Lola T350 and Lola T360 car-by-car histories
The Lola T360 was Lola's 1974-1975 Formula Atlantic car, building on the success of the company's FSV and FF designs in the US. A Formula 3 derivative, the T350, was not a success and was converted to T360 specification.
Lola had a great deal of success in US road racing in the early 1970s, both with their large Can-Am and F5000 cars, as well as at the smaller end with Formula Ford and Formula Super Vee. American agent Carl Haas sold huge numbers of these cars, including 54 T200 Formula Ford in 1970 alone, and 23 T250 Formula Super Vee in 1971. The last Formula Atlantic model had been the 1972 T240, built for F2 and F/Atlantic, but although successful at Division level, it achieved little in the two Pro series. In 1973, Haas sold 17 of the latest Formula Super Vee, the T320, and such was its success that another 12 updated T322s were sold for 1974. Also in 1973, Lola started work on a new design for Formula 3 and Formula Atlantic, categories then dominated by March Engineering's products. The Formula Atlantic T360 was the priority, as Carl Haas would be able to sell it in significant numbers, and the F3 version, the T350, followed later.
The product of Lola boss Eric Broadley and his Chief Engineer Bob Marston, the T350/T360 was similar to the T322 FSV, consisting of a three-quarter monocoque of L72 and NS4 aluminium alloy, with a sub-frame at the back allowing the engine to be a semi-stressed member. Suspension was entirely orthodox, with double wishbones and outboard springs at the front, and reversed wishbones, radius rods and outboard springs at the rear. A full-width nose, not dissimilar to that the the 1973 March 732 and 73B, housed the main radiator. It was fitted with the Hewland FT200 gearbox.
Carl Haas was a bit busy selling a staggering 71 Formula Ford Lola T340s in the American market, but the FF model had been available from November 1973, whereas the T360 did not make its first appearance until April 1974, and only started to show potential when Richard Scott put the works development car on the front row at Silverstone in May. Two cars were then ordered by the Traylor Engineering pairing of Bill O'Connor and Tom Klausler, and the talented Klausler won first time out in the Players Canadian series race at Gimli in June. Further Haas sales were made to top Canadian Gary Magwood, with a number more being readied for the 1975 season. Klausler won two rounds of the Canadian series, but as his car had not been ready until June, he narrowly lost the title to Bill Brack. However, Klausler then won the major non-championship Pro races at Road America, Trois-Rivières and Waterford Hills to end 1974 as the fastest driver in Formula Atlantic. Teammate O'Connor also won the high-profile US GP support race in his T360. Meanwhile, sales in the UK were limited to just Nigel Clarkson, although Lola loaned out the development car to Ken Bailey and later to Ted Wentz.
Klausler got a new T360 for 1975, one of ten that practiced for the opening race of the 1975 Players Canadian series, including the two-car Bill Scott Racing team of FSV alumni Howdy Holmes and Elliot Forbes-Robinson, as well as two future stars in Bobby Rahal and Tom Gloy. In a highly competitive year with Lola, Chevron and March very closely matched, "EFR" won two rounds, and Klausler had a string of podium finishes which left him third in the championship. There were no 1975 sales in the UK, where Nick May had the ex-Clarkson car and Ted Wentz contined with the works development car, winning one race and generally being near the front of the field. Late in the season, after Roy James had written off the works car in a test, Ted Wentz was loaned the "1976 prototype" T360 for the last few races.
A new T460 design was sold in 1976, and the American T360s moved down into SCCA Divisional level, winning Central and Midwest Divisions in 1976. In the UK, Tony Trimmer won the opening two round of the 1976 Indylantic series in the works development car, but it was then sold to Mike King, who was unable to repeat Trimmer's performances.
South African Robert Joubert and Belgian Patrick Neve were expected to appear in a two-car team of Formula 3 Lola T350s in 1975, but Neve's sponsorship fell through. The car was pictured testing in March, but engine failure prevented Joubert starting at Thruxton on its debut. Another engine failure in practice put him out of the Monaco GP, after which he had the car converted to T360 specification and bought a second T360 for teammate Dave Walker. Joubert raced the T350 four times in the Players Formula Atlantic series in Canada, and then dropped out. Walker drove the T350 in the Trois-Rivières race in August. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Robert Joubert and Dave Walker. First race: Mont-Tremblant (R4), 6 Jul 1975. Total of 3 recorded races.
