At the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, Phil Mellor tragically lost his life at the age of 35 in a motorcycle accident on the Isle of Man on 7th June. On the TT course on which he had three times been triumphant he died in a 110mph crash.
If Shelley Handbell ringers won international accolades in the last century, Phil Mellor must arguably be the most famous Shelley’er of the 1900s.
Phil, as a youngster, overcame many of life’s adversities but his ambitions were always known - to be a motorcycle racer. How well he achieved those ambitions.
With the guidance of his late father Frank and his brother, Paul, he graduated to become one of the most famous and well liked racers on the circuit. He teamed up with one of his friends and neighbours, Malcolm Jones who acted as his mechanic. Despite not having the advantage of work’s bikes, Phil and his Shelley team several times picked up British championships at three different levels.