Eric Broadley 1928-2017
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.