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Graham Hill Scrapbook 1929 -1966 (Original Scrapbook) [Hardcover]

Philip Porter
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Porter Press International (22 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955006864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955006869
  • Product Dimensions: 35.4 x 30.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Hill (1929-1975) is the only driver to have won motor racing's triple crown: the World Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24-Hour race. "The Graham Hill Scrapbook 1929-66" charts the rise of a motor-racing legend. It follows Hill from his childhood, through his humble beginnings as an apprentice and unpaid mechanic, to the heights of World Championship fame. This book concludes in 1966 with Hill's superb Indianapolis win. More than a biography, the "Graham Hill Scrapbook" is a highly personal account of the courage and single-minded determination required to build a career in motor racing. It is made all the more enjoyable by being permeated with Hill's great personal charm and beguiling sense of fun. This beautifully designed and presented, large format work is entirely based upon Hill's personal scrapbooks, keep-sakes, press-cuttings and recorded views of his life in racing. It is enriched throughout by Hill's own reminiscences, plus those of his family, colleagues and friends. The work is written by Philip Porter, the Montagu Trophy-winning author of over twenty-five books including the "Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1955" and "Jaguar Scrapbook".

It includes a foreword by Damon Hill.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent memorabillia 24 Jun 2007
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If you're a fan of Graham Hill or if you have memories of racing how it used to be, then you need to buy this book. Packed full of pictures, programmes, newspaper cuttings, letters and other memorabilia of Hill, this is a book you simply must have. Words are from Graham himself, friends and race colleagues. A truly magnificent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to F1's Mr Personality, 4 Feb 2012
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The sixties were the classic era of Formula 1, and Graham Hill was at the centre of that world. This is a great book, full of all those wonderful personal items that could only come from a personal family archive. It must have been a golden time, almost an innocent time. This scrapbook certainly suggests so. Any fan of sixties motor racing... the Golden Age should have this book in their collection. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUR LOST SPORTING HERO 10 Mar 2014
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Graham Hill was and remains my sporting hero. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, before or since has managed to come close to Graham's amazing blend of immense bravery, astounding achievement, huge warmth, and fantastic sense of humour.
This book, which I urge all F1 fans, indeed sports fans to buy, shows just what we all lost in that terrible plane crash in 1975.
The book is both fascinating and very funny, a wonderful reminder of a man who, had he lived would I'm convinced have become THE most popular TV celebrity we've ever had.
I'm still waiting for 1967 -75. Any sign ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graham's Just Cool 8 Feb 2008
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Let's put an end to the insulting notion that Graham Hill was just a determined plodder, shall we? None of us should rest until the putdown "He's a Graham Hill" has been transformed to mean, "He's a great champion, an unforced hipster, a man with bags of personality and charm--and a natty mustache."

OK, Jimmy was maybe a little faster sometimes, but who in the history of F1 can touch Graham's kind of cool? Certainly nobody from the last 15 years....

I bought this book as an Xmas present for a friend, but once I opened the Amazon box and started to read I just couldn't stop. I stayed up the whole night to read it cover-to-cover before wrapping it up and forcing myself to send it on its way.

I should have kept it.

But you don't have to be a rabid Hill fan to appreciate the quality here.

This era is unrivaled for the irresistible sense of fun and simple glamor. There is barely anything in this book that resembles F1 as it is practiced today. And the stakes were so much higher back then....

The book is large-format, and every page is packed with fascinating photos and racing memorabilia. You also get lots of first-person commentary on these photos from friends, his wife Betty and colleagues--this adds real immediacy to Graham's story. And you hear from no one as much as you hear from Mr. Hill himself, which really surprised me--I did not expect the book to carry so much autobiography. It's all wonderfully specific and colorful stuff--lots on the cars, the competition, the parties. The authors strike a great balance between the personal and the professional, with the behind-the-scenes anecdotes amplifying the detailed race-by-race documentation. We even get to see Hill's yearly Xmas cards, which are wonderful.

And they say there is a second volume to come!

A perfect tribute to Graham and the entire era--you'll dig it.
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