Chris Meek (1932-2016)
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.