1969 Lola T-162
Blue with Black Interior
In the late 1960s and early 1970 the Can-Am championship represented the pinnacle of Sports Car racing in North America. Many of the world`s greatest drivers and manufactures were present to prove themselves in what is now considered to be a golden era of racing, which was not overly regulated.
Lola built just two T-162 Can-Am chassis for the 1969 season. This car was delivered to Bob Dini Enterprises, and raced extensively by Mr. Dini during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. In 1969 this car was campaigned in four of the championship rounds at Watkins Glen, Road America, Bridgehampton, and Laguna Seca, with a best result of 16th at Bridgehampton. In 1970 Dini Enterprises ran the events at Mosport and Mt. Tremblant, where the car was heavily damaged in a frontal collision. The car remained un-repaired until 1996. In 1987 Fantasy Junction bought this car from a former Dini Enterprises employee and sold the car to Can-Am historian and collector Jerry Weichers. Fantasy then brokered the sale of this same car, still un-repaired, in 1996 to the second owner, who commissioned a complete restoration. The tub was recommissioned by monocoque expert Harold Drinkwater in Salinas, California. Ken McMurphy of Auto Europa did all the paint work, while PRD Engineering (Phil Denny) in Sonoma, California built the wing and body mounts, fuel, brake, and water systems, rebuilt the transaxle, and mounted it to the freshly built motor by Tom Crowther. This motor is now the spare power plant. PRD also refinished, mounted, and aligned the suspension. The Final assembly of the oiling system, gauges and wiring harness, and installation of the fuel cells was done by Jacques Andres of Andres Motorsports, in Oakland, California.
The current owner had a massive 478 c.i. engine built up by Owen Racing Engines in Texas, and the 427 c.i. Tom Crowther engine set aside as a spare. The freshly serviced Kinsler injection was mounted atop the new motor, and the final out put was approximately 700 hp on the dyno. Very manageable indeed. The car has been tested and dialed in since the motor was rebuilt. Speed Star Racing in Texas has performed the most recent track support and development. They invested over 100 hours testing, going over the gearbox, chassis and suspension set up, and completing final details to fully dial-in the car.
Today the car is in impeccable condition. Because the car has not yet been raced since it was restored, there are no rock chips, or any other paint blemishes to speak of. The tub and wing are beautifully polished, and all the suspension parts are all freshly nickel plated. Custom, replaceable rock guards have been installed behind the wheels to protect the tub and bodywork. The car is ready for show or for racing.
In North America this car is eligible for many of the premier events, such as the Monterey Historics, wine Country Classic, in addition to any HSR events which have an excellent following for historic Can-Am, Group C, and IMSA participants. Each year in October a Can-Am reunion is held in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin combining some of the era`s fastest cars with one of the worlds best circuits, creating an amazing spectacle to behold.
The other Lola T-162, chassis SL162/13, is owned by Mr. Tom Armstrong of Issaquah, WA, who has been avidly campaigning the car for many years in vintage racing. Unlike other cars from this era, SL162/14 has a known ownership chain, documented history, and no arguments surrounding the chassis number. John Starkey, perhaps the most notable Lola historian and author on several books on the subject, personally authenticated this example and has supplied an official Lola Cars chassis tag as such.
With the car comes the spare 427 c.i. engine, and a small box of spare parts.