MotorsportMemorabilia 1950 Grand Prix commemorative cover signed Tim Parnell
This cover depicts Giuseppe Farina winning the inaugural Grand Prix at Silverstone, on the 13 May 1950, driving the unbeatable Alfa Romeo 158. His team mates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell are also shown following coming second and third, giving Alfa Romeo all 3 places on the podium.
The second special version is signed by TIM PARNELL, who participated in Formula 1 and 2 races in the late 50s / early 60s. Following a good Formula Junior season in 1960, he purchased a Lotus 18 in 1961 and raced it in 2 GPs (UK & Italy). He ran the Parnell team and at the end of the decade, moving on to BRM before running his own racing team. Tim followed his father's love for motor sport. Reg Parnell began racing in 1935 in a MG Magnette and leading up to World War II he was racing a Bugatti. After the war he achieved great success in his Maserati, particularly at Goodwood. He was so highly respected that he was invited to drive a works Alfa Romeo in the inaugural Formula I World Championship race at Silverstone, finishing in a commendable 3rd place. He won the 1957 New Zealand Grand Prix before retiring to become team manager for Aston Martin, having raced with them since the early 50s. In 1961/62 he oversaw the Lola teams before setting up his own team. Reg Parnell died following a routine operation for peritonitis, at the relatively young age of 52; this was a great loss to a sport in which he had earned great respect both as driver and team manager.