James Hunt
British racing driver
James Hunt
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.
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Monday Miscellanea - Londonist
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Monday – 29th August 1947: James Hunt is born in Belmont (a village in what is now the London Borough of Sutton). He would become a popular and successful racing driver, winning the F1 World Championship in 1976. Tuesday – 30th August 1797: Mary
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Karting legend Martin Hines passes away - autosport.com
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So synonymous was he with the sport he loved, he earned the moniker 'Mr Karting', and was something of a household name - alongside the likes of James Hunt and Barry Sheene - in the early '80s when Superkarts was still shown on terrestrial television
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Home and Away star lands F1 film role - Fox Sports
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Chris Hemsworth (pictured with wife Elsa Pataky) will play James Hunt in Thor. Source: Chris Pizzello / AP Aussie former Home and Away actor Chris Hemsworth has reportedly landed the role to play late English former F1 racer James Hunt in the upcoming
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German Actress Alexanda Maria Lara Takes Ron Howard's RUSH! - WhatCulture!
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Scripted by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan, the movie is based on the life of Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda and his near-fatal 1976 racing season which coincided with the rivalry he and Englishman racer James Hunt shared. ... - -
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Button: I'd have loved to race with Hunt at Hesketh - crash.net
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Regarded as something of a playboy himself during his formative career, it is perhaps little surprise that McLaren-Mercedes star Jenson Button describes James Hunt as his ideal F1 team-mate... Jenson Button has confessed that he would have loved to
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Govt confirms rural broadband funding - Computer Business Review
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Culture secretary James Hunt said the investment will go towards ensuring the UK has the best broadband network in Europe, with 90% of the population having access to superfast speeds by 2015. In addition everyone in the UK will have access to at least
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Antique RoundUp: Buyers find gems at Saddleblanket; appraisals continue today - El Paso Times
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James Hunt looks to sell his late 1800s violin with appraiser Steve Williams during the Road Buyer's Antique Roundup at the El Paso Saddleblanket Friday. (Mark Lambie/El Paso Times) Steve Williams, an auctioneer and
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Kirby: If you ask me, I'll be glad to give an opinion - Fayetteville Observer
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Robeson County schools is appealing a ruling for financial compensation in the case of a former principal, James Hunt, who was shot in 2009 while driving to Fairmont Middle School. If you ask me ... the school system may have a point in saying the
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Director behind Lauda film revealed - crash.net
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The director planning a film about the 1976 F1 title fight between Niki Lauda and eventual champion James Hunt has been revealed as Ron Howard – the man best known for playing Richie Cunningham in the hit TV show Happy Days and for winning an Oscar as
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Small Wind Turbines Rise in Popularity as Home Depot Starts Selling Them - Reuters
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James Hunt, the city's chief of environmental and energy services, told USA Today that small scale wind is part of a broader vision the city has for renewable energy. "We do envision the day when we will have houses that are super efficient,
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41 new citations issued for commercial, sport fishing violations - Bristol Bay Times
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James Hunt, 49, of Makawo, HI, David Souther, 24, of St. Paul MN, Andrew Dumask, 21, of Presque Isle WI, James Chisolm, 37, of Princeton, Texas, Jeremiah Anibas, 22, of Colfax, WI., and Brian Souther, 21, of St. Paul, MN, were each cited with one count
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Chris Hemsworth May Play James Hunt in Rush - About - News & Issues
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Deadline reports Hemsworth could take on the starring role in Rush, the biopic of British Formula One race car driver James Hunt. Ron Howard's set to direct the film from a script by Peter Morgan. Howard and Morgan previously collaborated on ... - -
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Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 - Comic Book Resources
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With the planet in the grip of a global fear outbreak, Wolverine's team of black-ops X-Men find themselves attempting to rescue a captured superhuman from The Purifiers, who have decided to go after all superhumans,
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Hunt wins, then Lauda wins - ESPN.co.uk
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It had initially been five race wins, after he was announced the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix following James Hunt's disqualification for having a car that was too wide. It was typical of Hunt's luck, as everything seemed to be stopping him
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Around 140 pot plants seized in county - Huron Daily Tribune
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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Huron County Sheriff Sergeant James Hunt was sent to a residence on Kinde Road in Bloomfield Township to investigate an unrelated incident when he ended up discovering over 140 marijuana plants growing in different
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Ron Howard To Direct New Niki Lauda Biopic 'Rush' - Motor Authority
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A new biopic about Austrian driver Niki Lauda and his epic battle--which he ultimately lost--with British driver James Hunt in the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship is about to start filming, and we can now reveal that the director appointed to the
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Hunt v Lauda film inches closer to production - ESPN F1
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A movie about the 1976 world championship battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt appears to have taken one step closer to production with news that Ron Howard has come onboard as the director. Los Angeles-based websites are reporting that Cross Creek ... - -
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Ron Howard Might Direct Peter Morgan's Formula One Project 'Rush' - First Showing
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It was first reported by 24 Frames, then backed up by news on Variety, that Ron Howard is in "early discussions" to direct a biopic about a rivalry between the late playboy British Formula One driver James Hunt and his nemesis, Austrian champion Niki ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Hunt
    FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 45
    A Celebration of the Life of James Hunt was held on 29 September 1993 at St. James's Church, Piccadilly.
