spec spare car used by Ongais alongside his new T332C in the US series in 1976. The spare car was "comprehensively written off" in practice at Elkhart Lake (see Autosport's F5000 review 25 Nov 1976 p25) but may well have been repaired and may be one of four T332s advertised by VPJ in January 1977.
This is believed to be the car deposited in the Justice Brothers Museum some time between 1977 and 1980 by Ed O'Brien, who had been closely involved with Interscope and may have part-owned one or more of Ongais's cars. The car remained in the museum until 2010 when it was acquired by NZ racing legend Ken Smith, his chief crew Barry Miller and Phil Richardson. They discovered that it had the '76-63' stamping that would have been put onto Ongais main #63 entry for the 1976 season by SCCA tech inspectors. It also had all the T332C modifications and a single post rear wing. The car was prepared for racing and made its historic debut at the start of the 2011/12 series but Smith crashed it heavily at Manfield in Nov 2011.
Rebuilt with a new monocoque by Miller and Richardson for the 2012/13 series. The old monocoque is atached to the wall of their workshop. Raced by Smith at Hampton Downs Jan 2013 and at Sydney Motorsport Park 1 Sep 2013, the first round of the 2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series. Raced by Smith at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016.
1976 Lola T332C production
Lola built a new run of updated T332s for Carl Haas in 1976 but surviving Lola records do not show the end customers of each car. The Bay Racing and Theodore cars are quite clear and both HU56 and HU58 are listed as Haas Racing. Apart from them, the recorded colour is the only clue. So it is fairly certain that John-David Briggs' second car was the Royal Blue HU59 and Interscope's new car had to be the Black HU60. This leaves Shirey with the White HU57, which makes plenty of sense.
Although no contemporary reports found so far mention Hogan having a new car for 1976, later Autoweek adverts suggest he did. If he did, then it must be HU58, the Haas team spare that was made redundant by the arrival of the Lola T430.
Bay Racing for Warwick Brown US 1976. A variety of sources say that an unused spare Bay Racing T332 went to Doug Schultz for 1977 and was used as the basis of the second Can-Am Schkee ('DB1/02'). Schultz Can-Am 1977. This car to Tom Spalding: Can-Am 1978 (6 races + 1 DNS); Can-Am 1979 (two races: raced by Spalding Road America 22 Jul 1979 and by Patrick Gaillard Laguna Seca 14 Oct 1979). To Charles Willis (Tennessee) mid-1980s: partly converted for road use - Michael Duncan (Colchester, CT) 1988: restored to 1979 Patrick Galliard/Laguna Seca livery - Stan Wattles (NY) 1992. Advertised from Florida 1996 and 1998. Advertised by Chuck Haines from 1999. Sold by Wattles to Johan Woerheide (Atlanta, GA) 2003. Used in HSR events in 2004, winning twice in Group 7. Used regularly in US vintage racing since that time. Raced by Woerheide at Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta Apr 2013.
|Johan Woerheide (USA) 2013|
Haas Racing for Redman US 1976 - John Benton late 1976 - US Racing/Herb Caplan 1977: driven by George Follmer Can-Am 1977 (5 races, 2 second places at Mosport 21 Aug and Riverside 16 Oct); rebodied by Lance Smith for 1978 as "Prophet 1"; for Follmer again Can-Am 1978 (4 races + 1 DNS, won at St Jovite 25 Jun 1978). Follmer had set pole position at Laguna Seca but crashed when the throttle stuck and wrecked the Prophet. Rebuilt on a new chassis for 1979, thus ending the Prophet's connection with HU56.
The battered tub from HU56, together with other parts including the Boraxo body and the chassis plate, were sold by Caplan to Rick McLean. However, McLean then ordered a new tub from Lola so that resulting car's links to the original HU56 now rely largely on the chassis plate. McLean hadn't put the car together when he sold it as a project to Rick Dittman (US). Subsquent history unknown but Hal Whipple is believed to have owned it at some time.
A car with this number owned by former single-seat Can-Am racer Chuck 'Rick' Parsons (Inverness, IL) in 2008 and raced at 'The Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman' at Road America July 2008. Also raced at the SVRA Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen Sep 2009, Road America Jul 2012, SVRA Watkins Glen Sep 2012 and Road America July 2013. Raced at Road America in July 2015, and at the Monterey Pre-Reunion a month later, and at Road America in July 2016.
Replacement car with Rick Parsons (USA) 2016
|Probably the Shirey car below.|
|Haas Racing for Redman US 1976 as spare car at Pocono 1976. T430 HU3 later used as spare car so HU58 presumably redundant.||Unknown|
This car was previously identified as having been sold to to John-David Briggs in 1976, based on a comment in the 1978 Surfers Paradise race program that his Can-Am Lola T333CS was believed to have been based on HU59. However, the SCCA registration dates of both of Briggs' cars are earlier than 1976, so this identification cannot be correct.
For the car later owned by Barry Blackmore and believed to be HU59, see the first Barry Blackmore car.
Interscope Racing for Danny Ongais US 1976. Presumably one of four T332s advertised by VPJ in Jan 1977. Reported to have remained with Ongais, passing from Interscope into Ongais' ownership in 1978. To Vasek Polak 1981 - Todd Gerstenberger (Manhattan Beach, CA) 1997: restored and raced in historics. VARA F5000 champion 2000. Todd continued to race the car in historics over the next decade and raced it a couple of times in 2012. Still with Todd in December 2016.
|Todd Gerstenberger (USA) 2016|
New to Theodore Racing and used in the US series. Raced by Derek Bell at Road America in August, and by Alan Jones at Riverside in October. Then taken out for the 1977 Australian Internationals and raced by Jones at Oran Park, but then crashed in practice R2 Surfers Paradise 13 Feb 1977 and written off. Described by Autoweek as "a total loss".
This car may have been rebuilt some time later. See the Arnold Glass car.
|Written off 1977|
The identification of at least one of the 1976 T332Cs is tentative: Shirey's car is probably HU57.
One extra T332 appears in 1976: Ed Polley's car, which was built outside the factory. The missing cars include Redman's 1975 championship winning HU45 which appears to have spent the year in the hands of Max Mizejewski, and Jerry Karl's HU49 which may in fact have stayed with Karl until 1977.
