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This model is a replica of Dan Gurney’s 1966 Lola T-70 MKII Spyder which he raced to Ford’s only victory in the Can-Am series. The construction of this model is completely documented On The Workbench http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/115922-lola-t70-mk2-124-scale-under-glass/ But to summarize it started life as a Tamiya slot-car body and now sits on a much modified Fujimi GT-40 chassis with an MPC Eagle Indy engine block, transaxle and rear suspension. Thanks for the Gurney-Weslake heads go to Steve Roullier who did the masters and Stephen Miller who did the casting. Items no longer available from the original sources are the Mini-Exotic white-metal wheels and Fred Cady decals. The paint is a custom mix of Testor’s Arctic Blue Metallic enamel and Metallic Black. This has been my most involved and documented model car project to date. It has also taken the longest but I have really enjoyed the process including all the research and the challenge of attempting to replicate as many details as possible. For all the photos of this model - http://public.fotki.com/phildaupho/dan-gurney-scale-ra/1966-lola-t70/
After building nothing but hot rod [mainly 32 Fords] models for the last year and half I was looking for a change of pace, so decided to get back to another aspect of my car obsession – vintage race cars of the 1960’s. As a nice segue from the Dan Gurney Tribute Deuce 5-W I recently completed I decided to get back to work on the previously started model of the car that inspired the design of the Deuce which is Dan Gurney’s 1966 LolaT70, which was the only Ford powered car to win a Can-Am race [Bridgehampton]. The Lola T70 is maybe my all time favorite racecar. Back when used racecars were relatively cheap I thought a T70 would make a very cool road car. I have wanted to build a model of a T70 for a long time. Many years ago I broke down and paid the asking price for an old IMC Mecom Lola T70 Mark I. This is a nice little kit but the emphasis is on little as it is off scale somewhere between 1/24 and 1/32. Then I noticed Tamiya had re-released their 1/24 Lola T70 slot car body so I had a starting point for my project and one thing lead to another. I have assembled what I think will be the necessary parts - Tamiya 1/24 Lola T70 slot-car body [the body has the basic shape but will require a lot of modifications] - Fred Cady decals which I have had for a number of years in anticipation of this project - Fujimi Ford GT40 chassis, interior, suspension, tires [Both the Lola T70 and Ford GT40 evolved from the earlier Lola Mk6 Coupe] - White metal Mini-Exotic Lola wheels - MPC Eagle engine, transaxle and rear suspension - Gurney Weslake heads mastered by Stephen Roullier and cast by Stephen Miller [The HRM heads and intake manifold are cast with the block so will need to be removed] - Headers from the MPC Olsonite Eagle I also have lots of research material - Dave Freidman’s book Lola – Can-Am and Endurance Race Cars borrowed from a friend - Photos I took of the car at the 2010 Monterey Reunion - Articles on the Gurney Weslake engine - I have two Tamiya 1/12 Coupes; one bought built up, the other still in the box.