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    1984 Mazda Lola T 616 Prototype Racecar #68

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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.

    Launched for 1981, the new Group C T600 marked Lola’s drive to regain the dominance it lost to Porsche and Ferrari during the 1970s. An unqualified tour de force, the T600 was one of the first endurance-racing cars utilizing Formula One ground-effects and carbon-fiber composite structures. Brian Redman piloted one to the 1981 IMSA GT championship and its international success forced Porsche to cancel their space-frame 936 in favor of the 956 and 962.

    Relentless development begat the new T616 for 1984, which was selected as the mount for the American BF Goodrich racing team that year. Joining forces with IMSA legend Jim Busby and Mazda, which had just introduced its new 13B rotary racing engine with peripheral ports and fuel injection producing over 300 horsepower, 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. -2 (Number 68) and its stablemate, Chassis T616 H.U. -3 (Number 67), finishing both events.

    The team’s first Class C2 victory (8th overall) was scored on April 23, 1984 at the 1,000-kilometer race at Monza in Italy by Car number 67 (Chassis T616 H.U. -3), driven by Jim Busby and Richard (Rick) Knoop. This car, numbered 68 (Chassis T616 H.U. -2), was driven by Dieter Quester and Dutch driver Boy Hayje but was classified DNF.

    At Le Mans in June, the team conclusively proved its point and the lightweight Mazda-powered Lolas performed brilliantly. This car, number 68 (Chassis T616 H.U. -2) was driven by John Morton, John O’Steen, and Yoshami Katayama to the Class C2 victory and 10th overall. Car number 67 (Chassis T616 H.U. -3), was piloted by Jim Busby, Rick Knoop, and Boy Hayje to a third-place class podium and 12th overall. Two Mazda-entered cars finished the race, albeit in 15th and 20th positions overall.

    Next, at the Nürburgring 1,000-kilometer race in July 1984, this car (Number 68, T616 H.U. -2), was a DNF while car Number 67, Chassis T616 H.U. -3, finished 2nd in Class and 14th overall. At Fuji, Japan in September, this car (T616 H.U. -2) took 4th in Class and 13th overall with Quester and Knoop co-driving. Car Number 67, Chassis T616 H.U. -3, scored another podium with Jim Busby and Pete Halsmer finishing 3rd in Class and 11th overall

    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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