It’s not often such sporting legends come to Ely but Monday saw Formula One and Former World Champion Damon Hill come to promote his new autobiography “Watching The Wheels”.
During his talk, he spoke about his life first as a motorbike enthusiast while watching his father Graham at race courses around the world to becoming a driver himself alongside greats such as Senna and Schumacher.
He spoke candidly about his family life and especially of his son Oliver who suffers from Downs Syndrome and wife Georgie who has supported him along the way.
He was asked many questions including how was his relationship with now 93-year-old Murray Walker. He explained how Murray has had a few falls in his fragile years “but his handwriting is still good”, says Damon after receiving a note from him just after his book was released.
The best question of the night came from an audience member who asked “Did Schumacher intentionally hit you for the championship?” to which Damon replied, “I think I would have thought about doing the same thing if in his position but I do not know if intentional or not”.
The book “Watching The Wheels” is available in all good bookshops including Topping of Ely who hosted the evening.