Lot 345 - 1969 Lola T142, Formula 5000

Lot 345 - 1969 Lola T142, Formula 5000

Lot 345 - 1969 Lola T142, Formula 5000

Lot Number 345
Registration n/a
Chassis Number 37
Engine Number n/a
Estimate £55,000 - £65,000

One of the most attractive and fast developing categories within Historic motor racing is Formula 5000, catering for single-seater (near-Formula 1) cars powered by production-based engines of up to 5 litres capacity. Formula 5000 racing was introduced in 1968 in American SCCA as 'Formula A', and the category enjoyed popularity in the early '70s in the USA featuring such drivers as Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, Brian Redman and David Hobbs.
In the UK and Europe, Formula 5000 matching American Formula A, was adopted in 1969 and such manufacturers as McLaren-Trojan and Lola Cars were quick to support it. In particular Lola Cars of Huntingdon had developed the multi-tubular space frame chassised T140 model for the pioneering American class in 1968 although for 1969 it was quickly updated into the replacement T142 as offered here .

Formula 5000 had also caught on in South African national-Championship competition which had long been the preserve of former Formula 1 machinery. This particular car has been well-known within Historic F5000 racing since as early as 1979, passing from Henry Pearman to Nick Butress who used it in HSCC events for ""six or seven seasons"" before selling it to Ken Gladdis. The relevant Lola factory chassis records record Norinder as having bought a complete car direct from the Huntingdon works - serial 'T142/37' - plus a standby spare frame 'T142/25' which was destined originally for Lola's US agent Carl Haas but which Norinder bought from an intermediary listed as 'Sarquier'. The complete car raced by Norinder during the 1969 Guards Formula 5000 Championship would have been '37' and the last owner of this particular Lola-Chevrolet T142 has concluded that it is the example which was delivered new from Lola Cars to the Swedish private owner/driver.

Ul Norinder was an archetypal playboy sportsman of the period, with a colourful reputation for hard living, hard racing and a spectacular lifestyle. He loved parties and pranks yet conducted his racing in a thoroughly professional manner, employing team manager Rod Sawyer and two full-time mechanics. He would become a prominent private entrant of Lola cars, including both the Formula 5000 T142 and a pair of the sister equally beautifully-built Lola-Chevrolet T70GT Coupés.

The extrovert Swede's campaign in the 1969 Guards Formula 5000 Championship series included what is today described as a 'podium finish' at Hockenheim in Germany (third place) including three fourth places at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Oulton Park. The larger-than-life Norinder finished that Formula 5000 season seventh in the overall Championship table. His car was also driven by Lotus, BRM and Shadow Formula 1 star Jackie Oliver in the Gold Cup classic at Oulton Park.

This well-known Lola-Chevrolet T142 has been fully restored including a full engine rebuilt some four years ago, since when it has seen very little track use. Through last winter this car was re-commissioned with the fitting of foam-filled fuel tanks and it is described by the current vendor as being offered here in race ready condition.
When Formula 5000 was adopted in Britain for 1969, Lola Cars was already featuring prominently within the export market, selling T140 Formula A chassis to the American market. Based upon T70 sports-car running gear, the original T140 had been a simple and capacious multi-tubular spaceframe design which proved competitive with the homegrown American Eagle. For 1969, the basic T140 specification was updated to create the T142 model as now offered here. The cars sold in considerable numbers to the USA, South Africa, Canada and in the UK with more than 40 combined T140/142 chassis being completed at Huntingdon. One compelling reason for the model's contemporary popularity was its selling price of £5,500 complete with Traco-modified Chevrolet V8 engine.

At the end of the 1969 season it was apparent that the Lola T142 'circus' had really kept F5000 alive. The Paul Hawkins Racing-operated car was tended by Eric Broadley of Lola at several British meetings, was managed by the well-known Jackie Epstein and was driven by none other than former multiple motorcycle World Champion Mike Hailwood. Keith Holland was a consistent front-runner in the Alan Fraser-owned T142, while Mike Walker also shone in the Alan McKechnie-entered example. Ulf Norinder's always well-prepared example was another of the leading Lolas to appear upon the hyper-active British scene together with such famous names as Frank Gardner, Robin Widdows, Tony Lanfranchi, Alan Rollinson as well as many more. The Lola-Chevrolet T142 provided the backbone of Formula 5000 entries in that formative period, and this most attractive example should provide a mouth-watering entrée into the Historic class today.

Two comprehensive folders of history, results and detailed engineering drawings accompany this extremely good looking racing car as well as documents detailing recent works including an upgraded Dart cylinder head, a popular modification to F5000 racing cars. It is accompanied by FIA and HSCC competition paperwork in addition to its history file and it should also be noted that this chassis 37 has consistently finished within the top five podium positions and, quite understandably, the T142 represents a competitive and extremely popular choice of car for historic racing.

Also included within the history file are set-up sheets detailing figures and drawings in order to attain optimum performance from the car as well as period photographs from 1960s and 70s and original correspondence from Lola themselves.

Race results

Guards F5000 championship               Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37- Chevrolet V8        5th place

Oulton Park 4th April 1969

Guards F5000 championship               Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        9th place ahead of Mike Hailwood.

Brands Hatch 7th April 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969      Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8         4th place

Brands Hatch 11th May 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969       Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        DNS (Engine failure)

Mallory park 26th may 1969

Guards F5000 Championship 1969      Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 chevorlet V8         5th place

'Koksijde' 3rd August 1969

Guard F5000 championship 1969        Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        14th place

Mondello park 13th July 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969       Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8         54h place

Silverstone 15th June 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969      Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8           5th place

Zandvoort 10th August 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969         Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        5th place

Snetterton 1st September 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969         Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        3rd place

Hockenheim 14th September 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969         Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8        4th place

Oulton park 20th September 1969

Guards F5000 championship 1969         Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37 Chevrolet V8         8th place

Brands hatch 28th September 1969

Final standings of the F5000 champonship (1969) were as follows (Top 20)

1 Peter Gethin McLaren M10A

2 Trevor Taylor Surtees TS5

3 Mike Hailwood Lola T142

4 Keith Holland Lola T142

5 Alan Rollinson Brabham BT30

6 Mike Walker Lola T142

7 Ulf Norinder Lola T142/37

8 David Hobbs Surtees TS5

9 Willie Forbes Lola T142

10 Robert Lamplough Lotus 43

11 Derrick Williams Lola T142

12 Andrea De Adamich Surtees TS5

13 Doug Hardwick Lola T142

14 Terry Sanger 4.7L BRM

15 Steve Thompson Lola T60

16 Kaye Griffiths BRP MK2

17 Frank Gardner Lola T142

18 Peter westbury Brabham BT30

19 Ian Ashley Kitchiner K3

20 Brian Cullen Brabham BT23C

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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