Daytona, January 1971. It's the second round of the International Championship of Makes - the World Endurance Championship in today's terminology - and Porsche starts as favourite for the 24 Hours.
The German manufacturer has won all but one of the previous year's rounds, topped the season-opening Buenos Aires 1000Km earlier in the month, and John Wyer's crack Gulf JW Automotive team of two 4.9-litre 917Ks has no factory opposition, just an eclectic mix of privateer Ferraris. But among the assorted 512Ss and new, squarer 512M models is an immaculate blue machine that's not been seen before.
The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...
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