James Hunt's 1977 F1 diary part two

James Hunt's 1977 F1 diary part two

To coincide with the AUTOSPORT Legends Hunt and Lauda bookazine launch, relive JAMES HUNT's 1977 and '78 F1 seasons through his contemporary columns for AUTOSPORT magazine

The latest AUTOSPORT Legends bookazine focuses on 1970s Formula 1 superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their infamous rivalry.

To coincide with its release, AUTOSPORT is republishing the complete series of 'Just James' diary columns that Hunt wrote for the magazine during the 1977 and '78 F1 seasons.

Part one: January to June 1977

November 3rd 1977. After my Canadian catastrophe, I spent the next few days hobbling around but, having had another good look at the shunted M26, I realise how lucky I was not to have a broken leg or worse.

The deformable structure had really done its job well absorbing the impact, which must have been even greater than I imagined. The wrecked car has already been shipped back to Colnbrook to be rebuilt as a replica for racing car shows - the only salvageable piece being the engine. What with my ankle injury in the Superstars football event, I have been virtually off games since before the Italian Grand Prix. Surprisingly, my lack of training hasn't proved any sort of handicap.

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