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shifter4
08-30-2008, 09:46 PM
Phil Hill passed away this week. The USA's first World Champion driver, in 1961, driving for Ferrari.
He was a great guy and I was quite caught up in his quest for the Championship. The season was followed by ABC TV on the "Wide World of Sports",and brought F1 to the fore to many Americans.
He was a Packard collector/restorer as well.

Chris Pile
08-30-2008, 11:17 PM
He was a gentleman who could drive the wheels off most any racecar. Godspeed, Phil.

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

Swifster
08-31-2008, 01:27 AM
Unfortunately I think this type of news will be far more common in the coming years. All of the truely great American drivers are in their 60's, 70's and '80's. With the exceptions of John Force, Rick Mears and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., our country really hasn't produced the type of drivers on the same level of those from other countries over the last 30 years.

The great drivers from road racing, NASCAR and drag racing enjoyed the better parts of their careers before I really had a chance to follow them. I really like the original IROC series as they included F1 drivers along with drag racing, NASCAR and Indy Car.

RIP Phil :(

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

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N8N
08-31-2008, 05:54 AM
I was too young to remember Hill driving, but I read all the columns and articles that he wrote for Road and Track. He and Stirling Moss were two rare people who could not only drive at the top level but write about it too. he'll be missed.

nate

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JRoberts
09-01-2008, 07:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

I was too young to remember Hill driving, but I read all the columns and articles that he wrote for Road and Track. He and Stirling Moss were two rare people who could not only drive at the top level but write about it too. he'll be missed.

nate

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I remember as a kid following Phil Hill, Stirling Moss and Jimmy Clark. I thought those guys were the best, and I still do. It is correct that Phil Hill really opened up the view of Forumula 1 and road racing in general to the American public. I was incredibly proud when he took the Formula 1 championship.

Here is a link to a great write up about Phil Hill by Briah Loahnes (Hes has posted on the Studebaker Specific Forum about his Studebaker station wagon.)
http://www.carjunkietv.com/cj-news/Car-Junkie-Phil-Hill-Passes.html

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Warren Webb
09-01-2008, 11:38 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Phil 14 years ago. For a man of his reputation, I found a humble & socialble person. He also had such a passion for Packards, and until the very early 90's, had a restoration shop right in the middle of Santa Monica (Hill & Vaughn Restorations). His impact on the automotive scene has only started to be reflected by the comments & wishes being expressed by the media & by ones like us here. Thanks, shifter, for taking the initiative of starting this post to a gentleman & a legend.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan