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The Bob Dini T162 at the 1969 Michigan Can-Am raca. (Picture courtesy of Gerald Melton)

The T162 seems to have been a stop-gap measure while the T163 was being finalised, two or possibly three cars (see below) were produced in April/May 1969 at virtually the same time as the T163 was being constructed. Certainly Carl Haas used one for Chuck Parsons in the first two races of the Can-Am season before switching to the T163 and with a 5th and a 3rd it was cearly quite competitive.

There are no details in Lola Heritages about the chassis but, visually the most obvious change from the T160 is the new bodywork, lower and wider with the cooling ducts moved from the top of the body to the side. Presumably there were other changes under the body resulting from developments arising from a year of racing the T160s.


Another shot of Bob Dini at the same race. (Picture courtesy of Gerald Melton)


1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

1st JuneRound 1 - The Labatt's Blue Trophy and $60,000, Mosport Park, BowmanvilleCarl A. Haas Racing TeamChuck Parsons5th
15th JuneRound 2 - Labatt's 50 Can-Am, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. JoviteCarl A. Haas Racing TeamChuck Parsons3rd
13th JulyRound 3 - Six-Hours and The Glen Can-Am "200", Watkins Glen Grand Prix CourseFayer-DiniBob DiniDNF
31st AugustRound 6 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WisconsinFayer-DiniBob DiniDNF
14st SeptemberRound 7 - Inver House Can-Am, Bridgehapmton Race CircuitFayer-DiniBob DiniDNF
28th SeptemberRound 8 - Michigan International Can-Am, Michigan International SpeedwayFayer-DiniBob Dini11th
12th OctoberRound 9 - Monterey-Castrol GP, Laguna Seca RacewayFayer-DiniBob DiniDNF

1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

14th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Trophy, Mosport ParkFayer-Dini EnterprisesBob DiniDNF
28th JuneRound 2 - Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. JoviteFayer-Dini EnterprisesBob DiniDNF

Year(s) of Construction: 1969

Total Built: 2
N.B. It is generally thought two cars were built however, the Lola Chassis Log for the T162 shows three cars: SL 162/12, SL 162/13 and SL 162/14. There are no details for SL162/12 but this in not unusual, it normally implies a chassis that was supplied F.O.C. to a works supported team. However only chassis 13 (this is one of the few number "13" cars built, normally Lola went from number "12" to number "14", missing "13" for superstitious reasons) and 14 are extant so did 12 ever exist?