1969 Merlyn Mk. 11A Formula Ford

Manufacturers No. 212/FF/69

Checkered Past Racing's Chris Locke races the 1969 Merlyn Formula Ford at Laguna SecaCheckered Past Racing's Chris Locke races the 1969 Merlyn Formula Ford at Sonoma RacewayCheckered Past Racing's Chris Locke races the 1969 Merlyn Formula Ford at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Specifications:

Bodywork: Fiberglass
Chassis: Triangulated steel tubing
Suspension: 
Front: Upper and lower wishbones, Koni shocks/coil springs.
Rear: Reverse lower wishbones, top link, parallel radius arms, Koni shocks/coil springs.
Curb weight: 950 pounds
Length: 139 inches
Wheelbase: 88.5 inches
Width:63 inches
Height: 37 inches

Engine: Ford
Displacement: 1600 cc
Carburetion: Single Weber
Horsepower: 115 at 6500 rpm

Brakes: Girling 9.25 inch disc
Tires: Avon A-25, 5.0/22-13 (front), 6.5/23-13 (rear)
Gearbox: Hewland Mk. 8
Final Drive Ratio: Variable

Performance: 
0-60 mph: 7 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 125 mph


History:

Merlyn Mk. 11A No. 212/FF/69 was acquired by Chris Locke from Frank Fulleylove in April 2018 following more than 25 years in storage. The Merlyn Mk. 11A was a successful Formula Ford model in period, with examples campaigned by drivers who went on to be Formula One World Champions, including Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt. 212/FF/69 was originally painted dark blue and sold to UK-based Merlyn agent Motor Racing Enterprises in 1969. It was restored in 2018-2019 by John Anderson Racing Services, Sonoma, CA, with engine development by Ivey Engines, Portland, OR, and has competed in historic racing since 2019.



With many thanks to Kyle Burt, Allen Rosenberg, and Peter Darley for these amazing photographs!

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