This was a self assigned photo shoot and feature for Historic Racer online magazine. Sometimes, you don’t have the time to wait around for a magazine editor to give the nod, you’ve just got to go and do it. My good friend McKenna was due to shake down this beautifully restored Lola F5000 racing car at Blyton Park test facility, one of our favourite tracks, so although I didn’t have as much time with the car as I might have liked, it was an opportunity not to be missed. You can read the full feature over at Historic Racer, together with a very short video we managed to get of McKenna driving the car.
We arrive at Blyton Park to find a dry track and Johnathan Hardy carefully preparing the Lola F5000. Switches on, he reaches over the engine and primes the carbs with a couple of flips of the throttle linkage. The sound of the big block American V8 hits you in the chest and for a moment you stop taking pictures just to savour the physicality of the sound as the open exhausts beat like a racing heatbeat with the engine ticking over. A rhythmic blipping, blipping of the engine warms the fluids for a few minutes before Johnathan Hardy snaps the ignition off and the silence rings in our ears. My eyes water slightly from the fumes.
The car is owned by Richard Summers and was restored by historic motorsport specialists Hardy Hall Restorations with a standard of workmanship the highest I’ve ever seen.