Phil Hill a Driving Life


Phil Hill John Lamm


Though he’s best remembered as the first American Formula One champion and a three-time Le Mans winner, Phil Hill (1927-2008) also enjoyed a long and successful career as an automotive writer. For 30 years, beginning in the mid-1970s, Phil was a regular contributor to Road & Track magazine, writing vivid, first-person accounts of his experiences driving more than 100 different cars, 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. Phil Hill: A Driving Life gathers the best of these stories, each of them accompanied by dazzling photographs from Phil’s friend and R&T colleague, John Lamm. Phil brought the same level of style, enthusiasm, and mechanical knowledge to a remarkable range of vehicles. There are vintage road cars such as a 1915 Packard, the first MG, and the Jaguar XK120. Then there are race cars, from 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 Phil’s personal recollections of such motorsports greats as Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, Stirling Moss, and Jim Hall. Phil Hill: A Driving Life takes the reader on a unique journey through more than a century of automotive history with the ultimate guide at the wheel.