The Anonymous Widower

Kimi Raikkonen’s Tribute to James Hunt

This weekend at Monaco, Kimi Raikkonen, wore a replica of James Hunt‘s helmet to qualify for the Grand Prix. The details are here. Here’s a couple of paragraphs.

The helmet was a perfect replica of that worn by the 1976 Formula One World Champion, in the same way that Kimi himself makes quite a good replica of James Hunt.

There are lots of reasons to admire James Hunt, ranging from his “sex: breakfast of champions” overall patch to his comment to Niki Lauda in 1978: “To hell with safety. All I want to do is race.”

I remember meeting someone, who’d been at a black tie do, which James Hunt had also attended. He didn’t do black tie, so turned up in jeans and bare feet.

I should say they don’t make them like Hunt anymore.  But then they can’t as he was only thirteen days younger than me and you can’t turn the clock back.

May 27, 2012 - Posted by | Sport | ,


  1. Mark Webber of OZ does it again, 3 wins within those walls . . . great race.

    Comment by Steam Lover | May 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Nothing will beat the win at Monaco by Stirling Moss in the underpowered Lotus in 1961 against THREE Ferraris.

      There’s a video here with commentary from the still-with-us and great Murray Walker.

      Comment by AnonW | May 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. Motor Mate TV Series . . . not only goes back to the Best of British & other Automobiles; plus terrific series on the British Drivers & Designers . . . worthwhile watching

    Comment by Steam Lover | May 28, 2012 | Reply

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