'the Richard Shirey car'
New to Bob Smith for Richard Shirey (Huntington Beach, CA) US 1976 (three races and 1 DNA; debut at Mosport Park 20 Jun 1976). Hired by Theodore Racing for Alan Jones to race at Elkhart Lake 25 Jul 1976. Did not appear at the final race. Advertised by Bob Smith March 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
'the Ed Polley car'
Peter Clarke for Ed Polley (Inglewood, CA) US 1976 (#13, three races; debut at Elkhart Lake 25 Jul 1976). This is the same car raced as the "Polley EP1" by Polley for Clarke in Australian Internationals Feb 1977. Next seen with Merle Brennan: Can-Am 1980 (1 race only: Laguna Seca 19 Oct 1980); Can-Am 1981 (2 races only: Riverside DNS and Laguna Seca); Can-Am 1982 (2 races only: Riverside and Laguna Seca); Can-Am 1983 (1 race only: Sears Point); Can-Am 1984 (1 race only: Sears Point; DNA at Riverside). This car had Frissbee bodywork in 1981.
Brennan was one of two owners of this car between Polley and Chuck Haines but the order of events is not yet clear. Haines (St Louis, MO) later sold the car to Les Loushin (Humble, TX). The chassis has the John Timmanus scrutineer's serial number, "76-13". Loushin was restoring the car in 2003. Raced by Loushin as a Can-Am car at the Legends of Motorsports Sebring Finale Dec 2010. Les still owned the car in September 2013.
1977 Lola T332C production
For 1997, the SCCA killed off F5000 and replaced it with Can-Am, for which single-seat 5-litre cars were eligible as long as they had a sports car body. So the T332 carried on. As well as the "T333CS" body from Haas and Lola, kits were also produced for Bob Nagel by Bob Riley, the famed US race car designer behind everything from AJ Foyt's Coyote Indy cars to the enormously successful Riley & Scott endurance racers of the late 1990's.
Only one production car was built in 1977, chassis HU62 for Len Gibbs to run in G8 in the UK.
Len Gibbs Racing (Kent): UK Shellsport G8 series 1977 driven by Keith Holland (7 races) and then Damien Magee (5 races) - John Hinley (Kineton) 1978: used in UK Sprints - Bob Penzer: British Sprint Championship 1979 (one Top-10 only: 8th at R11 Wroughton 20 Sep 1979) ... Mike Connor (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) early 1982: raced at Castle Combe libre 30 May 1983 (4th), Mallory Park BRSCC libre 19 Jul 1983 (5th) - Nick Crocker (Bedford) 1983 - Mark Hales (Gainsburgh, Lincolnshire) 1984: raced in 1984 McLaren Open Championship (BRSCC libre) - Bill Hall (Sheffield) 1987 - Bobby Howlings (Cheshire) 1989 - Bobby Brown (New York) 1990: raced in vintage racing, e.g. at HSR Mid-Ohio Aug 1993 - Keith Baldwin (UK) 2000 - Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex) 2009. Glover already owned a T330/T332, HU23(B) but HU62 was raced by Mark Dwyer at Oulton Park Gold Cup Aug 2009 and then taken along with Glover's regular HU23(B) to New Zealand for the 2009/10 Tasman Revival series. Raced by Dwyer at Hampton Downs in Jan 2010. Sold to Richard Davies (Arlingham, Gloucestershire) Sep/Oct 2010 and had an initial outing in it at Mallory Park, only for the engine to blow up. Then unused until sold in 2013 to Max Wakefield (London).
1977 mystery cars
F5000 was now dead in the US, at least outside SCCA Nationals, but the T332s and T332Cs continued as Single-Seat Can-Am cars. Most of these used the Lola/Haas conversion kit but a handful used the Riley bodies; Oftedahl's mystery car was one of these as was Nagel's HU33. Tex Arnold's HU49, which raced in 1978 appears to have been a third.
'the John David Briggs Can-Am car'
John-David Briggs (Woodside, CA) raced a Lola T332 in 1975, almost certainly HU50, but at some point he acquired a second car. Whether he ran this second car in F5000 or whether it was only acquired when Don Briedenbach started to run as his team mate in 1977 remains unclear. Previous versions of this page identified his new car as T332C HU59, based on a comment in the 1978 Surfers Paradise race program but the SCCA registration dates of Briggs' two cars make this impossible. Briggs' car at the Surfers Paradise race had SCCA number '33-673'
Raced by Briggs in SCCA Nationals at Riverside and Sears Point in early 1977, then converted to Can-Am specification and raced by Briggs in all races of the 1977 Can-Am series, then converted back to F5000 for the Rothmans series in Australia in February 1978. Not used in Can-Am in 1978, as Briggs was competing in Formula 2. Sold to Rocky Moran (Pasadena, CA/Arcadia, CA) for 1979, but Moran also had the ex-Mario Andretti HU29, and he returned to that car for 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
'the Don Breidenbach car'
Entered by John-David Briggs for Don Briedenbach in SCCA Formula A in early 1977, then converted to T333CS specification and raced in the 1977 Can-Am series. Converted back to F5000 for the Rothmans series in Australia in February 1978. Briggs and Briedenbach raced in F2 in Europe in 1978, and the T332 was for sale until June 1979. Sold to Mike Allen (to replace HU46) and raced in Can-Am in 1979 (5 races, debut Road America 22 Jul), 1980 (4 races) and 1981 (3 races). It was then rebodied as a Frissbee for Can-Am in 1982 (2 races) and 1983. At the first race of that 1983 season, at Mosport Park 5 June 1983, Allen, according to AutoRacing USA 1983, "crashed and flipped his Lola T333CS/Chevrolet at the end of the main straight. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but died the next day of head and neck injuries". This car is presumed to have been destroyed.
'the 1977 Gordy Oftedahl car'
May have been a new T332, replacing T330 HU15 wrecked in August 1976. Entered by Gordy Oftedahl (Minneapolis, MN) Can-Am 1977: driven by Tom Bagley (2 races: Mid Ohio 7 Aug 1977 and Mosport 21 Aug 1977), Bert Keuhne (1 race: Trois Riveries 4 Sep 1977), Milt Minter (1 race: Riverside 16 Oct 1977) and possibly others that season.
Sold to Leonard Janke Can-Am 1978 (3 races, debut Watkins Glen 9 July 1978); Can-Am 1979 (4 races); Can-Am 1980 (2 races); Can-Am 1981 (2 races + 1 DNQ). Tom Erwin saw this car on its debut at Watkins Glen in 1978 but noted that it had no chassis number. The picture to the right shows Janke at Edmonton in 1981. This was the car's last recorded race and ended after 31 laps with an accident. Retained by Janke since then. The car was still with Leonard Janke in April 2017.
