Reg Parnell
(1911-1964)

Died aged 52

Reg Parnell was a British racecar driver and team manager. He participated in seven Formula One World Championship Grand Prix seasons, winning many races, many podiums and scoring many championship points. On completing his racing career he moved into team management, firstly with his own privateer team, then with Aston Martin with whom he won the Le Mans, and then with the Yeoman Credit team. His management career was tragically cut short due to an appendix operation in early 1964.

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Reginald Harold Haslam "Reg" Parnell (2 July 1911 – 7 January 1964) was a racing driver and team manager from Derby, England. He participated in seven Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, achieving one podium, and scoring a total of nine championship points. Parnell, 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.

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Reg Parnell 1911-1964 F1 racer, team manager, farmer & British F1 Champion 1946/47 lived here. ERA, Maserati, BRM, Vanwall, Cooper & Ferrari 1945-1964. Aston Martin Team Manager, Le Mans Winner 1959 & World Sports Car Champions 1959

Wallfield House, Findern, United Kingdom where they lived

Reg Parnell 1911-1964 F1 racer, team manager, farmer & British F1 Champion 1946/47 lived here. ERA, Maserati, BRM, Vanwall, Cooper & Ferrari 1945-1964. Aston Martin Team Manager, Le Mans Winner 1959 & World Sports Car Champions 1959

The Royal Standard, Derwent Street, Derby, United Kingdom where they lived