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James Hunt — Portrait of a Champion - Christopher Hilton

Patrick Stephens, 1993, Paperback ..
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the covers. Text complete, clean and tight.

First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “James Hunt was beloved by the British public as a golden hero. Devil-take-the-hindmost on the race track, the 1976 World Champion was the last of the inspired amateurs. A public schoolboy who always seemed to have a beautiful woman on his arm and a bottle of bubbly to hand, he drove for Lord Alexander Hesketh’s privateer Formula 1 team, based in a stately home. The media loved it. He was likened to a Battle of Britain fighter pilot, born out of his time. But he had a darker side. The drugs taking was well known. He was also highly anxious, literally sick with nerves before racing. His success was the result of driving hard, sometimes too hard. With Marlboro McLaren he rode a storm in the Japanese Grand Prix to win the 1976 World Championship, the year his wife Suzy left him to marry Richard Burton, and his great rival Niki Lauda almost burned to death at the Nurburgring. James Hunt, moving into middle age, was a crisp, gravel-bed voice on the BBC, laid a long way back and with acid on his tongue when he needed it. He became, despite a string of broken relationships, failed businesses and financial problems that would have felled a lesser man, a becalmed, pleasant chap whose company people savoured. The hell-raiser stopped smoking and drinking, got himself fit, and rode about on a bicycle, a suit in the saddle bag for official occasions. His other transport was an elderly A35 van — and all the while he bred budgies. At last Hunt had a future as well as a past. In June 1993 he died of a heart attack, aged just 45.”
Size: 8½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 176
ISBN: 1852604700

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