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Huge James Hunt tribute to appear at Masters Festival this weekend

Thursday, May 26 2016

A tribute to Formula One legend James Hunt will form the centrepiece of this Bank Holiday weekend's (28/29 May) Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch, with displays and demonstrations dedicated to the 1976 World Champion on Sunday, plus a special appearance from his son Freddie.

The display and demonstration cars represent the driving career of Hunt, 40 years on from his World Championship success, and the famous 1976 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

The list includes two Minis, the car with which he made his first steps into circuit racing. A car used in Ron Howard's motion picture Rush and a Mini liveried in the colours of the Hesketh team which powered him into F1, will represent his early racing years.

Hunt's early single-seater exploits are covered by several cars, including a Russell Alexis Mk14 from the early years of Formula Ford, a Lotus 59 Formula 3 car and a March 712 from his initial exploits in Formula 2.

During Hunt's tenure in F3 he came into contact with the Hesketh team, thus starting his ascent into F1. This era will be marked with two Hesketh F3 cars, plus two of the team's 308 F1 cars. This period is also represented by a Surtees TS9 from his initial F1 exploits and a Camaro that marks the 1973 Tour of Britain. Partnered with Robert Fearnall for the event, James had an early spin 'to get it out of his system' and planned to blow the car's engine close to the F1 team's HQ so that they could retire to Lord Hesketh's estate for a party. However he was fastest on the stage and went on to win the event.

After Hesketh's closure in 1975, James joined McLaren for the following season after Emerson Fittipaldi jumped ship to his family-run team. Two M23s from that period, including one raced by Hunt, will be in attendance this weekend, plus the 1977 M26, a design that the reigning World Champion took to three Grand Prix victories.

The display will also include an Austin A35 van, a vehicle which James was synonymous with in his final years.

Click here to download the latest entry list for the tribute.

Memorabilia on display will also include one of Hunt's period crash helmets, in the colours of Wellington College, and his Fuji trophy from 1976 - the race in which he won the World Championship. Guest of honour Freddie will be signing a new publication celebrating his father's achievements.

There will also be a special James Hunt picture board and visitors are encouraged to share their memories of James ahead of the weekend by adding their own photos or memories by tweeting @mastershistoric using #jameshunt

The Masters Historic Festival will also feature four F1 races, including two rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, in which a Hesketh 308 and McLaren M26 will be competing, along with a Lotus 77 from the 76 season amongst a grid of more than 20 cars. There are two races from 50s and 60s F1 cars, plus races for sportscars, GTs, saloons and Formula Ford single-seaters.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 28-29 May are available on the gate for £20 on Saturday and £26 on Sunday with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.