Lola T70 Mk 1
- now owned by David Pozzi
My name is David Pozzi, I own a 1965 Lola T-70 Mk1 Can-Am car
that I vintage race. I'm in Salinas CA close to Laguna Seca.
- My Lola Mk1
and a Mk2 were owned by Buck Fulp in 1966, and sold to Pacesetter
homes team in late 1966. I was told the Mk2 was raced, but my
Mk1 was used by Goodyear as a display car. It was probably painted
red, and may have had the number "0" on it's side.
The suspension was chrome plated.
- I have no
idea if my car would have been on display at races or used elsewhere,
but if anyone has information or photo of car, please contact
- Also, Buck
Fulp raced his Mk2 at Riverside and won the USRRC there in 1966,
he carried my car along in his large transporter as a "spare".
- Below: Buck
Fulp, Bahamas race December 1965 This is the Mk1 car.
I will be racing my Lola at the Monterey Historics this year.
I live 15 miles from the track, near Salinas.
- Here is my car history
- I still need
to update the new info to it. I recently talked to Ike Smith
who crewed on the Simoniz team for Chuck Parsons. He told me
of Pacesetter buying it prior to the 1967 race season.
- I don't know
where the Pacesetter's team was based, but I believe Bill Krueger,
the person I bought the Mk1 from back in 1974 got it from Coral
- The above
Black&White photo is how it looked in 1965, the color photo
below, is how I received it in 1974, the bottom photo is as I
race it today. It was a metallic blue with two white stripes,
the stripes were edged in red pinstripes.
- Below: SL70/09
( Mk1) in the background, his SL71/18 in the foreground.
- Below: Fulp
Lola T70 Mk1 as I received it in 1974 - purchased from Bill Krueger
- Below: Fulp
Lola T70 Mk1 at Laguna Seca as I now race it.
may have painted it red with the car number "0", that
is how it was painted when I bought it in 1974. That is also
how Bill Krueger purchased it in Florida and he raced it that
way numbered "0". See photo below.
- My car is
a MK 2, the MK 3's had no headlights and used more aluminum in
their construction, making them about fifty pounds lighter.
- Of course
when the T-70 first came out, they called it the T-70, period.
It wasn't until the T-70 Mk 2 came out that they started referring
to it as the T-70 Mk I.
- The T-70 is
a very good handling race car, and is a lot of fun to vintage
race. It's important to keep the rear suspension joints tight.
As over 60% of the cars weight and all of the horsepower goes
through the rear suspension.
- T-70's weigh
about 1600 to 1700 lbs without the driver, and half tank of fuel.
It is very easy to get a 350 Chevy to put out 500 to 600 horsepower.
- The neatest
thing about a Can Am car is the passenger seat. This is one of
the few really fast cars that has the capability of taking a
passenger along! In it's time Can Am cars were nearly as fast
as Formula one Cars, so they provided a special few passengers
with quite a thrill!
- Below: Corkscrew
at Laguna Seca, Leading three other T-70's on the first lap.
- The second
car is Buck Fulp's second T-70 the Mk2, SL 71/18.
update 10/11/2007 by David Pozzi
- It was kept
as a spare for the 1966 USRRC season by Fulp. It was purchased
by the Baker Racing Team and raced Nassau December 1966 and in
1967 later sponsored by Quaker State Oil and painted green and
white, driven by Charlie Kolb.
- This car might
have been raced by Pacesetter - Roger McKluskey driver in 1967.
It was painted yellow then. This photo is labeled Bridgehampton
Here is another
link talking and about Fulp's Mk1 showing its ownership history
up to David Pozzi (misspelled Posey) John Starkey Cars Archive -Lola Mk1 SL70/9. This history is different
from that listed above. Not sure which is correct.
- From Bill Krueger,
who sold T70 SL70/9 to Pozzi
- Bill sent
in a full story (October 17, 2007) of how he purchased the car
and what happened to it before selling it to David Pozzi. Don't
miss this page, it is a facinating story of crossing the country
to buy your dream, then have it end in a crash at Riverside Raceway
in its first race outing. KRUEGER PAGE LINK
- Special Footnote
found on 962.com regarding Lola Mk1s
Champion John Surtees had formed Team Surtees in conjunction
with Lola cars, with the first T70 going to him. Surtees and
the Lola made a tremendous combination and proved to be very
fast in testing. In America, the Lola was quickly in demand,
cars being sold through John Mecom (the Lola importer) to Carrol
Shelby for his team, John Klug for Buck Fulp and Bob Bondurant,
Walt Hansgen for Mecom's own team, Parnelli Jones, and Mario
- Eric Broadley
did not rest on his laurels. By the time the Mark One was in
production, he was already designing the follow-up, designated
Type 71" although referred to by the press as the
T70 Mark two. For the Mark Two, Broadley designed a mainly aluminum
riveted and bonded chassis that saved some one hundred pounds
People/Events page for photo of
Bondurant in Pacesetters Mk1.
- Here is
another link talking and about Fulp's Mk2 currently owned and
raced by Paul Wilson Lola
- Below: Buck
Fulp's Lola now owned and raced by Paul Wilson, This car came
to him with large air intakes designed by Roy Campbell for Pacesetter
Lolas, but were also sold to Fulp and Penske for their Lola.
Wilson chose not to install the intakes, but has them.
- For more about
this car and David Pozzi see pozziracing.com
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