Reg Parnell  Great Britain

  • Full name Reginald Parnell
  • Birth date July 2, 1911
  • Birthplace Derby, Great Britain
  • Date of death January 7, 1964 (52 years 189 days)
  • Place of death Derby, Great Britain
  • Relation Son - T Parnell
  • Teams Alfa Romeo, BRM, Cooper, Ferrari, Maserati
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Alfa Romeo, Maserati 2 2 0 1 1 3 0 1 4 0 0 4 11
1951 Ferrari, BRM 3 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 8 0 0 5 10
1952 Cooper 1 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
1954 Ferrari 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
Total 7 6 0 1 4 3 0 1 4 0 0 9
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Silverstone May 13, 1950 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 17, 1954 Race results
Profile

An outgoing character with a reputation as a dashing driver, Reg Parnell was almost 40 by the time he finished third in the first F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950 (the two drivers ahead of him were even older) and already had forged an impressive reputation in motor racing both before and after the war. In all, he competed in six races, all in different cars, between 1950 and 1954 and he continued to race in non-championship F1 races until 1957. He was also known as the uncrowned king of the Goodwood circuit in Sussex, so often did he win there.

In 1957 he took over the team management of Aston Martin and guided them to the world sporting car championship in 1959, the same year the car won at Le Mans. In 1961 he went into F1 team management with some success, John Surtees finishing fourth in the drivers' championship in 1962 in his Lola Mk4 with two podium finishes. Away from F1, he also managed the Aston Martin Le Mans-winning team. He was in the process of setting up his own outfit when he died from peritonitis following an appendix operation.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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September 7, 1955

Peter Collins, Reg Parnell, Tony Brooks and Aston Martin team manager John Wyer

August 27, 1951

Reg Parnell, Bob Gerard and Stirling Moss at a slot car race

October 2, 1948

The second row starts the British Grand Prix

     

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