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Press Release of the James Hunt Collection 2019

To all fans, friends, media and the world of Formula 1.

We are pleased to present the official James Hunt website and online shop where we pay homage to the memory of a great legend of Formula 1.

Here we will collect reports, interviews, flashbacks and news to continue honouring his legacy while providing an online platform to purchase officially licensed merchandise to celebrate a life well-lived.

James Simon Wallis Hunt was born on 29 August 1947 in Belmont, England, and passed away on 15 June 1993 at his home in Wimbledon, at 45.

His unexpected passing, at a time when he was a familiar voice alongside legendary commentator Murray Walker, shocked the world of motorsport and beyond. He was robbed from us far too early, but he made an indelible mark on his journey.

James' real contribution to the rich history the sport was how he catapulted F1 into the popular imagination of the masses, attracting a whole new fanbase. His gritty 1976 World Championship duel with nemesis, rival and good friend - Niki Lauda - has been immortalised in the award-winning Rush movie. His collection focuses on milestones, highlights and successes of his racing career.

Best regards,

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Welcome to the official James Hunt website!

Welcome to the official James Hunt website!

Here we honour the legacy of a motor racing great - James Hunt - the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion - who defied the odds, rocked the establishment to thrust our sport into the global limelight.

This site aims to be the definitive source of information about James's on-and-off track exploits, adventures and achievements. We will produce and collate flashback reports, interviews, historic photos, memorabilia and related news on an ongoing basis.

So strap yourself in, enjoy the ride and check in regularly!

James Hunt best friend Oscar / stories

James Hunt's Best Friend

In the later years, Hunt was devoted to a very special partner.

James Hunt was Formula 1's first (and only?) real rockstar, fantastic in a race car and, despite being a legendary ladies man,  his best friend was actually his beloved German Shephard named Oscar.

Oscar would often be at the side of James as he went about his regular runs along Marbella's beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, near where he lived several years after he hung up his helmet

According to John Richardson, James' relationship with his pet partner "seemed far closer than any human relationship he ever had. He was completely devoted to that dog." Best friends in other words.

Oscar became a legend in his own right, as he was known to accompany the British race driver to dine at restaurants in London's west end.

On one such occasion, Oscar and James famously caught the attention of restaurant patrons when they shared a dish of spinach soufflé, entrecôte de veau and cassis sorbet when the pair dined at Langan's Brassérie in Mayfair.

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Looking back on James Hunt's Formula 1 cars.

James Hunt drove some of the most iconic cars in Formula 1 history, winning a race with the Hesketh Racing team before adding another nine more victories with McLaren driving their legendary cars before his final half-season with Wolf Racing.

James Hunt drove some of the most iconic cars in Formula 1 history, winning a race with the Hesketh Racing team before adding another nine more victories with McLaren driving their legendary cars before his final half-season with Wolf Racing.

James began his racing in a Mini, progressing in 1968 to Formula Ford where he drove a Russell-Alexis Mk14 before graduating to Formula 3 in a Meryln Mk11A. In his 1972 Formula 2 debut, he finished third as a works March driver.

The Formula 1 break finally came a year later when Lord Alexander Hesketh (aka third Baron Hesketh) fielded James in the non-championship 1973 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch at the wheel of a Surtees TS9 in which he qualified 13th in a field of 29 cars, with many of the top F1 teams present.

In a tough race of attrition, James survived the incidents to claim a famous third place in his first F1 race.

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James Hunt vs. Niki Lauda: How a rivalry became friendship

Hunt and Lauda were friends off the track, but on it, they maintained an intense, but clean and disputed rivalry which turned into a close friendship.

Formula 1 has had some great rivalries throughout its 69-year history. Schumacher and Häkkinen, Senna v Prost, Hamilton v Rosberg; and of course, the legendary battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

A relationship that stretched back to their days trekking around Europe in Formula Three, Lauda and Hunt were friends off-track while maintaining an intense, but clean rivalry on it.

Two titans of the sport who had extremely different approaches to their craft, Lauda was known for being calculatingly-precise and technical both on and off the track, preferring to improve his cars personally and always trying to be at his best to drive.

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