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Chassis Num: SL160/12
 
From 1966-1974 the Can-Am was the premiere auto racing series in the world. The Can-Am cars, called Group 7 cars, were the only unlimited racing class in the world. The rules were basically this:
- Must have 2 seats on either side of the centerline of the car
- All 4 tires had to be covered at least 60-percent
- No aircraft engines were allowed
- Must run on gasoline
- Had to have operable doors
- Must have at least on brake light

Other than that you could do or build anything you wanted! These lackadaisical rules allowed for the invention of aerodynamic devices such as wings, spoilers, dive plans and splitters. During this series the development of the big block V8 engines up to and over 900 horsepower became commonplace. Super-wide tires up to 24-inches wide were developed as well as many more ingenious devices to make these cars the fastest road race cars in the world.

In 1966, Lola won the first series with John Surtees driving their T-70 model. By 1968, Lola saw the need to build a car that could accommodate larger displacement engines (big blocks) and super-wide tires. Thus the T-160 became the successor to the aging T-70. Lola built 12 T-160's and this is the #12.

In late 1967 this T-160 was purchased from Carl Haas (the Lola factory importer) by John Crean for James Garner's American International Racing Team (AIR), who had been successfully running T-70 coupes in endurance racing. The car was never used as the team ran a Gurney Eagle F-5000 car instead in the L&M series. In 1976 #12 was sold to Ron Dahl who never raced the car.

In 1978 Tony Seinenger bought #12 and ran a few SCCA, A/SR races. Tony flipped the car at Buttonwillow Raceway and destroyed the body and part of the 'tub' (the chassis). Dan Martin bought the car in 1981 and ran it in the early days of the California Historics.

In 1988 #12 was sold to Lief Nielson in Sweden who put it in a museum. However Lief eventually failed to pay his bills and the car was repossessed by a bank in 1990.

In 1991 the car was bought by Canadian collector and sportsman, Jack Boxstrom. Jack brought #12 back to the US but never raced it; in 1993 he sold it to Harry Bytzek in Canada.

Harry raced the car twice and in late 1997 sold #12 to Reg Howell. Reg had the engine rebuilt and ran the car with Targa 66, HMSA and HSR. Reg sold the car to the current owner, Todd Glyer in 2006. Todd currently campaigns the car in HMSA races.

It is currently powered by a Chevrolet Small Block 6-liter engine that displaces 377 cubic-inches, has a Lucas-Kinsler fuel injection system, and produces over 600 horsepower. It was built by Lozano Brothers Porting. There is a four-speed Hewland LG 500 transmission and still has the original Lola body panels (GRP).
The Lola T70 was replaced by the T160 in 1968. The following year, the T-160 which had undergone developmental improvements through the 1968 season, was dubbed the T163. Sadly, the T160 and T163 were unable to carry on the tradition of the highly successful T70. Though they scored several important victories, they were unable to provide real competition for the dominate McLarens and failed to capture the Championship.

The Lola T160, T162, and T163 were never able to score a victory in the Can-Am series, but were able to capture many podium finishes with many top-six finishes.

The final derivative of the T160 series was the T165 which was introduced in 1970. These were customer cars; the factory backed cars were the T220 and T222 with the T222 entered mid-season as a replacement for the wrecked T220. The T222 had a wider wheelbase than the T220 and its best finish was a second place for the Peter Revson team.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2008
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1968 Can-Am Drivers Championship
PosDriverTeamCarEnginePoints
1  Denis Clive 'Denny' Hulme Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8A Chevrolet   Chevrolet   35 
2  Bruce Leslie McLaren Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8A Chevrolet   Chevrolet   24 
3  Mark Neary Donohue, Jr. Penske Cars McLaren M6B   Chevrolet   23 
4  Jim Hall Chaparral Cars, Midland Texas Chaparral 2G   Chevrolet   12 
5  Lothar Motschenbacher LeadusDana Chevrolet Racing McLaren M6B  McLaren M6B   Oldsmobile  Chevrolet  Ford   11 
6  John Cannon    10 
7  George Follmer Agapiou Brothers Lola T70 MKIII   Ford  Chevrolet   
8  Jerry Titus    
9  Chuck Parsons Carl Haas Racing Lola T160   Chevrolet   
9  Sam Posey Caldwell AutodynamicsAutodynamics CorporationCaldwell Autodynamics Caldwell D-7  Lola T160  Lola T160   Ford  Chevrolet   
11  George Ross Eaton    
12  Peter Jeffrey Revson Shelby American Racing McLaren M6B   Ford  Chevrolet   
12  David Earl 'Swede' Savage Jr. All American Racers Lola T160  Lola T160  McLaren M6B   Ford   
14  Dick Brown Ecurie Greene Inc McLaren M6B  McLaren M6B   Ford  Chevrolet   
15  Daniel Sexton Gurney All American Racers McLaren M6B  Lola T160   Ford   
15  Charlie Hayes Salyer Racing McKee MK10  McKee MK10   Chevrolet  Oldsmobile   

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