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  Lotus 34 Ford

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1964
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Colin Chapman
Predecessor:Lotus 29 Ford
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 31, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionClark led the race in the early stages until a massive vibration caused his rear suspension to fail. The problem was traced back to the Dunlop tyres, which had already been reinforced since practice. Under high loads they still overheated and shredded enough threads to cause the vibrations. Gurney was called in a few laps later as a precaution. Ford was understandably furious and to make matters worse, it was Foyt in a Roadster that won the race.

As a form of reparation, Chapman sold the three cars to Ford for them to run during the remainder of the USAC series. The subsequent races showed the potential of the car with Parnelli Jones winning at Trenton and Milwaukee. Although a year late, Foyt was finally behind the wheel of the Type 34 at Indy in 1965. His entry did not go unnoticed as he qualified the car on pole position, while Jones started in fourth. Foyt retired but Jones managed to claim second in the year-old car.

Leading Jones home at Indy in 1965, however, was Jim Clark in the latest Lotus Ford. The partnership had survived the difficult 1964 season and now reaped the ultimate reward. Although a victory in the Indy 500 eluded the Type 34, four USAC victories and two Indy 500 pole positions still make the car a hugely successful racer. It will nevertheless always be remembered for the dramas of 1964.

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