Part of Canadian motorsport history could be yours

Canadian auto racing legend Horst Kroll has decided the time has come to sell part of his collection, a genuine part of Can-Am history. The #38 Frisbee has a rather impressive history, having been raced by Bill Adam, Jacques Villeneuve Sr. and a young guy named Paul Tracy. In fact, in his first outing in the car Tracy won the Can-Am race at Mosport. That drive led to a test with Team Penske and a full career in IndyCar.

The car is a Lola T400 Formula 5000 car, serial number HU9, that was originally built in 1974. It was raced in Formula 5000 by another Canadian legend, Eppie Wietzes. In 1983, the car was converted to Can-Am specs and received the Frisbee body.

This is a rare opportunity to own a car that is not only uniquely Canadian, but also has a complete history with only 2 owners. #38 was appraised at an estimated $135,000 in 2008.

Interested parties should contact Horst Kroll directly by phone at 416.292.7909 Be sure to tell him you read about it in The Garage!

Above, PT gets reacquainted with #38 at a recent show. More photos and full details after the break.

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Car details

Year; 1974
Manufacturer; Lola, England.
Model; Formula 5000, with Can-am conversion.
Body style; Frisbee.
Serial number; T400, chassis number HU9.
SCCA registration number; Reg. # 668.
Engine type; Paul Newman Racing VDS 5.0 litre with Al heads
Engine serial number; VDS – 109.
Exhaust; 8 into 1
Ignition; Vertex magneto
Carburation; MacKay intake with Lucas injection
Transmission; Hewland DG-300
Color; Pearl white with red stripping.

Chassis

The aluminum tub (chassis) is in excellent condition and all suspension pickup points are free from damage. Following the development of the T400 from the T333 series, the T400 rear suspension was later replaced with the T333 rear suspension to improve the handling characteristics of the cars rear end, #38 , HU9 , was similarly modified and updated.

The tub has not been altered from factory condition, except for the minor modifications as necessary to permit the conversion of the car from F5000 to Can-am specifications and the fitting of the can-am style Frisbee body work.

Bodywork

The bodywork of the car is all made from fiberglass in the can-am Frisbee style. The bodywork is straight , in excellent condition with no damage to the panels with the exception of the minor scuffs that one expects from grounding the nose under heavy braking. The overall appearance of the car is excellent, the paint surface is shiny and well maintained. The rear wing is made from carbon fibre and has no damage.

Wheels and tires

The wheels are of the light alloy type with the fronts being manufactured by Lola Cars Ltd. Sized 13 X 9 inch , and the rears by Youngblood, sized 15 X 18 inch. The wheels are currently fitted with Hoosier tires.

History

The car was originally purchased from Lola , England , in 1974 by Eppie Wietzes to Campaign in the Formula 5000 series , with races held in the USA and Canada.

In 1983 the car was bought by Horst Kroll , current owner , and was converted to Can-am specifications to run in the Can-am series following the demise of the F5000 series. Since that time , the car has been a valuable asset and part of Horst’s racing stable , and successfully competed in numerous events in Canada and the USA.

In 1985 the car was driven to a 2nd place finish at the Mosport Can-am by Bill Adam , a well known Trans-am driver and subsequent commentator for televised racing events aired on USA and Canadian networks.

In 1985 the car was also driven by the late great Gille Villenuve’s brother Jacques, Jacques experienced success with number 38 by finishing in 2nd place at the Sanair Motor Speedway in Quebec.

In 1986 the car was driven by the rising Canadian star, Paul Tracy. Paul’s inaugural event in the car at the Mosport Can-am saw him drive to a 1st place win , and launched his career into an eventual seat with the legendary Roger Penske in Indy Racing.

In 1987 the car was again entered in the Mosport Can-am reunion and driven by Rupert Bragg Smith to a 2nd place finish, by inches, behind the race winner Horst Kroll in his #37 lola.

With it’s known history, and prominent profile, the car was used on numerous occasions by the well known Canadian Tire Corporation , CTC , as a promotional show car to help raise awareness and introduce the companies many stores to the public.

Editor’s note: Brad Brown from the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame has added the following information regarding this car.

From 1983 through 1986 I did sponsorship work for Horst and, for the 1983 year, my client Silverwood Dairies was the sponsor through their Chipwich brand.

At the 1983 CanAm race at Road America Jacques Sr. crashed in practice so the Billes team put on their spare nose. Then Jacques crashed again in Qualifying (I think this was the time armco got the nickname Jacques absorbers). So it was late Saturday and the CTC team had no nose cone. But Horst had a spare. When David Billes came to ask Horst if he could borrow his spare nose, The Vice President of Silverwood was there and stated flatly that he would only approve Horst loaning the spare nose, if, in exchange, Billes gave Horst access to the molds for the Galles GR3 Frisbee bodywork. Billes didn’t blink and the deal was done.

The number 38 car was the Canadian Tire show car with the GR3 bodywork on the F5000 car that was successfully campaigned by Eppie Wietzes. In fact, Eppie encourage Horst to buy the car telling him that it was a very solid and fast chassis. I do not believe that the car had an engine when Horst acquired it and he fitted it with the same 552 hp VDS Chevy V-8 that was in the Chipwich Charger.

I cannot swear to it, but I do not believe that Jacques ever drove the car. However, the performance that PT put on at the tender age of 16 was testimony to the fact that it was indeed a good car. This being the case it has a double historical value – that of a winning F5000 car and the car that won the last CanAm race ever. I believe that Horst still has the F5000 panels as well and the car could be used for vintage F5000 racing.

I agree that this car should not be let out of the country. It is race ready and is not unrealistically priced.

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