No matter which report one reads, the Lola was, without doubt, the star of the 1963 Racing Car Show. Most spectators, including this then 22 year old mad keen enthusiast, had never seen anything like it before.
The mid-engined concept was in its early development stages, and Lola, known until then for its superbly efficient small capacity sports-racers, was suddenly catapulted into the big league . This was the first time anyone had designed a really compact 2 seater racing car, with American V8 power.
The Le Mans car very nearly failed to make the race. After burning the midnight oil Eric Broadley had to drive the car down from Dunkirk to get there for scrutineering. Sadly gear selection problems sidelined it in the early hours. Attwood and Hobbs drove it, until Hobbs found himself in neutral approaching the Esses and spin out of the race.