Reg Parnell

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Reg Parnell
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 - 1952, 1954
TeamsAlfa Romeo, BRM, non-works Ferrari, non-works Maserati, non-works Cooper
Races7 (6 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points9
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
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.

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 ERA, before participating in the very first Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, at Silverstone, 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-Bristol; 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 T53-Climax cars for John Surtees and Roy Salvadori, who between them collected a handful of championship points. For the 1962 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 British and German events - and took pole position at the season-opening Dutch Grand Prix.

He managed various other racing teams, including the 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 appendix operation in early 1964. 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. 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

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo Straight-8 GBR
3
MON
500
SUI
BEL
9th 4
Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 FRA
Ret
ITA
1951 G.A. Vandervell Ferrari 375 Thinwall Ferrari V12 SUI
500
BEL
FRA
4
10th 5
BRM Ltd. BRM P15 BRM V16 GBR
5
GER
ITA
DNS
ESP
1952 A.H.M. Bryde Cooper T20 Bristol Straight-6 SUI
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
7
GER
NED
ITA
NC 0
1954 Scuderia Ambrosiana Ferrari 500/625 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
NC 0
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
BRDC International Trophy winner
1951
Succeeded by
Lance Macklin
Records
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest Driver to score a
Podium Position in Formula One

38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Alberto Ascari
31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco GP)
Preceded by
Giuseppe Farina
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest Driver to score
Points in Formula One

38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Alberto Ascari
31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco GP)

References