11 Facts About Al Melling


Al Melling had a major problem in finding employees with the level of skill to make the components: a problem which would have been solved by the purchase of TVR.

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Al Melling's company went ahead and designed this range of engines, and after discussions with the Formula One team it became apparent that they were not capable of fulfilling their contract, and so this was transferred to the Al Melling team as well.

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Originally Al Melling was commissioned to design four Norton motorcycles: the Manx, the Nirvana, the Buffalo and the Nemesis.

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Al Melling suggested for the centenary that the new motorcycle should be a V8 – which was basically two 750cc joined in a V – becoming a 1500cc.

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Al Melling became involved in Formula One in 1989 and subsequently worked as a consultant to companies such as Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Leyton House Formula One and Benetton.

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Al Melling was involved with the development of an engine for the MasterCard Lola team for the 1997 season, but the new team folded after one race without running the engine.

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Al Melling proceeded to design the car, called the Al Melling Xavier, and make deals to form another technical consortium to fit the car, including Cartier, Asprey's and Alfred Dunhill.

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Al Melling's team played a part in TWR's V12 engine which helped Jaguar win Le Mans four years on the run, and he has always wanted his own car in the world's most exciting road race.

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Al Melling planned a GT1 version to challenge Aston Martins, Vipers and Corvettes at Le Mans in 2007.

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The Titan, a copy of a bike that Al Melling initially made for himself, where he sculpted the cylinders of the engine to look like the American fighter planes of the Second World War.

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Al Melling had a contract to redesign the Indian Motorcycle engine in America.

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