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THE LOLA Mk5 - 5A

Mk5

The Lola Mk5 was Lola's 1962 F Junior offering, following on from the rather disappointing Mk3 it took much of its design philosophy from the F1 Mk4. Things started promisingly for the Mk5 with a 1st and 3rd for Richard Prior and John Hine in the opening round of the B.A.R.C. Championship at Goodwood in their works Lola Equipe cars although in all honesty it was a weak field. Dennis Taylor took a second at the end of March at Snetterton in his self-entered car followed by a third at the same track in April at the Vanwall Trophy. Taylor continued to run well narrowly losing out to the works Lotus of Peter Arundell at Goodwood in the Chichester Cup at the end of April. John Hine was another runner-up at Snetterton in the Stanley Sears Cup in May whilst Hugh Dibley won at Goodwood in the Scuderia Light Blue Mk5 in another poor field in the same month and then repeated the feat at the same track at the end of June.

Ron Harris took over the running of the works cars and John Fenning celebrated by taking third in the first race for the new team at Oulton Park in August and followed this with a 4th at Goodwood the following week in a very high calibre field, both races were rounds of the B.A.R.C. Championship. The Ron Harris team were on the road to Snetterton the following day and Fenning took second in the Astley Trophy. The Ecurie Light Blue team took their car to Kirkistown for the Championship of Ireland at the end of August and Hugh Dibley repaid the trip across the Irish sea with second place. Peter Ashdown in the Superspeed Conversions Mk5 finished third in the London Trophy at Crystal Palace in September and it was a 1-2 for the Ron Harris Team at Snetterton in the Snetterton M.R.C. Championship but most of the opposition came from the Jim Russell Racing Driver School clients. The end of September saw a final win for Fenning in the Ron Harris car in the B.A.R.C. Members Meeting and he backed this up with third in the Molyslip Trophy at Snetterton and second in the Daily Herald Trophy at Silverstone.

Outside the UK David Hitches took second behind Jo Siffert in April at the IV Circuito Internazionale Riviera di Cesenático in Rimini. The race was round 3 of the Italian Championship and in the next round at the Circuito del Garda in Salò Hitches went one better taking the win from future Lola sportscar and F5000 driver Ulf Norinder. In June John Hine took third at the terrifying, slipstream battle that is the Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay in Belgium. Picko Troberg was upholding Lola honour in Sweden with second spot at Falkenberg in August whilst in the same month Franco Dari finished fourth in the Gran Premio di Pergusa at the Enna Pergusa circuit in Sicily. It was another fourth place at Monza in September, this time for Raffaele Cammarota and in the same month David Hitches returned to the podium with second at Montlhéry in the Coupe de Paris and Picko Troberg picked up a third on Nürburgring's South Circuit. October saw Raffaele Cammarota fourth again at Monza in October's Coppa Junior and that was it for the year.

Over the year the Mk5 showed flashes of competitiveness but the season belonged to the Lotus 22 but allowing for the limited numbers of Mk5s racing, only 9 were built, results were good.

Year(s) of Construction: 1962

Total Built: 9

Mk5A

The Lola Mk5A was an update of the previous season's F Junior Mk5, the highlight of the year was Dickie Attwood's victory in the prestigious Monaco GP support race.

The Mk5A chassis was constructed from a bronze-welded tubular steel spaceframe, the tubes being either round or square dependent on the stresses at their location. Additional stiffening was added via sheet steel panels around the cockpit area which were drilled for lightness. Suspension was via unequal length links front and rear transmitting forces to the braced instrument panel assembly and the roll hoop bulkhead. Conventional spring and damper units were employed with the front units being mounted inboard above the drivers feet in order to minimise drag and were operated by a pushrod. Anti-roll bars were fitted front and rear and all the suspension was fully adjustable. Steering was rack and pinion and braking came courtesy of 9.25 inch Girling discs. The 100-105 bhp Ford engine, usually Cosworth or Holbay, was cooled by a combined oil and water crossflow radiator in the nose of the car with the chassis frame tubes acting as oil and water pipes. The oil tank was mounted just behind the radiator whilst the fuel tank was behind the driver's seat.

Transmission was via a diaphragm spring clutch and a 5-speed Hewland Mk4 VW-based gearbox with inter-changeable ratios. Hardy-Spicer drive shafts were fitted using Rotoflex inner couplings.

