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THE LOLA Mk2

Once Lola Cars had become established as a production car manufacturer in 1959 it was inevitable that Eric Broadley would look around for a class other than sportscars in which to diversify. The FIA had announced a new single seater class commencing in 1959 to be known as Formula Junior, its intention to replace the 500cc Formula 3 cars, although it would not be until 1960 that British manufacturers turned their attention to it. It was an ideal form of racing for a fledgling manufacturer, engines and gearboxes could be bought in and all potential new British designs would be starting from a level playing field with no previous experience.

F Junior was the brainchild of the Italian racer Count Giovanni "Johnny" Lurani who initially envisioned Junior as a way of developing future Italian Grand Prix drivers but following on from its success in Italy the FIA recognised Junior's potential as a replacement for the now outdated F3 cars. The regulations called for single seater cars powered by either 1100cc or 1000cc engines, for 1100cc cars there was a 400kg (882 lbs) minimum weight limit, with a 1000cc engine this was reduced to 360kg (793 lbs). The engine had to be derived from a production car (At least 1000 units in 12 consecutive months) and overhead cams were forbidden, the fuel supply had to be the same as the production car version of the engine. Brakes, i.e. drums or discs, had to be the same type as that of the car from which the engine had been taken. The gearbox had to be from a FIA recognised touring car although the ratios could be changed. There were a number of other restrictions on size, engine and transmission changes etc. but there was certainly plenty of room for innovative design.
Sticking to principles that he knew worked Eric Broadley designed the Mk2 using many features from the successful Mk1. A complex 20 gauge multi-tube chassis frame located the engine to the right of the car's centre line whilst the driver's cockpit was offset to the left. To add to the rigidity of the design the undertray and propshaft tunnel were riveted to the chassis so acting as a stressed members. This configuration meant that the drive from the Ford 105E 997cc overhead-valve engine, which was canted 15° from the vertical as well as 2° longitudinally, could go from the the BMC 4-speed gearbox via the propshaft which was to the right of the driver's seat to the offset differential assembly. This allowed for a near-straight run for the transmission line which helped limit power losses. Transmission was via a Borg and Beck 7.25 inch clutch to the BMC gearbox which was fitted with close ratio gears made for Lola by a name that would soon be synonymous with gearboxes, Mike Hewland, the ratios were 1, 1.23, 1.67 and 2.5:1. The differential was a BMC nose piece fitted to a Lola aluminium casing, internals were BMC with a choice of three crown wheel and pinion ratios 4.2, 4.55 and 4.9:1.
The front suspension consisted of wide based unequal length double wishbones with outboard coils and dampers, the rack and pinion steering attached to the uprights forward of the front-wheel line. At the rear once again Broadley used the driveshaft and a trailing link to work as a top wishbone while the lower wide-based wishbone was mounted at an angle to the axis of the car. To compensate for the unequal length driveshafts caused by the offset differential a hollow hub casting was made for the offside rear wheel with the right-hand driveshaft passing through it which kept the angular displacement of the two universal joints at an acceptable level. 9 inch drum brakes were fitted front and rear, the rears being mounted inboard on specially made backplates bolted to the sideplates of the differential, as on the Mk1 Alfin drums were used. The Lockheed two leading shoe design was operated by twin master cylinders.
A low and wide fibreglass body covered the chassis with the nose and top panel back to the cockpit being a single unit, inside the nose a large Gallay aluminium cross flow radiator was mounted to the front of the chassis. The two S.U. carbs emerged on the left of the car between two top frame tubes one of which stretched diagonally from the top left mounting point for the front damper to the right front corner of the cockpit. A six gallon (27 litres) fuel tank sat to the right of the driver (with the option of an additional tank behind the driver) with a oil tank for the dry-sumped engine was mounted above and to the right of the driver's legs. The wheels were 13" cast magnesium bolt-ons with the hubs being integral on the front and were fitted with Dunlop R5 racing tyres, 450X13 on the front and 525X13 on the rear.

All the Mk2s had the prefix BRJ for Bromley Junior as part of their chassis number.
When the Mk2 was first tested at Brands Hatch it set some suspiciously fast times, it was revealed that as Lola hadn't received their first F Junior engine in time a 1100cc Coventry Climax engine had been temporarily fitted!

