|Born||10 April 1907
|Died||1946 (aged 38–39)|
Edward Ambrose Mellors (27 March 1907-1946), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, was an international motorcycle road racer who rode in the Manx Grand Prix in 1927 and the Isle of Man TT from 1928 to 1939. He was the 350 cc European Champion in 1938, but died in 1946, overcome by exhaust fumes while working in a new home's poorly ventilated garage.
Mellors was one of five sons of a wheelwright and a clergyman’s daughter. Two of his brothers drowned in a local canal as children. He wanted to be an International motorcycle racer and spent a lot of time riding in the Derbyshire hills. Mellors met his future wife when he was still 15. She was 21, so he lied about his age. After 7 months they got married. In 1936, when Mellors became a works rider for Velocette, they moved south to Shirley near Birmingham. They had two daughters Gladys and Joan.
In 1930 Mellors had a French Grand Prix 250 cc win.
In 1936 Mellors won the French Grand Prix 350 cc class.
In 1937 Mellors won the French Grand Prix 350 cc and 500 cc classes
After initially riding in the TT races, Mellors started riding in Continental events, and in 1938 won the title of 350 cc European Champion and held the title throughout the second World War, until racing started again when petrol was no longer rationed.
Mellors was one of a few pre-WWII British riders who realised that they could probably make more money by racing regularly in Grand Prix motorcycle racing events on the Continent.
World War II
During World War II Mellors worked in munitions and was with the volunteer fire service. He applied, but was not accepted for the Air Force due to slightly defective eyesight, despite already having a private air pilot’s licence.
Mellors designed and patented a rotary valve system in the early 1940s, during WW2. He was issued Patent 559830, in March 1944.
Mellors also wrote magazine articles and had an unpublished fictionalised biography.
In 1946, two days after moving into a new home in Etwall Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, Mellors was overcome by exhaust fumes while working on a car, and it was his daughter Joan, arriving home from school, who found him. The Birmingham Coroner’s Court recorded a verdict of Accidental Death. He was just 39 years old.
-  IOM TT Rider Ted Mellors (Retrieved 22 November 2006)
-  IOM TT Ted Mellors Results (Retrieved 22 November 2006)
- Title:The Guinness Motorcycle Sport Fact Book, Author: Ian Morrison, Page 151. Publisher: Guinness World Records Ltd,Enfield, Middx.: May 1991 ISBN 0-85112-953-6 : pbk.
-  Krackowizer Benelli (Retrieved 22 November 2006)
-  Museum Rotary Valves (Retrieved 22 November 2006)
|350cc Motorcycle European Champion