Before his 18th birthday, he went to the home of Chris Ridge, his tennis doubles partner.
Ridge's brother Simon, who raced Minis, was preparing his car for a race at Silverstone that weekend.
In his first year with Mc Laren, Hunt won the 1976 World Drivers' Championship, and he remained with the team for a further two years, although with less success, before moving to the Wolf team in early 1979.
Following a string of races in which he failed to finish, Hunt retired from driving halfway through the 1979 season.
was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976.