Phil Hill, the only American-born race driver to win the Formula One championship has died. He was 81 years old. Hill died at Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula of complications from Parkinson's disease.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:37 am
Just read the news on the main page.
Rest in peace, you champion.
'10-'11 Head of Powertrain - Glasgow University Formula Student
Everything I ever read about him spoke of an elegant, reserved personality ... almost severe in his embrace of integrity, of honesty, yet very kind and modest. When I read about him he was campaigning the Chaparral 2D prototype to victory at the Ring in 1966 then with the 2F, Brands Hatch in 67. He was an Editor for Road & Track ... writing the European Report and road testing the supercars of the day, then later, classic racecars of yesterday. He was an insightful commentator for The Wide World of Sports. A wonderful and valued friend friend to so many.
I remember reading a story in F1Racing magazine 2006. It was about Phil Hill visiting Monza. The man was alerady quite old and sick. Phil could barely walk, but he was still so devoted to motorsport, he even took the reporter around Monza in a Mercedes roadcar. I was quite impressed by what I read about the champion.
Great driver - in a variety of cars. VERY sympathetic to the machinery; never a real favorite of Enzo, because the drove only fast enough to win. His sense of morals was a large factor in his turning his back on Ferrari and joining the great revolt that led to a number of Enzo's top people leaving and starting ATS (a disaster).
A man who truly loved fine cars of all kinds.
My signature says a lot about his acuteness and honesty.
Enzo Ferrari was a great man. But he was not a good man. -- Phil Hill