78th Texas Legislature, Fourth Called Session, House Concurrent Resolution 6

H.C.R. No. 6

HOUSE CONCURRENT RE SOLUTION
1 WHEREAS, James Ellis "Jim" Hall has enjoyed one of the most
2 illustrious careers in :the history of motor sports, and his
.3 achievements are now chronicled in an imposing new gallery at
4 Midland's Petroleum Museum; and
5 . WHEREAS, A native Texan, Mr. Hall was born in Abilene in 1935
6 and studied mechanical engineering at California Institute of
7 Technology (Caltech); he fell in love with sports car racing in
8 college, when he began racing his brother's Austin Healy, and he
9 continued racing after receiving his degree in 1957; and
10 WHEREAS, In 1961, the same year he moved to Midland, Mr. Hall
11 debuted a car built to his specifications by Tom Barnes and Dick
12 Troutman of California; he named the sleek machine the Chaparral,
13 and .:in 1962 he joined Hap Sharp in establishing Chaparral Cars;
14 based at Rattlesnake Raceway, a private track outside of Midland,
15 Mr. Hall designed and constructed a series of Chaparrals, whose
16 innovations defined the cutting edge of race car technology in the
17 1960s and 1970s; and
18 WHEREAS, Among the advances pioneered by Mr. Hall was the
19 harnessing of aerodynamic down force.to increase traction, an
20 .engineering breakthrough that revolutionized the sport; other
21 celebrated developments included the use of a fiberglass chassis,
22 composite wheels, automatic transmission, and ground effects
23 equipment; many of the innovations Mr. Hall introduced ave not
24 only transformed auto racing but have improved passenger car safety

Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 78th Texas Legislature, Fourth Called Session, House Concurrent Resolution 6. [Austin, Texas]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth158040/. Accessed September 20, 2014.