Don’t doubt it for one moment: Jim Hall of Chaparral Cars in Midland, Texas is a towering figure in motor racing history. During 1966-67 he proved influential
in racing car design, backed clandestinely by General Motors R&D, even if it was not particularly successful in keeping that secret.
When I first compiled a target list of cars to be invited to the inaugural Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1993, Chaparrals were near the top. It took 10 years or so before the Texan accepted, but he and his cars have returned several times and always receive a rapturous reception from the knowledgeable audience.