    More Details Hide Details The service was attended by 600 people and conducted by Reverend Andrew Studdert-Kennedy. The service included readings from Wallis and Sue Hunt from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter III and Hunt's sister Sally Jones read Hilaire Belloc's poem 'Jim'. Innes Ireland read Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' and Helen Dyson read Psalm LXXXIV. Nigel Davison, Director of Music and Master in charge of running Wellington College prefaced the second reading. On 29 January 2014, James Hunt was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame. Hunt's helmet featured his name in bold letters along with blue, yellow and red stripes on both sides and room for the sponsor Goodyear, all placed onto a black background. Additionally, the blue, yellow and red bands resemble his Wellington College school colours. During his comeback year to Formula One in 2012, 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen sported a James Hunt painted helmet during the Monaco Grand Prix. Räikkönen repeated the tribute at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.
    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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  • 1992
    Age 44
    Hunt also commented on Grand Prix racing in newspaper columns which were published in The Independent and elsewhere, and in magazines. Hunt criticized 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell for failing to defend his F1 title in 1993, stating that Mansell left to "avoid racing Alain Prost in the same car" and gave "two fingers to the business and the team".
    More Details Hide Details Hunt also described Indycar as "club racing, the standards are not high there compared to Grand Prix racing", stating that Mansell could "win the championship easily and then come back to real racing."
    Hunt was the last British Formula One champion until Nigel Mansell won the 1992 championship for Williams.
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  • 1989
    Age 41
    Hunt met Helen Dyson in the winter of 1989 in a restaurant in Wimbledon, where she worked as a waitress.
    More Details Hide Details Dyson was 18 years Hunt's junior and worried about her parents' reactions to him. Hunt kept the relationship secret from friends. The relationship had brought new happiness to Hunt's life, among other factors which included his clean health, his bicycle, his casual approach to dress, his two sons and his Austin A35 van. The day before he died, Hunt proposed to Dyson via telephone.
    Lomax and Hunt were divorced in November 1989 on the grounds of adultery committed by Hunt.
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  • 1988
    Age 40
    Hunt and Lomax separated in October 1988 but continued to live together for the best interests of their children.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 35
    Hunt and Lomax were married on 17 December 1983 in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt had arrived late for the service with proceedings delayed further when his brother Peter went to a shop to purchase a tie for Hunt. The marriage resulted in two children, Tom and Freddie who is also a racing driver. On a visit to Doncaster, Hunt was arrested for an assault, which was witnessed by two police officers, and was released on bail after two hours with the charges against him later being dropped.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    The claret was given to him by James in 1982 as a present on Wallis's 60th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt was known as a fast driver with an aggressive, tail-happy driving style, but one prone to spectacular accidents, hence his nickname of Hunt the Shunt. In reality, while Hunt was not necessarily any more accident prone than his rivals in the lower formulae, the rhyme stuck and stayed with him. In the book, James Hunt: The Biography, John Hogan said of Hunt: "James was the only driver I've ever seen who had the vaguest idea about what it actually takes to be a racing driver." Niki Lauda stated that "We were big rivals, especially at the end of the 1976 season, but I respected him because you could drive next to him—2 centimetres, wheel-by-wheel, for 300 kilometres or more—and nothing would happen. He was a real top driver at the time."