Wheels were 13 inch magnesium alloy fitted with Dunlop tyres, 4.50 inch at the front and 5.50 inch at the rear. The whole ensemble was clothed in an attractive 4-piece fibreglass body.
In the UK the Mk5A proved to be a competitive proposition with several victories as well as numerous top three places throughout the 1963 season. The most notable Mk5A protagonists were Alan Rees in the Roy Winkelmann Racing car and MRP (Midland Racing Partnership) who ran a number of drivers including Richard Attwood, David Hobbs, Bill Bradley, David Baker and Jack Pearce. The main prize for Junior cars was the Express and Star Championship and David Baker and Alan Rees took 1st and 2nd at Snetterton in August and in the same month Rees finished first at Oulton Park. Dickie Attwood won an Irish Championship event at Kirkistown together with 2nds in Express and Star rounds at Mallory Park, Silverstone (in the British GP support programme) and Goodwood (at the Tourist Trophy support event). David Hobbs weighed in with 2nds at the Oulton Park Spring Cup in April and the International Trophy at Silverstone in May.

On the Continent Eric Offenstadt won at the East German tracks of Halle-Saale-Schleife in April and Schleizer Dreieck in July whilst Piko Troberg won at Karlskoga, Sweden at the end of May. Both drivers would also take several other podium places between them. In addition to his excellent win at Monaco Richard Attwood took 2nd at Rouen-les-Essarts and 3rd at Reims in June and the pseudonymous German "Franz Müller" (Roman Dirschl) had several top six finishes.

Year(s) of Construction: 1963

Total Built: 12

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 92 inches (233.7 cm)
Track: Front 51 inches (129.5 cms) Rear 51 inches (129.5 cms)
Length: 144 inches (365.75 cms)

Mk5 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1965 Italian F3 Championship Andrea de Adamich Mk5A - Also drove a Brabham BT15
1990 HSCC Pre’65 Single Seater Championship Gary Pearson Class D - Mk5
1999 UK Formula Junior Championship Robin Longdon Rear-engined '61-'63 Class - Mk5
1979 UK Formula Junior Championship Robin Longdon Rear-engined '61-'63 Class - Mk5


Notable wins for the Mk5 and Mk5A

1962

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
24th March Goodwood - XLIX B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting Lola Mk5 Richard Prior Formula Junior - First win for the Mk5 - Entered by Lola Equipe
1st May Circuito del Garda - XII Circuito del Garda Lola Mk5 David Hitches Formula Junior
26th May Goodwood - L B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting Lola Mk5 Hugh Dibley Formula Junior - Entered by Scuderia Light Blue
23rd June Goodwood - LI B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting Lola Mk5 Hugh Dibley Formula Junior - Entered by Scuderia Light Blue
2nd September Snetterton - M.R.C. Championship Lola Mk5 John Fenning Formula Junior - Entered by Ron Harris
15th September Madeira Drive, Brighton - Brighton & Hove MC Lola Mk5 Hugh Dibley Brighton Speed Trials - Winner of the 501-1,100cc Racing Class
22nd September Goodwood - LIV B.A.R.C. Member's Meeting Lola Mk5 John Fenning Formula Junior - Entered by Ron Harris

1963

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
21st April Halle-Saale-Schleife, Halle, East Germany - XV Halle-Saale-Schleiferennen Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Formula Junior - East German Championship Round 1
25th May Monaco Lola Mk5A Dickie Attwood Victory in prestigious Formula Junior support race to GP
26th May Karlskoga - Velodromloppet Lola Mk5A Picko Troberg Formula Junior - Round 2 of the Swedish Championship
26th May Mosport Park Lola Mk5A John Cannon Formula Junior - Race 1
1st (9th?) June Mosport Park - Players '200' Lola Mk5A John Cannon Formula Junior
13th July Harewood Acres, Jarvis, Ontario - Harewood Trophy Races Lola Mk5A John Cannon Formula Junior - Race 3 (Feature race)
14th July Schleizer Dreieck, East Germany - XXX Int. Schleizer Dreieckrennen Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Formula Junior - East German Championship Round 4
15th July Harewood Acres, Jarvis, Ontario - Harewood Trophy Races Lola Mk5A John Cannon Formula Junior - Race 1
25th August Snetterton - Snetterton M.R.C. Trophy Lola Mk5A David Baker B.A.R.C./Express & Star Formula Junior Championship - Round 16 - Entered by the Midland Racing Partnership
31st August Oulton Park Lola Mk5A Alan Rees B.A.R.C./Express & Star Formula Junior Championship - Round 17 - Entered by Roy Winkelmann Racing
31st August Kirkistown - Irish Championship Lola Mk5A Richard Attwood Formula Junior - Entered by the Midland Racing Partnership
? October Eugene, Canada Lola Mk5A John Cannon Race 6 - Formula Junior and Sports - First Overall and Winner of the F. Junior Class
26th December Mallory Park - Christmas Trophy Lola Mk5A Richard Attwood Formula Junior - Entered by the Midland Racing Partnership

