Doug Azary: Vintage Lola T-70
with Brass Tube Enduro Chassis
Doug Azary sends pictures of a Vintage Enduro Chassis with Diagonal Bracing. Awesome!
"The green Lola T-70 coupe is a 4 inch chassis I built in 1967 (at the tender
age of 15), exactly 35 years and a few days ago. It completed an 8 hour
endurance race on a Stan Engleman 220. I think we finished 3rd."
"The frame is
entirely brass tubing, not rod. I wanted a chassis that could handle a
de-slot down the back stretch at full tilt and withstand a hard crash into
the wall. My dad was a structural engineer in the Saturn/Apollo Space
Program back in the 1960s, and he came up with the idea for all the diagonal
bracing going to the outrigger body mounts, front axle tube and motor
bracket. And IT DID IT'S JOB! I recall at least one or two HARD hits and all
we had to do was put the car back on the track and keep going... nothing
broken or bent!"
"Champion 601's were the hot ticket back then and that's all
I ran. This car also had Champion front and rear tires, Cox guide flag and
gears. About a year ago I decided to put this car back together, as close as
possible to the way it was years ago. I had a Cox guide and gears and a
similar set of front tires, but the Champion rears and motor were long gone.
It now has a set of almost NOS 1970s era Riggen rears and a restored 26D."