The first Lola T360 made its first race appearance when loaned to Formula Atlantic championship leader Richard Scott for the International Trophy support race at Silverstone in April 1974. It had gone well in testing, but was understeering severely at Silverstone and was taken away. Scott returned to it at Silverstone again in May, and was impressively second in practice, led, and set fastest lap before retiring. Scott returned to his own F2 car and won the next round. The works T360 was next seen in May, when it was loaned to Ken Bailey for the remainder of the season. Wrecked at Silverstone on 28 July when Bailey spun at Copse on the opening lap and took off Spitzley, Musetti, Smiley and Wentz, and replaced with a new car.
Driven by: Richard Scott and Ken Bailey. First race: Silverstone (R6), 12 May 1974. Total of 5 recorded races.
Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Klausler won two rounds, and the Pro races at Road America, Trois-Rivières and Waterford Hills. Sold to Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) for 1975, and raced in the Players series. There is no sign of Hall racing it again after 1975, but he advertised it in the early months of 1977, after which it appears to go back to Carl Haas Racing. The later history of this car is still not known with precision, but over the next 13 years it acquired sports car bodywork and a Mazda engine. Doug Moe (Bremerton, WA) owned it, and it may have been the BSR class "Mazron" that he raced in ICSCC events in 1977 (as the "Mk 1"), 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981, by which time it was the "Mazron Mk V". It was raced by Bill Hill in the CAT championship in 1987, after which it was reportedly stored. Early in 2003, Moe sold the the car to Allan T. Chou (Westfield, NJ), and in 2009 it was being restored. Bought from Chou in 2012 by Guilbert Twiss (Pittsfield, MA). Still owned by Twiss in November 2019.
Driven by: Tom Klausler, Mike Hall and Bill Hill. First race: Gimli (R3), 16 Jun 1974. Total of 19 recorded races.
Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. O'Connor won the US GP support race in this car in October 1974. Retained for 1975, when it was used in the Canadian series and at least once in SCCA Nationals, entered by United Racing Ltd.
Subsequent history unknown, but see the John Kowalski car. According to Lola Heritage, this car is owned by Chris Reinke.
Driven by: Bill O'Connor. First race: Gimli (R3), 16 Jun 1974. Total of 11 recorded races.
Sold to North American agent Carl Haas, where it is almost certainly the car acquired by preparer Dan Fodge. Said to have been run by Fodge for Kenny Briggs, but Briggs did not appear in Pro Formula Atlantic and there is no mention of him in the SCCA's Finish Line or The Wheel magazines covering SCCA racing in California. Then said to have gone to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) for 1975, but Norman raced an older Lotus in 1975, winning Northern Pacific Division, and no Lola was mentioned at the time. Its first known usage is 1976, when Norman ran it for Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) in Pro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA FB. Sold at the end of 1976 to Cal Huartson (Bellingham, WA), who used in in Regional Formula B in 1977. This is presumably the T360 used by Bruce Yeo (Burnaby, BC, Canada) in ICSCC in 1978, then by Bruce Shaughnessy (Maple Ridge, BC/Coquitlam, BC) in 1979 and is presumably the same Lola Shaughnessy raced in 1981 and, in the Formula Libre class, in 1982 and 1983. Subsequent history unresolved.
Driven by: Dan Marvin and Cal Huartson. First race: Laguna Seca (R2), 2 May 1976. Total of 9 recorded races.
New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it. In February 2019, the restoration remained stalled due to other priorities.
Driven by: Nigel Clarkson, Richard Scott, Nick May, John Nicholson, Brian Robinson, John Morrison, Kevin Bowditch and Martin Mansell. First race: Brands Hatch (R9), 20 Jul 1974. Total of 40 recorded races.
