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APR 30th 2021
Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel

Why Hunt and Hesketh was the ultimate pairing | Thank Frankel it’s Friday

Have you seen the helmet-camera footage of 57-year-old and (briefly) former F1 driver Jean-Denis Delatraz driving the ex-James Hunt Hesketh 308 at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix last weekend? If not it’s a pretty good way of losing a couple of minutes of your time, not because he tears through the pack – though his start is pretty blinding – or sideways everywhere – though he does get armfuls of oversteer at Saint Devote at the end of his first lap – but because it provides such an incredible view of what it is like to drive such a car. The way the camera is mounted, the quality of the footage and the presence of all those cars from the same era within the close confines of the streets of the Principality really do put you as close to being in the driver’s seat as you could reasonably hope to expect.

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