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Spark's Lola T600s - the last attractive race car?

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Harv Goranson
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I like the sleek appearance of the Lola T600, which won several IMSA races in the 1981-82 time period (but not any class at Le Mans, sadly). I can't think of a prettier racer since, though everyone has their opinion. At Laguna Seca in 1981 and 1982, T600s (Cooke-Woods and John Paul's JLP Racing, respectively) were winners.

Spark S8601 Lola T600 1st Laguna 1981 pic1
Spark S8601 Lola T600 1st Laguna 1981 pic2
Spark S8603 Lola T600 1st Laguna 1982 pic1
Spark S8603 Lola T600 1st Laguna 1982 pic2

An Interscope-sponsored T600 won at Riverside in 1982 also.

Spark S8602 Lola T600 1st Riverside 1982 pic1
Spark S8602 Lola T600 1st Riverside 1982 pic2

The Cooke-Woods T600 didn't qualify for the 1981 Le Mans race, so the team had to rely on a black-and-yellow-striped Porsche 935. which garnered 6th overall and 2nd in the IMSA GTX class. I was amazed and grateful that Spark made this one. I never saw the car but it appears in my Le Mans annual.

Spark S8606 Lola T600 DNQ Le Mans 1981 pic1
Spark S8606 Lola T600 DNQ Le Mans 1981 pic2
Spark S8606 Lola T600 DNQ Le Mans 1981 pic3

Lastly, a car I did see, the Lola Racing entry from Le Mans 1981, which placed 15th. 

Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic1
Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic2
Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic3
Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic4
Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic5
Spark S8600 Lola T600 Le Mans 1981 pic6

 

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David Green
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Wonderful post and photo essay about the Lola T600, Harv. This a pretty car that I did not know much about despite following IMSA in the 1980s.


   
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Karl Schnelle
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I don't remember the Lola with the 'spats', but it's a very nice design.  Those Interscope cars always attracted me - simple clean black paint with less advertising.  But that BP car!  Wow- I had not realized that Rahal and Redman ran at Le Mans together!   I saw the younger Rahal at Indy several times and he hosted cars n coffee a bunch as well there. The Brian Redman showed up for a day of our Italian car tour.  Talked to everyone at dinner, a very nice guy.  He drove Alfas and Ferraris a bit in the 1970s but could not remember much about them.  (If you don't have anything nice to say, then...  perhaps!)  The Porsche, he remembered! Sorry to highjack your thread, Harv!

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Harv Goranson
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@karl Well, Redman and Rahal tried to qualify, but they did not "run" together at LM. BTW, the No. 17 Lola had a Porsche 930 engine while No. 18 had a Cosworth DFL. I saw Brian just long enough to get a couple of autographs last year in Chattanooga. 

Spark S1927 Porsche 935 K3 1st Daytona 1981 pic2
Minichamps 430 752925 BMW 3.0 CSL 1st Sebring pic3

 


   
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Karl Schnelle
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So glad he is still active!


   
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