• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX AT EAST LONDON -- WON BY GRAHAM HILL, THE 33-YEAR-OLD BRITON WHO HAD NEVER DRIVEN A CAR UNTIL HE WAS 23.

  • Description

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX AT EAST LONDON -- WON BY GRAHAM HILL, THE 33-YEAR-OLD BRITON WHO HAD NEVER DRIVEN A CAR UNTIL HE WAS 23. HE ALSO CLINCHED THE 1962 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP.

    HIS RIVAL FOR THE COVETED TITLE, 26-YEAR-OLD SCOTTISH FARMER JIM CLARK, LED ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE 62ND LAP IN THE 82-LAP RACE. BUT THEN HE HAD TO PULL INTO THE PITS WITH SMOKE POURING FROM AN OIL LEAK IN HIS LOTUS, FORCING HIM TO RETIRE.

    HILL FINISHED SECOND, IN HIS B.R.M. SWEPT INTO THE LEAD AND ON TO TAKE THE CHEQUERED FLAG. HILL'S VICTORY BROUGHT THE BRITISH B.R.M. COMPANY, THE MANUFACTURERS' WORLD TITLE. SO THE CAR WHICH FOR NEARLY 12 YEARS HAS BEEN "JINXED" WITH THE MISHAPS ENDED 1962 AS A WORLD BEATER.

    A CROWD OF ABOUT 80,000 WATCHED THE EVENT OVER A 2.4 MILE CIRCUIT ON THE SHORES OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. IT WAS THE NINTH AND FINAL ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP WAS THE NINTH AND FINAL ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.

    HILL FINISHED WITH 42 POINTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE BASED ON EACH DRIVER'S BEST FIVE PERFORMANCES IN THE NINE RACES. APART FROM THIS SATURDAY WIN, HILL WON THE DUTCH, GERMAN AND ITALIAN EVENT THIS SEASON, AND FINISHED SECOND IN THE BELGIAN AND UNITED STATES RACES.

    CLARK, WINNER OF THE BELGIAN, BRITISH AND UNITED STATES EVENTS, ENDED THE SEASON AS RUNNER-UP WITH 30 POINTS. MCLAREN WHO WON THE MONACO GRAND PRIX, WAS THIRD WITH 27 POINTS.

    THE WORLD TITLE WAS PREVIOUSLY HELD BY CALIFORNIAN PHIL HILL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9QH38ULL3BB7ZVWE8YPSZFDVM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9QH38ULL3BB7ZVWE8YPSZFDVM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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