His­toric race and rally news

Racer to fol­low in the fam­ily wheel­tracks in For­mula Ford ma­chine

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Paul Lawrence

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.

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence

El­lis and the re­stored fam­ily Mallock Mk9

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