ON THE HUNT FOR A NEW PAD

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Property Talk -

Sev­en­ties rac­ing driver James Hunt makes to­day’s clutch of For­mula One com­peti­tors look dull.

Hunt liked par­ty­ing, drink­ing, drugs and chas­ing women and rev­elled in be­ing a play­boy.

He also be­haved ec­cen­tri­cally at times, of­ten din­ing alone in restau­rants with his dog and turn­ing up bare­foot to of­fi­cial func­tions.

But his driv­ing record was im­pres­sive, nev­er­the­less, peak­ing in 1976 when he won the For­mula One Cham­pi­onship while driv­ing for McLaren.

Af­ter a spell in Spain as a tax ex­ile, James re­turned to the UK to work along­side Mur­ray Walker as a BBC rac­ing com­men­ta­tor, and at­tempted a come­back as a rac­ing driver.

Dur­ing this pe­riod be­tween 1980 and 1982 he lived on Nor­mand Mews in Kens­ing­ton, central London, in lux­u­ri­ous splen­dour in be­tween his first and sec­ond mar­riages.

He later moved to Wim­ble­don and mar­ried his sec­ond wife with whom he had two chil­dren, one of which went on to be a rac­ing driver.

James died in his sleep in 1993 at the age of 45.

His for­mer Kens­ing­ton home re­cently came on to the market and, ven­dor Dale Allen told magazine The Res­i­dent, he bought the house so he could park his col­lec­tion of Fer­raris in its garage.

The house is within a gated mews and has been given a lux­u­ri­ous up­date. Spread over two floors, it has a Miele & Gagge­nau kitchen, an open-plan liv­ing space, four bed­rooms and a roof ter­race.

It’s for sale with Carter Jonas (020 7731 3333) for £2.8m.

James Hunt pic­tured in 1974

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