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I knew absolutely nothing about automobiles
Freddie Hunt, 29, is a professional race motorist. He is the son of 1976 Formula One nature champion James Hunt .
When I was very small, I knew Dad had been world champ, but I didnt know what that mean. I was perhaps in my early teenages when I realised hed been someone special. Acquaintances parents, who remembered him well, would get excited talking about him. To me, he was only ever precisely Dad.
Id always had a need for hasten. My name as a kid was Fearless Fred. I had constant bike gate-crashes. There was only ever one acceleration for me: flat out. But I knew absolutely nothing about vehicles. When I was minuscule, I went to a few grandioses prix with Dad, but I didnt go to the races properly until after he died. Then, in 2006, I went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a eyewitnes, and a friend showed I jump in a Maserati and have a get. Id never driven anything like it before, but I loved it.
I was playing professional polo at the time, but that wasnt going well due to lack of money. All my ponies were knackered. The period before Goodwood, Id made a plan to sell them. Announce it fate, if you like, but the next day I was in that racing car and knew it was what I wanted to do. I rang up Uncle Dave, Dads little brother who likewise raced, and asked about to help me. Reverberating me back in a few weeks if youre still serious, he said. So I did.