As you’ll read in this month’s news, Bette Hill, wife of World Champion Graham and mother of World Champion Damon, has passed away at the age of 91.
After meeting future husband Graham, at a rowing club function in 1950, Bette would four years later be swept up into the dangerous world of motorsport. A mere four more years, in 1958, Graham made his Formula One debut at Monaco and from that point onwards the Hill “family business” would be professional motorsport. I say “family business”, because while Graham was being paid to drive the car, Bette was very much his partner, if not “teammate,” in so many ways. Bette’s constant presence and support at the track enabled Graham to focus on his driving and perform his best.