MALLORY PARK

http://www.mallorypark.co.uk

Kirkby Mallory

Leicester

LE9 7QE

Tel : 01455 842931

Fax : 01455 848289

Historic racing at Mallory Park

Crosslé-Rover 15F at Mallory in 1971 driven by Fred Saunders.

 

Upcoming Historic Racing

August 12th - VSCC - The Vintage Sports Car Club will bring the celebrated Bob Gerard Memorial Trophies Meeting to Mallory Park on Saturday 12th August.

 

The Leicestershire venue is a firm favourite amongst the Club’s Competitors and Spectators, down to its grassroots feeling and superb track that always encourages top quality racing, with the celebrated annual Handicap Race for Pre-1918 Edwardian Cars sure to be the highlight of the day, if not the year.

 

Spetemebr 24th - HRDC at the BRSCC Meeting - featuring Academy, A-Series Challenge and Touring Greats, Coombs, TC63 and Coy's pre '66.

 

Circuit History

Whilst so many of the UK’s circuits developed from post WW2 airfield perimeter roads Mallory Park developed from a different sort of horse power - pony power in fact. The oval outline of the track started life as a pony trotting circuit in the late 1940s. Pony trotting didn’t bring in the cash, however, and the equestrian club responsible collapsed after which time the track was hired by various motorcycle clubs. It wasn’t until 1955 when the site was bought by local builder Clive Wormleighton that the trotting track was converted to a tarmac surface.

 

Throughout the glorious Sixties and Seventies Mallory Park played host to pretty much every major car and bike championship so has a good pedigree for Historic racing. John Surtees has been a winner on both 2 and 4 wheels and John Cooper famously beat the then bike World Champion Giacomo Agostini in the Race Of Champions.

 

Ownership has changed hands a few times as you’d expect. Wormleighton sold to Grosvenor Securities, owners of Brands Hatch and Snetterton in 1963. In 1983 Grosvenor sold to Titan Properties who in turn sold to the Overend family. The family successfully grew the popularity of the venue and sold to current owners the BARC in 2005.

Circuit Highlights

1. Gerards is an awesome section of track. The never-ending right hander challenges drivers to keep their foot pinned down on the throttle.

2. Stebbe Straight. If a driver has failed to keep the speed up through Gerards it is likely that they’ll be challenged for position along this fast straight. Vital to hit it with pace.

3. Shaws is arguably the most technical section of the circuit. A tight camber complicates a slow 180 degree hairpin.

4. The Devils Elbow is bony indeed. This is the last point on the lap to overtake and the devil has tempted many a driver to slide off course here.

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Where To Watch

Mallory Park offers great spectator areas - especially if you like to get close to the action - and who doesn’t?

 

• Kirkby Straight - no need for a own devil’s elbow of your own as there is plenty of space to watch from here with the entire oval circuit being visible.

• View Gerards from the Kirby Straight.

• Shaws is usually the most popular place on the circuit, especially at bike meetings. A great place to take pictures from. The slow corner can lead to wheel to wheel racing as the drivers jostle for position and try to make amends for their entry speed mistakes.

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