Before Hill won Pebble Beach’s Best of Show with his family’s Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron Convertible Town Cabriolet in 1955 the typical concours field was composed of new cars. It was a custom dating to the Parisian concours d’elegance that thrived between the wars. Phil Hill and his Pierce-Arrow changed that overnight.
“When Phil was our Amelia honoree in 1997 it wasn’t just for his legendary racing accomplishments,” said Warner. "Hill has his own page in the history books as America’s first Formula 1 World Champion and the only racer to win the world title and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year. He was also a gifted mechanic and restorer who understood and believed the edict of five-time World Champion Juan Fangio, “Victory begins in the garage.”
“Every other concours award, trophy or ribbon is for a machine,” said Warner. “Amelia’s CRAFTSMAN/Phil Hill Restorers Award honors human automotive achievement. I think Phil would approve.”