Category Archives: Motor Racing

Graham Hill (1929–1975)

Graham Hill was educated at a technical college in Hendon, where he and the property millionaire Harry Hyams were picked out as the two boys least likely to succeed. Undeterred, Hill left at sixteen for a five-year apprenticeship with Smiths, the instrument makers. In the early 1950s rowing was his main sporting interest and he […]

Jim Clark (1936–1968)

Educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh, Jim Clark left at sixteen and went to work on the family sheep farm on the borders. Like many farmers’ sons he was at home with machinery and handling cars off the road long before he was old enough to take a driving test. Another border farmer, his older brother-in-law […]

James Hunt (1947–1993)

James Hunt was educated in Cheam and at Wellington College, where he excelled at a variety of sports, and represented the college at cross-country running and squash. He was also an accomplished tennis player, and progressed eventually to junior Wimbledon. He was intended by his parents for a career in medicine but opted instead for […]