New via North American agent Carl Haas and Canadian agent Brian Robertson to Jack Burnett for Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario) to race in the Canadian John Player Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Also raced by Magwood at the US GP Formula Atlantic support race at Watkins Glen in October 1974, but then not seen until Magwood returned to Formula Atlantic in July 1976. Comprehensively destroyed in Magwood's accident at Halifax in August 1976.
Driven by: Gary Magwood. First race: St Johns (R6), 27 Jul 1974. Total of 5 recorded races.
Believed to be the new car loaned to Ken Bailey in August for British Formula Atlantic, after he had wrecked his original loan car at Silverstone two weeks earlier. Sold to Planer, owners of the Wella brand, for Ted Wentz, starting with the televised Thruxton race in November 1974. Raced by Wentz through 1974 until it was heavily damaged by Roy James in a testing accident in early October 1975. Wentz hired the works development car for the rest of the season, so it is assumed that HU7 was not repairable.
Driven by: Ken Bailey and Ted Wentz. First race: Mallory Park (R6), 11 Aug 1974. Total of 21 recorded races.
New via North American agent Carl Haas to Robert Young (Snowmass Resort, CO) to replace Young's earlier Lola T242, but apparently not raced until 1975, having sat in stock in late 1974. Young used the car mainly in SCCA Midwest Division Formula B, winning the Division in 1975, 1976 and 1977. The car's SCCA Logbook shows that it was retained by Young until 1978, then sold to Ron Clawson 25 Aug 1978, Jerry King 4 Sep 1982, Kenny Dahlmann 3 Oct 1988, Keith Young Jan 1990, Steve Torrance 18 Apr 1990, Randy Johnson 28 Mar 1992 and then Cecil Boyd, by which time the car had been fitted with a replacement Marc Bahner monocoque. For a time this car was claimed to be the ex-Bobby Rahal car, a confusion that has now been resolved. Sold to Russell Sewell (Australia) 2008 and then to Leigh Turner (Western Australia) 2009. History then unknown until a car with this chassis number raced in the Formula Atlantic class of the HSCC Formula 2 series by Nick Pink in 2017 and 2018.
Driven by: Bob Young. First race: Road America, 22 Jun 1975. Total of 10 recorded races.
New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) January 1975, and raced in SCCA Nationals in the early months of 1975, winning at PBIR and Stuttgart, then in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. To George Herscher (Charleston, WV) January 1976, replacing a Lola T240, and raced in SCCA Northeast Division and Southeast Division FB. Returned to Carl Haas in May 1977 and sold on to Paul Kelleher (Little Lake, Michigan) in October 1977. To Art Filip (Chicago, IL) in March 1979 and raced in SCCA Central Division, then to Dennis Tobin May 1989, Carl Haas again February 1990, almost immediately to Carl Thompson, and retained until sold to Bobby Rahal February 2000. Retained by Rahal until sold late 2012 via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Steve Miller (Cape Town, South Africa). It was then sold to Brad Oldenbrook around 2015, and from him to Andrew Wait (Greenbrae, CA) in May 2019.
Driven by: Bobby Rahal. First race: Palm Beach International Raceway, 23 Feb 1975. Total of 10 recorded races.
New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. Also raced by Harry MacDonald at the SCCA Pro race at Brainerd in September 1975. To Joe Colantonio (Glenolden, PA) in 1976, and raced in the Players series. In May 1977, he advertised the car, noting that it had a new monocoque in April 1977 and had been "completely gone over". Subsequent history unresolved, but the car was with Mike Brodie in 2009. Acquired from Brodie by Daniel Glanz (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) of Legends Automotive In 2010, and offered for sale with a history that said it had had only two owners from new, and had last been raced by Bill Brodie in 1996. Raced by Glanz in the Formula Atlantic classes of HSCC F2 and Derek Bell Trophy races from 2011 to 2015.
Driven by: Howdy Holmes, Harry MacDonald and Joe Colantonio. First race: Edmonton (R1), 25 May 1975. Total of 12 recorded races.
