Formula One fan draws on grand prix inspiration for new book

Formula One has been an obsession for  Mick Hill ever since he saw his first race at Brands Hatch when he was a teenager in 1974.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:45 pm
Mick Hill is set to publish a book called Grand Prix's Winning Colours, which features his illustrations of every Formula One car that won a grand prix between 1950 and 2020. Photo: Simon Hulme

Mick drew the cars driven by stars including James Hunt and Niki Lauda and got his drawings signed by the drivers.

When he was 17, Mick got a job as a marshall at Brands Hatch and took part in superkart racing when he was a young man.

Mick's passion for machines and how they work led him to a career in technical illustration.

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Mick Hill is set to publish a book called Grand Prix's Winning Colours, which features his illustrations of every Formula One car that won a grand prix between 1950 and 2020. Photo: Simon Hulme

Now Mick is set to publish a book featuring his illustrations of every Formula One car that won a grand prix between 1950 and 2020.

He spent four years researching and drawing around 280 cars for his book called ‘Grand Prix's Winning Colours' - which is set to be published next month by History Press.

Mick, 62, has also researched and drawn hundreds of driver's helmet designs for the book.

Mick's day job is working as an illustrator on technical manuals for Xvision, which produces parking sensors and vehicle safety products in Stanningley, Leeds.

Mick Hill is set to publish a book called Grand Prix's Winning Colours, which features his illustrations of every Formula One car that won a grand prix between 1950 and 2020. Photo: Simon Hulme

He has spent many years working in publishing producing illustrations for over 200 books.

He previously produced illustrations for Ford workshop manuals and was commissioned by Marshall Cavendish to work on the weekly magazine Car Fix It.

Mick, of Kellington near Selby, was later commissioned by Camel to create illustrations of their F1 drivers Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher.

Mick said: "Over the years I've had the privilege of working with many of the teams and meeting many personalities, the most memorable being John Surtees, James Hunt, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher."

Mick Hill's book called Grand Prix's Winning Colours features his illustrations of every Formula One car that won a grand prix between 1950 and 2020. Photo: Simon Hulme

He added: "It will be the only book of its kind. It is an easy reference guide to all the cars that won a grand prix over the last seven decades."

Mick said he has spent many years buying all the parts to make his own Jordan Formula One car from the 1990s.

He is yet to build the car, which doesn't have an engine and will be a static display model when finished.