In the news: It’s Hunt in front at Silverstone
Someone not troubled by speed limits was James Hunt, who won his first Formula 1 race in April 1974 at Silverstone, practically in Lord Hesketh’s back garden.
Though the International Trophy didn’t count towards the World Championship, it always attracted a good entry, this year including a pair of BRMs, the current McLarens and the latest Lotus 76 for super-Swede Ronnie Peterson. In his first full Formula 1 season, Hunt was giving the new Hesketh 308 its third outing – it had failed to finish its previous two races, but now it was in pole position. Would it last?
It didn’t start well. Hunt cooked the clutch and dropped right to the back of the field on the first lap while he let it cool down, as Peterson disappeared into a commanding lead. But then the clutch recovered and he stormed through the field, catching and passing the Swede 10 laps from the end to take a triumphant win.
Never mind the rest of the season – now it was time for a real party…
James Hunt’s F1 racing career took off in 1974.