New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Elliot Forbes-Robinson (La Crescenta, CA) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series with Penthouse sponsorship. Forbes-Robinson won two rounds of the Canadian series in this car. Sold to John Weakley (Nashville, IN) for 1976, who ran as part of the Bill Scott Racing team, but he ran out of finance the car was sold to Ivan Roland (Asheville NC) in 1979. Used by Roland's son Russ Roland in SCCA events until 1982, when it was advertised. It was later sold to someone in update New York, so may be the Walter Nelson car.
Driven by: Elliot Forbes-Robinson and John Weakley. First race: Edmonton (R1), 25 May 1975. Total of 10 recorded races.
Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, replacing the earlier T360 HU2 he drove in 1974. In August 1976, Tom Price (Mt Prospect, IL) advertised a Lola T360 which he described as being "ex Klausler". As Klausler's 1974 T360 HU2 was still with Mike Hall at this time, this must have been Klausler's 1975 HU12. Subsequent history unknown, but likely to be Rick Koehler's "ex-Klausler" car in 1977.
See the Rick Koehler car.
Driven by: Tom Klausler. First race: Edmonton (R1), 25 May 1975. Total of 8 recorded races.
Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA). Karlberg raced it in the opening round of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, finishing an impressive fifth, but did not race at the second round as the car was not running well. Sold to Larry Bergman (Los Gatos, CA), who was seen very infrequently with it during 1976 and 1977. The Lola was advertised by Bergman in March 1977, then by Don Breidenbach in April 1977. Subsequent history unknown, until owned by Patrick Murphie (Seattle, WA) from 1980 to 1984, fitted with a 2-litre Lotus 907 engine and raced in SCCA North West region and - somehow! - in the WCAR race at Seattle in 1984. To Michael Bledsoe (Seattle, WA) 1988 and raced in SCCA North West region. To David D. Weldon (Manhattan Beach, CA) November 1990, and stored at first, then restored and raced with VARA from 2001 to 2003, still with the Lotus 907 engine.
Driven by: Allen Karlberg, Larry Bergman and Patrick Murphie. First race: Edmonton (R1), 25 May 1975. Total of 6 recorded races.
Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Tom Weichmann (Kent, WA) and raced in the first two rounds of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, but not raced again in 1975. Advertised by Phillips at the end of 1975, but no racing history known in 1976. Sold to Sans Thompson (Banks, OR), the Phillips team's chief mechanic, and used in ICSCC races in 1977. Sold in early 1979 to Bill Moll (Seattle, WA), but according to Thompson the car was never raced.
Driven by: Tom Weichmann and Sans Thompson. First race: Westwood (R2), 1 Jun 1975. Total of 2 recorded races.
Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA), and raced in SCCA Nationals at the start of the 1975, then in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, sponsored by Hanna Industries. Rented by James Heath for a SCCA National at Willow Springs in October 1975. Sold to Phil Threshie (Alamo, CA), and raced in a SCCA National at Sears Point in April, then in three Californian rounds of the 1976 IMSA series. Advertised by Threshie in November 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Tom Gloy, James Heath and Phil Threshie. First race: Sears Point, 27 Apr 1975. Total of 14 recorded races.
New to Sandy Shepard (Denton, TX) for 1975, and given its first race in a Green Valley Racing Association event at Green Valley Raceway. Then raced in the SCCA National at Greater Southwest Raceway in June, and in other Southwest Division Formula B events that year. Engine failures limited him to two race wins, but he won Southwest Division FB in 1975 with those 18 points, and went to the Runoffs. Shepard used the T360 again at the start of the 1976 season, before trading it back to Carl Haas for a Lola T460 which was delivered in May 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Sandy Shepard. First race: Greater Southwest Raceway, 29 Jun 1975. Total of 2 recorded races.
Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
Driven by: Ted Wentz, Tony Trimmer, Mike King and Carl Liebich. First race: Oulton Park (R7), 4 Oct 1975. Total of 19 recorded races.
Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Fred Phillips (Shreveport, LA) in June 1975, and run for him by Bill Scott Racing in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Rented to Harry MacDonald (Southfield, Michigan) for the IMSA race at Road Atlanta 1976. Sold to James Maetzold (Valley Centre, Kansas) and raced at Hutchinson and Lake Afton in SCCA Midwest Division in 1977. After being unused in 1978, the Lola was sold to John (Joe?) Whitaker, then on to Gene Forsthofel (Olathe, Kansas) in August 1979. Raced by Forsthofel in Midwest Div events to the end of 1981, then sold to Chad Ward (Lathrop, Missouri) who raced it from 1982 to 1984, then once more in 1988. Sold to Bill Formwalt in September 1989, then sold to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA) in May 1991. For sale by Moreland on www.race-cars.com in 2005 with refurbished Bahner tub. Sold to James Frank in October 2005. Used by Frank in SVRA events in 2012 and in 2015.
Driven by: Fred Phillips, Harry MacDonald, James Maetzold, Gene Forsthofel and Chad Ward. First race: Mont-Tremblant (R4), 6 Jul 1975. Total of 9 recorded races.
New to South African Robert Joubert to join his converted Lola T350 in a two-car Formula Atlantic team in the 1975 Canadian Players series. The T360 was driven by his teammate Dave Walker, and was brand new at Edmonton. Joubert did not appear at Trois-Rivières at the end of August, and the entry numbers used suggest Walker drove Joubert's T350. The subsequent history of the T360 HU21 is unknown, but it may have been David Westgate's car at Trois-Rivières in 1975, then that of Victor Larose in 1976. In 1983, Peter Dragffy (Montréal, Quebec) raced HU21 in two WCAR races. It was later bought from the Dragffys by John Arnold in 1989, and was inherited by his son Michael Arnold in 2015.
Driven by: Dave Walker and Peter Dragffy. First race: Westwood (R2), 1 Jun 1975. Total of 7 recorded races.
Bill Scott Racing (BSR) started in 1969, operating out of McLean, VA, and as well as running cars in Formula Ford and Formula Super Vee, Scott and his partner Tom Milner also ran a driving school at Summit Point Raceway. Scott and Milner acquired Summit Point in 1979. Scott was injured at the Nurburgring in 1973, and gave up racing in 1977 after a severe accident damaged his hearing. In 1975, BSR ran a pair of Lola T360s in Formula Atlantic for Howdy Holmes and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and later in the season bought a third car, chassis HU22, which Scott himself drove. Scott scored eight points in CEnDiv FB in 1975, so must race raced it at leats twice. There is a strong likelihood that this is then the BSR Lola T360 raced by John Barringer (Adelphi, MD) at Road Atlanta in April 1976. Subsequent history unknown, but in May 2006 Dean Baker (Ontario, Canada) reported in 10 Tenths that he owned this car. He had a log book going back to 1978, with Jim O'Brien given as the first owner. Jim O'Brien (North Haledon, NJ) entered a Lola T360 for an ECAR race at Lime Rock in 1986.
Driven by: Bill Scott and John Barringer. First race: Brainerd, 7 Sep 1975. Total of 3 recorded races.
Believed to be the prototype T360, which was tested at Silverstone but then dismantled to facilitate construction of production jigs. It was acquired by Don Baker of Dolphin Racing and Lola agent Glen Abbey, and shipped to Australia in parts, where it was given the identity 'AU1'. Fitted with a Ford twin cam engine for ANF2, and raced by Chris Farrell, Graeme Lawrence, and Kevin Bartlett. To Doug McArthur for 1975 and 1976, then to Andrew Miedecke and rebuilt as a Formula Pacific for the 1977 season. Then to Jim Hunter but remained unused until it reappeared in historic racing in 1989. Bought by Colin Haste in 2002, and still with him in 2013.
Driven by: Chris Farrell, Graeme Lawrence, Kevin Bartlett, Andrew Miedecke and John Davis. First race: Oran Park (R2), 23 Jun 1974. Total of 9 recorded races.
