Chaparral Gallery Exhibits

A Racing Legend


In 1962, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp started a small racing team in Midland, Texas—they named it Chaparral Cars after the Spanish word for “roadrunner.”

The science of aerodynamics was never completely appreciated by automobile designers until James Ellis Hall revolutionized the sport in his Chaparral Racing Cars. Jim Hall is revered by the world’s racing community as the innovator who introduced the movable wing in 1965. His aerodynamic wing, ground effects and lightweight construction materials transformed auto racing as well as passenger car safety and fuel efficiency in the 20th Century. With great cars and talented drivers, the Chaparral team won fame worldwide and gave American race fans a team for which to cheer.

Cars on Display – Descriptions and photos of all the Chaparral Cars and the GS IIB Experimental Corvette.

Take a virtual tour of the gallery.

gallerywideThroughout the 1960s—and into the 1970s and the 1980s—Jim Hall and his team at Chaparral Cars designed, built and raced legendary race cars that thrilled fans, amazed the competition and were considered the most innovative cars of their time. Working quietly from their Midland shop, the Chaparral team took racecar engineering to new levels of performance.

Join the Chaparral Pit Crew Fan Club

Your membership in the Chaparral Pit Crew not only enables the Museum to keep these historic machines in running order but more importantly YOU are inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers by sharing the story behind these innovative machines.

Click here to download and print the Pit Crew membership form or learn more and sign up online HERE.

» Chaparral Live Drive
» Dinner and Q&A with Jim Hall
» Autograph & Photo Opportunities
Party on the Patio is an exclusive event for Chaparral Pit Crew Members only.


Chaparral Live Drives

One Chaparral is driven in the front circle at the Museum about every other month (weather permitting). The running of the Chaparrals is part of the routine maintenance to keep the cars in running condition. If you would like to receive an email notification when a live drive will occur, please contact Luanne Thornton or join our email list here.