CONSTRUCTORS: EMBASSY HILL RACING

Name: Embassy Hill Racing

At the end of the 1972 season Graham Hill left Brabham and announced that he was setting up his own team called Embassy Hill Racing, with backing from Britain's Imperial Tobacco company. Hill did a deal to buy the parts of a Shadow DN1 and these were assembled at Maurice Gomm's workshops in Surrey. The team failed to score a point in 1973 and Hill decided to commission Lola to build him an F1 car for the 1974 season. This was based on the Lola Formula 5000 design and once again Hill's crew built the car themselves. Called the T370 it was raced by Hill and Guy Edwards, although Edwards crashed and broke his wrist and so was replaced by Peter Gethin and then by Rolf Stommelen. The only points score came in Sweden where Hill finished sixth, a lap behind the winner.

The Lolas were developed in 1975 and renamed T371 but later versions of the cars were so different from the original that they were called the Hill GH1. These were driven by Hill and Stommelen and the German was driving one when it crashed over the barriers at the Spanish GP at Montjuich, injuring the German and killing four people. Not long afterwards Hill decided to retire and while Alan Jones stood in for Stommelen. Hill was replaced by rising British star Tony Brise. He finished sixth at the Swedish GP while Jones added two more points with fifth at the German GP before Stommelen returned.

At the end of the year the team produced a new GH2 and embarked on a schedule of winter testing to develop the all-new car. At the end of November, flying team members back to Britain after a test at Paul Ricard, Hill crashed his Piper Aztec plane at Elstree Aerodrome. Hill, Brise, designer Andy Smallman and three others were killed. The team closed down and the unraced Hill GH2 was sent off to the National Motor Museum.

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