Watercolour painting on 300gms Canson Montvale watercolour paper.
Graham Hill in his world championship winning Lotus Cosworth 49b at the notorious Nurbergring literally flying.
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Graham Hill born 15/02/1929, starting with a distinguished Naval career before becoming a world class rower then a top motor mechanic and then on to become a two times F1 world champion.
Hill didn’t pass his driving test until he was 24 years old but soon mastered the art, his motor racing career started when; in 1954 he saw an advertisement for the universal motor racing club at Brands Hatch offering laps for 5 shillings and this sparked his interest in motorsport, when he had no money he offered to do mechanics for laps instead.
He made his racing debut in a Cooper 500 formula 3 and was committed to racing thereafter.
Hill joined Team Lotus as a mechanic but soon talked his way into the cockpit by saying he needed to see for himself how the car felt under different set ups and his laps were very competitive and drew the attention of team owner Colin Chapman who was so impressed with Hills raw talent he offered him a drive as team mate to Jim Clark.
He made his Lotus debut at the Monaco grand prix in 1959 but after a promising first half of the race was forced to retire with gearbox trouble.
In 1960 Hill joined BRM and won his first world championship in 1962.
In 1967 Hill won the Indy 500 in a Lola Ford and in 1967 he re-joined Lotus and helped develop the Lotus 49b with the new Ford Cosworth V8 engine.
After the untimely death of team mates Jim Clark and Mike Spence early in 1968 Hill led the heart broken team Lotus and won his second world championship in 1968, dedicating the win to his lost team mates.
In 1969 Hill miraculously survived a devastating crash at Watkins Glen USA badly breaking both his legs and hospitalising him for months and putting him out of action for a whole year.
Hill never regained the success he had enjoyed in F1 but in 1972 he won the 24hr Le Mans with team mate Henri Pescarolo and in doing so became the only driver to ever win the so called Triple Crown, that being the Indy 500, F1 world championship and the Le Mans.
In 1975 Hill was killed when the light plane he was piloting crashed in heavy fog.
Graham Hill will always be remembered for his quick wit and great charm but most of all his mastery of setting up racing cars and then driving them to win, he was instantly recognisable whether in his car; by the London Boat club design on his helmet, or outside the car; by his cheeky grin and gentlemanly good looks.
Graham Hills son Damien has followed in his dad’s footsteps to become F1 world champion and now Damien’s son Jake is also racing and the London boat club helmet design has been passed down from father to son.