1968

LIKE PEAS IN A POD

F1 Racing - - HILL ON HILL -

Gra­ham Hill is pic­tured here with Lo­tus boss Colin Chap­man in the Brands Hatch pit. Hill be­gan his F1 ca­reer with Lo­tus and re­turned in 1967. The death of Jim Clark on 7 April 1968, just three months be­fore this shot was taken, had hit Chap­man hard, but Hill ral­lied the team and by the end of the year had won his sec­ond world cham­pi­onship.

“Colin was a very se­ri­ous per­son. What in­ter­ests me is that their voices – and their mous­taches! – were al­most iden­ti­cal. I think al­most the rst per­son my dad met in mo­tor rac­ing was Colin Chap­man. They both had that nasal, clipped, very Bri­tish way of talk­ing. It’s the type of ac­cent that has dis­ap­peared now. It was north Lon­don, not cock­ney, well-spo­ken but not plum. They were ex­tremely de­ter­mined and fo­cused in­di­vid­u­als – and too close to each other in terms of per­son­al­ity to get on. I love those Rolleiex cam­eras!”

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