'the Hogan/Haines car'
After HU43 was crashed, Hogan Racing (Earth City, MO) continued in 1974 with just the one T332, David Hobbs' HU30, and when Rutherford returned to race for the team at Ontario and Laguna Seca, he drove the older T330 HU12. In 1975, Hogan again had just HU30 for Hobbs and when Jody Scheckter drove for Hogan at Long Beach, he took over Hobbs' regular car leaving the Englishman to drive T330 HU12, which had now been upgraded to T332 specification. So over those two years, there was no indication that HU43 had been rebuilt.
After the 1975 season, Hogan advertised a T332, presumably the team's backup but it's possible they had bought a new T332C and were advertising HU30. Or maybe HU43 had been rebuilt over the 75/76 winter. In September 1976, Hogan Racing advertised their backup T332 and then an "ex-Hogan" "T332C" was advertised from a San Francisco, CA number in September 1977 that is likely to be that car. Finally, in November 1977, Hogan advertised their remaining T332, by then a Can-Am car. This main car stayed with the team for a few more races in 1978 and then went to Bill Tempero for 1979. It has been positively identified as HU30.
A T332, now believed to be HU43, was sold by Hogan to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1977. This car has Hewland gearbox number DG300/402 which was originally supplied by Lola to Hogan as part of HU43. (Note that Haines has also owned the ex-Hogan spare car HU12.) Haines sold the car to "Bronco" Brad Murphey (Phoenix, AZ) in 1980 and he had it converted to Can-Am specification by Gerre Payvis, Murphey did not race the car and it was sold to Arlon Koops (Denver, CO) in September 1982. Koops also did not race it but loaned it to Bill Tempero (Ft Collins, CO) for Can-Am 1984 (2 races: Sears Point 30 Sep and Riverside 7 Oct). Tempero had raced in Can-Am in 1979 in his ex-Hogan T332 HU30 and it is possible that Koops' car acquired an ex-Hogan gearbox during this process. Tempero's HU30 had been sold to Larry Johnston by 1980.
Koops sold the car to Kent Painter (Fort Collins, CO) in November 1988 complete with a black/beige F5000 body that had been on it when Chuck Haines sold it to Murphey. Painter aimed to restore it to F5000 specification but other commitments meant that it remained in storage for the next 20 years. In October 2009, Painter sold the car to Jay Bondini (Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia) who restored it to Hogan Racing 1974 specification. Raced by Peter Brennan in the Australian GP support event Mar 2011, in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series and in the 2012/13 series. Raced by Bondini at Sydney Motorsport Park in Nov 2012 and at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016. Sold to Gary Gunn (Werribee, Victoria, Australia) May 2016. Raced by Chas Talbot at Phillip Island March 2018.
1978 mystery cars
A second season of Can-Am saw two more mystery Lolas, possibly cars being newly converted to Can-Am, possibly the cars already seen in 1977. The Frank car may possibly have been a brand new T333CS but Bob Hoff's car is a complete unknown.
'the Bob Hoff car'
Bob Hoff (Long Beach, CA) raced a Lola T332 in Formula A in 1977 and 1978. He appeared in SCCA Regionals in 1977, then in Nationals in early 1978, and was second in the Southern Pacific Division FA points table that season. According to a magazine article, Hoff, a 29-year-old paramedic, entered eight races in 1977: six Regionals of which he won five, and two Nationals which he also won. However, it looks like this actually covered his racing in both 1977 and the early part of 1978. He then bought a FB March, and raced that from April 1978 onwards. Nothing more is known about the Lola.
'the Frank car'
Unknown before 1978. Thomas E Frank (Anaheim, CA), the 37-year-old founder of Executive Motorhomes, raced a Lola T333 (or cnverted T332) in Can-Am at the end of 1978 (2 races: Laguna Seca 8 Oct 1978 and Riverside 15 Oct 1978). Sold to Herb Caplan (US Racing) 1979, initially as spare car. Rebuilt for 1980 with new ground-effects body designed by Jack Smith as "Prophet 3", and raced in the 1980 Can-Am series by Bobby Rahal. Rahal was third at R1 Sears Point, and tool pole position at R2 Mid-Ohio after crew chief Dave Evans decided to remove the car's skirts. Then crashed at R3 Mosport on 22 Jun 1980. The old side-radiator 1979 'Prophet 2' was brought back out for Watkins Glen in July but the new car was repaired in time for Road America on 20 July.
For 1981 the Caplan team abandoned the Prophet design, and had the 1980 Prophet "Frissbee-ized". As Bob Danzi had a car in 1981 now firmly identified as 'Prophet 2', we can be confident that the older 1979 Prophet went to Danzi and this newer 1980 Prophet was the one "Frissbee-ized" for 1981. The Prophet-Frissbee was entered by Herb Caplan's U.S. Racing and driven in Can-Am 1981 by David Kennedy, John Morton and Tom Klausler. Not seen after Caesars Palace Oct 1981.
To Robb Woltring (Roseville, CA) for 1982. The car Woltring used at Sears Point in February, at Sears Point again 8-9 May 1982 ("Lola"), at the 13 June Portland National ("Frissbee") and at Laguna Seca 13 days later ("Lola") is thought to be his earlier T333CS/Frissbee. He races the ex-Prophet-Frissbee at Trois-Rivières in September 1982, at Mosport Park a week later, and at Riverside in early October. Ken Dunn drove Woltring's earlier car at these races.
A "2 car package" was advertised by 'Gary' of Western Fleet (Sacramento area, CA) in Autoweek in November 1982. It consisted of the #48 Lola Frissbee with fresh Falconer engine and the #49 Lola with modified Whipple body. Advertised by Woltring in April 1983 as 'Frissbee Can-Am or ASR - 1 of 3 built", again with a 'fresh Falconer engine'. Woltring Can-Am 1983 (R6 Sears Point only); Can-Am 1984 (R9 Riverside only); as "Lola T332" Can-Am 1985 (R1 Mosport only). Subsequent history unknown.
1979 mystery cars
More "new" cars appear in the US in 1979: a new chassis being used to built a Prophet Can-Am car; a puzzling "ex-Karl" car for Pat McGonegle; and a second Don Weber entry driven by Rick Knoop at Riverside which seems likely to be the repaired HU46.
