Lola Heritage


LOLA T440 HU35

Robin Oldfield tells the story of the life (and death) of T440 HU35.

"Ed Sexton purchased the car new from Carl Haas Automobile Imports and campaigned it in 1977 and 1978. I purchased the car from Ed in November, 1978 and the center section was still in blue gel coat so I believe that was the original color, I had it resprayed in silver, however. At that time Dorsey Schroeder, today a former Trans-Am series champion and Le Mans competitor and currently a Speed Channel commentator, and I worked together in the automobile business. We sold, of all things, Peugeots, and must not have done a very good job of it because they never caught on in this country. Dorsey is shown testing my car the first time I took it to the now defunct Mid-America Raceway in Wentzville, Missouri for practice."

"I raced it for three and a half seasons, selling it in the fall of 1982. I upgraded the roll hoops, added side braces and fitted the low engine cover that Haas' dealer John Barker of Performance Development and Racing located in Denver, Colorado produced. All the fast guys who ran for Barker used the low engine covers so I had to have one too.

Bruce Poehlman purchased HU35 from me and wrote the car off in 1983 when he flipped it in turn one at Mid-America, he then bought another T440 that had not been so badly shunted and used the best pieces off both to construct another car. He ended up trashing the frame from the car he bought from me."