Thursday, October 14, 2010

F1 World Champ was wild playboy...

Turbo charged by lust: How Formula One womaniser James Hunt slept with 33 BA stewardesses before race that made him world champ

Last updated at 11:13 AM on 14th October 2010
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James Hunt was not known for behaving appropriately. But never was he more outrageous than in the last two weeks of October 1976, when he was in Tokyo battling Niki Lauda for the title of Formula One world motor racing champion. 
His preparations were unconventional, to say the least. He had spent the two weeks leading up to the race on a round-the-clock alcohol, cannabis and cocaine binge with his friend Barry Sheene, who was world motorcycle champion that year.
While Jackie Stewart famously abstained from sex a week before a motor race, Hunt would often have sex minutes before climbing into the cockpit. 
Life in the fast lane: Hunt with glamour model Susan Shaw
Life in the fast lane: British F1 driver James Hunt with glamour model Susan Shaw. He slept with more than 5,000 women in his lifetime
He had a gigantic appetite for sex. Physically, he was unequalled even if, emotionally, he was, perhaps, an amateur.
In Japan, his playground of choice was the Tokyo Hilton, where every morning British Airways stewardesses were dropped off at reception for a 24-hour stopover. 
Hunt unfailingly met them as they checked in and invited them to his suite for a party — they always said yes.
It wasn’t unusual for him and Sheene to have sex with all of the women, often together. 
But, as Stirling Moss, who used to carouse with Hunt in Monte Carlo before he was married, said: ‘If you looked like James Hunt, what would you have done?’ 
British Formula One driver James Hunt shortly after marrying model Suzy Miller
High sex drive: Hunt shortly after marrying model Suzy Miller
No one watching Hunt that week in 1976 would have believed he was preparing for the race of his life. 
At the circuit, he had been behaving bizarrely — at one point dropping his overalls and urinating in full view of the crowds in the grandstand. 
The spectators, many of whom had powerful binoculars trained on him, applauded once he had finished.
He waved back. Even on race day, his mind was on other things — and he didn’t care who knew it. 
Nothing could have prepared Patrick Head, now co-owner of the Williams F1 team but then a young car designer, for the morning when he inadvertently walked into the wrong pit garage. 
He found Hunt inside, with his racing overalls around his ankles, cavorting with a Japanese girl. Hunt laughed when he saw the interloper, who left, not quite believing what he had seen. 
A few minutes later, Hunt left the garage and went around the side to carry out his pre-race ritual of vomiting — the result of extreme nerves combined with overindulgence. 
Finally ready for action, Hunt went out to drive the race of his life... and won the 1976 world championship, beating his nearest rival by one point. 
The televised action was seen by more than 30million people around the world and his victory signalled a huge celebration.

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