Re: Graham Hill
After his crash in the Lotus 49 at Monjuich park they said he'd never walk again. He put himself through hell and was back in a F1 car the very next season. He was never quite the same again, but then you wouldn't be would you.
Its a shame his memory was clouded by the fact that when he crashed his aircraft he was uninsured. The Hill F1 team couldn't afford it. It meant his widow Betty was sued by the families of all those who died with him and left with very little.
I saw Graham Hill when he was a BRM driver at Aintree in the early 60s, and I was at the British GP in 75 when he drove round the track in the Hill F1 after announcing his retirement from the track, and we all waved and cheered like mad. It was only a few short months before he died and I'l never forget it as it was the same weekend I did my parachute training course. I just couldn't believe it at the time hearing it on the rather crackly radio on the sunday morning
He was fast and brave though it can't have been easy with the superb Jim Clark as team mate, then Jochen Rindt.
If you have never seen the film of those Lotus 49s leaving the ground as they went over the humps at Montjuich, then its hard to appreciate the sheer bravery of driving those cars at all. Both Rindt and Hill suffered wing failure and crashed heavily, but on that occasion Rindt was the luckier. As we know his luck ran out at Monza the very next year.