    In 1982, Hunt moved to Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details In September that year, he met his second wife, Sarah Lomax, while she was on a holiday in Spain with friends. Hunt started dating Lomax when she arrived back in Britain and they dated throughout the winter.
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 32
    Despite having no licence to ride a motorcycle, he accepted, instead of his usual fee, the then-new 1980 electric start Triumph Bonneville he had contracted to advertise on behalf of the struggling Triumph motorcycle workers' co-operative.
    More Details Hide Details With journalistic mirth, he turned up at the press launch with his foot in plaster. Hunt was hired by John Hogan as an adviser and tutor to drivers who were sponsored by Marlboro, instructing them in the tactics of driving and the approach to racing. Mika Häkkinen was one of the most successful drivers because Hunt had been involved with Häkkinen's discussions about not only racing but about life in general. Hunt was notorious for his unconventional behaviour on and off the track, which earned him a reputation for cavalier indulgence in both alcohol and sex. Having been part of Formula One when the series was consolidating its global popularity, Hunt's image was the epitome of the unruly, playboy driver, with a touch of English eccentricity (which included dining with his pet German Shepherd, Oscar, at expensive Mayfair restaurants).
    In 1980, Hunt nearly made a comeback with McLaren at the United States Grand Prix West, asking for $1 million for the race.
    More Details Hide Details This opportunity came about when regular driver Alain Prost broke his wrist during practice for the previous round in South Africa, and the French rookie was not fully fit to drive at Long Beach. The team's main sponsor, Marlboro, offered half the figure but negotiations ended after Hunt broke his leg while skiing. In 1982 Bernie Ecclestone, owner of the Brabham team, offered Hunt a salary of £2.6 million for the season but was rejected by Hunt. In 1990, Hunt was in financial trouble with the loss of £180,000 investing in Lloyd's of London and considered a comeback with the Williams team. He had tested on the Paul Ricard Circuit a few months prior to test modern cars and was several seconds off the pace and believed he would be physically prepared. Hunt attempted to persuade John Hogan, VP Marketing of Philip Morris Europe, for support for the possible comeback and presented him with bank statement for proof of being indebted.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt regularly went into the booth minutes before a race started, which concerned Martin who believed that Hunt was "a guy that lived on adrenaline". In the commentary booth, the producers supplied only one microphone to Walker and Hunt, to avoid them talking over each other. On one occasion, Hunt wanted the microphone and went up to Walker who had continued for longer than expected and Hunt grabbed him at the collar with Walker having his fist near to Hunt. On another occasion, Hunt grabbed the microphone cord and cracked it like a whip, which yanked the microphone out of Walker's hand. Viewers were regularly exposed to his knowledge, insights and dry sense of humour during broadcasts, bringing him a whole new fanbase. He was famous for 'rubbishing' drivers he did not think were trying hard enough – during the BBC's live broadcast of the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix he described René Arnoux's comments that non-turbo cars didn't suit the Frenchman's driving skills as "bullshit". He also had a reputation for speaking out against back-markers who held up race leaders and not holding back on any of his commentaries - in sharp contrast to the gentlemanly Walker.
  • 1979
    Age 31
    After a guest commentary at the 1979 British Grand Prix, Hunt accepted the position and continued for thirteen years until his death.
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    Soon after retirement, in 1979, Hunt was approached by Jonathan Martin, the head of BBC television sport, to become a television commentator alongside Murray Walker on the BBC 2 Formula One racing programme Grand Prix.
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    After failing to finish the 1979 Monaco Grand Prix, the race where six years previously he had made his debut, Hunt made a statement on 8 June 1979 to the press announcing his immediate retirement and walked away from F1 competition citing his situation in the championship.
    More Details Hide Details Despite going into retirement, he continued to work to promote his personal sponsors Marlboro and Olympus.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Again he had high hopes to win races and compete for the world championship in what would be his last, and ultimately brief, Formula One season. The team's ground effect car was uncompetitive and Hunt soon lost any enthusiasm for racing. Hunt could only watch as Jody Scheckter won the World Driver's championship that year driving the Ferrari 312T4. At the first race in Argentina, he felt the car was difficult to handle and on a fast lap, the front wing became detached striking his helmet. In the race, Hunt retired due to an electrical fault. In Brazil, he retired on lap 6 due to instability under braking caused by a loose steering rack. During qualifying in South Africa, the brakes on his car failed. He managed not to collide with the wall, but only finished 8th in the race. He retired at the Spanish Grand Prix after 26 laps. At Zolder, a new Wolf WR8 was raced but Hunt crashed into a barrier hard enough to bounce back onto the track.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    For Hunt had resolved to leave the McLaren team. Despite his poor season in 1978 he was still very much in demand.
