He lived his life, in the same way he drove his Formula 1 cars, FAST. Hunt hit Formula One and, with his good looks, bad-boy image and winning ways, became a fan favorite. His off-track exploits became perhaps better known than his racing successes, and his personality always seemed to overshadow his racing.
In 1976 at the Japanese Grand Prix in Fuji, Hunt finally snatched the champion and overtook longtime rival and fellow racing hero Niki Lauda by one dramatic point and became the champion of his sport.
To mark this sporting legend, luxury British lifestyle brand, Belstaff wanted to commemorate such an incredible moment in racing history by unveiling the James Hunt 40th anniversary capsule collection – created in collaboration with his sons Tom and Freddie – celebrating their father’s legacy and indomitable spirit.
The capsule comprises six exclusive pieces referencing Belstaff’s historical outerwear pieces and Hunt’s iconic red race suit with the white horizontal stitching, while also influenced by the racing colours of Hunt’s iconic Hesketh car.
In hand-waxed leather there are two key styles: a four-pocket belted jacket with quilting details on the shoulder and a second shorter shape with two chest pockets. Both formats are lined in the style of Hunt’s iconic race suit, being red with white vertical stitching.
A new soya wax cotton has been introduced on a short café-racer blouson, making it an easy-to-wear everyday style. To accompany the outerwear there is a polo and T-shirt in pop colours with a racer strip on the former, while both carry reproductions of Hunt’s signature. To complete the look, there are also straight-legged black denim jeans.