Will Boy Billionaire Say Yes to Wakeman/Melling TVR Buyout?

No, this tale does not come from the Topographic Ocean, but rather the UK. A consortium headed by British sports car guy Al Melling and Yes keyman Rick Wakeman is reportedly looking to buy TVR from Little Nicky Smolenski. The group plans to keep production in Blackpool and use the facility to build some of Melling's… » 2/13/07 3:45pm 2/13/07 3:45pm

Still More on the Melling Hellcat

All Melling, UK engine builder and former member of Budgie (c'mon, check out that mane!) recently showed off his Hellcat to a Sky news reporter as part of a press push to promote the car and its Rochdale home. It's the best look we've gotten yet of the V10-powered, LeMans-bound, prospectively Roush-built coupe and… » 5/26/06 8:35am 5/26/06 8:35am

Al Melling's Empire: Engine Builder Expands to Supercars

If you're not a motorsports engineering wonk you've likely never heard of Al Melling; but if you're a fan of old Lola V10s or late-model TVRs, you've most assuredly heard one of his engines at full rip. Now, the 60-year-old is creating a luxury brand empire that includes high-end motorcycles, speedboats, fashion… » 5/10/06 5:04pm 5/10/06 5:04pm