Lola Group is very sad to report the passing today of one of its longest serving and distinguished employees - David Scotney, who has worked for the company since 1978. After a valiant and typically courageous battle against illness over the last three years, David passed away peacefully at the Royal Marsden hospital in London this morning.
Leading the tributes to David was Lola Executive Chairman Martin Birrane."I got to know David at Le Mans in 1981 when he helped Dorset Racing with a De Cadenet which I was driving. We became firm friends immediately and he continued to work on and run my various racing cars for many years both before and after my purchase of Lola. I had complete trust in him to provide me with a safe racing car.
"David earned respect as a Lola representative in the pit lanes of the world's top racing circuits. He fully deserved that respect. He was one of those rare people in motorsport who was an "all rounder". He could build and rebuild a car, an engine and a gearbox and kept himself up-to-date with the latest electrics and electronics. Dave could do the lot. Nothing seemed to phase him. Outside of his family I was the first person who was told about the illness and I encouraged and supported him throughout his very brave battle.
"David was also a great companion and a raconteur with an impish sense of humour. Above all, he was a true gentleman and a man of integrity. He was my friend and I will miss him as will all of those who knew him. I send my deepest condolences to his wife Alison, his family and all his many friends. David Scotney worked at Lola for the last 34 years, with a short stint in-between working for John Fitzpatrick Racing in Group C sports cars in 1984.
David was born and bred in the Huntingdon area and honed his well-renowned mechanical skills at local garages in the area. In 1978 he joined Lola full-time, working on that year's successful T500 USAC car that took Al Unser to Indy 500 victory, Lola's second of three successes at the Brickyard."
Through the 1980s David was instrumental in overseeing Lola's Formula 3000 operation and acted as chief mechanic for the works teams throughout this period. He particularly enjoyed his time with the Barcelona F3000 team in