During 1969 a young and enthusiastic Bill joined Lola working at the Yeovil Road premises in Slough. Fabrication and welding were Bill’s forte’ but amateur photography was a keen interest and he frequently popped his camera in his lunch box to record the day to day activities. Some 37 years later, having discovered the Lola Heritage website, Bill has sent a selection of his pictures for us all to enjoy.
Such was the pace of development in F5000 during 1970/71 that the far sighted Frank Gardner was already planning the next step forward whilst he was winning races in the T192. Wary of the progress made by Team Surtees in developing their cars Frank proposed a solution that had everyone at Lola gasping. The T240 had not been a great success and was blighted with handling problems but Gardner’s’ keen eye saw past those difficulties and proposed a new F5000 based on the F2 tub. Thus was born the T300 that became the market leader in no time at all.
The prototype was built by the Marshall brothers in three weeks and finished third in it’s first race at Thruxton in July ’71 having started from pole position. Development continued and results improved with the car recording it’s first F5000 win at the Oulton Park Gold Cup in August.