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THE LOLA T342

The T342 was Lola's Formula Ford 1600 design for 1974 and it followed the T340 that had proved so popular with customers as well as taking a lot of wins in the UK and the US. The T342 was another evolutionary design, its most obvious difference being moving the water radiators to the rear of the car just in front of the rear wheels and enclosing the sides of the engine bay in bodywork. This changed the weight distribution and reduced the drag, an important consideration in a Formula where everybody was using the same engine.

Once again there was a big demand for the design, this time ninety-two cars were built of which an amazing ninety-one were shipped to the US although, as can be seen in the race results below, at least one ended up in New Zealand where it was very successful. Oddly, given the success of Patrick Neve and Mike King in 1974, only King raced a T342 in the UK.

With this model Lola celebrated their 1,000th chassis constructed.

Year(s) of Construction: 1975

Total Built: 92

T342 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1975-1976 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship Dave McMillan Lola T342-Ford
1976/1977 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship Eric Morgan Lola T342-Ford
1981 CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Clubs)-BC Region Andy Mahood Lola T342-Ford

T342 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1975

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
31st March Silverstone - BRDC Mike King Round of the Brush Fusegear FF Championship - Heat 2
6th July Croft - BRSCC Mike King Tate Trophy Race
7th September Silverstone - Autosport Jubilee Meeting Mike King BAF Formula Ford Championship - Winner Heat 2
14th December Manfeild - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
28th December Bay Park - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
28th December Bay Park - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race

1976

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th January Pukekohe - International meeting Dave McMillan FF race
11th January Manfeild - International meeting Dave McMillan FF race
18th January Wigram - International meeting Dave McMillan FF race
18th January Wigram - International meeting Dave McMillan FF race
25th January Teretonga - International meeting Dave McMillan FF race
1st February Timaru - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
8th February Ruapuna - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
22nd February Mamfeild - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
7th March Pukekohe - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
12th April Pukekohe - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
19th April Bay Park - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
19th April Bay Park - National meeting Dave McMillan FF race
?th April ? Hector Rebaque Mexican Formula Ford Championship - Round 1
31st July Manfeild - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
31st July Manfeild - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
25th October Bay Park - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race

1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
3rd January Bay Park - International meeting Eric Morgan FF race
3rd January Bay Park - International meeting Eric Morgan FF race
9th January Pukekohe - International meeting Eric Morgan FF race
16th January Manfeild - International meeting Eric Morgan FF race
6th March Ruapuna - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
6th March Ruapuna - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
27th March Pukekohe - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
10th April Bay Park - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
10th April Bay Park - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race
17th April Manfeild - National meeting Eric Morgan FF race

1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
23rd April Longridge - Mid-Cheshire MRC Paul Duerdan Longridge Challenge for FFord 1600 cars - Winner Heat 2

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