© Andrew S. Hartwell
At the recent grand opening of the Chaparral Gallery within the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, accomplished road racing veteran driver Brian Redman was on hand to celebrate Jim Hall's new home for his innovative racecars. Redman drove for Hall in the mid 1970s in the old Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) L&M Continental Championship, also known as the Formula 5000 Championship.
Redman and Hall, along with team co-owner and Lola importer Carl Haas, were extremely successful in that series. Then again, success was always a part of Redman's resume, with him having won championship sportscar races for FORD, and Porsche before climbing behind the wheel of the Hall/Haas Lola.
Redman was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk with us about his relationship with Jim Hall, some of the talented people he raced against in his prime, and some of the prime talent he currently competes with in vintage racing events.
"I drove in the Formula 5000 series for Jim Hall for four years. We were champions three times and we should have been the fourth time as well but I had to miss two races in 1973 because I was driving for Ferrari in Europe.
"My time with Jim Hall was a great time for me. During that four year period I turned down three offers of Formula One Grand Prix drives in order to stay with Jim and Carl. I thought I would be better finishing at the front of the field in Formula 5000 then finishing in the middle of the field in Formula One!