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    Hunt was also greatly affected by Ronnie Peterson's fatal crash in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details At the start of the race there was a huge accident going into the first corner. Peterson's Lotus was pushed into the barriers and burst into flames. Hunt, together with Patrick Depailler and Clay Regazzoni, rescued Peterson from the car, but Peterson died one day later in hospital. Hunt took his friend's death particularly hard and for years afterwards blamed Riccardo Patrese for the accident. Video evidence of the crash has since shown that Patrese did not touch Hunt or Peterson's cars, nor did he cause any other car to do so. Hunt believed that it was Patrese's muscling past that caused the McLaren and Lotus to touch, but Patrese argues that he was already well ahead of the pair before the accident took place.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lotus had developed effective ground effect aerodynamics with their Lotus 79 car and McLaren were slow to respond. The M26 was revised as a ground effect car midway through the season but it did not work, and without a test driver to solve the car's problems, Hunt's motivation was low. His inexperienced new team-mate Patrick Tambay even outqualified Hunt at one race. In Germany, Hunt was disqualified for taking a shortcut to allow for a tyre change.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    Hunt then arranged for the young Canadian to make his Grand Prix debut with McLaren in 1977.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The presentation was made by the Duke of Kent. Hunt made an acceptance speech after the event which was considered "suitably gracious and glamorous". The media were critical of Hunt as he attended the event dressed in jeans, T-shirt and a decrepit windbreaker. Before the South African Grand Prix, Hunt was confronted by customs officials who searched his luggage, finding no illegal substances except a publication that contravened the strict obscenity laws of South Africa. Hunt was later released, and tested at Kyalami where his McLaren M26 suffered a loose brake caliper which cut a hole in one of the tyres. He recovered and put the car on pole position and the race saw Hunt suffer a collision with Jody Schekter's Wolf and another collision with Patrick Depailler's Tyrrell but still managed to finish 4th. The season did not start well for Hunt. The McLaren M26 was problematic in the early part of the season, during which Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti and Jody Scheckter took a considerable lead in the Drivers' Championship. Towards the end of the year Hunt and the McLaren M26 were quicker than any rival combination other than Mario Andretti and the Lotus 78. Hunt won in Silverstone after trailing the Brabham of John Watson for 25 laps. He then took a further victory at Watkins Glen. At the Canadian Grand Prix, Hunt retired after a collision with team-mate Jochen Mass and was fined $2000 for assaulting a marshal and $750 for walking back to the pit lane in an "unsafe manner".
  • 1976
    Age 28
    After winning the world championship in 1976, Hunt inspired many teenagers to take up motor racing and was retained by Marlboro to give guidance and support to up and coming drivers in the lower formulae.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2007, Formula One driver and 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen entered and won a snowmobile race in his native Finland under the name James Hunt. Räikkönen has openly admired the lifestyles of 1970s race car drivers such as Hunt. Hunt's name was lent to the James Hunt Racing Centre in Milton Keynes when it opened in 1990.
    Hunt's first race win of 1976, at the fourth race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix, resulted in disqualification for driving a car adjudged to be 1.8 cm too wide.
    More Details Hide Details The win was later reinstated upon appeal, but it set the tone for an extraordinarily volatile season. At the British Grand Prix, Hunt was involved in a first corner incident on the first lap with Lauda which led to the race being stopped and restarted. Hunt initially attempted to take a spare car, however this was disallowed, and during this time the original race car was repaired, eventually winning the restarted race. Hunt's victory was disallowed on 24 September by a ruling from the FIA after Ferrari complained that Hunt was not legally allowed to restart the race. Lauda sustained near-fatal injuries in an accident at the following round, the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Hunt dominated the restarted Nürburgring race, building an immediate lead and remaining unchallenged to the chequered flag. Lauda's injuries kept him out of the following two races, allowing Hunt to close the gap in the championship chase. At Zandvoort, Hunt overtook Ronnie Peterson on the 12th lap and resisted pressure from John Watson to win. At the Italian Grand Prix, the big story was Lauda's miraculous return from his Nürburgring accident. At a circuit that should have suited Hunt's car, the Texaco fuel McLaren were using was tested and although apparently legal, their cars and also those of the Penske team, were judged to contain a higher octane level than allowed. Subsequently both teams were forced to start from the rear of the grid.
