On this day in auto history – June 15th

Tue 15th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1993 that champion British racing driver, James Hunt, passed away suddenly at the age of just 45.

Having begun his racing career on the touring circuit, the Londoner progressed into Formula Three, where he attracted a certain level of notoriety for his often reckless, action-packed exploits, earning the sobriquet ‘Hunt the shunt’.

Having first entered Formula One in 1973, Hunt enjoyed his finest hour in 1976 when landing the World Drivers’ Championship in a McLaren and he won 10 Grand Prix’s in all before retiring halfway through the 1979 season.

After retiring from racing, Hunt established an excellent reputation as a commentator alongside BBC veteran Murray Walker but never shook off his image as a wild playboy noted for a cavalier indulgence in alcohol, drugs and sex.

His sudden death sent shockwaves through the sport and earned extra poignancy when it emerged that he had proposed to his girlfriend, Helen Dyson, only the day before.