British race car builder Eric Broadley was one of the first to combine light weight mid-engine chassis with American V-8 power, in the Lola GT that ran at Le Mans in 1963. In 1965 he introduced the T70, which for two years was the world's fastest racing car.
Developed by World champion driver John Surtees, with 500 HP and weighing 1750 pounds, it had blinding acceleration, 0 to 100 mph in less than six seconds with stable, predictable handling.
Surtees won the first Can-Am Championship with a T70 in 1966.
Of the forty-odd originally built, few T70 roadsters have survived, and very few with as much of the original car intact as this one.Also photographed at :
In 1965 and 1966 the Lola T70 was the fastest racing car in the world, faster than even a Formula One car. It was designed by Eric Broadley, whose first V8 powered race car evolved into the Ford GT40, and was developed by World Champion driver John Surtees. With 500 horsepower and blinding acceleration- 0 to 100 mph in less than six seconds - Surtees and Broadley recognized that to be a winner it must also be stable and easy to drive. The Mark II became known as one of the sweetest-handling race cars ever, and Surtees won the first Can-Am Championship with one in 1966 (serial number SL/71/16).
Few T70 roadsters have survived, and very few with as much of the original car intact as this one. The third Mark II built (SL/71/18), it won two races (at Riverside and Watkins Glen) in the 1966 U.S. Road Racing Championship, driven by its owner Buck Fulp of South Carolina. Fulp didn't finish one race because a stone broke his goggles, and he missed two more because his eye got infected, but even so, he was leading the last race - and the championship - when he had his only mechanical problem of the year: the shift lever broke.
At the end of 1966 Fulp sold the car, and it was driven in Can-Am races in 1967 by Roger McCluskey. By then the design was two years old, but my car was still fast enough to finish fifth in the second Can-Am round, at Mosport.