Huntingdon to host Golden Parade

On  Sunday  12  October,  Huntingdon  will  be  set  for  a  taste  of  Monte  Carlo-style  action  when  a symbolic parade of racing cars takes to the streets of the Cambridgeshire town.

The parade will be a fitting hometown celebration to mark Lola Cars 50th Anniversary in 2008. Up  to  16  race  cars  will  take  part  in  this  landmark  occasion,  representing  Lola’s  iconic  designs from the past half-century to the current day. Heading up the parade will be the all-new RML MG- Lola LMP2 Coupe dressed in its stunning red, white and blue livery, which will be competing in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Historic cars in the parade will include: the Mk1, the first Lola sportcar  built;  the  Lola  T90  that  Sir  Jackie  Stewart  raced  at the 1967 Indy 500;  through to the sleek design of the Lola T70. Also lining up on the spectacular grid of cars that span the full 50 years of Lola’s existence will be the A1 Grand Prix Team Malaysia Lola that has won races in the World Cup of Motorsport.

Up and coming single seater ace, Fairuz Fauzy will drive this striking Lola design. Stars from half a century of Lola racing will be meeting up with old friends and their old mounts at the parade. These personalities will include Richard Attwood, Hugh Dibley, Jackie Epstein, Alain De Cadenet, Mike Blanchet, James Weaver, Julian Bailey, Anthony Reid and Peter Ashdown. Martin Birrane, the owner of Lola Cars, has invited Eric Broadley MBE, the marque’s founder, to be an integral part of the Golden celebration. 

The 80-year-old Broadley will take the passenger seat of  a Lola for the procession. Another notable passenger will be Jonathan Djanogly, MP for the Huntingdon constituency, who will be driven in Lola’s latest track-day car. At 12.00 noon, Saeed Akthar,  Worshipful Mayor of Huntingdon, will be waving a Union Jack to officially start the parade from Lola’s headquarters in Huntingdon.

The unique collection of cars will then travel a designated two mile route via the local ring road, finishing with the cars forming a spectacular ‘paddock’ in Huntingdon’s historic market square.  

Lola will also be hosting a public ‘Q & A’ session from the Town Hall balcony that overlooks the paddock  area.  The  interviews  will  be  supported  by local  dignitaries and  an  array  of  drivers associated  with  Lola  throughout  its  fifty year  history,  including  500cc  Motorcycle  and  1964 Formula One World Champion John Surtees. Lola  and  the  local  authorities  have  been  working  together  to  make  sure  all  the  necessary provisions  are  put  in  place  to  make  it  a  safe  and  enjoyable  day  for  the  local  community  and visitors. The parade route and paddock area are within easy walking distance from Huntingdon train station, with the event organisers encouraging visitors to maximise local transport facilities.

Martin Birrane  commented, “Given the nature of motorsport, the majority of our work has to be done behind closed doors, so we wanted to create an event that enables the local community and motorsport fans to see Lola Cars at close quarters. “What better setting than our hometown to celebrate a memorable 50 years in motorsport. It will be  a  wonderful  occasion  to  see  such  a  colourful  collection  of  Lola  designs  drive  through  the centre of Huntingdon, whilst reuniting drivers such as John Surtees with cars they have raced so many years ago.”

The  town,  famed  for  its  Members  of  Parliament  –  Oliver  Cromwell  during  the  16th  century  and John Major during the 19th – now has the yellow and blue racing colours of Lola flying the flag for Huntingdon and British motorsport.