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Speed show rekindles former glories

PUBLISHED: 16:40 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 August 2010

Bromley
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008
Lola celebrate their 50th Anniversary
PICTURE BY: SIMON HILDREW by-line please
 Eric Broadley with Peter Bryant and the Lola Mk4 Formula One car from 1962 which was driven by John Surtees. Peter helped Eric build the car at the Bromley factory and now lives in Las Vegas and hasn't seen Eric since the early 70's.

Bromley Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Lola celebrate their 50th Anniversary PICTURE BY: SIMON HILDREW by-line please Eric Broadley with Peter Bryant and the Lola Mk4 Formula One car from 1962 which was driven by John Surtees. Peter helped Eric build the car at the Bromley factory and now lives in Las Vegas and hasn't seen Eric since the early 70's.

A RACE car manufacturer celebrated its Golden Anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Eric Broadley, founder of former Bromley company Lola,

A RACE car manufacturer celebrated its Golden Anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Eric Broadley, founder of former Bromley company Lola, made a rare public appearance at the 16th annual festival where he was reunited with the Mk1 prototype version of the very first sports car he built in 1958.

Mr Broadley met up with old friends from the Napier Road workshop at the festival on July 12, including former World Champion John Surtees, who lived in the borough at the time, as well as engineer Peter Bryant who helped build Lola's first Formula One car in 1962.

Reg Parnell's Bowmaker team commissioned the company to build them a Grand Prix racer known as the Mk4 which was driven by John Surtees who went on to finish fourth in that year's World Championship.

Lola cars went on to dominate motor racing all over the world with entries at the Indianapolis 500, Le Mans 24 Hours and further forays into Formula One.

The occasion brought back some very happy memories for Broadley, 79, who eventually sold the company in the late 1990s to current owner Martin Birrane.

It is now based in Huntingdon, Cambridgshire.


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