And one particular machine is set to get historic racers’ and/or collectors’ juices flowing when the bidding begins on Sunday March 19th.
A highly original Mk1 Lola T70 Spyder – the second chassis built by the Slough-based single-seater and sportscar manufacturer in 1965 – tops the bill.
It was supplied new in 1965 to Harold Young Racing for versatile Brit David Hobbs, a man who’d go on to race in Formula 1 with BRM, Honda and McLaren, as well as take two third-place finishes at Le Mans with Ford in 1969 and Porsche in ’84 – among numerous strong results in the World Sportscar Championship. ‘Hobbo’ also tackled Can-Am, Formula 5000 and Trans-Am in a long and varied career.
More than 50 years ago Hobbs used SL70/2, powered by a Ford V8, to great effect, finishing second in the prestigious RAC Tourist Trophy at Oulton Park, in fact only denied a victory by a timekeeping blunder, and tackling races in the UK and the burgeoning Can-Am series for Group 7 projectiles during that ’65 season.