1964

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
24th May Montlhéry - Prix de Paris Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Winner Heat 2 of Formula 3 race
31st May Magny Cours - IV Grand Prix de Magny-Cours Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Winner on aggregate of 2 Heats of Formula 3 race
7th June La Châtre - VIII Circuit de la Châtre Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Winner Heat 1 of Formula 3 race
7th June La Châtre - VIII Circuit de la Châtre Lola Mk5A Eric Offenstadt Winner Final of Formula 3 race
2nd August Falkenberg - XIII Västkustloppet Lola Mk5A (F2 spec) Gunnar Carlsson Combined Formula Junior/Formula 2/Formula 3 race - First overall
6th September Skarpnäcks Flygplats - XIV Skarpnäcksloppet Lola Mk5 Freddy Kottulinsky Swedish Formula 3 Championship - Round 5

1967

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
21st May Brands Hatch - 750 MC Lola Mk5 Tony Sandars Monoposto Formula

1968

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
11th May Castle Combe - Austin Healey Club Lola Mk5 Tony Sandars Round of the Monoposto Formula Championship
14th July Silverstone - BMRMC Lola Mk5 Tony Sandars Kettering Tyre Services Trophy for Monoposto Cars

1969

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th March Yeovilton - Yeovil CC Lola Mk5A Derrick Colvin Hillclimb - Class Winner
7th September Yeovilton Sprint - Yeovil CC Lola Mk5A Derrick Colvin Class Winner

2006

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
10th September Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC Classic Race Car Championship for the Retro Track and Air Trophy - Winner Class B

2007

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Race 1 - First overall and Winner Class C2
9th-10th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC/FJHRA Historic F Junior - Race 2 - First overall and Winner Class C2
15th September Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge Miller Oils Historic F Junior - Winner Class C2
20th October Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge Classic Racing Cars Supported by Chartland Properties Ltd - Winner of Class B

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
10th-11th May Silverstone - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Claridge Historic F Junior
23rd-25th August Oulton Park - HSCC Lola Mk5A James Murray Classic Racing Cars Supported by Chartland Properties Ltd - Winner of Class A
4th-5th October Donington - HSCC Lola Mk5A Philipp Buhofer Classic Racing Cars Supported by Chartland Properties Ltd - Winner of Class B

2010

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
17th October Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao - Algarve Historic Festival 2010 Lola Mk5A Stephane Rey Formula Junior

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
1st May Donington Park Lola Mk5A James Murray FIA Lurani Trophy - Race 2 - Winner Class E
3rd July Brands Hatch - Superprix Lola Mk5A James Murray FIA Lurani Trophy - Race 2 - First Overall and Winner Class E

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
21st April Cadwell Park Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC Classic Racing Cars - Race 1 - Winner Class E
22nd April Cadwell Park Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC Classic Racing Cars - Race 2 - Winner Class E

2013

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
20th April Cadwell Park Lola Mk5A James Murray HSCC/FJHRA Millers Oils Formula Junior - Race 1 - First overall and winner Class E1
20th April Cadwell Park Lola Mk5A James Murray HSCC/FJHRA Millers Oils Formula Junior - Race 2 - First overall and winner Class E1

2015

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th May Donington Park HSCC Race Meeting Lola Mk5A James Claridge HSCC Classic Racing Cars - Winner Class E
9th August Croft HSCC Nostalgia Festival Lola Mk5A Robin Longdon HSCC/FJHRA Silverline Historic Formula Junior Championship - Race 2 - First overall and Winner Class E1

2017

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
29th April Donington Historic Festival Lola Mk5A James Murray FJHRA/HSCC 'Silverline' Championship pre-64 Front & Rear-Engined Formula Juniors - First overall

Mk5A Downloads

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There is some discussion concerning the history and current whereabouts of the still existing Mk5s and Mk5As. Below are a selection of documents from the Lola Archives which may help (or hinder) the current debate.

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