The Mk2 was an extremely good front-engined F Junior design with a reputation for excellent handling, regrettably for Lola 1960 saw the debut of the rear-engined Lotus 18 with works Ford-Cosworth engines and Jim Clark driving. Despite this handicap the Mk2 ran well on occasions scoring a second, driven by Peter Ashdown, at Brands Hatch on it's debut in the 1959 Boxing Day meet. South African John Love had a "class" win at Chimay in June, the Juniors running with Formula 2 cars, Love also taking seconds at the Nürburgring and Roskilde and thirds at Rheims and Albi. Peter Ashdown in the works car finished second at Monte Carlo in the Monaco GP support race whilst Dennis Taylor won in July at the Nürburgring South Circuit at the race where Love took second. In August Argentinean Juan Manuel Bordeu won at the Swedish circuit of Karlskoga and Richard Prior led Peter Ashdown home at the Nürburgring South Circuit in October. Generally results in the UK were disappointing with the competition from Lotus, Cooper and Elva but Peter Ashdown did win at Snetterton in June as did Richard Prior in August and Martin Wallis and Richard Prior finished third at the July Goodwood and September Snetterton events respectively.
Year(s) of Construction: 1960

Total Built: The Lola Chassis Log is incomplete but 29 is a likely figure.

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 82 inches (208 cm)
Track: Front 45 inches (114 cms) Rear 45.5 inches (115.5 cms)
Length: 128 inches (325 cms)
Weight: approx. 800 lbs (363 kg) without fuel

Mk2 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1960 Danish Formula Junior Championship Joerges Bagger  
1961 Danish Formula Junior Championship Joerges Bagger  
1977 UK Formula Junior Championship Brian Urlwin  
1979 Chandler Hargreaves UK Formula Junior Championship Roy Drew Front-engined Class
1980 Varley Batteries UK Formula Junior Championship Roy Drew Front-engined Award
1981 Gates Varley UK Formula Junior Championship Roy Drew Front-engined Award
1982 Gates Varley UK Formula Junior Championship Peter Merritt Front-engined Class
1983 Gates Varley UK Formula Junior Championship Peter Merritt Front-engined Class
1984 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1985 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele Front-engined Class
1986 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1987 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1988 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1989 Lenham Storage UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1991 Monoposto Racing Club UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele Front-engined Class
1993 HSCC UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele Front-engined Class
1994 HSCC UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele Pre '61 Class
1995 HSCC UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele First Overall and Front-engined Class
1997 HSCC UK Formula Junior Championship Tony Steele Front-engined Class
1999 FIA Lurani Trophy Championship Tony Steele  
2006 FJHRA/HSCC Millers Oils UK Formula Junior John Truslove First Overall and Front-engined Class
2009 Golden Jubilee Around the World (Formula Junior) Ned Spieker Also raced a Brabham BT6

Notable Mk2 Race Wins:

1960

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
19th June Snetterton -  Eastern Counties 100 Miles Lola Mk2 Peter Ashdown Formula Junior - First win for a single-seater Lola
26th June Roskilde Ring - Reinholdt Cup Lola Mk2 Joerges Bagger Formula Junior - First continental win for a single-seater Lola
3rd July La Châtre - V Grand Prix de La Châtre Lola Mk2 Dennis Taylor Formula Junior
10th July Nürburgring South Circuit - XXIII Internationales ADAC-Eifelrennen Lola Mk2 Dennis Taylor Formula Junior
6th August Snetterton - Vanwall Trophy Lola Mk2 Richard Prior Formula Junior
7th August Karlskoga - IX Kanonloppet 1960 Gelleråsbanan Lola Mk2 Juan Manuel Bordeu Formula Junior
2nd October Nürburgring Südschleife - ADAC - Eifelpokal-Rennen Lola Mk2 Richard Prior Formula Junior - German Championship Round 10
2nd October Roskilde Ring - Danske Mesterskabslöb Lola Mk2 Joerges Bagger Formula Junior
9th October Sudelfeld - I Sudelfeld Bergrennen 1960
Deutsche Meisterschaft, Rd 11
Lola Mk2 Kurt Ahrens Jr. Formula Junior - German Championship Round 11