'the 1979 McGonegle car'
T. Patrick McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH) appeared at Watkins Glen in July 1979 with a "Lola T332" but did not start. Tom Erwin was there and looked at the car but could not see a chassis plate. However, he did note that it was "Ex-Karl". Erwin had previously seen Jerry Karl's Nagel-bodied Can-Am Lola at Watkins Glen in 1978 and noted its number as "T330 HU15".
McGonegle reappeared for three races in 1982 but this is believed to be a different car - see 'the 1982 McGonegle car.
Rebuilt for 1979 from remains of original Prophet (based on T332C HU56) but with 'a brand new tub from England': driven by John Morton (1 race), George Follmer (2 races) and Bobby Rahal (six races, won at Laguna Seca 14 Oct 1979); replaced by new "Prophet 3" for 1980 but raced by Rahal at Watkins Glen July 1980 after the newer car was damaged at Mosport. Sold to Bob Danzi: Can-Am 1981 (1 DNQ only at Laguna Seca). Subsequently sold by Danzi to Hal Whipple. Then via via Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) and Tom Frederick to Warren Snodgrass (San Francisco, CA) 1987 who also bought the original 1979 Prophet bodywork from Herb Caplan at the same time, the Danzi car being fitted with a hybrid 1980 bodywork. Restored to 1979 condition but not raced in historics as there was no suitable West Coast class. To Jeff Gentry 1997 - Ken Constandine 1999 - Mark Butters 2001 - Dick Lasselle Nov 2004. The car carries SCCA serial number 79-188. Fully restored to original (i.e. Prophet) condition and livery for historic racing in 2005.
Entered by Lasselle Enterprises for Rick Bell (Salisbury, CT): at Road America July 2005, Watkins Glen Sep 2005, at Watkins Glen again Sep 2006, at Road Atlanta Oct 2006, at Watkins Glen again Sep 2007 and at Lime Rock Sep 2009. Bell won his group at the SVRA US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen September 2014. Still owned by Dick Lasselle in November 2017.
'the Penzer car'
Now resolved - see HU62.
'the Weber /Knoop car'
Now resolved - see HU46.
The "Lola T332" (as previously identified in the Can-Am section of this site) driven by Patrick Gaillard at Laguna Seca 14 Oct 1979 was actually the Schkee DB1/2. My thanks to Fabrizio Bologna for spotting a picture in Auto Sprint that identified this.
1980 mystery cars
Another Can-Am design, the "Intrepid GB-1" appeared in 1980 based, as usual, on a Lola T332 chassis. Only one other T332 appeared, the ex-Polley car for Merle Brennan.
Garvin Brown Racing for Danny Sullivan Can-Am 1980 (4 races + 1 DNS, debut Sears Point 24 May 1980; best result 2nd at Watkins Glen 6 Jul 1980). Designed by Lance Smith, who had previously contributed to the Prophet and Spyder Can-Am cars and based, like those, on a Lola T332. Despite the inherited second place at Watkins Glen, the Intrepid was regarded as a failure by the team and the Lance brothers were dropped. A new Lola T530 had arrived before Watkins Glen. The Intrepid was later bought from Dave White, who was crew chief for Garvin Brown in 1981, and was now selling the car for him, by Lance Nist (Santa Ana, CA) and converted to F5000 specification for vintage racing. Nist won at Palm Springs in November 1990 in this car, and raced it in VARA events in 1996.Still with Lance in August 2003.
Intermission - the Frissbees
After the success of Brad Frisselle's Lola T332-based Frissbee winning at Laguna Seca at the end of the 1980 season, two all-new Frissbees were built on newly fabricated monocoques for 1981. The first of these was built on a Jack Smith monocoque for Rocky Moran, and it was followed by the US Racing/Herb Caplan Prophet which was "Frissbee-ized" in time for Watkins Glen in July. Three more Frissbees appeared at Riverside in October, one built by John Morton using a T333CS monocoque, Robb Woltring had one on an unknown T332, and Merle Brennan had Frissbee-copy bodywork on top of his ex-Ed Polley T332. Brad Frisselle's original Frissbee returned to competition at Laguna Seca a week later but it was actually an all-new car with a monocoque fabricated by Joey Cavaglieri.
'the Rocky Moran car'
New for Rocky Moran (Pasadena, CA/Arcadia, CA) and raced in Can-Am 1981. Moran debuted the car at Mid-Ohio in June, and finished third in three of his first four races. Moran then sold the car to Garvin Brown Racing, to replace the Lola T530 they had been runnig for Danny Sullivan. Raced by Sullivan at Riverside, Laguna Seca and Caesars Palace, taking pole position and winning the latter race. Returned to Moran for 1982 but crashed at Road Atlanta in May. Then sold to the Paul Newman/Budweiser team as a backup for Sullivan again but not raced.
After the 1982 Can-Am season, the Frissbee was bought by Rex Ramsey and raced by him at the SCCA Runoffs. It was entered by him at the first race of the 1983 season but not seen again. However, the history of this car published by later owner Steve Simpson says that it went to Robb Woltring in December 1982, to John Gibson in 1984, to Brian Goellnicht in December 1989, and then to Simpson (Atlanta, GA) in September 1998. This history has not yet been validated, and Robb Woltring's name does not seem to fit here as he already had two Frissbees before December 1982.. Raced by Simpson at the Classic Motorsports Mitty in April 2013. Offered for sale at Bonhams' Amelia Island in March 2016.
Built new by Brad Frisselle's team for 1981, using a Joe Cavaglieri monocoque and parts from the Lola T332-based Frissbee that had raced in 1980. Raced by Rocky Moran (Pasadena, CA/Arcadia, CA) at Laguna Seca and Caesars Palace in October 1981. Then the whole Frisselle team was sold to Galles Racing for 1982, to be raced by their FSV graduate Al Unser Jr. The car was named the Frissbee GR2 or the Galles GR2 during 1982, but still ran as #15, the number used by Frisselle from 1979 to 1981. Unser won his first two races in this car, but the new GR3 was introduced at Road America in July and GR2 became the backup. Raced by Geoff Brabham as a second Galles entry at two races at the end of 1982, to help Unser secure the Can-Am title. Sold with GR3 to Canadian Tire for Jacques Villeneuve Sr, who raced both cars in 1983, winning at Trois-Rivières in GR2. He won a second Can-Am title for the two Frissbees.
