Phil Hill: A Driving Life


Phil Hill

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“To motorsports fans, the late Phil Hill (1927-2008) is best remembered as
America’s first Formula One champion and a three-time Le Mans winner. But Hill also enjoyed
a long and successful career writing about an amazing variety of historic cars for Road & Track
magazine. Now the best of these stories are collected for the first time in Phil Hill: A Driving
The book captures the full sweep of automotive history, from the first horseless carriage built by
Karl Benz in 1886 to the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by seven-time NASCAR champion
Dale Earnhardt. In between there are such vintage road cars as a 1915 Packard, the first MG, and
the Jaguar XK120. There are race cars, from the exotic Bugattis and Auto Unions of the 1930s
to the Ferraris, Fords, and Chaparrals that Phil drove in the 1950s and 1960s. And the book also
includes Hill’s personal recollections of such motorsports greats as Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan
Gurney, Stirling Moss, and Jim Hall.
Whether it was built for the road or the race track, Hill describes each car’s history and technical
features before getting behind the wheel to discover how it really performs. Each chapter is
illustrated with brilliant photographs by Phil’s friend and collaborator, longtime Road & Track
editor John Lamm, who explains tells how each one came to be written.
Whether he’s writing about a rare vintage race car, a hard-fought victory, or an old friend, Phil’s
essential qualities of intelligence, curiosity, and integrity always come through. Phil Hill: A
Driving Life provides a unique perspective on automotive history from a true champion.”