Andrew visits L-O-L-A Lola

Prince Andrew visited a racing car factory to help celebrate its 50th anniversary yesterday (07.10.08).

The prince’s trip to Lola Cars in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire included a tour of the factory and the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the anniversary.

Andrew was shown the Lola car which came eighth at the Le Mans race in June, and witnessed the vehicle go through a pit-stop.

The prince also met the two longest-serving employees at the factory, John Church who has been there for 38 years and John Bedrikovs who has notched up 37 years.

As well as the prince’s visit, Lola cars will celebrate its time in the motor sport industry with a parade of historic racing cars, driven by celebrity drivers, through the centre of Huntingdon on Sunday (11.10.08).

Among the cars on show will be the Mk1, the first Lola sports car ever built and the Lola T92, which Sir Jackie Stewart drove at the Indianapolis 500 in 1967.

The car company was set up in 1958 and has since built over 4,000 vehicles and won many races and championship titles.