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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 29 August 1947Belmont, England, UK
Date of Death 15 June 1993Wimbledon, London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameJames Simon Wallis Hunt
Nickname Hunt the Shunt
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Hunt was known as Hunt The Shunt for his many accidents in lower formulas. He started his F1 career in 1973, driving for the maverick Hesketh team. Known for its wild parties and eccentric attitude, Hesketh wasn't taken too seriously by rival teams, but after competitive outings in 1974 and 1975, including a win in the Dutch Grand Prix and another in a non-championship race, Hesketh and Hunt were now a force to be reckoned with.

James joined McLaren for 1976 after the Hesketh team folded, and after a controversial and dramatic season, which saw him disqualified twice and re-instated as the winner in one race, his friend and rival Niki Lauda nearly being killed in the German Grand Prix and a run of bad luck in the early part of the season, James snatched the title in the dramatic final race in Japan in torrential rain, to the delight of Britain.

James had two more season at McLaren in which he won another 3 races, but by 1979, his interest and motivation was waning. He tried to save Ronnie Peterson from his burning Lotus in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, but his friend died that night. He and Niki Lauda had both decided that enough was enough (Lauda was to change his mind and make a comeback in 1982, however) and both retired before the 1979 season was over. Their mutual friend Jody Scheckter gave up at the end of 1980 for the same reason.

James became a controversial and very entertaining commentator for BBC's Grand Prix show, winning him a whole army of new fans, but on 15 June 1993, his life was cut short, and he died from a heart attack. He was just 45 years old.

James had two sons, Tom and Freddie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Baz Taylor

Spouse (2)

Sarah Lomax (17 December 1983 - 1989) (divorced) (2 children)
Susan Hunt (18 October 1974 - 1976)

Trivia (6)

He was nick-named "Hunt the Shunt".
Formula 1 driver. He won ten of his 92 Grand Prix races during a seven-year F1 career (1973-1979) and took the world title in a McLaren in 1976.
Was presented with a 750cc Triumph T140E(S) Bonneville Electro motorcycle by the workers of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd for promoting this model with pop star, David Essex on behalf of their worker's co-operative at the famous Meriden factory. Apparently, unlike Essex, he did not have a license to ride a motorcycle so confined himself to using the motorcycle on the private estates of his posh friends, having had the motorcycle chromed top-to-toe. The motorcycle expired, apparently having suffered an electrical fire.
Was a keen budgie breeder. In his youth, he planned to breed budgies as a career, claiming that he could "retire at 30, a millionaire." However, reality caught up with him, and his first job was as a hospital porter. However, after he'd retired from racing, he spent more time on his hobby and bred up to 150 birds (some worth several thousand pounds). He won rosettes and trophies from exhibitions around the country.
Before becoming a racing driver, he training to be a doctor.
Was educated at Wellington College.

Personal Quotes (1)

Speaking in 1990: "I have a problem ... well I don't have a problem, but Brands Hatch for example have a problem with company days, because every time I go there I take passengers round in one of their sports racers, I reduce my own passenger lap record - and they go hairy because it's wearing their car out. But I can't drive any other way, and I never have been able to. If I get into a car on a circuit I drive as fast as I can, that's it!"

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