Unused in 1984 but sold to Rick Miaskiewicz (Pittsburgh, PA) who again used both cars as he won their third Can-Am title. GR2 was then sold to Al Lamb (Dallas, TX) who won races in 1986 and in CAT in 1987. GR2 was then stored until Lamb sold it to collector/dealer Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1989. In remained untouched in Haines collection until sold to Miles Jackson (Seattle, WA) in August 2007. Immaculately restored to Galles 1981 livery and raced in US vintage racing from 2009 to 2013. Then on display at the World of Speed Car Museum (Wilsonville, OR) from when it opened in April 2015. Still on display in the World of Speed Museum (Wilsonville, OR) in January 2016. Offered for sale by Jackson's JFC Racing in February 2016.
1981 mystery cars
Amongst the newcomers in 1981 was Robert Meyer, in one of the ex-Newman Spyders. Also in 1981, the first of the Frissbee-Lolas appeared: all cars with Lola or replica Lola chassis plus Frissbee bodywork kits acquired from Brad Friselle Racing. The first to appear were a car with a Jack Smith tub for Rocky Moran replacing his T332 HU29; the Frissbee-ised version of the Prophet; and John Morton's Lola T333CS also fully converted. By the end of that season, other Lolas had been updated: at the Laguna Seca race near the end of the 1981 season, Autoweek noted that Robb Woltring's T333CS, Clive Bush's 'Conquest' and Merle Brennan's T332 "all sport copies of the Frissbee bodywork without all the good stuff underneath".
'the Woltring car'
Raced by Robb Woltring (Roseville, CA) in Can-Am late 1981 as a Western Fleet entry, when it was described as a Lola T333CS "sporting a copy of the Frissbee bodywork without all the good stuff underneath". Raced by Woltring at Riverside, Laguna Seca and Caesars Palace. Presumably the car Woltring drove in a SCCA National at Sears Point on 28 March 1982, at Sears Point 8-9 May 1982, at the 13 June Portland National, and at Laguna Seca later that month. Woltring then acquired the Prophet-Frissbee which he ran as a #48 entry during 1982, so this earlier T332CS/Frissbee is presumably the rather tatty #49 Western Fleet entry for Ken Dunn (Cupertino, CA) at three late-season 1982 Can-Am races.
A "2 car package" was advertised by 'Gary' of Western Fleet (Sacramento area, CA) in Autoweek in November 1982. It consisted of the #48 Lola Frissbee with fresh Falconer engine and the #49 Lola with modified Whipple body. The 'fresh Falconer engine' is the same phrase as used by Woltring when he advertised his own car in April 1983. Subsequent history unknown.
'the Meyer car'
Robert Meyer (Carmel Valley, CA/Salinas, CA) appeared at a drivers' school at Sears Point in March 1981 in what was then described as a Lola T330. He appeared in SCCA Nationals at Portland in June and in September, and at Laguna Seca later in September. He also entered the Laguna Seca Can-Am race 11 Oct 1981 but failed to qualify. His car was entered at Laguna Seca as a "NF-11, Lola 332 CS" so was one of the former Newman-Freeman Racing Spyder NF-11s. When it made its next Can-Am appearance, at Riverside in October 1982, it was still in full Spyder configuration, with side radiators ahead of the rear wheels.
Meyer returned in 1983, with a car entered by Hohstadt-Meyer Racing, the team Meyer had formed with Bob Hohstadt, as a Lola T-333CS but photographs show it was now in Frissbee configuration, with radiators back in the conventional Lola position. Given the differences between Spyder and Frissbee specification, this may have been a different car. Meyer did a full season of Can-Am in 1983 with this car.
Meyer was back again for selected Can-Am races in 1984, with his car further modified, still with Frissbee-style bodywork but now with the tapered sides first seen on the Frissbee GR3 in 1982. He also appeared at Lime Rock in July 1985 in this car but was an early retirement and did not appear at any of the later races, despite several entries. Subsequent history unknown.
1982 mystery cars
John Kalagian made his debut in 1982 with a 'new' Frissbee and Ken Dunn makes a one-off appearance in what is likely to have been Robb Woltring's second car. Unlike the Moran and Morton Frissbees, Kalagian's car was a Lola conversion, based on an old F5000-spec Lola T332. Over these next six seasons, most remaining Can-Am Lola T332s were converted to Frissbee specification.
'the Kalagian car'
In 1981, John Morton bought "all of Roy Woods Racing's Lola 332 stuff", which included a T333 tub and a brown F5000 Lola T332 as well as a huge amount of parts. This would have been from Cooke-Wood Racing who had campaigned an ex-Haas Lola T333CS in 1980. The F5000-spec T332 was sold quickly to John Kalagian who built a "bootleg" Frissbee with the car and raced it in Can-Am in 1982 (full season). It was registered by the SCCA as a "Lola T333-CS Frissbee" in May 1982 with log book number '82-242' but no identifying numbers were given on the log book. See photo in 1983 Lime Rock program and RSC photo Mosport 6 Jun 1982. To Charlie Monk (Canada), who traded the unique March 77S for it: Wolf Power Tools for Monk Can-Am 1983 (full season). Monk "Frissbee/Lola T333" Can-Am 1984 (four races). To Rodolfo Cusumano (Summit, NJ): Can-Am 1985 (2 races) as the #7 Will Petroleum-RCG Financial Special. A picture of this car (#7) at Mosport 15 Sep 1985 is on the Racing Sports Cars site. Cusumano crashed the car at St. Louis, the fifth round of the series, presumably in practice as he does not appear on the grid sheet or in results. After the accident, the car was dismantled and usable parts sold off to fellow competitor John Macaluso.
The bent monocoque somehow found its way to Johan Woerheide (Atlanta, GA) who acquired an old Lola T33x tub recovered from the undergrowth at Road Atlanta which was said by corner workers to be ex-Monk, ex-Cusumano. This chassis was bought from Woerheide by Chuck Haines of Can-Am Cars Ltd (St. Louis, MO) who advertised it in 2008. The car was still listed on the Can-Am Cars Ltd web site in Sep 2013.