    1976 The season proved to be one of the most dramatic and controversial on record.
    More Details Hide Details While Hunt's performances in the Hesketh had drawn considerable praise, there was some conjecture as to whether he could really sustain a championship challenge. Now a works McLaren driver, he dispelled many doubters at the first race in Brazil, where, in a hastily rebuilt McLaren M23, he landed pole position in the last minutes of qualifying. Over the course of the year he would drive the McLaren M23 to six Grands Prix wins, but with superior reliability, reigning world champion and main rival Niki Lauda pulled out a substantial points lead in the first few races of the season.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following a string of races in which he failed to finish, Hunt retired from driving halfway through the 1979 season. After retiring from motor racing, he established a career commenting on Grands Prix for the BBC. He was known for his tactical knowledge, technical insight, a dry sense of humour and his criticism of drivers who, he believed, were not trying hard enough, which in the process brought him a whole new fanbase. Hunt died from a heart attack aged 45. He was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame on 29 January 2014. James Hunt was born in Belmont, Sutton, Surrey, the second child of Wallis (1922–2001), a stockbroker, and Sue Hunt. He had an elder sister, Sally, three younger brothers, Peter, Timothy and David, and one younger sister, Georgina. Hunt's family lived in a flat in Cheam, Surrey, moved to Sutton when he was 11 and then to a larger home in Belmont. Before his 5th birthday, Hunt was enrolled at a nursery class at Ambleside.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    By the end of 1975, Suzy had left Hunt for the actor Richard Burton, who paid Hunt's divorce settlement of $1 million, which was finalised in June 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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    Hunt's first win came in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
    More Details Hide Details He finished fourth in the Championship that year, but Lord Hesketh had run out of funds and could not find a sponsor for his team. With little time left before the season, Hunt was desperately looking for a drive until Emerson Fittipaldi left McLaren and joined his brother's Copersucar-Fittipaldi outfit. With no other top drivers available, the team management signed Hunt to McLaren - in a deal brokered by Marlboro's John Hogan - for the next season on a $200,000 contract. Hunt immediately caused a stir by refusing to sign a clause in his contract which stipulated he wore suits to sponsor functions. Hunt wore T-shirt and jeans and was often barefoot for sponsor-led functions with world leaders, chairmen of businesses and media moguls.
  • 1974
    Age 26
    The couple married on 18 October 1974 at the Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the season's end, Hunt was awarded with the Campbell Trophy from the RAC marking his performance in Formula One as the best by a British driver. ;1974 For the season Hesketh Racing built a car, inspired by the March, called the Hesketh 308, but an accompanying V12 engine never materialised. Hunt's first test of the car came at Silverstone and found it more stable than its predecessor, the March 731. Hunt was retained on a £15,000 salary. The Hesketh team captured the public imagination as a car without sponsors' markings, a teddy-bear badge and a devil-may-care team ethos, which belied the fact that their engineers were highly competent professionals. In Argentina, Hunt qualified 5th and led briefly before being overtaken by Ronnie Peterson before Hunt spun off the track and eventually retired due to engine failure. In South Africa, Hunt retired from 5th place with a broken driveshaft. Hunt's season highlight was a victory at the BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race at Silverstone, against the majority of the regular F1 field. ;1975 Hunt scored a 6th in Brazil and retired with an engine failure in South Africa. In Spain, Hunt led the first six laps before colliding with a barrier with the same cause of retirement in Monaco. He had a further two retirements in Belgium and Sweden which were both down to mechanical failures.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    In May 1972 it was announced by the team that he had been dropped from the STP-March Formula 3 team and replaced by Jochen Mass.
