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Graham Hill

Auto Racer Graham Hill

Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Often referred to as "Mr. Monaco" due to his five wins at the Monaco Gran Prix (1963-65, 1968 & 1969).

He was also a two time Formula One World Champion (1962 and 1968), and winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1966), and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1971)

Born: February 15, 1929
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 29, 1975 (aged 46)
Cause of Death: Plane crash after the plane he was piloting crashed in the fog near London

Historical Events

  • 1962-12-29 British driver Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM; takes out his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Scotsman Jim Clark
  • 1964-10-25 English driver John Surtees finishes 2nd behind American Dan Gurney in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; edges Graham Hill by 1 point
  • 1966-05-30 Indianapolis 500: English 1962 F1 World Champion Graham Hill wins after leading for a total of only 10 laps; first rookie winner since 1927
  • 1968-11-03 English Lotus driver Graham Hill wins his 2nd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 12 points from Scotsman Jackie Stewart
  • 1996-10-13 British Williams driver Damon Hill wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; becomes first son of a F1 World Drivers Champion (Graham Hill 1962, 68) to win title himself; wins by 19 points from Jacques Villeneuve

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