Graham Hill

 
Graham Hill has served in to Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer. |  Hill has acted in two movies, Grand Prix and Caravan to Vaccares. |  On November 29, 1975, Hill died after the plane he was piloting crashed in foggy conditions in North London. |  Hill took up rowing before racing and was a part of the London Rowing club. For which he won eight finals.

FACTFILE

Name: Graham Hill
DOB: Feb 15 1929
Place Of Birth: London
Nationality: British
Most Races For: BRM - 64
No. Of Races: 176
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PROFILE
Graham Hill

Heroics on Formula One tracks and playing the protagonist on celluloid, Graham Hill’s life was anything but docile. This F1 driver with movie-star looks was born on February 15, 1929 in Hampstead, London. As a youngster, Hill had an affinity for motorcycles and joined the Universal Motor Racing Club at Brands Hatch. He would pay 5 shillings to race a few laps in the circuit and the hobby developed into a serious career choice when he debuted in Formula Three in a Cooper 500.

Later, Hill joined Lotus as a mechanic, cast his smooth English accent and used his charm to woo the Lotus officials who gave him a chance to work his hands on the Lotus’ steering wheel. He made his F1 debut in 1958 with Lotus at Monaco but his car had a half-shaft failure due to which he was unable to make it to the end. The following season in 1959, Hill had still finished without points, just like his previous season. In 1960, he saw himself on podium for the first time in his BRM P48, while racing for the Owen Racing Organization.

After another bad season in 1961, Hill produced a stunner of a performance, given the BRM V8 engines and out of the blue, he emerged as the World Champion in the 1962. With the same engine and in the kind of racing streak that followed, Hill won 16 podium places and stood second in the World Drivers’ Championship for three successive seasons.

In 1966, Hill could not continue with his fabulous form and could only finish fifth in the drivers’ standings. Disappointed with his performance he moved to Team Lotus again in 1967 but his tumultuous season continued and he was struggling with his car. He managed just two podium results that season. To get his act together, Hill, an expert in working on cars by now, decided to roll up his sleeves and helped creating the Lotus 49 for the 1968 season of Formula One. With 6 podium finishes and 48 points Hill reclaimed his lost World Champion title.

The following season, Hill, the defending champion was raring to go and the Lotus 49B was the latest development in the Lotus team’s paddock. However, when the season started, it was learnt that the car was not as reliable as expected to be and Hill’s crash in the American Grand Prix just reinstated the team’s disbelief in it. Hill suffered fractures in his legs and could not finish the season. He was however placed seventh by the end of it.

Hill wrote his autobiography, ‘Life at the Limit’ when he was recovering from his accident in ‘69. It highlighted the quick-wit he had in him and the openness in his words. But he never really recovered. Colin Chapman, in a shrewd move, placed him in the Rob Walker Racing Team but provided Lotus engines to keep the candle burning inside Hill. But it never really clicked again for Hill and he realized that the wick had long flickered dead in 1975, after having raced for Embassy Racing and Motor Racing developments without much success.

A two-time World Champion, Hill never ran short of zeal, if it was not for his crash, the world may have seen more from this man who many will agree, was one of the greatest champions of all time.

-Anup Pareek


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1958Lotus-900000
1959Lotus-700000
1960BRM15th800114
1961BRM15th800003
1962BRM1st9416352
1963BRM2nd10225029
1964BRM2nd10215141
1965BRM2nd10246347
1966BRM5th9003017
1967Lotus7th11032215
1968Lotus1st12326048
1969Lotus7th10102019
1970Lotus13th1100007
1971Brabham21st1100002
1972Brabham15th1200004
1973Shadow-1200000
1974Lola18th1500001
1975Lola-200000
Total 17614133610289

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  • Graham Hill has served in to Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer.
  • Hill has acted in two movies, Grand Prix and Caravan to Vaccares.
  • On November 29, 1975, Hill died after the plane he was piloting crashed in foggy conditions in North London.
  • Hill took up rowing before racing and was a part of the London Rowing club. For which he won eight finals.

QUOTES ON GRAHAM HILL

"I really enjoyed my rowing. It really taught me a lot about myself, and I also think it is a great character-building sport... The self discipline required for rowing and the 'never say die' attitude obviously helped me through the difficult years that lay ahead."
-Graham Hill



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