2011 was the 50th year of Merlyn Colchester Racing Developments and saw Ben Mitchell in Dad’s MK 20 pushing Benn Simms hard for the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship, but not quite making it. Still I’m sure that Mum was pleased to see the Merlyn Trophy return to the Mitchell’s home.
2012 started badly and saw the passing of Selwyn who died at the age of 78 on 3rd of March following a long illness. Selwyn had set up Colchester Racing Developments, designed the cars, built the first cars and throughout production was always ready to dive in with the welding torch when necessary. Selwyn was buried close to his home in his beloved South of France where he has lived since 1984.
On a happier note Callum Grant has had a fantastic year in his MK20. With 2 races remaining he cannot be overtaken in this year’s HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship and in September he passed his driving test!
The final 2012 HSCC meeting at Silverstone saw Stuart Baird take his first win this season in his MK11A to give him 4th place in the championship. Newcomer Josh West was third and a down on power 2012 champion Callum Grant was 5th. An amazing 11 Merlyns finished in the top 14 places.
Sam Mitchell won the Formula Ford category of the 2012 HSCC Classic Racing Car championship in Dad’s MK20 with Martin Haines 2nd in his MK20.
Joao Paolo Campos Costa won the French Historic Championship in his MK24 with Thierry Gallo 3rd in his MK20.
WESTIE MITCHELL AND MERLYN MK20 WIN 2009 GRANDSTAND MOTORSPORTS HSCC HISTORIC FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP
Very few would dispute that Westie deserved this year’s championship after second place last year and several setbacks this year.
Snetterton qualifying was cut short when another car climbed onto and over the back of his. Nevertheless after repairing the damage and starting at the back of the grid Westie managed a second and a first in the two races.
Despite the removal of his nose cone by another competitor at Brands, Westie managed a hard fought second place.
A first lap incident at Mallory Park involving several cars saw Westie going off heavily and spending several days in hospital having damaged his arm and back. Having to wear a back brace meant Westie would miss the next two rounds at Oulton and Brands.
Once again the championship went to the last round of the season at Silverstone and Westie was determined to compete. His own car had not been repaired so he borrowed Mike O’Brien’s MK20 Merlyn and finished fourth to take the Championship.
This year Westie’s son Ben has been competing in his Dad’s car and after Mallory, in Simon Hadfield’s Merlyn and has won the Formula Ford section of the Classic Racing Car Championship. We look forward to seeing Ben in the Historic FF series next year.
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