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THE LOLA T200

By 1970 the Formula Ford 1600 was burgeoning in the UK and the USA and there were numerous manufacturers producing cars, Dulon, Elden, Hawke, Lotus, Merlyn and Royale to name just a few. Lola decided this was a potentially lucrative market so the T200 became their first Formula Ford design.

The strict regulations governing Formula Ford meant there was little room for innovation in the design, the spaceframe chassis was built from square section tubing, suspension was outboard all round with wishbones at the front and a top link, reversed lower wishbone and twin radius rods at the rear. The package was completed with the standard blueprinted Ford engine and a four-speed Hewland gearbox. The only departures from other manufacturer designs was a shorter than usual wheelbase and a wider track.

Initially drivers found the short wheelbase made the car "darty" but development of the set-up soon turned it into a competitive proposition and wins soon followed. Of the 64 cars built 44 of them went to the United States where it proved a popular choice and a car shipped to South Africa was driven by a young Jody Scheckter and, in the UK, the Daily Express newspaper offered a T200 as a prize in their Crusaders Championship, a series of races for pupils at a racing school, and the car was won by future F1 star Tom Pryce.

Year(s) of Construction: 1970

Total Built: 64

T200 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1971 Winner of the "South African Racer to Europe" Award Jody Scheckter  

SIGNIFICANT T200 RACE WINS

1970

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
22nd February Rio de Janeiro - Torneio FF Series Lola T200 Luis Bueno Round 4 of the BUA Brazil Formula Ford Championship - Winner Heat 1 - First win for the T200
22nd February Rio de Janeiro - Torneio FF Series Lola T200 Luis Bueno Round 4 of the BUA Brazil Formula Ford Championship - Winner Heat 2
22nd February Rio de Janeiro - Torneio FF Series Lola T200 Luis Bueno Round 4 of the BUA Brazil Formula Ford Championship - Winner on aggregate of two Heats
30th March Zandvort - Euro-Trophy Meeting Lola T200 Tony Trimmer Round 1 of the Johnson's Wax Formula Ford Euro-Trophy
14th June Thruxton - BARC Speed Fair Lola T200 Ronald Rossi Formula Ford Consolation Race
12th July Brands Hatch - TEAC Lola T200 Peter Hull Round of the Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford Championship
19th July Ingliston - SMRC SMT Trophy Meeting Lola T200 Peter Hull Formula Ford Race
6th September Brands Hatch - BARC (SE Centre) Lola T200 Peter Hull Round of the Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford Championship
13th September Ingliston - SMRC Lola T200 Peter Hull Formula Ford Race - Winner Heat 1
4th October Mallory Park - BARC Lola T200 Peter Hull Formula Ford Race
18th October Mallory Park - London MC Lola T200 Peter Hull Round of the Les Leston Formula Ford Championship - Winner Heat 2
25th October Brands Hatch - BRSCC Lola T200 Richard Leech Formula Ford Race
1st November Brands Hatch - Surrey Sporting MC/BARC (Surrey Centre) Lola T200 Tom Pryce Formula Ford Race
1st November Mallory Park - BRSCC (Midland Centre) Lola T200 Peter Hull Formula Ford Race
8th November Brands Hatch - TEAC Lola T200 Peter Hull Formula Ford Race
6th December Brands Hatch - Rochester, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells MCs Lola T200 Tom Pryce Tunbridge Wells Formula Ford Race

1971

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
30th January Kyalami – Rand Summer Trophy Lola T200 Jody Scheckter Formula Ford BOAC Sunshine Series – Round 3
28th February Brands Hatch - Rochester MC Lola T200 Tom Pryce Formula Ford Race
25th July Snetterton - BRSCC (East Anglian) Lola T200 Luiz Felipe Da Gama Formula Ford Race - Winner Heat 1
5th September Lydden Hill - TEAC Lola T200 Luiz Felipe Da Gama Formula Ford Race
26th September Thruxton - Monoposto Racing Club Lola T200 Richard Leach Formule Libre (Including Formula Ford) - First overall and Class Winner
17th October Lydden Hill - West Essex CC Lola T200 Richard Leach Formula Libre
7th November Mallory Park - BRSCC (Midland Centre) Lola T200 Richard Leach Single-seater & Two-seater Racing Cars
14th November Brands Hatch - TEAC/Mid-Surrey MC Lola T200 Richard Leach Formula Ford Race

1972

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
7th May Brands Hatch - BRSCC Lola T200 Richard Leach Daily Express Formula Ford Championship Race - Winner Heat 3

2004

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
11th April Donington Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
25th April Cadwell Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
26th-27th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola T200 LNeil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford - Race 1
26th-27th June Snetterton - HSCC Lola T200 LNeil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford - Race 2
7th August Castle Combe - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
29th-30th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
3rd October Mallory Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford

2005

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
27th March Donington Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
26th June Cadwell Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
23rd-24th July Brands Hatch - HSCC Super Prix Lola T200 Henry Scott HSCC Classic Race Car Championship for the Retro Track and Air Trophy - Winner Class F
27th-29th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Car Championship for the Retro Track and Air Trophy - Winner Class F
27th-29th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
10th September Thruxton - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Legends Racing Historic F Ford
10th September Thruxton - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Racing Cars - Winner Class F

2006

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd April Donington - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Historic F Ford
2nd April Donington - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Racing Cars
23rd April Snetterton - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motor Sports Tours Historic F Ford
23rd April Snetterton - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Racing Cars
6th-7th May Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motor Sports Tours Historic F Ford
6th-7th May Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Car Championship for the Retro Track and Air Trophy - Winner Class F
20th-21st May Silverstone - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Cars - Winner Class F
20th-21st May Silverstone - HSCC Lola T200 Nelson Rowe Historic F Ford
17th-18th June Croft - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Cars - Winner Class F - Race 1
17th-18th June Croft - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Cars - Winner Class F - Race 2
1st-2nd July Snetterton - HSCC Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Cars - Winner Class F
5th August Castle Combe - CCRC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motorsport Tours Historic FF Championship
26th-28th August Oulton Park - HSCC Gold Cup Lola T200 David Wild HSCC Classic Race Car Championship for the Retro Track and Air Trophy - Winner Class F
10th September Brands Hatch - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motor Sports Tours Historic F Ford
21st October Silverstone - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motor Sports Tours Historic F Ford - Race 1
21st October Silverstone - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Grandstand Motor Sports Tours Historic F Ford - Race 2

2007

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
15th April Pembrey - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Historic F Ford
22nd April Cadwell Park - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Historic Formula Ford
12th May Silverstone - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Historic Formula Ford

2008

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
12th-13th July Pembrey - HSCC Lola T200 Neil Fowler Historic F Ford

2011

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
15th May Silverstone International Trophy Lola T200 Roger Waite Classic Racing Cars Championship - Winner Class F

2012

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
21st April Cadwell Park Lola T200 Simon Toyne HSCC Grand Stand Motor Sport Historic F Ford - Winner Race 1

2013

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
21st April Cadwell Park Lola T200 Simon Toyne HSCC Historic F Ford

2014

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
18th October Silverstone - Finals Day Lola T200 Neil Fowler HSCC Historic Formula Ford - First overall

2016

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
16th October Silverstone Finals Historic Race Meeting Lola T200 Simon Toyne HSCC Historic Formula Ford with - Qualifying Race 1

2017

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
CAR
DRIVER
NOTES
2nd July Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix Lola T200 Cameron Jackson HSCC Historic Formula Ford with Avon Tyres, Radio Caroline & Titan Historic Racing - Winner Race 2

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