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THE LOLA T380


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T380 HU1 at the 1975 Le Mans 24 Hours....

The history of the T380 a.k.a. the “De Cadenet Lola” is complex, Lola built two T380s, one went to De Cadenet (HU1) and one to International Race Services in Italy (HU2).

HU1 was first entered in the 1975 Le Mans 24 Hours and, despite having problems, notably a lack of top speed on the Mulsanne Straight, it finished a creditable 14th overall and 5th in the S3.0 class (Sports three-litre) with owner and entrant Alain De Cadenet and Chris Craft at the wheel. HU1 returned the following year, 1976, with the same driving team and, following successful aerodynamic alterations to the bodywork, it qualified 3rd and finished in the same position to give Lola their best ever Le Mans result. Out of interest HU1 was weighed at Le Mans, it tipped the scales at 743kgs - 1638lbs.

In 1977, Richard Bond, Simon Phillips, and Tony Birchenhough took over the driving duties with the car still entered by De Cadenet but the car had problems in practice and did not qualify for the 24 Hour race.

HU1's next Le Mans outing was in 1978 when, entered by Simon Phillips Racing with Batco France and driven by Nick Faure, John Beasley, Simon Phillips and Martin Raymond the car qualified 15th but retired after 99 laps.

The final appearance at Le Mans for HU1 was in 1978, now entered by Fisons Agricole-Simon Phillips with drivers Ray Mallock and Martin Raymond, it qualified 14th and finished 15th overall and took a podium with 3rd in the S+2.0 class.

The problem with tracing the history of the De Cadenet cars is that there were two more that went under various names including: De Cadenet LM77 T380 (Thompson), De Cadenet Lola LM "Crusader" (Thompson), De Cadenet Lola LM Thompson. It appears that the first of these cars featured a monocoque built by John Thompson with T380 suspension and the second car again used a John Thompson tub with suspension designed by Len Bailey and Gordon Murray. I think it is clear that neither car can claim to be a Lola so only HU1 has been detailed in this story.

The second T380, HU2, as mentioned above went to Italy where, in 1976, it was entered in the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres, Round 7 of the World Championship for Makes, by Jolly Club with Vittorio Brambilla and Giorgio Pianta driving. It qualified 10th but retired in the race. For 1977 it passed to Marco Capoferri who competed in a handful of lesser races without any success.

Year(s) of Construction: 1975

Total Built: 2

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....driven by Alain De Cadenet and Chris Craft, if qualified seventh and finished.... (MediaFord.com)

T370 FORMULA ONE RACE RESULTS 1974



DATE
GRAND PRIX
DRIVER
CHASSIS
QUALIFYING
RACE
13th January XI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina - Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU1
HU2
17th
25th
DNF
11th
27th January III Grande Prêmio do Brasil - Autódromo do Interlagos, São Paulo Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
25th
11th
DNF
30th March VIII South African Grand Prix - Kyalami Circuit Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
17th
25th
DNF
11th
28th April XX Gran Premio de España - Circuito del Jarama Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
20th
DNQ
DNF
-
12th May XXXII Bang & Olufsen Grote Prijs van Belgie - Nivelles Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
29th
21st
8th
12th
26th May XXXII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco - Circuit de Monaco Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
26th
7th
8th
9th June X Texaco Grand Prix of Sweden - Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
15th
18th
6th
7th
23rd June XXI Grote Prijs van Nederland - Circuit Park Zandvoort Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
19th
14th
DNF
DNF
7th July LX Grand Prix de France - Dijon-Prenois Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
21st
20th
13th
15th
20th July XXVII John Player British Grand Prix - Brands Hatch Graham Hill
Peter Gethin
HU2
HU3
22nd
21st
13th
DNF
4th August XXXVI Großer Preis von Deutschland - Nürburgring Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU1
HU2
19th
DNQ
9th
-
18th August XII Grosser Preis von Österreich - Österreichring Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
21st
13th
12th
DNF
8th September XLV Gran Premio d'Italia - Autodromo Nazionale Monza Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
21st
14th
8th
DNF
22nd September XIV Canadian Grand Prix - Mosport Park Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
20th
11th
14th
11th
6th October XVII Grand Prix of the United States - Watkins Glen Graham Hill
Rolf Stommelen
HU2
HU1
24th
21st
8th
12th

NON-CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
17th March IX Race of Champions - Brands Hatch Graham Hill HU1 12th DNF
7th April XXVI International Trophy - Silverstone Graham Hill
Guy Edwards
HU2
HU1
15th
7th
9th
DNF

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....14th overall and fifth in the S3.0 class.

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HU1 at the 1976 Le Mans 24 Hours, once again driven by Alain De Cadenet and Chris Craft,.... (MediaFord.com)

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....it qualified and finished an excellent third and won the Gr.5 class.

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HU1 is seen here leading the race winning Porsche 936 of Jacky Ickx and, driving here, Gijs van Lennep. (MediaFord.com)

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The 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours, now driven by Nick Faure, John Beasley, Simon Phillips and Martin Raymond,.... (motorsport.com)

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.... HU1 qualified 15th but retired in the race. (motorsport.com)

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HU1 returned to Le Mans in 1979,....

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.... driven by Ray Mallock and Martin Raymond,....

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....it qualified 14th and finished 15th, 3rd in the S+2.0 class.

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HU1 at the 2007 Goodwood Revival "Celebrating the Cosworth DFV".

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Henrik Lindberg's De Cadenet T380 HU1 at the 2014 Le Mans Classic.

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HU1 again at the 2012 Le Mans Classic.... (Picture courtesy of Peter Collins)

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....where it was driven by Lindberg/Meyrick. (Picture courtesy of Peter Collins)

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More pictures from the 2012 Le Mans Classic. (Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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(Wouter Melissen)

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The ex-Capoferri HU2 now owned by Stefano Rosina at the 58° Coppa Intereuropa Storica at Monza in 2010. (Picture courtesy of Peter Collins)

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HU2 in the parade for the Vernasca Silver Flag Historic Hillclimb in 2008. (Picture courtesy of Peter Collins)

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Another shot of Stefano Rosina at the 2010 58° Coppa Intereuropa Storica at Monza. (Picture courtesy of Jon Bunston)