The Aston Martin Heritage Trust is sorry to have to record the death of Tim Parnell, on 5th April 2017. Tim had been in poor health and we had missed him at this year's Walter Hayes Memorial Lecture and dinner. He was 84 years of age.
Tim grew up after the war on his father Reg's farm, learning to be a farmer whilst attending race meetings where Reg was Aston Martin Team Manager, learning to drive some of the racing cars his father had accumulated on the farm.Tim's passion for the sport of race driving started in the 1950s with a Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica, moving on to a Cooper Climax T39 in which he was often seen at Mallory Park. By 1959 he was winning international F2 races driving a Cooper Climax T45. He continued to race a Lotus Type 18 nto the early 1960s with varying success and to manage a team. When father Reg Parnell died unexpectedly early in 1964, Tim took over as Team Manager of Reg Parnell Racing, using Lotus-BRM Type 25s. In 1966/7 Tim ran BRM's Tasman F1 campaign with Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Richard Attwood, Piers Couarage and Chris Irwin as his drivers. He then became the main BRM Team Manager until 1974, after which he managed Oulton Park, Mallory Park and. for a while, Donington Park.
Tim was elected a full member of the BRDC in 1962 and a Director of the Club until 2003, after which he served as a Vice President until 2010. He cared with a passion for younger drivers in motor sport and was a good friend to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
We extend our condolences to Tim's wife and family.
Tim Parnell, Innes Ireland, Stirling Moss, and Jim Clark early 1960s.