Reg Parnell

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Reg Parnell
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 Formula One season - 1952 Formula One season, 1954 Formula One season
TeamsAlfa Romeo (Formula One), BRM, non-works Ferrari, non-works Maserati, non-works Cooper Car Company
Races7 (6 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points9
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1950 British Grand Prix
Last race1954 British Grand Prix

Reginald Harold Haslam Parnell (2 July 1911 Derby, Derbyshire, – 7 January 1964 in Derby [1]) was a Racing driver and team manager from England. He participated in 7 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, achieving 1 podium, and scoring a total of 9 championship points.

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Driving career

Before World War II Parnell was a very successful racing driver, winning at many levels with various cars, including a Bugatti. After the war he continued with his success, winning with a Maserati and an English Racing Automobiles, before participating in the very first Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, at Silverstone Circuit, in 1950. He raced a wide selection of different cars, and his other World Championship Grands Prix included two races for BRM; one in the Ferrari "Thinwall Special" owned by Tony Vandervell, who was later to run the Vanwall team; one in a Cooper Car Company-Bristol Cars; and a couple for the Scuderia Ambrosiana team, the first in a Maserati and the other in a Ferrari. He won non-championship Formula One races right up until his retirement in 1957.

F1 Management

In 1961 Reg Parnell inherited the Yeoman Credit Racing sponsorship deal from the British Racing Partnership. During the 1961 Formula One season he ran two Cooper Car Company-Coventry Climax cars for John Surtees and Roy Salvadori, who between them collected a handful of championship points. For the 1962 Formula One season the team was renamed Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing, and in place of the Coopers ran Lola Mk4 chassis, again powered by Climax engines. Surtees and Salvadori remained with the team, but Salvadori had a nightmare season, failing to finish a single race. Surtees faired much better, however, scoring 19 points and finishing in 4th place in the drivers' championship. During the season he also gave Reg Parnell his first podium finishes as manager - with second places in both the 1962 British Grand Prix and 1962 German Grand Prix events - and took Pole position at the season-opening 1962 Dutch Grand Prix.

He managed various other racing teams, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Aston Martin outfit, before setting up a team in his own name in late 1962. Reg Parnell Racing was still in the early stages of development when Parnell died of Peritonitis after an Vermiform appendix operation in early 1964. Parnell's son Tim Parnell, also a racing driver, took over the team management and developed a strong working relationship with BRM during the late 1960s. The Parnell team was wound up as a separate entity when Tim Parnell took on the running of the works BRM team from 1970.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Formula One season Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Straight-8 1950 British Grand Prix
3
1950 Monaco Grand Prix
1950 Indianapolis 500
1950 Swiss Grand Prix
1950 Belgian Grand Prix
9th 4
Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT Maserati Straight-4 1950 French Grand Prix
Ret
1950 Italian Grand Prix
1951 Formula One season Vanwall Ferrari 375 Thinwall Ferrari V12 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
1951 Indianapolis 500
1951 Belgian Grand Prix
1951 French Grand Prix
4
10th 5
BRM BRM BRM P15 BRM V16 1951 British Grand Prix
5
1951 German Grand Prix
1951 Italian Grand Prix
DNS
1951 Spanish Grand Prix
1952 Formula One season A.H.M. Bryde Cooper Car Company Cooper T20 Bristol Cars Straight-6 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
1952 Indianapolis 500
1952 Belgian Grand Prix
1952 French Grand Prix
1952 British Grand Prix
7
1952 German Grand Prix
1952 Dutch Grand Prix
1952 Italian Grand Prix
NC 0
1954 Formula One season Scuderia Ambrosiana Ferrari 500/625 Ferrari Straight-4 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
1954 Indianapolis 500
1954 Belgian Grand Prix
1954 French Grand Prix
1954 British Grand Prix
Ret
1954 German Grand Prix
1954 Swiss Grand Prix
1954 Italian Grand Prix
1954 Spanish Grand Prix
NC 0
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
BRDC International Trophy
1951
Succeeded by
Lance Macklin
Records
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
List of Formula One driver records
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Alberto Ascari
31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
List of Formula One driver records
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Alberto Ascari
31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)

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