1972 Lola T290 – HU28
(Owner reported history and information)
Back in 1972 Carl Haas ordered 4 Lola T290s as the US distributor for Lola Cars. He purchased chassis’s HU23, HU27, HU28, and HU34. The delivery of this car (HU28) was to Hass , invoice dated 24 May 72 – Viking Orange – Hewland Gearbox FG400- # 100 – No engine was supplied by the factory. The first owner, Pete Harrison, went on to win the American Road Race of Champions (BSR), Road Atlanta in 1972. Ironically one of the sister Haas cars, #HU27 driven by Mike Hall, was in the same race qualifying 1st but finished 5th, one lap behind.
The car continued to race with a diverse history in the western US, running in SCCA and some pro races out in CA. The car was crashed and the tub was badly hurt in the late 1970’s. The car was purchased in the mid-80s by James Wilson. He sent the tub to Pat Prince for a rebuild in the 1990’s (original tub skins go with the car). The car sat until the current owner purchased it in 2015.
The car has gone through a complete restoration and kept as original as possible including gearbox, dash, tachometer, seat, lights, etc.
- Pat Prince Race Engineering sticker on tub (picture in gallery)
- New Tony Waterman lightweight body parts
- Fresh Savannah Race Engineering engine
- Kinsler rebuilt fuel injection ($7,000)
- Averill Racing rebuilt gearbox
- New engine/gearbox adapter
Detailed Car History
- 1972 – Pete Harrison
- 1972 – BSR Championship
- 1973 – Eugen Bowen, Edwin Abate
- 1974 – Riverside 1974 crash, May
- 1976 – Bowen local BSR Championship
- 1977 – Garth Pollard rented car for Can-Am Riverside (Oct) Pegasus Racing #85
- 1977 – Pat Naegelin
- 1987 – James Wilson
- 1990’s – Tub rebuild by Pat Prince
- 2015 – Current Owner
- 2017 – Extensive period original restoration