Watching the Wheels

My Autobiography

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2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One World Champion. For the first time ever he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport when he took on the greats including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher and emerged victorious as World Champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father Graham Hill.

Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: The Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.

Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his team-mate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. The swirling emotions that Hill was faced with in light of the death of Senna was a defining moment for his generation of drivers and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.

Courageously honest, and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face or near certain death.

About Damon Hill

Damon Hill is a former Formula One World Champion who raced against some of the legends of the sport from Ayrton Senna to Michael Schumacher. The son of racing legend Graham Hill, Damon entered Formula One in 1992, racing for Brabhams and then Williams and took over as team leader when Senna died in 1994. Having lost the 1994 World Championship to Schumacher by a single point, Hill was crowned World Champion in 1996.

After retiring in 1999, Hill pursued various business ventures as well as becoming president of the British Racing Driver's Club in 2006. He now works as a commentator on SKYF1.

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Upcoming events

Damon Hill signing at Waterstones Nottingham

Damon Hill signing at Waterstones Nottingham

Waterstones Nottingham

Waterstones Nottingham
, UNITED KINGDOM

12:30 on 06 October 2016 - 12:30 on 06 October 2016

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World champion F1 racing driver will be signing copies of his autobiography, Watching the Wheels

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Damon Hill to speak at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Damon Hill to speak at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Literature Festival
Ilkley Literature Festival The Manor House Ilkley, LS29 9DT UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 06 October 2016 - 19:30 on 06 October 2016

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Motor Racing's Formula 1 legend, Damon Hill, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his World Championship win. He tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as World Champion, stepping out from the shadow of his legendary father Graham Hill.

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Damon Hill signing - Waterstones York

Damon Hill signing - Waterstones York

Waterstones York

Waterstones York
15 Coney St York , YO1 9QL

12:00 on 07 October 2016 - 12:00 on 07 October 2016

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We are delighted to welcome motor racing legend, Damon Hill, to our store for a lunchtime signing. " " " "2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One World Champion. For the first time ever he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport when he took on the greats including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher and emerged victorious as World Champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father Graham Hill. " " " "Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: The Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing wi...th the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old. " " " "Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his team-mate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. The swirling emotions that Hill was faced with in light of the death of Senna was a defining moment for his generation of drivers and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing. " " " "Courageously honest, and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face or near certain death.

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