Born in Hampstead, London, Hill was known during the latter part of his career for his wit and endurance. He joined BRM as a racing driver and won the world championship with them in 1962. His second world championship came after joining Lotus in 1967. He survived several serious crashes before he retired from driving to set up his own racing team, Embassy Hill. Shortly afterwards, he was killed when his Piper Aztec aeroplane (which he was piloting at the time) crashed in foggy conditions over Arkley Golf Course in Hertfordshire. Five members of the Embassy Hill team also died in the accident.