Sunday, October 19, 2014
Lola T 70 In-Car From The Goodwood Revival (2014)
A year ago I posted a link to Kenny Brack's rain race in a Ford GT 40 at the 2013 Revival--an awesome sideways drive in which I, at least, didn't doubt his car control. Here's a link to Lola T-70 in the dry that had me on the edge of my seat. The video is in HD. It runs 26 minutes; visibility is decreased from the middle onwards by bug splats and a low sun.
I've seen a few Can-Am car in-car videos, and am impressed with how hard these cars are to control. I had the same feeling at the only Can-Am race I saw "live," at Mid-Ohio in 1971. Even well into the aero era, it was obvious that the McLaren M8F and the Lola T 260 were a handful for world-class drivers like Denny Hulme, Peter Revson, and Jackie Stewart. The driving technique appeared to be to get the car slowed, tip-toe around the bend, get it straightened out, bury the throttle, and hang on. Repeat.
In the hands of mere mortals, T 70's and other early Can-Am cars seem to be even more of a... handful.
Watch the steering wheel in the vid. The driver has to really tippy-toe until the tires warm up. There's a lot of counter-steering going on. He has "moments," often in traffic, at about 7, 10, and 14 minutes. And a big one at 16 minutes. It appears that even a good driver can't really stay ahead of an early Can-Am car. He has to hope to be able to catch the car when it begins to get out from under him, which it will.