    More Details Hide Details When Hunt attempted to contact March, he was unable to get any response from his employers. Hunt decided to consult Chris Marshall, his former team manager who explained that a spare car was available. This followed a period characterized by a series of mechanical failures. Hunt decided, against the express instructions of March director Max Mosley, to race at Monaco in a March from a different team. This had been vacated by driver Jean-Claude Alzerat, after Hunt's own March had first broken down and then been hit by another competitor in a practice lap. After the termination of his racing relationship with STP-March, Hunt joined the Hesketh team, where he was seen as a kindred spirit. The team initially entered Hunt in Formula Two with little success but Lord Hesketh announced that they might as well fail in F1 as in F2, as it wasn't significantly more expensive.
    Hunt's career continued in the works March team for 1972.
    More Details Hide Details His first race at Mallory Park saw him finish 3rd but was told by race officials he was excluded from the results when it was discovered that his engine was outside the regulations but had passed scrutineering tests at the next two races at Brands Hatch. In these races, Hunt finished 4th and 5th respectively. He collided with two cars at Oulton Park but finished 3rd at Mallory Park after a long duel with Roger Williamson. The cars did not appear at Zandvoort, but Hunt still attended the race as a spectator.
  • 1971
    Age 23
    Both men were summoned by the RAC and after hearing evidence from other drivers, Hunt was cleared by a tribunal and Morgan was given a 12-month suspension of his racing licence, but was subsequently allowed to progress to Formula Atlantic in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt later met with John Hogan and racing driver Gerry Birrell to obtain sponsorship from Coca-Cola.
  • 1970
    Age 22
    Hunt was involved in a controversial incident with Dave Morgan during a battle for second position in the Formula Three Daily Express Trophy race at Crystal Palace on 3 October 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Having banged wheels earlier in a very closely fought race, Morgan attempted to pass Hunt on the outside of South Tower Corner on the final lap, but instead the cars collided and crashed out of the race. Hunt's car came to rest in the middle of the track, minus two wheels. Hunt got out, ran over to Morgan and furiously pushed him to the ground, which earned him severe official disapproval.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    Hunt later raced in Formula Three in 1969 with a budget provided by Gowrings of Reading which bought a Meryln Mk11A. Gowrings intended to run the car in the final two races of 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt won several races and achieved regular high placed finishes which led to the British Guild of Motoring Writers awarding him a Grovewood Award as one of the three drivers to have promising careers.
  • 1968
    Age 20
    He graduated to Formula Ford in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details He drove a Russell-Alexis Mk 14 car which was bought through a hire purchase scheme. In his first race at Snetterton, Hunt had lost 15 hp from an incorrect engine ignition setting but managed to finish 5th. Hunt took his first win at Lydden Hill and also set the lap record on the Brands Hatch short circuit.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    Hunt also took up skiing in 1965 in Scotland and made plans for further ski trips.
    More Details Hide Details Before his 18th birthday, he went to the home of Chris Ridge, his tennis doubles partner. Ridge's brother Simon, who raced Minis, was preparing his car for a race at Silverstone that weekend. The Ridges took Hunt to see the race, which began his obsession with motor racing. Hunt's own racing career started off in a racing Mini. The first race he entered was at Snetterton but he was prevented from competing by race scrutineers as the Mini was deemed to have many irregularites, which left Hunt and his team mate, Mr. Justin Fry upset. Hunt later brought the necessary funding from working as a trainee manager of a telephone company to enter three events, It was at this point that Mr Fry took the decision to part company with the team due to the irregularities and modifications that were happening to the cars they were using.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 7
    He was then educated at Westerleigh School in Hastings, Sussex from 1955, and later at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
    More Details Hide Details As a youngster, Hunt became a proficient sportsman. He played for the Westerleigh School cricket team, and played in goal at football for two years. At the age of 12 he entered an under-17s tennis tournament, and lost to a 16-year-old in the final. Rather than congratulate himself, he instead cried for hours. He later competed at Junior Wimbledon, and also became a keen squash player and golfer. As a child, Hunt was fascinated with animals and birds, and professed an intention of becoming a doctor, which his family supported. However, he had a persistently rebellious personality; for example, his parents believed that he had started smoking from the age of 10, a habit he continued into adulthood, despite their attempts to persuade him to stop. He was prone to violent tantrums; as an adult, he acknowledged that he was quick tempered.
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 29, 1947.
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