Sold by Chuck Haines and Chuck Parsons to a client of Steve Farthing (Wren Classics, Shaftesbury Dorset, England) in January 2014.
|Steve Farthing (UK) 2015|
'the 1982 McGonegle car'
T. Patrick McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH) appeared with a Can-Am "Lola T333CS" at Mid-Ohio 27 Jun 1982 and at Road America 25 Jul 1982. The car was logbooked by the SCCA as "82-238" and its identifying number was given as '53', implying HU53. The log book shows that it then went to Frank Sanchez (Spring Grove, PA) and was at the Can-Am 1985 (2 entries only: both DNAs) - Robert Goulet 1986: CAT series 1987 (1 race only: R6 Phoenix 1 Nov 1987). Retained by Goulet until his death in 2004. At the time, it was believed to be an ex-Haas car, raced by Patrick Tambay or Alan Jones, but was usually entered as a T332. When Goulet first owned it, he entered it once as a Frissbee.
Sold to Johan Woerheide (Atlanta, GA) in May 2006 and still with him in March 2008. In 2012, Johan sold HU53 to David Wild who in turn sold it to James Howe (Brackley, Northamptonshire) in England. In May 2016, this car was still in the process of restoration.
|James Howe (UK) 2016|
|Lola T332 |
'the Dunn car'
Now resolved - see the Woltring car.
1983 mystery cars
There is only one remaining mystery Can-Am entry in 1983: Phil Compton in a Frissbee-ized Lola. The car raced by John Macaluso is now known to be HU45.
'the Compton car'
A car entered by Bob Norwood for Phil Compton (Dallas, TX) in SCCA Nationals and then in Can-Am races in 1983. On his website, Norwood says this was the 1979 championship-winning car purchased from Carl Haas in 1982. It was called "Lola T-333" at the Texas World Speedway National on 19 Feb; and just "Lola" at Hallet Apr 16-17 and at West Texas Region National 30 Apr-1 May, but when it appeared at the Can-Am race at Mosport 5 June 1983, it had standard Frissbee bodywork. Compton then drove VDS-003 for Norwood Walker at the next race. Presumably the same car driven by Compton at Dallas 1984.
The livery of the Compton car is identical to that of Steve Foster (San Antonio, TX) when he appeared in Can-Am later in 1984 (2 races: Sears Point 30 Sep and Green Valley 28 Oct). Sold to Bruce Langson (Fort North, TX) and raced in Can-Am in 1985 (5 races). Langson recalls Foster telling him that he bought the car from John Morton, and that the bumps in the bodywork evident on pictures of Foster and Langson in this car, were to accommodate Morton's large feet. However, photographs of Morton's T333CS/Frissbee do not show the same modification. Langson then rebuilt the car as the Langson LR002 and ultimately LR003 for Can-Am 1986 (3 races) and CAT 1987 (2 races). Parts used in the construction of Langson's LR004 which was completed after the end of the 1987 season and did not race. Langson still had the LR003 and the LR004 plus the original Frissbee body from the Foster car. Still owned by Bruce Langson in February 2002.
'the Macaluso car'
Now resolved - see HU45.
1984 mystery cars
Two more "Frissbees" appeared in 1984: one from the large Gerre Payvis stable; and one for Billy Schyphers who makes a one-off appearance in a Frissbee owned by "a gentleman in Sacramento". The "ex-Morton" car for Steve Foster is now identified as the former Phil Compton car.
'the Drake Olson car'
Now resolved - see HU53.
Mark Rose car'
Mark Rose (then Dallas, TX) was first mentioned in the 1980 Road America Can-Am program where he was referred to as a newcomer running a Lola T332 in SCCA club racing. He then appeared in the SWDiv points table for ASR in 1981, with 12 points in a Lola. This may not be the same car that he drove in 1984 - see also the entry for a mystery Lola T332 'the Rose-Catell car', bought as a basket case from Mark Rose by Scott Catell and now fully restored.
Rose (then Ft Worth, TX) first raced in Can-Am at Dallas in July 1984. His car had Frissbee-like bodywork but had been modified to use side radiators just ahead of the rear wheels, similar to the Lola-based 1979 Spyder and Prophet Can-Am cars. It was raced in red, white and blue bodywork, resembling the Texas flag. Raced by Rose in four Can-Am races in 1984, when he also qualified for the Runoffs in a "Texas American Racing Team Lola T332". Returned in 1985, when the car had all white bodywork, still with the side radiator arrangement. Bought from "TART" by Bruce Langson in 1985 and Bruce recalls that it had Frissbee bodywork at that time. He donated to Aerospace school at Texas A&M University to do aerodynamic studies for a new Can-Am car, and it remained at Texas A&M in a dilapidated state until January 2002 when it returned to Langson. Sold by Langson to Chris Perkins (Ashbourne Derbyshire) about 2003, who restored it with Frissbee bodywork over the next four years. Chris ran out of enthusiasm for the project and sold it on to Graham Earl in mid-2007. Graham reports that the car has the chassis plate HU50. Still with Graham in May 2016.
'the Billy Schyphers car'
Billy Schyphers Can-Am 1984 (1 race only: Sears Point 30 Sep). Entered at #58. Owned by "a gentleman in Sacramento" and prepared by Ike Smith and Colin Riley for Schyphers to drive at Sears Point. The car suffered brake problems over the weekend and did not feature. Nothing more known.
'the Steve Foster car'
Now resolved - see the Phil Compton car.
Also in 1984, Jerry Kehoe (Santa Rosa, CA) drove a "Frissbee" in Can-Am (R8 Sears Point and R9 Riverside) and a previous version of this page supposed that it may have had a Lola T332 basis. Remarkably, this car was built around the Brabham BT29  that Kehoe had run in FB; then, with an FVC engine, in FA; then in the 2-litre Can-Am class and then, with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobile V8, in the 5-litre class. The final refinement, for 1984, was the addition of a Frissbee body. This amazing vehicle contained little of its Brabham BT29 origins by 1984.
Later mystery cars
Several well-used T332s or Frissbees disappeared at the end of 1984, notably those of Robert Meyer and Merle Brennan. In their place comes one new mystery Frissbee, that of Diego Montoya. A single new Frissbee appears in the CAT series of 1987, and a T332 appeared in vintage racing in the early 1990s.
'the Montoya car'
Diego Montoya (Miami, FL): Can-Am 1985 (4 races). Entered by B&T Racing at #82. a picture on racingsportscars.com shows a blue-and-white Frissbee. Nothing more known.
'the McConnell car'
Chuck McConnell CAT series 1987 (1 race only: R1 Willow Springs 3 May 1987). Observed by Martin Spetz to be #46, an ex-Morton/Conte car. Chuck McConnell (Arroyo Grande, CA) raced a Frissbee-Lola in historic racing in 2009 and in 2013, McConnell commented on Facebook about Morton's 1982 car that "I was team manager in 1982, I purchased it after that season and I have raced it in vintage racing all this time and still do. Great car". That would mean that this was the "new" T333 chassis purchased by Morton from Cooke-Wood Racing at the end of 1981, rebuilt as a Frissbee and raced in 1982 with the backing of Phil Conte's Conte-Glanz Industries (CGI).
