Amanda Rogers reports on the brief history of Lolas, the effort that goes into building Lolas, and also what makes these cars so valuable and nostalgic. She also investigated the story of my human element – Mac McClendon – the worlds most renowned Lola historian and restorer. Mac has an amazing story that she portrays well. Mac fought in the Korean War at the young age of 15, and then Vietnam. He received his degree in engineering and business, and began racing professionally in 1960.
Mac purchased all the official Lola tooling and machinery when Lola International had a financial collapse in the 1970’s. After Mac retired from professional racing, he got a job at Nasa thanks to his engineering background. He retired from Nasa in 1991 and moved to Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Angie to continue his hobby of building Lola race cars. Mac has been building and restoring the cars for 32 years and certainly seems a character.
I hope you enjoy the video. It’s people like Mac that make the classic car world such an interesting place. Don’t you agree?