Sunday, July 2, 2017

Reg Parnell Born In Derby, England - July 2, 1911

July 2, 1911 - January 7 1964
Reg Parnell
Born in Derby, Derbyshire, England.
He participated in seven Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, achieving one podium, and scoring a total of nine championship points.

Parnell who, as both a driver and a team manager, had a considerable influence on post-war British motorsport until his premature death in 1964. Parnell raced at Brooklands and was banned following an accident with Kay Petre which ended her racing career. Before the war he bought up racing cars. Once the hostilities had ceased he sold them to form the basis of post-war racing entries. He later raced a whole host of cars before turning to management and taking Aston Martin into Formula 1. Parnell went on to run the Yeoman Credit Racing team with the help of his son Tim who later raced in Formula 1 himself.

For the 1964 season, Parnell had commissioned a design for a new car, when he died from peritonitis at the age of only 52 after a routine appendix operation went wrong. Parnell’s son Tim, also a racing driver, took over the team management and developed a strong working relationship with BRM during the late 1960s.

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