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Racer to follow in the family wheeltracks in Formula Ford machine
Former rising singleseater star Phil Ellis has just had a rare Mallock Formula Ford restored, nearly 50 years after his uncle Paul raced it when new.
The Mallock Mk9 was one of the only front-engined Formula Fords ever built and Paul raced it in 1969 and 1970 after Phil’s father Peter built it. After being untouched for decades, it has now been totally rebuilt by Mallock Sports. Only four or five were built in period.
“My dad built it and my uncle raced it in the Daily Express Silverstone championship for a couple of years and then stopped racing,” said Phil. “It sat in dad’s garage for a long time then he transferred it to me. It was then stored in a barn untouched for 25 years and seriously deteriorated. I finally decided to do something with it and took the sorry remains to Mallock Sports.”
The result of a total rebuild over four years is an immaculate race-ready car. “It’s now better than when it was new,” said Ellis, who is now undecided about the car’s future. “The big question is whether to race it. Seeing it finished I was completely amazed about the job they have done. It’s a beautiful little car.”
Ellis raced in Formula First and won the 1990 Winter Series. He then moved up to Formula Forward but had a big accident at Snetterton and was quite badly hurt. Later, he was chief instructor for Palmersport for 13 years and is now chief instructor at the Yas Marina race school in Abu Dhabi.
Ellis and the restored family Mallock Mk9