With the recent passing of Lola founder Eric Broadley, the Motor Racing Legends team has announced a special Eric Broadley Tribute award to be presented to the fastest Lola in the Stirling Moss Trophy race at the upcoming Silverstone Classic, scheduled for July 28-30. The special trophy will be presented by Martin Birrane, Chairman of Lola Group Holdings Ltd., and head of the Lola Group since 1997.
“Eric’s creations will live on beyond all of us,” said Birrane. “Lola, the brand he carved in stone, will still be remembered as one of the greatest names in motor racing a century from now.”
The Motor Racing Legends Stirling Moss Trophy race for pre-’61 sports racers running to period specification, is among the featured races at this year’s Classic. A full grid of 50 cars is expected to line up for the race on Saturday morning — among them many famous sports cars of the era including examples of the Jaguar D-Type, Lister Knobbly, Lotus 11, Lotus 15 and Cooper Monaco. Highlighting the lineup are an unprecedented five Lola Mk1s (above, Pete Austin photo), including Keith Ahlers’ Lola Mk1 Prototype — one of the very first models to roll out of Broadley’s Bromley, South London workshop in the late 1950s.
“We are delighted to have Martin Birrane with us at this year’s Silverstone Classic,” commented MRL Chairman Duncan Wiltshire, “and with five Lola Mk1s in the Stirling Moss Trophy race it is the perfect opportunity to remember and honor a true Motor Racing Legend.”