Photo Tribute: Remembering James Hunt

James Hunt died on 15 June 1993 at the age of 45, of a heart attack at his home in Wimbledon.

Despite only ten wins in Formula 1 he did win the 1976 world championship, and that particular year his duel with Niki Lauda propelled grand prix racing into the realms of prime time television, which has since grown into a half billion viewers per-episode sport. The Hunt versus Lauda contest has also been immortalised on film.

Hunt’s legacy is one of a dashing, chain smoking, ladies man who against the odds became world champion. There is simply too much to say about his life in the sport. Numerous books exist describing his exploits.

Now, 20 years since his passing we pay tribute with this collection of photos – in no particular order – from the Sutton Images archives which captures a bygone era. (GP247)

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Formula One World Championship

James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 1976

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt maiden F1 win as Hesketh driver at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix with Niki Lauda second and Clay Regazzoni third

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Teddy Mayer in 1975

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt McLaren M23 in 1975

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt alongside pole sitter Niki Lauda 1976 British Grand Prix at Brand Hatch

Japanese Grand Prix, Rd16, Fuji, Japan, 24 October 1976.

James Hunt finished third and clinched the 1976 F1 World Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in Fuji

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt in 1977

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt celebrates his win at the 1977 United States Grand Prix, at Watkins Glen, with a a cigarette, a beer and a Penthouse Pet

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt first lap shunt at the 1977 United States Grand Prix (West) in Long Beach

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt 1978 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt in 1981

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt celebrates victory at the 1977 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt 1976 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt and Barry Sheene at Monaco in 1977

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt took his first GP podium with third at the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt during the 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Suzy Miller at the 1974
British Grand Prix

Non Championship Formula One

James Hunt in the Hesketh 308 during the 1975 non-championship F1 Daily Express BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt during the driver parade before the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt in 1975

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Tony Brise and Ronnie Peterson during the 1975 Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt during the 1975 United States Grand Prix weekend at Watkins Glen

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt celebrates winning the 1976 F1 world championship with a cigarette on board the flight home after the Japanese Grand Prix

Formula One World Championship

World champion James Hunt with Barry Sheene mobbed by fans and media when paraded at Brands Hatch in November 1976

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Jane Birbeck after the
1977 United States Grand Prix (West) at Long Beach

Formula One World Championship

Niki Lauda with placed James Hunt during the 1977
Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Teddy Mayer and Alastair Caldwell during 1978 F1 testing at Brands Hatch

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Bernie Ecclestone during the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix weekend at Anderstorp

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt in 1978

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Jean-Pierre Jarier and Jacques Laffite at the United States Grand Prix (East) at Watkins Glen

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt in the Hesketh 308C in 1975

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Jochen Mass and Bernie Ecclestone during the 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend at Interlagos

Formula One World Championship

James Hunt with Mike Hailwood

Formula One World Championship, 1976.

James Hunt in 1976

Formula One World Championship, 1976.

James Hunt with Niki Lauda

 

  • DRK

    is that Ecclestone on the 28 photo ?

  • Hawk

    Yes. The height.
    I see Lauda and Berger too.

  • Al

    RUSH The movie, is a must
    See! GREAT CASTING, Story
    Ron Howard directing, neat
    Race scenes! Bravo!