Just finished reading Graham
, by Graham Hill with Neil Ewart, Arrow Books, c. 1977.
Not as sad and foreboding as Jim Clark At the Wheel. Graham seems a happy camper pretty much with only a few mentions of the mortal risk so predominant in racing back then.
Like the Clark book, not much about in-car racing technique however. Here is the only bit of it:
"If you're chasing the leaders without making much impression, you just go flat out the whole time. You can achieve your top speed along the straights, of course, but when it comes to the corners you try to gain valuable seconds or fractions of seconds by making straights out of them. If we had to go round corners on fixed railway lines which followed the curves we'd lose a lot of time. We don't have to, thank goodness, so we're able to use all the road by starting the corner wide and then drifting the car through under accelerating power so that we clip the apex of the corner and continue the drift to the outside of the corner, nicely placed to enter the next straight. By using these tactics we've straightened out the corner and got through quicker. The technique of drifting calls for a very delicate balancing operation on the part of the driver in the use of throttle to control the power through the rear wheels, and the steering wheel to control the front wheels to maintain the car in the required angle and direction, and get through the corner in the minimum of time."
He spent almost as many words detailing his pre-race routine and preference for a nice bath the evening before a race.
1st pic; Graham in an F3, (no date or place).
2nd pic: (left to right), Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Richie Ginther, Denny Hulme, Jochen Rindt, (no date or place). Pretty sure the guy on the far right is Graham Hill, but the book doesn't say.
Edited by John Woods, Feb 16 2018 - 09:12 AM.