Eric Broadley 1928-2017

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Eric Broadley MBE, founder of Lola rac­ing cars, has died, aged 88. A con­fi­dent en­gi­neer, Broadley sank his sav­ings into pro­duc­ing cars at his Sur­rey work­shops, tak­ing the Lola name for his cars from a 1950s song What­ever Lola Wants.

His first brush with F1 came in 1962 but un­der­fund­ing was a re­cur­ring prob­lem for Lola so Broadley con­cen­trated on pro­duc­ing cars for clients. Ford fa­mously used Broadley as con­sul­tant en­gi­neer on its GT40.

Lola’s great­est achieve­ments came in IndyCar rac­ing in the US over four decades from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Broadley re­ceived an MBE in 1991 for his ser­vices to mo­tor rac­ing.

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