When it came to depicting Formula One legend James Hunt, there was only one colour that could capture his vivid personality and driving style. Winning the 1976 World Championship in the vermilion McLaren M23, James Hunt was undeniably red-blooded – both on and off the track.
The 1976 Championship was one of the most dramatic in the history of the sport, the culmination of the celebrated rivalry between James and Niki Lauda. For the 40th anniversary, James’ sons Freddie and Tom commissioned Jeremy to create a series of paintings paying tribute to their father, who tragically died at the age of 45. Jeremy spent time with Tom and Freddie going through their private photo albums, working with them to tell the story of their dad’s victory in eleven moments – a reference to James’ starting number in the 1976 championship.
The British Racing Drivers’ Club chose to exhibit the paintings at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix – a fitting forum for a project that aimed to celebrate James Hunt’s immense contribution to the sport.