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    1984 Mazda Lola T 616 Prototype Racecar #67

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 14th – 16th, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Seeking to regain the dominance it lost to Porsche and Ferrari during the 1970s, Lola Cars introduced the T600 for FIA Group C competition in 1981. As one of the first endurance-racing cars to utilize the ground-effects developed for Formula One, the T600 pioneered carbon-fiber composite structures. In the hands of Brian Redman, the T600 took the 1981 IMSA GT championship and its success forced Porsche to cease further development of their space-frame 936 in favor of the 956 and 962.

    Unceasing development brought the T616 for 1984, which was selected by the American BF Goodrich racing team. Having already won IMSA GTU events, the BF Goodrich team set out to prove its high-performance Radial T/A tires could run – and win – at Le Mans and other top international races. Joining forces with Jim Busby and Mazda, which had just introduced its new 13B rotary racing engine, the team was a strong contender. Experience was gained at the Daytona and Miami races in February 1984, with both the car offered here, Chassis T616 H.U. -3, and its sister car, Chassis T616 H.U. -2, finishing both races.

    The team’s first Class C2 victory (8th overall) was scored on April 23, 1984 by this car at the 1,000-kilometer race at Monza in Italy, race-numbered 67 (Chassis T616 H.U. -3) and driven by Jim Busby and Richard Knoop. The sister car, numbered 68 (Chassis T616 H.U. -2), was driven by Dieter Quester and Dutch driver Boy Hayje but did not finish.

    At Le Mans in June, both lightweight Mazda-powered Lolas performed brilliantly. Car 68 (Chassis T616 H.U. -2) was driven by John Morton, John O’Steen, and Yoshami Katayama to the Class C2 win and 10th overall. This car, race-numbered 67 (Chassis T616 H.U. -3) and piloted by Busby, Knoop, and Hayje, scored the third-place Class C2 podium and 12th overall. Two Mazda-entered cars finished the race, albeit in 15th and 20th overall.

    At the Nürburgring 1,000 kms in July, this car (Number 67, Chassis T616 H.U. -3), finished 2nd in Class and 14th overall. The sister car, (Number 68, T616 H.U. -2), was a DNF. At Fuji, Japan in September, this car (Number 67, Chassis T616 H.U. -3), scored another podium in the 1,000-km race with Busby and Pete Halsmer finishing 3rd in Class and 11th overall, while Car 68 (T616 H.U. -2) took 4th in Class and 13th overall with Quester and Knoop co-driving.

    Following the 1984 season, both historic Lola-Mazdas (T616 H.U. -2 and -3) lay dormant for nearly 20 years until Busby and Knoop rediscovered them and performed full, tub-up restorations. Both have been crowd favourites at many historic events ever since, including the 2004 Road & Track US Sports Car Invitational, 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion from 2004 through 2012. The consignor has performed further work more recently, with the brakes, engines, fuel, and safety systems properly sorted to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars between the two cars. Proven and eligible for many of the world’s best vintage events, the historic “Twin Lolas” are complete with additional items including spares, set-up sheets, and memorabilia to form an exceptional package!



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