Alastair Caldwell tells good stories. A lot of good stories. Whether it’s about how he got into the sport or what it was like looking after James Hunt the night before the Canadian Grand Prix they are always entertaining and they usually end with a michevous cackle.
For this Royal Automobile Club Talk Show we focused solely on 1976 – the year that James Hunt won the title. It was an incredible year in Formula 1 with everything from terrible accidents to race disqualifications. “I remember when we were on our way back from Japan,” Alastair told me after we stopped recording, “and we all said to each other: There’s no point in taking this to Hollywood, no one would believe what happened.” Over 30 years later Rush, the Hollywood film centered around 1976, was made.
The Club is celebrating that world championship year all through 2016 and only two weeks ago hosted a dinner with John Hogan, Freddie and Tom Hunt and James’ two sisters and brother.
We hope you enjoy Alastair’s view on the season which put Formula 1 on the global TV map.