Chris Meek 1942-2016
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.