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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15 June 1993

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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.
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    Two days previously, Hunt had cycled from his home to BBC Television Centre to commentate on the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix.
  • 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".
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    Hunt was the last British Formula One champion until Nigel Mansell won the 1992 championship for Williams.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    Hunt met Helen Dyson in the winter of 1989 in a restaurant in Wimbledon, where she worked as a waitress.
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    Lomax and Hunt were divorced in November 1989 on the grounds of adultery committed by Hunt.
  • 1988
    Age 40
    Hunt and Lomax separated in October 1988 but continued to live together for the best interests of their children.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 35
    Hunt and Lomax were married on 17 December 1983 in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
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  • 1982
    Age 34
    The claret was given to him by James in 1982 as a present on Wallis's 60th birthday.
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    In 1982, Hunt moved to Wimbledon.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    In 1980, Hunt nearly made a comeback with McLaren at the United States Grand Prix West, asking for $1 million for the race.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    Hunt was also greatly affected by Ronnie Peterson's fatal crash in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    Hunt then arranged for the young Canadian to make his Grand Prix debut with McLaren in 1977.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    1976 The season proved to be one of the most dramatic and controversial on record.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    Hunt's first win came in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    The couple married on 18 October 1974 at the Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    Hunt's career continued in the works March team for 1972.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1968
    Age 20
    He graduated to Formula Ford in 1968.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    Hunt also took up skiing in 1965 in Scotland and made plans for further ski trips.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 7
    He was then educated at Westerleigh School in Hastings, Sussex from 1955, and later at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
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  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 29, 1947.
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