James Hunt

Racing Driver
Born Aug 29, 1947

James Simon Wallis Hunt was a British racing driver from England who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976. Hunt's often action packed exploits on track earned him the nickname "Hunt the Shunt. " After retiring from driving, Hunt became a media commentator and businessman.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on August 29, 1947.
1955 7 Years Old He was then educated at Westerleigh School in Hastings, Sussex from 1955, and later at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire. … Read More


1965 17 Years Old …  Hunt also took up skiing in 1965 in Scotland and made plans for further ski trips. … Read More


1968 - 1971 4 More Events
1972 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Hunt's career continued in the works March team for 1972. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old …  Hunt also made a brief venture into sports car racing at the 1973 Kyalami Nine Hours, driving a Mirage M6 along with Derek Bell, finishing second. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old …  The couple married on 18 October 1974 at the Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge.
1975 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Hunt's first win came in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. … Read More
…  In his first year with McLaren, Hunt won the 1976 World Drivers' Championship, and he remained with the team for a further two years, although with less success, before moving to the Wolf team in early. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old 1 More Event
1977 Before the start of 1977, Hunt attended a gala function at the Europa Hotel in London where he was awarded the Tarmac Trophy along with a two cheques which were for £2000 and £500 respectively, a magnum of champagne and other awards. … Read More


1978 Before the season Hunt had high hopes to win a second world championship; however, in this season he scored only eight world championship points. … Read More
He was offered a deal to drive for Ferrari in 1979, but wary of the potentially complicated political environment at the Italian team, he opted to move instead to the initially very successful Walter Wolf Racing team. … Read More
During his first live broadcast at the 1980 Monaco Grand Prix, Hunt placed his plaster-cast leg into Walker's lap and proceeded to drink two bottles of wine during the broadcast. … Read More
He was one of the relatively cheapest F1 World Champions ever, having signed at the last minute for $200,000 – a scenario similar to that of 1982 Champion Keke Rosberg.


1988 40 Years Old Hunt and Lomax separated in October 1988 but continued to live together for the best interests of their children.
1989 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Lomax and Hunt were divorced in November 1989 on the grounds of adultery committed by Hunt.
1992 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Hunt was the last British Formula One champion until Nigel Mansell won the 1992 championship for Williams.
Two days previously, Hunt had cycled from his home to BBC Television Centre to commentate on the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix.
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