'the John Macaluso car'
Having raced a #84 Lola T332 in Can-Am from 1984 to 1986, John Macaluso (Glenwood, NY/Hamburg, NY) appeared with a #10 'Frissbee' for CAT racing in 1987. As the T332 appears to have been sold in 1986, and as it still had its T333-style #84 bodywork in 2010, Macaluso's Frissbee must have been a different car. Nothing more known.
'the Steve Simpson car'
An ex-Al Unser Lola T332 seen when bought from "Dallas Motorsports" in Texas by George Nuse (Norcross, Georgia). George recalls that it had been restored by Joe Cavaglieri (Sherman Oaks, CA) and "retained the original painted bodywork from when it was driven by Al Sr". George sold it some time in the late 1980s to Steve Simpson (Atlanta, GA) of Simpson Racing. This would be the #51 Unser Lola T332 that was at the Walter Mitty Challenge in the late 1980s. Simpson had an 'ex-Unser' #51 '76 Lola F5000' at SVRA Road Atlanta late 1990 (as #5), at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993 and at HSR Mid-Ohio in July 1994. Appeared also at Road America July 1997, but did not start. Raced again at Road America July 1998 (#51).
It is unclear whether this car is HU35, Al Unser's spare car in 1976, or his 'kitted' T332 'K1', which was later rebuilt into the first Frissbee. According to a Bonhams description of Simpson's ex-Rocky Moran Frissbee, it is the latter. According to George Nuse, Simpson still had the car in May 2014.
'the Dick Marconi car'
At HSR Mid-Ohio Aug 1993, Dick Marconi (Orange County, CA) drove an 'ex-Boraxo' Redman '75 T-332 C'. In 1994, this car was said to be Redman's 1975 Long Beach winning car. Redman ran the car in a demo to celebrate the 20th Long Beach GP in 1994. It has also been suggested that Marconi's car is actually one of the ex-VDS Lola T333CS Can-Am cars, as converted to T332 F5000 specification for Warwick Brown to use in the Australian Rothmans International series. The Lola was listed on www.marconimuseum.org as being part of the Marconi Automotive Collection (Tustin, CA) in January 2010, with a statement that it was raced in the inaugural Long Beach GP in 1975. The car was still on display in the museum in August 2015, with a board saying that it had won the first Long Beach GP.
On a previous version of this page, the Frissbee raced by Peter Dragffy at St Petersburg in 1985 was shown as a mystery. This is now known to be the ex-Jerry Hansen Lola T333CS, fitted with a Frissbee body by Roy Hayman when he rebuilt it after Claude Gou's crash at Lime Rock in 1983.
Other mystery cars
A number of other cars are known but cannot yet be connected to the histories above.
'the Arnold Glass car'
Allan McCall mentioned to Shayne Windelburn that, in the late 1970s, he had put together a T332 using a tub they had acquired from Theodore and new parts from Lola. McCall's partner Kerry Adams also recalls that it came from Sid Taylor (then team manager of Theodore). It was intended for Arnold Glass but he found the driving experience to be bad for his dry cleaning bill and sold the car on. This is presumably the car that Glass races to fifth place in a libre at Mallory Park 21 Jun 1981.
Advertised by Colin Bennett Racing Ltd (Warrington, Cheshire) in August 1982 and again in Feb 1983. In the August 1982 advert, it was described as "ex-Alan Jones Theodore Lola T332" but the advert was illustrated by a picture of the ex-McKechnie HU36. In 1983, it was again described as "ex-Alan Jones" but was in "as-new condition, with many new parts including the monocoque", and had all new red bodywork. Colin recalls that it went to Adams McCall, and then to the US.
According to Marc Rauchfuss's research, the car was sold via dealer Bobby Howlings to Murray Smith (Amagonsett, NY/Washington, DC) who sold it via Tony Dutton of Northumberland Engineering (Southampton, NY). The next owner was either a Mr Vanelli or a Mr Strackosh. In the early 1990s James Swartzbaugh (Southern California) owned the car and sold it in 1993 to Dave Carlson (Rubicon, Wisconsin) who ran it at the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival 25 Sept 1993 but it was then unused until Carlson sold it to Marc Rauchfuss (Simi Valley, CA) in the late summer of 2008. Still with Marc in February 2016 but disassembled. (Marc regards this car as T332C HU61 on a replacement tub.) Sold to Cameron Akhurst (Adelaide, Australia) in late 2016.
'the Rose-Catell car'
Mark Rose (Fort Worth, TX) appeared in the Southwest Division A Sports Racing (ASR) points table in 1981, scoring 12 points. In June 1982, he advertised a "Lola T-332 disassembled, new chassis, Prophet bodywork and engines available, blueprints for assembly … ". The new chassis and disassembled state suggest his 1981 car had been crashed.
The car was bought from Rose in 1983 by Scott Cattell (Sebastopol, CA), who started a long-term restoration. Before the restoration was complete, he sold the car to Todd Reiners (Sacramento, CA) in 2000, and the pair completed it together. The bodywork on the car is ex-Guy Edwards/Embassy but the origins of the tub are not yet known. Since its restoration, Todd has used the T332 in US vintage racing. Photographs show that this is also the car raced by Tom Dyer in US Vintage racing in 2008. Still owned by Reiners in 2015.
'the Garry Hobbs “HU37”'
"Chassis #37" advertised in Victory Lane November 1991 from Burbank, CA "ground up restoration". Five years later, "Chassis 37" was advertised in Victory Lane Dec 1996 from a Los Angeles, CA area code as "fully sorted" and "race ready" after a "total 1995 restoration". It had been the "winner of first prestiguous show in California". Next seen when Garry Hobbs owned "HU37" at the June 1999 Watkins HSR meeting. Sold to Larry Neviaser (Easton, Maryland) March 2002. The car is in livery from when it raced in Australia at some point but this (see picture, right) does not match the white livery used by Schuppan in 1976 nor even the orange-and-black livery of Jon Davison's ex-Theodore HU34 when it was last seen. More work is needed to positively identify this car.
