LOLA HERITAGE SCRAPBOOK
The gypsy life on the 1960s racer are captured in these pictures from Petri Hitches featuring his father David.
Petri Hitches told up about his father David racing a Mk1 in Finland HERE, Petri has now sent a fascinating selection of pictures of some of his father's, very successful, racing exploits in his Mk1 sportscar and the Mk5 Formula Junior.
Some idea of the miles he must have covered can be seen from the fact that he was racing one weekend in Finland and then in Italy for another.
The Mk1 BR-5 at the 1960 Lenister Trophy in Ireland.
11th May 1961, David took a Class Win at Elaintarhanaho, Helsinki. in his Mk1 BR27.
The Finnish press report on David's success.
Racing his Mk5 in the IV Circuito Internazionale Riviera di Cesenático in 1962...
David took second place behind the Lotus of Jo Siffert.
The circuit was in Rimini, Italy.
On the grid at the start of the Lake Garda race.
Italian race report for the Lake Garda race in 1962. David won the XII Circuito del Garda 1962 - Trofeo Aymo Maggi ahead of the Lotus 22 of future Lola T70 and F5000 driver Ulf Norinder.
The paddock at Caserta in 1962. David crashed the Mk5 in
the final of the XII Circuito Automobilistico di Caserta after finishing 7th in his heat.
Somewhere near Rome after the Caserta race. David is on
the left, and seems to be more interested in his shoe, than the damage to his car!
A collection of pictures from Helsinki in 1963.
In the paddock for the XXV Eläintarhan Ajot Djurgårdsloppet. David won his heat but the final was stopped on the opening lap following a fatal accident to Örjan Atterberg.
The Mk5 on the streets of Helsinki.
This transporter must have racked up a lot of miles.
The Mk5A of Pico Troberg won Heat Two.
The Mk5 entering Parabolica at Monza in 1963. Racing
in the V Gran Premio della Lotteria di Monza David finished 5th. Some other names in the race included Pico Troberg, Andrea de Adamich, Paddy Driver, "Geki", Ernesto Brambilla and a young Jochen Rindt.
David Hitches Lola Mk5. May 1963, prior to competing in
the FJ race in Helsinki, my parents got married, as reported in the Evening Argus (Sussex) newspaper!
1st place in Heat 1( plus fastest lap). Tragically Örjan Atterberg lost his life on the first lap of the final race, and the circuit was thereafter permanently closed. He holds the Lap Record of 57.1 secs @ 126km/h in a Lola Mk5 Ford.
Early sponsorship, the money paid by tyre and oil companies kept many a team on the road in the 1960's.
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