More Lolas limber up for Hunts parade

MORE Lola race cars and drivers have been added to the 50th anniversary celebratory parade in Huntingdon on Sunday October 12. At opposite ends of Lola s history, both the very first and the very latest models will top and tail the parade from the world-r

MORE Lola race cars and drivers have been added to the 50th anniversary celebratory parade in Huntingdon on Sunday October 12.

At opposite ends of Lola's history, both the very first and the very latest models will top and tail the parade from the world-renowned company's headquarters in St Peter's Road to the market square.

The latest Lola, the B08/80 LMP2 Coupe that raced at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours will take part under the RML Ltd banner. The patriotic red, white and blue thoroughbred machine is capable of speeds up to 210mph and will be driven (at a more sedate pace) by 2007 Le Mans Series champion Mike Newton.

The first-ever Lola, the Mark 1, is also coming back to its roots, with Graham Leslie making an emotional appearance in the 1958 design. Graham's father, former Touring Car and Le Mans driver, David Leslie, was due to take the wheel at the parade but was tragically killed in a plane crash near Farnborough in March this year.

The Leslie family has links to Lola through Graham's mother and David's widow Jane, who is the daughter of Graham Broadley, Lola founder Eric's brother, who helped set up the Lola business back in 1958.

Also confirmed for the Sunday spectacular next week will be the A1 Team Malaysia Lola, driven by up-and-coming single-seater star Fairuz Fauzy. The striking, bright yellow Lola has won two of the World Cup of Motorsport races in the past few years and will be a truly spectacular sight on the symbolic parade, said Lola's Sam Smith.

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Other drivers attending the celebration will be former Lola managing director, Mike Blanchet. A respected racer himself, local resident Blanchet will be reunited with a Lola T492 Sports 2000 car that he raced successfully in the late 1970s.

Current Lola chairman Martin Birrane will also take part, with the spectacular Lola T92 that Sir Jackie Stewart almost won the 1966 Indy 500 race with. Stewart was leading with just 10 laps remaining when a mechanical issue forced him to cede victory to Graham Hill in the sister Lola.

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