Sold by Neviaser to Michael Schryver (UK) 2008; later to Richard Piper (UK) 2009, and then Neil Daws (UK) 2010. Raced by Daws at HSCC Brands Hatch July 2010 and Silverstone October 2012, but crashed and badly damaged at the Silverstone Classic July 2013. Returned to racing at the HSCC Super Prix, Brands Hatch in July 2015.
'the Mike Sheehan car'
Effectively a brand new car advertised by Michael Sheehan (CA, US) in 2002. This was "a 100% rebuild" of an old, crashed, car but the identity of the crashed car was unknown to Sheehan. According to later owner Marc Rauchfuss, it was built by Mel Spillman (San Antonio, TX) in the late 1990s using T332 parts acquired from Evan Noyes team. Marc saw this car raced for the first time by Spillman at Road America in 1999. The car uses the chassis number "HU 32B" but no connection to HU32 has been demonstrated. To John Mann (New Zealand) 2002 and raced in the Tasman Revival Series. To Tony Richards (Christchurch, NZ) 2005. Raced by Richards in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009, and appeared regularly in Tasman Revival races until February 2014. Advertised by Richards as "HU32b, ex Evan Noyes" in 2015, and sold to Marc Rauchfuss (Simi Valley, CA). Repainted in Noyes' livery and advertised by Rauchfuss in February 2016.
'the Rick McLean/Steve Tillack car'
In 2003, dealer Steve Tillack bought a Lola T332 from Rick McLean who had owned it since 1991, McLean told Tillack that he bought the car from Peter Austin of Westmont, Quebec, Canada in September 1991. Tillack's research determined that the car had been acquired by Austin from Robb Woltring and that Woltring had acquired it from a California car sales operation called "Big Boys Toys", owned by Jerry Siemons. Ed Superfond (sp), who ran this operation for Siemons, told Tillack that the T332 came from Francesco Mir, who had owned HU48. This may mean that this car was HU48 but it clashes with that car's history as a Spyder Can-Am car.
Steve Tillack subsequently sold the car to Stuart McDonnell (Hamilton, NZ) in June 2003 and McDonnell reported that it was being restored. Nothing more known.
'SCCA 19 1467'
Owned by Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand) in 2004. Shayne reports that:
The tub I have, came from Duncan [Fox], and he got it from, Bill Moyer, prior to him it was Hal Whipple's, and before that a bloke Fred Shramike (who also owns that Brabham Frisbee you mention on your site) and before that, a Jim Canal, but here the trail gets cold. I do have a video of the 1980 Sears Point Can-Am race, and in the pits prior to the race with no bodywork on, is a 332 with the same decals on the side of the tub as my one has, in the same place. The only car that was there that I now can't account for, is the Mike Roche Lola,
The hoop also has 22 and 74 stamped by the 91467, and is definitely an original Lola tub, although it has had new side skins on it at some point, which is why I suspect it could also have been a 330 originally. This is tub is being a bit of a tuff nut to crack that's for sure.
Closer examination of the number, later showed that it was '19 1467', implying a car from SCCA Region 19, the California Sports Car Club. Shayne still had this monocoque in April 2016.
'the Ian Clements car'
After selling his original T332 HU38(A) to Sefton Gibb in 2007, Ian Clements (Christchurch, NZ) returned to the Tasman Revival series in November 2008 with a new T332 described as being an ex-Viceroy car. It was listed on the Jan 2010 Hampton Downs entry list as chassis "HU48R", implying it is the Rick McLean car last seen in 2003 when owned by Stuart McDonnell (Hamilton, NZ).
Clements raced a red-and-white #30 Lola T332 in the 2008/09 Tasman Revival series, including the the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009. He has raced a #30 Lola every season of the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2009/10 to 2017/18. Raced by Clements at Sydney Motorsport Park Nov 2012. Raced as HU48'R' at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2016.
The Barry Blackmore cars
'the first Barry Blackmore car'
In the late 1980s or early 1990s, Don Devine bought "a disassembled pile of pieces and tub". He bought the package sight unseen and was told it was a T332. He never saw the package and sold it all to Tony Mistretta who, according to Don, took it to Marc Bahner "to have a second tub built so they could have one as a 5000 car and one in single seat Can Am". Barry Blackmore (Glendale, CA) bought one or other of these from Bahner in February 1996 and restored the car to F5000 specification. He raced the car in US vintage racing from 2005 onwards. Blackmore's understanding was that he had HU59.
In 2009, Blackmore sold this car to Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) and shipped to New Zealand to race in the Tasman Revival series. First appeared at Wigram in Jan 2010 but DNS and raced for the first time at Phillip Island in March 2010. Retained for the 2010/11 series but crashed at Oulton Park on a visit to the UK in July 2011. Raced by Redmond in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival but crashed heavily at Phillip Island in March 2012. Redmond then acquired the ex-Warwick Brown T333CS for the 2012/13 series. Redmond died after an accident at Teretonga in the T333CS in February 2013. The T332 was reported to still be with his family in April 2016.
'the second Barry Blackmore car'
Barry Blackmore (Glendale, CA) has raced several Lola T332s in US vintage racing. After he sold his first car to Stan Redmond in New Zealand in 2009, Blackmore appeared in a second T332 by 2012. He crashed this car at Road America in July 2012 and the damaged car was advertised in September 2013. By mid-2014, this car had been acquired by Geoff Walters (Australia).
'the third Barry Blackmore car'
After Barry Blackmore (Glendale, CA) crashed his Lola T332 at Road America in 2012, that car was sold to Australia. Blackmore has subsequently raced yet another T332 in US vintage racing. This car is in the colours of Richard Shirey's Lola T332C. Nothing more known. Raced at the 2013 Classic Motorsports Mitty. Raced at Mid-Ohio June 2014. Raced at Road America July 2015.
Other T332 advertisments as yet unexplained include:
- "Stan" (Wyoming) "totally restored" Victory Lane and Autoweek Sep 1996;
- Jan or Pat (California), "restored" Autoweek Feb 1996;
Les White acquired parts from the crashed HU36 in 1983 which implies he had a T332 at this time.
David M. Kane (US) had a severely bent Lola T332 tub in 2005. Nothing more known.
Last, but not least, Phil Myers recalls Ray Reimer having a damaged T332 tub hanging on the wall of a barn for some time. Ray sold it to John Welsh (Chicago, IL) who intended to restore it. Phil believes it may have been John who sold it to Ray in the first place.
These histories last updated on 4 March, 2018 .