There’s an interesting story behind how Penta Motorsports came to be the proud owner of the storied “Bonnier works” Lola Mk 3B SL76/143, which has seen action at many of the worlds’ most famous endurance races and road courses in 1969 and 1970 and driven to victories by the late Swedish drivers Jo Bonnier and Ronnie Peterson; and occasionally by Herbert Muller, a Swiss.
Back in 1970, as a 17-year-old, Penta Motorsports’ founder; Steve Sanett visited and worked on the set of the motion picture Le Mans, with Steve McQueen, and fell in love with the Lola T70. In 1978 he was in a position to get serious about his passion and tracked down the Lola in Slough, close to where most of the T70 series cars we constructed. When first viewed the 3B was in a condition as though it had been exhumed and brought back from its last race in 1970. After a long trip across the Atlantic the Lola was stored for more than 25 years before it was restored.