On November 29, 1975, Formula 1 double-world champion Graham Hill was killed when the plane he was flying crashed while coming in to land near a North London aerodrome.
Hill, 46, and five members of his motor racing team died when the Piper Aztec aeroplane he was piloting clipped a row of trees in thick fog and crashed near Arkley golf course in Hertfordshire just before 10pm.
The plane’s occupants had been returning from a testing session at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France, and included up-and-coming driver Tony Brise and team manager Ray Brimble as well as two mechanics and a designer.
Hill, Formula 1 world champion in 1962 and 1968, had retired from the sport six months earlier in order to concentrate on developing his Embassy Hill racing team and mentoring 23-year-old Brise, a Formula 3 champion tipped to follow Hill into the pantheon of British driving greats.
During his career, the popular and charismatic Hill had won the Monaco Grand Prix five times and also trumphed in the Le Mans 24 Hours and at the Indianapolis 500 to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of motor racing.