LOLA T292 HU64 from 1973
The LOLA T292 succeeded the T290 which had met with great success
Indeed, more than thirty LOLA T290s were built by the famous British brand created in 1958 by Eric Broadley.
With a view to making improvements to the LOLA T290, Patrick Head and John Barnard who had just joined LOLA looked at the body of the car in order to give the T292 much better downforce than its predecessor.
The front hood was significantly lengthened and a much larger rear spoiler was added. Thanks to this new bodywork, the T292 was supposed to allow faster cornering. The other modifications were in the brakes which were moved to either side of the gearbox in order to reduce the weight of the suspended masses. Considering the excellent results obtained by the "new" LOLA, these developments were positive ...
In 1973, the LOLA T292 left no chance for its rivals
The T292 was also very successful both commercially and sportingly since LOLA won the title of constructors' champion in 1973 and Chris Craft was crowned winner of the 1973 European 2-liter Championship driving a T292 powered by a Cosworth BDG 2 liter engine.
HU64 is one of the last T292 produced in 1973
In 1973 the Bonnier team supplied two cars to the Portuguese BIP team. This team was made up of Portuguese pilots : Jorge Pinhol, Mendonça, Carlos Santos and Carlos Gaspar. The cars carried the chassis number HU 47 and HU 52.
On July 1, 1973 Carlos Santos destroyed HU47 in Vila Real. HU 47 was replaced by a new car : HU64. For fiscal reasons the car would have been entered in certain races under the No HU47 when it was indeed HU64.
It is this car that is offered for sale.
1973 season winners from the BIP team of Ecurie Bonnier:
April : 1000 km from Monza
HU52 Gaspar - Pinhol 13th (5th of 2 liters)
HU47 Santos Cabral : abandonment
May : 1000 Km from Spa-Francorchamps
HU52 Gaspar - Pinhol : 16th
HU47 Santos - Mandonça : 6th (1st in 2 liters)
June : 1000 Km from the Nürburgring
HU52 Gaspar - Pinhol : Qualification in 10th position, retirement
HU47 Santos - Mandonça : Qualification in 14th position, retirement
July: Vila Real Circuit
HU52 Gaspar : Winner
HU 47 Santos : Destruction of the car
July : Grand Prix d'Estoril
HU52 Gaspar : 5th
August: Vila do Conde
HU 52 Mandonca : Abandonment
HU64 Gaspar : Winner (for tax reasons the car keeps the number HU47)
September: Grand Prix of Nogaro
HU52 Pinhol : 8th
HU64 Gaspar : Abandonment
October: 400 Km from Barcelona
HU52 Pinhol : 1st race : 14th, 2nd race : Abandonment (accident)
HU64 Gaspar : 8th, 2nd race : unclassified
HU52 Pinhol : 4th
HU64 Gaspar : Winner
At the end of the season HU64 then passed into the hands of the French team. It was then entered in the French Mountain Championship piloted by Alain Denis and Gilles Lécluse from 1987 to 1989. It was then in the colors of Yacco and Crédit Agricole. It was at this time that she received the rear cover of the LOLA T298.
HU64 was sold on May 24, 1996 CHAUFAILLES Europe Expo to Mr. Jean-Claude Bertrand living in Luxembourg. During this acquisition, HU 64 still wore the colors of Yacco and Crédit Agricole as in 1987.
The MEC AUTO preparer carried out the complete restoration of HU64 which was brought into conformity with 1973. A complete file of this restoration is available. MEC AUTO was in charge of the maintenance and preparation of HU64 until 2012 although during this period the LOLA changed owners several times.
Indeed, it was acquired in 1999 by Messrs Guido and Günter Diefenthal residing in Germany.
HU 64 was then acquired by Mr Rodrogo Gallego residing in Portugal. Mr Gallego won the GP Historico Do porto in 2009 at the wheel.
In October 2012, its current owner acquired HU64 who entrusted it to Marc Widar (Widi company) for maintenance. The Cosworth BDG engine received a complete overhaul at Richardson in the UK.
In 2014, her owner entered her in two hotly contested Classic Endurance Racing races, placing her in 6th position in the Spa Classique 2014 scratch.
HU64 is a very competitive LOLA T292. It is offered for sale with a set of parts including the rear cover of LOLA T298.
: HU 64
: 2 l BDG Cosworth Richardson
: 300 hp. @ 9,500 rpm
: Hewland FG 400
: 600 kg