By John Tipler
ISBN 1 85983 279 2
Published by Breedon Books, £19.99
Long after his death, Graham Hill remains one of motor racing’s memorable personalities, as comfortable at the head of a dinner table or behind a microphone as in a racing car. But his considerable on-track achievements have been overshadowed by the public persona. Tipler’s book attempts to re-address this, focusing on Hill’s racing career and largely ignoring the public face.
What is striking and unexpected is just how seriously Hill approached his racing, for instance logging every minute setup change in a logbook. Hill saw himself as above all a professional racing driver, and it is perhaps this, his attention to detail and appetite for hard work which allowed him to compete with the supernatural talent of Jim Clark. IM