RML head to race one of his fa­ther’s U2 ma­chines

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Ray Mal­lock will race at Monaco for the first time next month at the wheel of the U2 Mk2 de­signed by his late fa­ther Arthur.

Mal­lock, best known for run­ning suc­cess­ful man­u­fac­turer pro­grammes in tour­ing cars and GT, will re­alise a longheld am­bi­tion to race on the street cir­cuit where his fa­ther raced in a one-litre F3 Mal­lock in 1964. It was one of the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional races for the new F3 cat­e­gory.

Mal­lock will race in the front-en­gined For­mula Ju­nior race in the 1960 car raced by John Har­wood when new.

“I al­ways had Monaco in mind when I bought this car,” said Mal­lock. “I’ve only been to Monaco for a race once be­fore and that was in 1964 with my fa­ther. I was there as a 13-year-old in short trousers.”

The U2 has been taken right back to ex­act pe­riod spec­i­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing the box-shaped nose as used by Har­wood.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to race at Monaco so this is tick­ing a box,” said the younger Mal­lock brother, who is likely to be one of the fron­trun­ners in the 48-car For­mula Ju­nior en­try.

Back in 1964, Arthur Mal­lock raced at Monaco af­ter trav­el­ling overnight from Monza where Har­wood had raced the car on a Fri­day. They used a street­light to change the diff on the pave­ment and in the race Mal­lock se­nior spun up the steps of the Ho­tel de Paris when a trail­ing arm bolt broke.

De­spite the non-fin­ish, Mal­lock earned enough start money to fund a short fam­ily hol­i­day.

Ben Mel­lors: Bel­gian out­ing Mal­lock won in the U2 at Cas­tle Combe re­cently

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