There will never be another man quite like Phil Hill. While the young man from Santa Monica, California—the first American F1 World Champion—was traveling the world and pursuing a career in the dangerous sport of auto racing, he recorded many of his experiences with his trusty Leica camera on Kodachrome film. Perhaps that explains why Phil, with such varied interests and skills, became the valued R&T contributor he was for so many decades.
What you see in this Vintage Memories 2012 calendar is just a smattering of the great images Phil took. And whether they are scenes from the pits at Le Mans, or from the top of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, you'll see that Hill's visual appreciation for motorsports is a wonderful complement to his obvious talent behind the wheel.
About the Photographer
Philip Toll Hill (1927—2008) was far more than just the 1961 Formula 1 World Champion; he also won the 24 hours of Le Mans and the 12 hours of Sebring—three times apiece! And out of the cockpit, Hill was a true renaissance man, a lover of music, an expert car restorer, an encyclopedic automotive historian, a superb storyteller and a fantastic contributor to R&T for decades. And as this calendar proves, he was also an excellent photographer. Through these unretouched (and previously unpublished) Kodachrome images, we now get to journey back and appreciate what Phil saw (and admired) as he traveled the world in the 1950s and 1960s, pursuing his driving passion in this dangerous sport. Enjoy the trip.