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Graham Hill

Graham Hill
Nationality 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png English
Years 1958 - 1975
Team(s) Lotus, BRM, Brabham, Hill
Races 179
Championships 2
Wins 14
Podiums 36
Poles 13
Fastest laps 10
First race 1958 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1962 Dutch Grand Prix
Last win 1969 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race 1975 Monaco Grand Prix

Norman Graham Hill (February 17, 1929 - November 29, 1975) was an English motor racing champion.

He is the only driver to win the Triple Crown of the Indianapolis 500, the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Formula One World Championship.

Born in Hampstead, London, Hill was known during the latter part of his career for his wit and endurance. He joined BRM as a racing driver and won the world championship with them in 1962. His second world championship came after joining Lotus in 1968. Hill was part of the dubbed 'British invasion' of drivers in the Indianapolis 500 during the mid-1960s, triumphing there in 1966, and was teammated with Henri Pescarolo on the Matra team that won the 1972 Le Mans 24 hours. He survived several serious crashes before he retired from driving to set up his own racing team, Embassy Hill. Shortly afterwards, he was killed when his Piper Aztec aeroplane (which he was piloting at the time) crashed in foggy conditions over Arkley Golf Course in North London. Five members of the Embassy Hill team, including up-and-coming driver Tony Brise, also died in the accident.

Hill married his wife, Bette, in 1955. They had a son, Damon (who later became Formula One World Champion, the only son of a former champion to do so), and two daughters: Brigitte and Samantha.

"I'm a artist, the track is my canvas, and the car is my brush." - Graham Hill

In 1990, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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