Stirling and Susie were saddended to hear of the passing of Tim Parnell at the age of 84, the son of Reg Parnell. Stirling had raced against both father and son over the course of his career.
Although Tim Parnell started his career in motorsport behind the wheel, his success came as a team manager, and in particular with BRM.
Parnell began racing Cooper T39 sportscar in 1957 going on to race a Formula 2 Cooper T45 at the 1959 British Grand Prix, albeit making little impact.
A more successful season in Formula Junior, initially driving a Cooper T52 to eighth at Monaco and then a Lotus 18 to victory at Aintree, saw him to try Grand Prix racing again in a 1961 Climax engined Lotus 18.
He retired at the 1961 British Grand Prix held at Aintree, as did Stirling, and finished 10th at the tragic 1961 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, where Wolfgang von Trips lost his life. His last Formula One race was at the 1963 German Grand Prix held at Nurburgring where he failed to qualify.
When his father Reg Parnell, passed away suddenly in 1964, he took over the running of Reg Parnell Racing. The team ran Lolas and ex-works Lotuses, powered by BRM V8s, driven by Chris Amon, Maurice Trintignant, Mike Hailwood, Richard Attwood and Peter Revson.
When the family team closed down, Parnell went onto manage the BRM Formula One team from 1970–74. He presided over victories by Pedro Rodríguez at the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix, in a BRM P153, by Jo Siffert at the Austrian GP and Peter Gethin at the Italian GP in 1971, racing the BRM P160, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix, which was to be BRM's last Formula One win.
In later years, Parnell was appointed vice-president of the BRDC.
Stirling and Susie over their condolences to his wife Liz, and to his family and friends.