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#1 humphries

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:59

Can anybody provide any details about the American Eugene Hall who raced in the UK in the Fifties? He went pretty well at the wheel of a 500 and in 1100cc sports cars. I cannot recall ever seeing a photo of his face.

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#2 HiRich

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:54

Well I didn't realise he was American, for a start.

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.

#3 Paul Parker

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 18:05

In all the race results/entries stats that I have seen Hall is listed as being British.

I would be grateful if others better informed could confirm this driver's true nationality.

#4 Eugenes Daughter

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 20:45

Well boys and girls, this might excite you!

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.





#5 RA Historian

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 20:50

Sonofagun, this site just continues to amaze me! Imagine, inquiring about a driver from the fifties who (no offense intended) was not on the tip of most peoples' tongues, and having the daughter of said driver respond! Just fantastic!
Tom

#6 Doug Nye

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 21:43

Welcome Ms Hall (nee?). It would be very interesting to hear your father's recollections, not least about the unfortunate Dr Stanley 'Karl' Marks...

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#7 humphries

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 23:30

Well thats a nice surprise! I was beginning to think Eugene might be another O'Brien. Look forward to a name becoming a person.

#8 Eric Dunsdon

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 08:55

Great to hear that Eugene Hall is alive and well. I remember him from the great 500cc Formula 3 days, especially at Brands Hatch and Crystal Palace. His nationality was always given as being American, and I recall his Cooper being finished in the American racing colours of blue and white. I got both Eugene Hall's and Doctor S Marks autographs at the same Brands Hatch meeting.