It’s been almost 45 years since James Hunt claimed his famous maiden win for Hesketh Racing at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
After three consecutive victories for Niki Lauda’s Ferrari it looked as though the Austrian was on course for a dominant run to his first World Championship title. Thus it was no surprise when he qualified his 312T on pole at Zandvoort, outrunning his teammate Clay Regazzoni by just a few tenths of a second. Hunt was a fine third-fastest in the ever-improving Hesketh, who was a few hundredths of a second faster than Josy Scheckter’s Tyrrell.
Wet weather circled the track at the start of the race, giving pole-sitter Lauda an advantage on the sprint to Turn 1. Regazzoni and Scheckter tucked in behind, while Hunt dropped to fourth. As the track steadily dried, the outcome of the race would hinge on strategy.
Hunt gambled on an early switch to slick tyres, while a more cautious Lauda delayed his stop and ultimately rejoined in third place behind the Shadow of Jean-Pierre Jarier. After an entertaining battle with the Frenchman, Lauda finally moved into second place on Lap 44 and set off after Hunt.
He chipped into Hunt’s lead and with fifteen laps to go was right on the Englishman’s rear wing. Try as he might, Lauda could not get past and Hunt went on to claim his first Grand Prix win and what would be the only win for the Hesketh team. Hunt joined McLaren for the 1976 season, staging an iconic scrap with Lauda for the World Championship title which was resolved in Hunt’s favour at the soaking Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji.
Emerging Scottish automotive artist AJ Wellburn has created a beautiful limited edition poster series to commemorate that classic race at Zandvoort, and we at MotorsportM8 are delighted to partner with him to promote his work.
This 100-piece limited edition run portrays Hunt during his time with Hesketh Racing between 1973 and 1975. Beginning his racing career in a Mini, Hunt progressed into Formula 3, where he attracted the attention of the Hesketh Racing team and soon joined the outfit. He graduated to Formula 1 in 1973 with Hesketh and remained with the squad for three seasons, culminating with his win at Zandvoort.
This image celebrates Hunt’s time with Hesketh Racing, featuring the star driver in his Hesketh overalls and jacket alongside Lord Hesketh and Anthony ‘Bubbles’ Horesly who ran the team in partnership. The Hesketh team had a reputation for their playboy attitude, arriving at races in Rolls-Royce cars, drinking champagne regardless of their results, and checking the entire team into five-star hotels. The team were responsible for the infamous patch made for Hunt’s race suit which read: “Sex – The Breakfast of Champions”.
Enter our exclusive giveaway!
We are delighted to partner with AJ Wellburn to celebrate the incredible career of James Hunt by giving away a limited edition poster to a lucky fan in Australia.
Uniquely designed by this exceptional artist, the poster designs use the latest digital painting technology to recreate his time at Hesketh Racing that peaked with his win at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix. The poster is standard A3 size produced as an official James Hunt licensed product.
Entering the giveaway is easy!
- Simply make sure you’re a MotorsportM8 fan on Facebook or Instagram (let me know if you’d like them to be a follower on either or both of your platforms too?)
- Find and ‘like’ the Facebook post or Instagram post promoting the competition (links will be uploaded at publication)
- Tag a friend in your comment on either post.
- The giveaway closes on 31 May 2020 and is open to all entrants who can provide a valid Australian postal address.
- Winners will be notified via email.
- Only 1 entry per person per platform will be accepted.
The first five entries we randomly draw will receive one of each poster design – perhaps keep one for yourself and give the other to the friend who you tag!