1961

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th April Roskilde Ring - VII Åbningslöbet Lola Mk2 Joerges Bagger Formula Junior
1st October Roskilde Ring - Danske Mesterskabslöbene Lola Mk2 Joerges Bagger Formula Junior

1964

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
16th May Matamata - National meeting Lola Mk2 Ken Smith Libre heat
12th July Harewood Hillclimb - BARC (Yorkshire Centre) Lola Mk2 A. Evangelisti Class Winner

2000

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
7th September Goodwood - Revival Meeting Lola Mk2 Tony Steele Winner of the Scott Gaze Handicap

2003

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
7th September Goodwood - Revival Meeting Lola Mk2 Robin Longdon Winner of the Chichester Cup

2005

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
29th-31st July Silverstone - HSCC Silverstone Classic Lola Mk2 David Pratley Colin Chapman Trophy for Historic Formula Junior - Winner Class C1

2006

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
5th April Brands Hatch - BRSCC Lola Mk2 Tony Steele FIA Lurani Trophy for Historic Formula Junior Cars - Winner of Class B
6th-7th May Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2
20th-21st May Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2
17th–18th June Croft - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove Historic F Junior - First overall and Winner Class A2
26th-28th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2
10th September Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2
21st October Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2

2007

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
12th May Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Winner Class A2
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Race 1 Winner Class A
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola Mk2 John Truslove HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Race 2 Winner Class A
20th October Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk2 Clive Wilson Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner of Class A2

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
4th-5th October Donington - HSCC Lola Mk2 Brendan Roberts Lurani Trophy Historic F Junior Championship - Race 1 Winner of Class B
4th-5th October Donington - HSCC Lola Mk2 Brendan Roberts Lurani Trophy Historic F Junior Championship - Race 2 Winner of Class B

2009

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th-31st May Snetterton - HSCC Autosport 3 Hours Lola Mk2 Stuart Tizzard HSCC FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner of Class B
9th August Mallory Park - HSCC Lola Mk2 Robin Longdon HSCC FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - First overall and Winner of Class B

2010

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
28th March Silverstone - HSCC Meeeting Lola Mk2 Stuart Tizzard HSCC FJHRA Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class B
16th-18th April Hockenheim - Jim Clark Memorial Meeting Lola Mk2 Dietrich Merkel Lurani Trophy - Race 1 - Winner Class B
16th-18th April Hockenheim - Jim Clark Memorial Meeting Lola Mk2 Dietrich Merkel Lurani Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class B

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
6th August Croft - Nostalgia Weekend Lola Mk2 Stuart Tizzard HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Race 1 - Winner Class B2

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th June Brands Hatch - Superprix Lola Mk2 Bob Birrell FIA Lurani Trophy for Historic F Junior cars - Race 1 - Winner Class B2
22nd July Silverstone - Classic Lola Mk2 Simon Godliff FJRHA Historic F Junior - Winner Class B2

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
19th April Thruxton - Easter Revival Lola Mk2 Justin Fleming HSCC/FJHRA Millers Oils Historic Formula Junior - Race 1 Winner Class B2
28thSeptember Brands Hatch - Anglo-French Motors Cup Lola Mk2 Justin Fleming HSCC/FJHRA Historic Formula Juniors - Front-engined - First overall and Winner Class B2

2016

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
18th June Cadwell Park "Wolds Trophy" Historic Race Meeting Lola Mk2 Ian Robinson HSCC/FJHRA Silverline Historic Formula Junior Front Engine - Winner Class INV

2017

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd July Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix Lola Mk2 Justin Fleming HSCC/FJHRA Silverline Historic Formula Junior - Winner Class B2
6th August Croft 'Nostalgia Festival' Historic Race Meeting Lola Mk2 Justin Fleming HSCC/FJHRA Silverline Historic Formula Junior - Race 1 - Winner Class B2
6th August Croft 'Nostalgia Festival' Historic Race Meeting Lola Mk2 Justin Fleming HSCC/FJHRA Silverline Historic Formula Junior - Race 2 - Winner Class B2

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