My car is a MK I, the MK III's had no headlights and used
more aluminum in their construction, making them about fifty pounds
Of course when the T-70 first came out, they called it
the T-70, period. It wasn't until the T-70 Mk II came out that they
started refering to it as the T-70 Mk I.
The T-70 is a very good handling racecar, and is a lot of
fun to vintage race. It's important to keep the rear suspension
joints tight. As over 60% of the cars weight and all of the
horsepower goes thru the rear suspension.
T-70's weigh about 1600 to 1700 lbs without the driver, and half
tank of fuel. It is very easy to get a 350 Chevy to put out 500 to
pre-grid at the Monterey Historics
Laguna Seca CA. Gary Miller, (in blue ) started racing a Lola
T-70 MKIII coupe around the same time I did. He is currently
preparing a March GTP coupe for vintage events.
11 at Laguna Seca.
Second gear is best, with first gear you have to shift before the
car is out of the turn.
This is a nice 3/4 view of the Lola at home. The neatest
thing about a Can Am car is the passenger seat. This is one of the
fiew really fast cars that has the capability of taking a passenger
along! In it's time Can Am cars were nearly as fast as Formula one
Cars, so they provided a special fiew passengers with quite a
Here is a new overhead shot of the Lola
This is a shot of the engine and drivers seat in my T-70. You can
see that I am almost sitting up against the engine!
That's the head rest upper left, and the sholder harness anchor
is a 1972 McLaren M-20, only two were built, it is powered by a 510
cubic inch aluminum Big Block Chevrolet, about 750hp and a LOT of
But, The M-20 couldn't beat the twin turbocharged 1200hp Porsche
917-30 of Mark Donohue, so McLaren quit Can Am and went Indy racing.
This car was the first to have the radiators just ahead of the rear
tires with ducts leading into them.
My Lola represents the oldest segment of the Can Am class. The
M-20 is the almost the newest. The Can Am ended in 1984. Killed in
part by the energy crisis, and Porsche's domination of the
That's me sitting in a McLaren M-20 one of only two that exist.
Powered by a 510 cubic inch 750 hp aluminum big block Chevy of
course. Riverside, Ca, 1984. Gee, my hair was not grey back
The Big Block Chevy can now put out around 900hp with modern
heads and camshafts.
Wish I'd gotten a chance to drive that one!
THE FIVE PHOTOS BELOW WERE TAKEN AT LAGUNA SECA PRE HISTORIC CLUB
WEEKEND AUG 2001
Upper left going clockwise, Lola T-163, Lola T-310, Penske Sunoco
Ferrari 512, Mclaren M8, it's a "D" model, the "F" had a body lip all
allong the edge running into the tail wing supports.
917, as in the movie "lemans"
This is an Eisert Formula 5000 car. Jerry Eisert built about 8 of
these, and only this one was a short wheelbase version for road
racing. The rest were for Indy.
I autocrossed this car for a season, winning a local
championship, and ran it at an SCCA Solo I track event at Laguna Seca
CA. We ran a 350 engine with Weber carbs. I took the car to the
Cambria CA,time trials held on streets laid out on a yet to be built
subdivision, and set a track record that I don't think has been
broken, it was about a mile long track, I spun the tires most of the
way down the front and rear straightaway.
CARS MY FRIENDS OWN
MILLER'S MARCH GTP
Just painted, June, 2000! (red of course) Gary has
amazing talent for bodywork and paint, he is also an exelent
He's a former winner of the Monterey Historic auto races
in the GT class and a very talented car restorer.
JOHN CHURCH CAN-AM LOLA T-222 CHASSIS HU08
This car was just purchased for vintage racing by my good friend
John Church. Origonally driven in 1971 by Hiroshi Kazato. as #88, the
car ran 9 Can-Am events in the US in 1971, and was maintained by Carl
Haas, the Lola importer.
In 1972, the car was raced by the Bobby Rinzler team, #23, the
driver was Charlie Kemp, entered in 8 races.
The engine is an all aluminum 454 with Lucas timed mechanical
fuel injection and dry sump lubrication. Transmission is a Hewland
five speed transaxle. Rear tires are 17" wide.