ALL THOSE YEARS AGO

Be­tween them they con­quered it only once, but Gra­ham and Da­mon Hill were Bri­tish Grand Prix he­roes in two very dif­fer­ent eras. We dust off the fam­ily al­bum and in­vite Da­mon to take a trip down mem­ory lane

F1 Racing - - HILL ON HILL - WORDS DAMIEN SMITH POR­TRAITS LORENZO BEL­LANCA

“I’ve driven a lot of th­ese old cars of my dad’s over the years. Th­ese lit­tle en­vi­ron­ments we live in as rac­ing driv­ers are where you ex­pe­ri­ence some of the most in­tense emo­tions of your life: be­ing in a race, be­ing in dan­ger, win­ning – or not win­ning! In th­ese cars I’m con­scious it’s my dad’s zone and I won­der what it must have been like. They are tac­tile things, so ba­sic, but ev­ery­thing you do has an ef­fect. You are ac­ti­vat­ing the car com­pletely. It’s shock­ing how crude some of them are, al­though they were state of the art at the time. It must have been a tremen­dously ex­cit­ing race. I sus­pect he felt slightly crest­fallen af­ter that one… He never won the Bri­tish, yet he won ve Monaco GPs. Ob­vi­ously, I don’t re­mem­ber this be­cause it was be­fore I was born – by about two months.” “What a lot of fun. To think of this hap­pen­ing to­day is be­yond imag­in­ing. I no­tice Jim Clark doesn’t have a num­ber plate – I sus­pect it’s been knocked off! They were en­ter­tain­ers who gamely took part in th­ese things in front of all th­ese peo­ple.”

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