The picture is from the sixties, but it was on this date in 1975 that we lost one of the great ones.
While Jim Clark was quiet, Graham Hill could be loquacious (except before a race). But it was fun to hear Graham hold forth, almost as enjoyable as watching his determined and talented racing. He is missed.
A Graham Hill story that's made me laugh for years, which I thought I'd share.
Graham regularly travelled to my home county, Herefordshire, to shoot with Eddie Portman near Hay-on-Wye. One day in the early 1970s, he stopped at a fuel station in Hereford to fill up, and presented a cheque for a vast amount to the rather insular, and fearsome, old girl who ran the fuel station.
I seem to recall that Hill was driving a Ferrari on that occasion (a Daytona I think), which had a rather large petrol tank. Anyhow, the old girl refused to accept the cheque on the grounds that it might bounce. Members of her staff, and others, tried to persuade her that this was World Champion racing driver, the great Graham Hill, a thoroughly honourable man who was most unlikely to bounce a cheque.
The old girl had never heard of Hill and said: "Oy dunna give two buggers who the 'ell you think you be, you binna comin' in yer takin' moy bloody petrol. There's a bank in town and you can go there and get proper money to pay yer bills like every bugger else."
After Graham had stopped laughing he fought through the traffic, got cash, returned with a bunch of flowers, gave the old girl a big kiss and left. Her reaction: "Some silly buggers just won't take tellin'."
Great story-I hadn't heard that one. I can't imagine some of todays over-paid,self-important journeymen reacting with such good humour. My favourite Graham H story is the one concerning Innes Ireland and a cactus... TED.....