Defending World Champion James Hunt powers his McLaren M26 to a tenth and final Formula 1 career victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, 23 October 1977.
Paul’s stunning tribute has been faithfully reproduced as a high-quality giclée art print, with each copy personally signed by the artist and hand numbered.
Overall printed size: 22″ wide x 17″ high
James Hunt was a true icon of his time. Born in Surrey in 1947, he started racing at a young age but stood out more for crashes and the occasional punch-up in his early career. Hunt became known for his fast, aggressive and tail-happy driving style, but one prone to spectacular accidents, hence his nickname of Hunt the Shunt.
After teaming up with the Hesketh team in the 70s however, his rise to fame would be prolific. He won his first Grand Prix in 1975, before joining the McLaren team where he had some of his most successful years – including the extraordinarily political and dramatic season of 1976 when he clinched the Drivers’ World Championship by 1 point over Ferrari’s Niki Lauda. The Japanese Grand Prix in 1977, as depicted in Paul’s mesmerising painting, saw James Hunt cruise past the finish line, under the bright Fuji sun, for his 3rd win of the season, becoming his tenth and final Formula 1 victory.
In his seven years on the F1 circuit, Hunt totalled 10 victories and 14 pole positions in 92 Grand Prix races before retiring from the sport in 1979, thereafter working as a sportswriter and BBC commentator. Despite the controversy he inevitably became a fan favourite, endearing himself to the British motor racing public with his devil-may-care attitude and cavalier approach to living becoming an inspiration to many.