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RIP Phil Hill, American Racing Legend

Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:34 am

I apologize that this thread is late. Mr. Hill, the first Amercian Formula 1 world champion has died at the age of 81 on the 28th of August. He also won the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Read more about this amazing man here:

RIP Phil, you will be missed.  checkeredflag   tombstone   pray 

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RE: RIP Phil Hill, American Racing Legend

Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:51 am

Sad to lose Phil Hill and Paul Frère in the same year.

I always looked forward to both of their contributions in Road & Track.

Interestingly, Phil Hill provided a foreword to later editions of Paul Frère's book "Sports Car and Competition Driving". I bought 2 copies earlier this year (one for me and one for my father) after Paul Frère's passing. I'd recommend picking up a copy if you're an enthusiast.
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RE: RIP Phil Hill, American Racing Legend

Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:07 am

Quoting Molykote (Reply 1):
Sad to lose Phil Hill and Paul Frère in the same year.

And Phil's colleague from International Motors, photographer Bernard Cahier.

Gentlemen all, from a different era!

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RE: RIP Phil Hill, American Racing Legend

Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:05 pm

Well I am sorry to hear that. It was announced that he was too ill to attend this year's Historic Car races at Laguna Seca, just a few weeks ago though I guess he did attend, it wasn't really a public appearance.

It was Phil Hill who first sparked my interest in Formula 1 when he was driving for the Ferrari team. I also recall his LeMans victories with the late Olivier Gendebien. I feel privileged to have seen him win a race at Laguna Seca just a few years ago, drifting a wooden-spoked 1922 Sunbeam down through the esses.
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