Tribute to Phil Hill & the 24 Hours of LeMans

 by Steven N. Levinson
November 11, 2004

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Last night a huge crowd attended the "TRIBUTE TO PHIL HILL and the 24 HOURS of LE MANS" at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Dave McClelland was the Master Of Ceremonies for the affair. All the major American Stars who won the event participated. Included with Phil Hill, the first American to win the event, were Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, and Bob Bondurant.

Speakers included noted French photographer Bernard Cahier, drivers Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, John Morton, Tony Adamowicz, Danny Sullivan, Jim Busby, Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant and Stefan Johansson. All made tributes to both Phil Hill and the great Le Mans classic.

Hill himself spoke about his 1955 trip to Europe when he was summoned to Modena by Enzo Ferrari himself, upon the tragic death of Alberto Ascari. He also spoke about the tragic 1955 Le Mans race with Italian Ferrari teammate Umberto Maglioli when he was in the pit at the time of Pierre Levegh's crash.

During his sports car career, Hill had driven for both the Ferrari and Ford factory efforts, as well as ending his career with Jim Hall's revolutionary winged Chaparral. In fact his last win came in a Chaparral designed by the talented Cal Tech graduate, Jim Hall.

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Tribute To Phil Hill And LeMans - Petersen Museum
Phil Hill
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Carroll Shelby Phil Hill Dan Gurney & Jim Hall
Carroll Shelby & Jim Hall
Jim Hall & Phil Hill
Dave McClelland & Parnelli Jones
John Morton & Dan Gurney
Tony Adamowicz
Bob Bondurant
Danny Sullivan
Rick Knoop & Jim Busby
Petersen Museum
Ford GT-40
Stefan Johansson
Dick Guldstrand
Group Photo
1934 Bugatti
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John Morton, Chuck Daigh & Bob Bondurant

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