Mallock back on the grid in Monaco
Wellingborough (UK) – 11th May 2016:
RML founder Ray Mallock heads to Monaco this weekend to compete in the Monaco Historique. This fantastic bi-annual event includes races this year for Formula Junior cars built between 1957 and 1960. Cars from manufactures such as Lola, Stangullini, Gemini, Elva, Bond and Mallock will be present on the grid.
From 1958 to 1963 Formula Junior replaced the original 500cc motorcycle engine F3 cars as the stepping-stone to Formula 1. It was the brainchild of Italian Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani and was designed for 1.0 or 1.1 litre production engines and gearboxes mounted in mini Grand Prix chassis.
In its short 6-year life span, the design covered the major engineering advancements of racing car evolution from the ladder framed front-engine cars, through space frame cars with proprietary suspension like the Mallock U2 and the rear engined spaceframes such as the Coopers, to the full monocoque of the Lotus 27.
Amongst the Grand Prix stars that formulated their careers in Formula Junior were the greats of Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Mike Spence, Mike Hailwood, Graf Wolfgang Von Trips, Gerhard Mitter, Lorenzo Bandini, Peter Revson and Giancarlo Baghetti.
The Mallock U2 provided competitors with an opportunity to enter international motorsport at very low cost by building their own cars around a Mallock Chassis.
This year’s race has attracted a 48 car entry, with 2 heats on Saturday 14th May and the fastest cars taking to the grid for Sundays final.
The last time a Mallock family member raced at Monaco was in 1964 when Ray’s father, Arthur competed in the Formula 3 event in a Mk 3 version of the U2 and Ray was supporting in short trousers!
The car Ray will be racing is a 1960 Mallock U2 Mk2 designed by Rays father Major Arthur Mallock and raced by Major John Harwood. This was one of the earliest production Mallock Competition cars and forms an important link in the continuous history of the Mallock family producing competition cars and supporting customers, a claim which few others can match. This particular car went on to win at the Nurburgring in 1960.
Today RML delivers world-class solutions in motorsport and high-performance engineering projects, such as World & British Touring Car Championships as well as many high performance road vehicles.