Graham Hill – 1962 BRM Formula One Team

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Graham Hill with BRM 1962 at the NürburgringFifty years ago, in 1962, Graham Hill and BRM Formula 1 team won both the Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship titles. This all-British success was clinched only in the very last series-qualifying round of that hectic season's competition, the South African Grand Prix, at East London, on 29th December. It had seemed as if Jim Clark and Team Lotus had the titles in their grasp as he led with Graham's BRM a distant second. But with 25 laps to run the Lotus's Climax V8 engine began trailing smoke. Five laps later Clark peeled off into the pits. Graham Hill inherited the lead and the World titles were his. That entire season had seen a pulsating Championship battle, fought out between Graham Hill with BRM and Jim Clark with Team Lotus, as the tube-frame BRM P578 fought the more modern monocoque-fuselage Lotus-Climax 25. Graham and BRM prevailed in remarkable fashion. The popular Londoner drove the self-same prototype P578 in every race that year, save the South African decider. So dependable did his regular car - chassis 5781 - prove to be that it was nicknamed 'Old Faithful'. Graham drove it to win the Dutch, German and Italian Grand Prix and also added non-Championship level Formula 1 victories in the first heat of the Brussels Grand Prix and outright at Goodwood and Silverstone. At this race he slid spectacularly around the outside of Clark's Lotus last time through the final corner to win by inches - the timekeepers being unable to separate them on the clocks. Fifty years ago - a golden Jubilee worth remembering!Tags:,