Chris Meek 1942-2016

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Chris Meek, the man who saved Mal­lory Park in the early 1980s, has died at the age of 73.

As a suc­cess­ful prop­erty de­vel­oper, Meek raced ex­ten­sively through the 1960s and 1970s and was also a key sup­porter of Tom Pryce as the young Welsh­man made his way to­wards For­mula 1. Meek first raced mo­tor­bikes and then moved to sportscars and sin­gle-seaters and raced in For­mula Ju­nior in the early 1960s. He en­joyed suc­cess in a Ginetta G4 and then tried his hand at 1600cc F2 in the late 1960s. For­mula Ford and For­mula At­lantic suc­cess fol­lowed with spon­sor­ship from Ford deal­ers Tate of Leeds.

How­ever, it was in pro­duc­tion sportscar rac­ing that Meek had some of his most suc­cess­ful sea­sons and won six ti­tles through the 1970s, rac­ing cars rang­ing from a Lo­tus Europa to a TVR and a Pan­ther Lima.

When Mal­lory Park seemed des­tined to close, Meek stepped in and his Ti­tan Prop­er­ties com­pany ac­quired the cir­cuit’s free­hold to en­sure the venue’s fu­ture. He was a larger than life char­ac­ter who owned a se­ries of road-go­ing Fer­raris.

MN sends it con­do­lences to his wife and fam­ily and all those who knew him.

Meek had suc­cess in a Ginetta G4

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