78th Texas Legislature, Fourth Called Session, House Concurrent Resolution 6 Page: 1 of 4

H.C.R. No. 6

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

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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 78th Texas Legislature, Fourth Called Session, House Concurrent Resolution 6, legislative document, June 7, 2004; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth158040/m1/1/ocr/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.