James Hunt. Portrait of a champion.


Author: Christopher Hilton
Date of Publication: 1993

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At the time of his sudden death in June 1993, James Hunt had everything to live for.

The former Grand Prix hell-raiser and 1976 World Champion had been through some dark times since retiring from the track. But having survived a string of broken relationships, failed businesses and financial problems, he was now, aged 45, a happy man, with a delightful young fiancee, a job as a respected BBC commentator, and children from a previous marriage whom he adored. Then came a heart attack.

This book charts the racing history of this dogged, pragmatic driver whose Formula I career peaked at the stormy 1976 Japanese Grand Prix. Featuring new anecdotes and interviews it tells how the public schoolboy, feted by the media as the last of the inspired amateurs, drove for Lord Alexander Hesketh’s privateer Formula I team.

Reveals the man behind the golden hero image, who was rather shy, got almost sick with anxiety before races – and bred budgies as a hobby. Follows Hunt through the wilderness era to early middle age when he changed direction, stopped smoking and drinking, got himself fit, and rode about on a bicycle, a suit in the saddle bag for official occasions.

Paperback in generally good condition. One or two scuffs but otherwise clean and bright.

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 22 × 16 × 1.5 cm