Classic Team Merlyn
Firmly established as the top team in Historic Formula Ford, Mike O'Brien's Classtic Team Merlyn have achieved great success, often with novice drivers over the past ten years.
We offer a turn key service to drivers who wish to compete in Historic or Classic Formula Ford in our race winning Merlyn MK20 machines.
Horatio Fitz-Simon, Alan Schmidt and Mark Carter have driven the full season with Classic Team Merlyn in 2021, and we have three drivers signed already for the 2022 season.
Whilst this means we have no spare seats for the 2022 HFF Championship, we do have a Merlyn MK20 which is available for testing, and drives will be available with us for the Iconic Walter Hayes Trophy in early November at Silverstone. We are also now able to talk to drivers with regard to the 2023 season - we expect to have one drive available then.
2021 Walter Hayes Trophy - Winners of both the Carl Hamer pre '82 Historic Formula Ford Races with new driver Samuel Harrison !
2021 - Pole position, race win and two second palces for Horatio at SIlverstone FInals ! Currently in second position the Championship with Horatio Fitz-Simon.
2020 -Historic Formula Ford Champions - Driver Pierre Livingston in only his second season of racing. New Lap records at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park. Also winners of Saturday Pre '82 Final at Walter Hayes Trophy with Jamie Vinall-Meyer in only his fifth ever motor race !
2019 - Second place in HFF Chanmpionship - Driver Pierre Livingston in his first full season of racing. Numerous pole positions and podiums with other team drivers Ed Thurston and Ben Tusting. Novice driver Horatio Fitz Simon 3rd. in pre '82 FInal at Walter Hayes Trophy in first ever motor race.
2018 - Front runners in HFF with Ben Tusting, winners of Pre '82 FInal at Walter Hayes Trophy - Driver Ed Thurston.
2017 - Second in HFF CHampionship - Driver Michael O'Brien - we lost the championship by one point at the final round after Michael suffered a puncture !
Double pole position and double winners at prestigious HFF races at the 2017 Silverstone Classic Event - Driver Michael O'Brien.
2016 - Regular front runners, pole position and podium finishers all season with Ben Tusting and Mark Shaw.
2015 - Historic Formula Ford Champions for the first time with Richard Mitchell - a complete novice at the start of the season, having just raced for us at The WHT the previous November, Richard quickly started to win races, and was an impressive Champion by the end of the season.
2103 - 2014 - Many pole positions, race wins with Michael O'Brien  and Callum MacLeod.
2013 - Double pole position and race wins at SIlverstone Classic with Callum MacLeod.
CLASSIC TEAM MERLYN - Based at Silverstone Circuit, the Speedsport Historic Formula Ford team is now known as Classic Team Merlyn, and we have raced under this banner since the 2017 season and beyond - Mike O'Brien's links with Merlyn go all the way back to 1978 when he was the last 'works' Merlyn driver in the National Girobank Mk31.
We pride ourselves on the the excellent preparation level of our team cars and we use only the very best components, and orignal parts from the manufacturer Colchester Racing Developments ; the cars are fitted with powerful Scholar engines, Quantum dampers, JP gearbox and fine tuned set up to suit each of the circuits.
As proved every season, we have the expertise to take a novice driver and train and develop them into race winners - we utilise vbox systems in testing, and McLaren Factory driver Michael O'Brien is our full time driver coach - he will work with you to develop your driving techniques, analyse the data and teach you how to extract the most from your Merlyn !
Most of all we would be absolutely delighted to help you achieve your goals and have some highly enjoyable racing with us in Historic Formula Ford during the 2021 season.
We provide a full, professional turn key service so all you need to do is turn up at the circuits - we will do all the paperwork, prepare and set up the car, transport to and from the circuits and provide you our full team back up including dedicated mechanic, driver coach and team management from Mike O'Brien.
For further information and pricing contact Mike O’Brien
Telephone: 01327 858 167
Mobile: 07831 422342
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