IN THE ZONE

F1 Racing - - HILL ON HILL -

This cock­pit por­trait shows Gra­ham Hill sit­ting in his car, wear­ing his fa­mil­iar hel­met that bore the liv­ery of the Lon­don Row­ing Club.

“He looks like a pretty se­ri­ous fel­low, doesn’t he? Which he was. The mous­tache al­ways made him look like he was snarling, but the sense of hu­mour was never far away. He had a sharp tongue and ev­i­dently worked me­chan­ics hard. He liked to try a lot of things that some thought were fu­tile. I re­mem­ber [1960s pri­vate en­trant] John Coombs telling me how he was run­ning him at Brands Hatch and how he spent all day work­ing away – and by the end the set-up sheet was ex­actly as it had been in the morn­ing! But that’s not the point. Dad was an ex­per­i­menter, try­ing to nd a bet­ter way, which is the idea.”

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