Ralph Bellamy

Ralph Bellamy. Copyright Jutta Fausel, 2020, supplied by Chris Witty. Used with Permission.

Ralph Bellamy. Copyright Jutta Fausel, 2020, supplied by Chris Witty. Used with Permission.

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04 Feb 1938
Eastwood, Sydney, New South Wales




Brabham, Ensign, Fittipaldi, Lola, McLaren (1972-1987)

Now back living in Australia, he is semi-retired. Bellamy was one of the many Australian or New Zealand-based engineers or mechanics that came over to earn a living in motor sport in the UK in the 1960's. He worked for various teams such as Brabham, McLaren, Lotus, Fittipaldi, Ensign, March, Lola and Leyton House. He worked with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac at Brabham, before joining McLaren in 1971, becoming their chief designer and was responsible for the M19. He returned to Brabham in 1972, helping redesign the BT34 into the BT37, before moving to Lotus, where he worked closely with Emerson Fittipaldi, whose team he would later work for. He designed the Type 74 Formula 2 car and the 76 and 78 F1 cars. After his spell in Brazil with the Fittipaldi brothers, he worked with Ensign before undergoing consultancy design work and track engineering for March's F2 team. Perhaps one of his most notable designs was the March 83C which enjoyed real success in America. After a successful spell with Christian Danner in Formula 3000, he joined Lola and was responsible for F3000 car design. 1987 saw him design the Lola F3000 car and the Lola Larousse Calmels F1 car and race engineer these cars. In addition to this he was a consultant to Chevrolet on the Lola IMSA car. Late in 1988, as Engineering Director at Leyton House, he was responsible for the design of the F3000 cars. At the end of 1990, with the demise of Leyton House he decided to semi-retire and do free-lance consulting and track engineering, which included the Le Mans 24 Hour with Team Schuppan. In 1993 he arranged to return to Australia and work for Frank Gardener's BMW touring car team - which involved a stint at BMW Motorsport, Munich. On Frank's retirement he moved to work, on a free-lance basis, with Tony Longhurst and subsequently with various V8 Supercar teams. In 2002 he established a relationship with Beric Lynton to consult racing assorted BMW's, which continues to this day.

Biography last updated 27 Mar 2022