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James Hunt tribute set for this year's Silverstone Classic

Published 28 April 2016

The headline-grabbing career of racing driver James Hunt will be celebrated at this year’s Silverstone Classic.

There will be displays of Hunt’s most notable road and racing cars, plus rarely seen memorabilia at the Northamptonshire event, which takes place on 29-31 July. These displays will be curated by his two sons, Freddie and Tom.

It’s 40 years since the hard-driving, fast-living sportsman overcame all the odds to win the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was a dramatic feat that was turned into the plot of the award-winning movie Rush.

Hunt passed away in 1993 at the age of 45, but the legend lives on and the 40th anniversary of his crowning achievement.

Freddie Hunt (3)

Freddie Hunt with some of the cars from the James Hunt collection.

The special celebrations at Silverstone are appropriate, as Hunt scored more Formula One success at the superfast Northamptonshire venue than at any other circuit worldwide.

Freddie Hunt, said ‘I know the crowds at Silverstone back in the seventies really took my dad’s heroics to their hearts, so it’s going to be very special for all of us in the family to be marking the 40th anniversary of his World Championship at this summer’s Silverstone Classic.’

Fans wanting to be part of these special celebrations must buy their tickets in advance. Adult prices start from £42 and full details of all tickets – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event website at


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