Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:59
Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:54
Eugene appears to have started racing 500s in 1954, probably with a Cooper Mk VI. First sighting 12th June, Oulton Park (Mid-Cheshire MRC)
3rd October, he appears at Brands Hatch. This time he co-drives the Kieft of Dr Stanley Marks (also in his debut season), under the Ecurie Hallmark banner, picking up a second place in the JAP Race. They again share the car at Cadwell Park a week later. He is back in his Cooper at the Boxing Day Meeting.
That's quite an odd selection of races for a debut - most amateurs tended to stick to their end of the country.
Eugene gets serious in 1955 (18 races) and 1956 (19 races) - in both years I have one reference to a Mk VI hence my presumption that he ran that car through his 500 career. The Blue Book has one of the 1955 entries as the Sussex Racing Team (with Ian Raby), but this might be an error as it isn't repeated.
Just three sightings in 1957, the last being Brands Hatch, 20th May. Perhaps significant is that Stanley Marks was killed at Brands on the 22nd April (Hall was at Goodwood that day, picking up a very handy second to Stuart Lewis-Evans). Marks had skipped the 1956 season, but although the Ecurie Hallmark moniker had not been used the two did many races together in 1955 - so one might presume there was more than a business arrangement between the two of them.
Beyond those basic facts, I haven't come up trumps with biographical details or a confirmed image.
Posted 08 April 2009 - 18:05
I would be grateful if others better informed could confirm this driver's true nationality.
Posted 21 May 2009 - 20:45
I am Eugene's daughter, and can confirm hs is alive and well and living in Brighton, England. I only happened to come across this site as I was looking for info about my father's racing days on the internet myself, and googling "Eugene Hall" took me to this post.
He was indeed as someone pointed out born in the USA (in Brooklyn, NY), but held dual nationality with the UK. He often raced as an American National simply to give a race an International Status. He is well into his 80's now, but remembers lots about his racing days, and still talks about those days with great enthusiasm.
We do have a few photos, and some press cuttings, including a picture of none other than Fangio driving the Halson that dad built. Being new to this site, if anyone can explain if and how images can be uploaded, I'll see what I can do.
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