Chris Meek (1932-2016)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Cir­cuit owner and rac­ing driver Chris Meek died on May 21, aged 83. He was a well-known racer but also earned a de­gree of fame – and eter­nal thanks from the mo­tor­sport fra­ter­nity – for buy­ing the Mal­lory Park cir­cuit, Le­ices­ter­shire, in 1982.

Born in Sur­rey, but raised in Leeds, he be­gan his com­pe­ti­tion ca­reer on two wheels be­fore mak­ing his car rac­ing de­but in 1956 in his self-pre­pared Meek Ex­press. This was fol­lowed by a Ford-en­gined Lo­tus Mark IX and Alfa Romeo Gi­uli­etta be­fore he grad­u­ated to an Elva Courier. He soon be­came a works driver, only to crash a For­mula Ju­nior sin­gle-seater at Goowood in 1961.

Meek en­joyed great suc­cess rac­ing Ginet­tas from 1964 to ’66 as a pri­va­teer and fac­tory driver. In the 1970s and early ’80s, he won six Pro­duc­tion Sports Car ti­tles in cars as di­verse as an MG Midget and Pan­ther Lima. He re­tired from rac­ing in 1982. CCW sends its thoughts and con­do­lences to Chris’s friends and rel­a­tives.

Meek’s Elva leads Lo­tus and AC at Oul­ton Park in Septem­ber 1962.

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