The 1975 mystery cars
At the Trois-Rivières street race at the end of August 1975, which was after the end of the Players season, two Canadians appeared with unidentified T360s, David Westgate and Jacques Desjardins. One of these could have been Robert Joubert's HU21, as Joubert did not race at Trois-Rivières and his teammate Dave Walker drove Joubert's converted T350. Chris Townsend points out that Jacques Desjardins' car was reported to have a Nicholson BDA, which were very rare in Canada in 1975. Joubert's team had used Nicholson BDAs, suggesting Desjardins had acquired or hired Joubert's HU21. However, the history given for HU21 by later owners suggests Westgate was involved with it.
If one of these newcomers was using HU21, what was the other using? Not Rahal's HU9, Holmes' HU10, Forbes-Robinson's HU11, Klausler's HU12 or Gloy's HU16, as all were in the same race. Gary Magwood's HU6 based in Toronto, and Allen Karlberg's HU14 in Washington state can be discounted as both Magwood and Karlberg are sure their cars were never hired out. HU5, HU7 and HU18 were in England. That leaves Mike Hall's HU2 and Bill O'Connor's HU3, both of which were at Brainerd a week later, the mystery HU4 in California, Robert Young's HU8 in Colorado, the Pierre Phillips/Tom Weichmann HU15 in Washington state, and Sandy Shepard's HU17 down in Texas. None of these six seem very plausible hire deals.
That only leaves two other possibilities: the two Bill Scott Racing cars usually driven by Fred Philips and Bill Scott. Both missed Trois-Rivières but were at Brainerd, allowing for a one-off hire deal at Trois-Rivières, but if that had been the case, the cars would have been expected to run with the usual numbers. Both Desjardins (#87) and Westgate (#71) ran with numbers that had not previously been used in the series. Westgate's car was later entered by him for Victor Larose in 1976, so could not have been a hire deal in 1975. To make it even more complicated, Desjardins later advertised two Lola T360s in 1976, suggesting these two cars stayed together. Could Desjardins and Westgate have bought both Joubert's cars, leaving Walker, who was in town anyway, to hire another T360?
'the Jacques Desjardins car'
Jacques Desjardins (Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, Canada) raced a Lola T360 at Trois-Rivières in August 1975, and at Road Atlanta in April 1976. In December 1976, Desjardins advertised two March 75Bs and two Lola T360s. He advertised all four cars again in April 1977. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Jacques Desjardins. First race: Trois-Rivières, 31 Aug 1975. Total of 2 recorded races.
'the David Westgate car'
David Westgate (Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, Canada) raced a Lola T360 at Trois-Rivières in August 1975. In 1976, Westgate entered a T360 for Victor Larose (Mount Royal, Quebec) at Mont-Tremblant, Mosport Park and Trois-Rivières. Nothing more known.
Driven by: David Westgate and Victor Larose. First race: Trois-Rivières, 31 Aug 1975. Total of 4 recorded races.
The 1976 mystery cars
It appears that 21 T360s were built, with chassis numbers running from HU1 to HU22, but excluding HU13. Additionally a car was sold in parts that is known only as 'AU1', but HU19 does not appear in Lola records. Also included here is the Lola T350, which had been rebuilt by Lola to T360 specification and sold to Robert Joubert with T360 HU21. By the end of 1975, HU1, HU6, and HU7 had been destroyed, leaving a total of 19 T350/T360s remaining.
Thirteen of the T360s can be tracked through the 1976 season: Mike Hall retained his ex-Tom Klausler HU2 unused; the puzzling HU4 was with Jon Norman; Nick May's ex-Nigel Clarkson HU5 went to Brian Robinson; HU8 was retained by Robert Young; Bobby Rahal's HU9 went to George Herscher; the Howdy Holmes BSR HU10 went to Joe Colantonio; the Elliot Forbes-Robinson BSR HU11 went to John Weakley; Allen Karlberg's HU14 went to Larry Bergman; Tom Weichmann's HU15 went to Sans Thompson; Tom Gloy's HU16 went to Phil Threshie; Ted Wentz' HU18 went to Tony Trimmer; Fred Phillips's HU20 was retained; and the 'AU1' mystery was still in Australia.
The six cars that are not known after the end of 1975 are Bill O'Connor's HU3; Tom Klausler's HU12; Robert Joubert's HU21 and also his T350 HU1; and Bill Scott's HU22, although the latter may have stayed with BSR in early 1976. Also, Sandy Shepard's HU17 was traded back to Carl Haas around May 1976.
