The Aston Martin Heritage Trust is sorry to have to record the death of Noel Cunningham-Reid on September 26th 2017. He was 86 years old.
Noel began his brief competitive driving career in 1954 in an Aston Martin DB2/4 (with which was given free membership of the Aston Martin Owners Club), racing at Snetterton Circuit. He would then go on to form the Six Mile Stable of drivers, driving Lister-Bristol cars, in 1955. His successes at races at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Oulton Park brought him to the attention of former Aston Martin driver George Abecassis at HWM and through him to Reg Parnell, Aston Martin’s team manager. Cunningham-Reid’s test drives so impressed Parnell that Noel was contracted as an Aston Martin Team Driver for 1957 and went on to race the DB3S (again at Oulton Park) and DBR1/300 with Tony Brooks at Le Mans 24 Hours. He would later briefly race in the DBR2.
Noel was elected as a Full Member of the BRDC in 1956 and went on to work in careers as versatile as farming, the property trade and the film industry after his time as a racing driver.
The AMHT extends its condolences to Noel’s wife and family.