Twice World Sportscar Champion Derek Bell has been invited to race the prototype Lola Mkl sports-racer when it returns to the track at Goodwood Motor Circuit’s Revival meeting in September.
The car, which laid the foundations for Eric Broadley’s marque 40 years ago and was itself a regular competitor at Goodwood has been owned since 1968 by American Dick Berger, who has had it restored to concours condition in Britain. Don Haldenby has prepared the chassis, which is now having a new aluminium body made by Paul Jenkins of Classic Panel Craft. Berger hopes that its original driver, Peter Gammon, will to be able to join the team for testing at Goodwood in the summer.
“I’ve owned the Lola for 30 years, but never raced it, so Lord March’s invitation is the fulfilment of a dream,” said Berger. “To have Derek Bell whose career started at the circuit drive the car will be an honour.” MP