The two late-1975 mystery cars of David Westgate and Jacques Desjardins remain unresolved, to which can be added the two unresolved T360 owners in 1976 identified so far, John Kowalski and James Cushing. Kowalski is likely to have acquired Bill O'Connor's HU3, but Cushing's is a real puzzle. It could have had Tom Klausler's HU12, the car that Tom Price advertised a month or two later, but his appearance at Road Atlanta in April 1976 rules out the Bill Scott Racing hire car HU22 as John Barringer used it at that race, it can't be Freddy Phillips' BSR-run HU20 as Harry MacDonald was in that one, and is too early in the season for it to be the ex-Sandy Shepard HU17. It is possible that Cushing had hired a car, but it's hard to see which one it could have been.
'the John Kowalski car'
John Kowalski (Berea, OH) won Central Division Formula B in 1976 in a Lola T360, qualifying for the Runoffs. His car was red and wore #25, just as Bill O'Connor's had when he last raced it at the end of 1975, so this is most likely to be the car Kowalski had acquired. Kowalski only scored nine points in a Lola in Central Division FB in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: John Kowalski. First race: Charlotte, 28 Mar 1976. Total of 10 recorded races.
'the Kurt Buess car'
Kurt Buess (Gelterkinden, Switzerland) raced a Lola T360 in Swiss championship events in 1976 and 1977, and in French hillclimbs in 1977 and 1978. The car was fitted with a Cosworth BDH engine and ran in the 1300cc class. In July 1978, the engine was changed to a 2-litre Cosworth BDE. Last seen at Dunières in July 1978. By 1980, Henri Petitjean (Liestal, Switzerland) was racing a Lola T360, and he may well have had it the season before. He raced it in 1980 with a 1600cc engine, and was then said to be using a 2-litre BMW in 1981. He crashed heavily at Wissembourg in July 1981, hitting a stone bridge, and did not race again. Given the severity of the accident, it is assumed this car no longer exists. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Kurt Buess and Henri Petitjean. First race: Dijon-Prenois (R1), 11 Apr 1976. Total of 33 recorded races.
'the James Cushing car'
James Cushing had a Lola T360 in 1976. Apart from his appearance at the Road Atlanta IMSA race and a SCCA National at Road America in June, nothing more is known.
Driven by: James Cushing. First race: Road Atlanta (R1), 11 Apr 1976. Total of 2 recorded races.
The later mystery cars
'the Rick Koehler car'
Rick Koehler (Mequon, WI) raced a Lola T360 in Central Division Formula B in 1977, winning the division with 43 points, one ahead of Jerry Hansen's newer Lola. The car was described at some races as an "Excalibur EE1B", including at the Runoffs, but this is believed to be the same car. Koehler advertised the car in August 1979, saying that it had not raced in 1979, had only been raced once in 1978, and was the lap record holder at PBIR. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Rick Koehler. First race: Mid-America Raceway, 8 May 1977. Total of 6 recorded races.
'the Walter Nelson car'
Walter Nelson (Patterson, NY) raced a Formula B Lola T360 in the SCCA Northeast Division's regional championship, the the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship from the early 1980s until 1992, when his stepson John Nelson wrecked the car.
In addition to the above, unknown Lola T360s were driven by Richard Melville, Milt Minter and George Merscher.
Please contact Allen Brown (email@example.com) if you can add anything to our understanding of these cars.
Much of the ground work and heavy lifting on these histories was performed by Chris Townsend, using both Lola records and Carl Haas' records, and also ploughing through classified advertisements in Competition Press & Autoweek and contacting many former owners. Our thanks also to Alan Brown, Adam Ferrington, David McKinney and Bryan Miller; to original drivers Allen Karlberg, Carl Liebich, Gary Magwood, Bobby Rahal, Sandy Shepard, and Sans Thompson; and to current owners Dean Baker, Colin Haste, James Frank, Allan Chou, Michael Arnold and Guilbert Twiss.
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