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  1. Doug Nye

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    Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of Phil Hill becoming the first American winner of the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship title. He achieved that life's ambition by winning the Italian GP at Monza in his 'Sharknose' Ferrari 156 - after leading the race effectively throughout.

    The day, the race, and motor racing history were all scarred by the fatal accident involving Phil's team-mate and title rival Wolfgang 'Taffy' von Trips, in a sister 'Sharknose'. That terrible tragedy claimed the lives of 14 spectators in addition to that of the popular and talented German aristocrat - but at the time it happened, Phil was already long-gone, into the lead he never lost.

    I'm a teetotaller, but I will be raising a cup of finest to mark this anniversary - to pay homage to the memory of an immensely valued friend - and I would hope that Ferrari enthusiasts and followers worldwide will be doing much the same, cup, glass, bowl, bottle or carafe...as you fancy...

    DCN
     
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  3. Jack-the-lad

    Jack-the-lad Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Amen.

    Thank you for the reminder, Doug.

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  4. ggjjr

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    Doug, thank you!
     
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  5. DWR46

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    Doug: On that Sunday (morning in the States), I was sitting at the dining room table doing high school homework. In that time, there were VERY few sources for current auto racing news, but there was one radio program that broadcast a five minute segment on Saturday and Sunday. I had the radio tuned to the correct station, and when I heard of Von Trips death, it forever changed how I viewed motorsports. For some unknown reason I was fascinated by the Count. I followed his career and carefully read all the race reports in Road & Track and Sports Cars Illustrated. It is strange how certain events are etched deeply in your mind for the rest of your life, and this was one of those moments.
     
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  6. GBTR6

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    I met Phil Hill years ago at Elkhart Lake. He was at the Redman Vintage race as Grand Marshall. He was very nice and signed my T-shirt. I also have a Revival kit of the Sharknose with his signature. He was class.

    Perry
     
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  8. Marcel Massini

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    15 spectators lost their lives in that horrific crash that day as well :(

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  10. Jack-the-lad

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    I prefer to remember Hill’s championship in this particular thread.
     
  11. Marcel Massini

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    I took this photo of Phil Hill and Jean Todt at The Quail, a Motorsport Gathering at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, 15 August 2008.
    13 days later, 28 August 2008, Mr. Hill passed away.

    Marcel Massini

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  13. Balsamina

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    Here here.

    @ggjjr: I like your avatar! It looks like its taken from the first edition cover of the Hill biography Yankee Champion.
     
  14. Jack-the-lad

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  15. Nembo1777

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    He was always very approachable, kind and willing to talk, here is the first time I met him, at the first Cavallino Classic in 1992. I later interviewed him on the phone several times for various articles, he had accepted the idea in principle to write the foreword for my first book though that one did not materialize. Later in the 90's at Torrey Pines after I test drove 250 TR 0748 all day in the mountains for Cavallino I had been asked to pass it on to him so he could drive it up the hillclimb with his wife. He asked how the car was. I said everything is fine, the brakes are weak but consistent. He had a look under the hood/bonnet, did not ask further questions, thanked me and off they went. Unlike other top drivers I can think of he and his wife raised their son very well, Derek is always a pleasure to speak with, always available.

    Cheers to his biggest if sad day 60 years ago!

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  16. Marcel Massini

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    I met Phil Hill for the first time in September 1981 at Mas du Clos while he was testing the freshly restored 0808 of Pierre Bardinon.

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  17. Marcel Massini

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  18. Marcel Massini

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  19. Marcel Massini

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    I took this photo showing Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in Brussels on 26 September 1992.
    Jacques Swaters and Richard Attwood in the back.

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  20. Marcel Massini

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  22. Jack-the-lad

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    Does someone want to take a stab at identifying the watch? It appears to be a Heuer of some type but I’m no horologist.
     
  23. Jack-the-lad

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    I’ve changed my avatar for the weekend in honor of the occasion.

    Thanks, Marcel.
     
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  24. wbaeumer

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    Great shot, Marcel!!!
     
  25. Balsamina

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    I feel privileged to view these candid photos of Phil Hill. Thank you Marcel & Marc for sharing.
     
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