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Embassy Hill

Embassy Racing With Graham Hill
Full name Embassy Racing With Graham Hill
Base United Kingdom
Founder(s) Graham Hill
Noted drivers Graham Hill
Tony Brise
Alan Jones
Rolf Stommelen
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 1973 Spanish Grand Prix
Races competed 41
Constructors Shadow-Ford
Lola-Ford
Hill-Ford
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1975 United States Grand Prix
Hill as a Formula One constructor
Formula One World Championship career
Entrants Embassy Hill
Debut 1975 Spanish Grand Prix
Final race 1975 United States Grand Prix
Races competed 11
Race victories 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Embassy Hill was a short-lived Formula One team started by the two-time Formula One world-champion Graham Hill, racing as a constructor with its own chassis in 1975. The team debuted in 1973 and had limited success in three seasons of racing, but everything was cut short by the death of Graham Hill and some of the team's top personnel in the crash of a light aircraft in the winter before the 1976 season. The team was sponsored by Imperial Tobacco's Embassy cigarette brand and ran under various names during its time.

History

Embassy Racing With Graham Hill came first into being when Graham Hill decided to leave his previous team, Brabham, unhappy with the atmosphere there. He announced in late 1972[1] he was starting his own team, acting as owner and driver.

Hill's 1973 Shadow DN1 being demonstrated at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Securing sponsorship from Embassy, Hill started operating a team with cars purchased from Shadow. Things did not go well that year: the team's best finish was ninth at Zolder, being the last finisher among 9 cars (the former World Champion also started 23rd of 23 cars that race).

The chassis for 1974 were bought from Lola, until in 1975 the team debuted its own chassis, the GH1 model designed by Andy Smallman (which drew heavily from the design of previous year's Lola cars).[1]

Unfortunately, the debut of the GH1 at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix[2] was marred by the collapse of Rolf Stommelen's rear wing mounting, which pitched the German's car into the crowd and killed four people.

Stommelen was injured in the accident and did not return until the second half of the season.

After failing to qualify at the 1975 Monaco Grand Prix, a race he had won five times, Hill no longer drove himself; instead driving duties for that car were taken over by Tony Brise. Brise, considered a rising star,[3] scored sixth in the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix and qualified sixth for the 1975 Italian Grand Prix.

Alan Jones took over the second car for most of the races Stommelen was out; the Australian finished fifth place in the 1975 German Grand Prix.

François Migault and Vern Schuppan were also seen behind the wheel of the second Hill that year. Stommelen returned later in the year.

End of team

On the evening of 29 November 1975 Graham Hill was piloting a Piper Aztec light aircraft from France to London. His passengers were team manager Ray Brimble, team driver Tony Brise, designer Andy Smallman and mechanics Terry Richards and Tony Alcock. They were returning from Circuit Paul Ricard where they had been testing the Hill GH2 car being prepared for 1976. They were due to land at Elstree airfield before onward travel to London to attend a party. Shortly before 10pm the plane hit trees beside a golf course at Arkley in thick fog. In the ensuing crash and explosion everyone on board was killed.[4][5] As the team now only consisted of the deputy team manager and two mechanics it was impossible to continue.[6][7]


Complete Formula One results

() (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1973 Shadow
DN1
Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA - -
Graham Hill Ret 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret NC 13 Ret 14 16 13
1974 Lola
T370
Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA - -
Graham Hill 26 Ret 11 12 Ret 8 7 6 Ret 13 13 9 12 8 14 8
Guy Edwards 27 11 Ret DNQ 12 8 7 Ret 15 DNS DNQ
Rolf Stommelen Ret Ret 11 12
Peter Gethin Ret
1975 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA 3 11th
Lola
T370
T371
Graham Hill 22 10 12 DNQ
Rolf Stommelen 23 13 14
Hill
GH1
22 7 Ret 16 Ret
Vern Schuppan Ret
Alan Jones 13 16 10 5
François Migault Ret
23 NC
Graham Hill DNQ
Tony Brise Ret 6 7 7 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret

References

  1. ^ a b GrandPrix.com, GP Encyclopedia - Embassy Hill Racing
  2. ^ "THE CHAMPIONS / More than Mister Monaco: Graham Hill – all-rounder extraordinary". Autosport. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ BBC, This day in history-- 1975: Graham Hill killed in air crash.
  5. ^ Graham Hill, 46, Retired Racer, In Fatal Crash Piloting His Plane. UPI News Service. December 1, 1975 (Monday) New York Times archive
  6. ^ "Motor racing legend Graham Hill killed in a plane crash". The Guardian (London: Guardian Newspapers). 2 December 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Bardon, P. "Report on the accident at Arkley Golf Course". AAIB Formal Reports. Air Accidents Investigations Branch. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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