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Legacy of Phil Hill’s 1961 World Championship Season to be Celebrated at Monza

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The 59th Coppa InterEurope Storica Event, Round 4 of the FIA Historic Formula One Championship Series at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, will add another piece of history to its racing weekend June 3-5, while honoring a special moment in American Motor Racing history. Scuderia del Portello, together with Lawrence Auriana, will hold a race for 1.5-liter Grand Prix cars, titled “The Phil Hill Trophy,” celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Phil’s victory at Monza and subsequent World Championship Title. Alma Hill, Phil’s widow, and son Derek, will present the trophy and honor America’s first Formula One Champion who succumbed to Parkinson’s disease in 2008, at the age of 81.

At Monza in September 1961, Phil Hill clinched the 1961 Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Ferrari 156. The quiet, unassuming, Santa Monica-resident, lead the way to Europe for a group of young American race drivers, who included Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby. His Formula One Championship was a testament to his courage and ability, as well as intelligence.

“My mother and I are so pleased to be asked to hand out the Phil Hill Trophy at Monza,” said Derek Hill. “Not only was my father the first American to become a Formula One World Champion, but he also defeated the odds by walking away from the sport a living man.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t so for his main rival and teammate, Wolfgang von Trips, who was killed the very day Hill clinched the Championship. “Death was very much a risk you took every time you sat in one of those cars,” continued Hill. “To be here at Monza, a circuit my father had significant victories at driving for Ferrari, means a lot to our family.” Monza is where Hill won his first Grand Prix in 1960, and again in 1961, when he clinched the Formula One World Championship.”

ATS & Ferrari 156 Goodwood The car in which Phil won the Title, and with which the Ferrari team dominated the 1961 Championship, was known as the “156,” which stood for 1500cc/6-cylinder. It was also known as the Ferrari “Sharknose” due to its beautiful streamlined shape and particularly, its shark-like nose. Unfortunately, in 1962, at the end of the 156’s second season, Enzo Ferrari had all the models destroyed.The 59th Coppa InterEurope Storica Event, Round 4 of the FIA Historic Formula One Championship Series at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, will add another piece of history to its racing weekend June 3-5, while honoring a special moment in American Motor Racing history. Scuderia del Portello, together with Lawrence Auriana, will hold a race for 1.5-liter Grand Prix cars, titled “The Phil Hill Trophy,” celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Phil’s victory at Monza and subsequent World Championship Title. Alma Hill, Phil’s widow, and son Derek, will present the trophy and honor America’s first Formula One Champion who succumbed to Parkinson’s disease in 2008, at the age of 81.

At Monza in September 1961, Phil Hill clinched the 1961 Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Ferrari 156. The quiet, unassuming, Santa Monica-resident, lead the way to Europe for a group of young American race drivers, who included Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby. His Formula One Championship was a testament to his courage and ability, as well as intelligence.

“My mother and I are so pleased to be asked to hand out the Phil Hill Trophy at Monza,” said Derek Hill. “Not only was my father the first American to become a Formula One World Champion, but he also defeated the odds by walking away from the sport a living man.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t so for his main rival and teammate, Wolfgang von Trips, who was killed the very day Hill clinched the Championship. “Death was very much a risk you took every time you sat in one of those cars,” continued Hill. “To be here at Monza, a circuit my father had significant victories at driving for Ferrari, means a lot to our family.” Monza is where Hill won his first Grand Prix in 1960, and again in 1961, when he clinched the Formula One World Championship.”

The car in which Phil won the Title, and with which the Ferrari team dominated the 1961 Championship, was known as the “156,” which stood for 1500cc/6-cylinder. It was also known as the Ferrari “Sharknose” due to its beautiful streamlined shape and particularly, its shark-like nose. Unfortunately, in 1962, at the end of the 156’s second season, Enzo Ferrari had all the models destroyed.


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