Hunting For Victory
Fuji Speedway, Japan / 24 October 1976
40 years ago, one of the most talented and charismatic Formula One drivers of all time won the World Championship at Fuji in Japan. As the climax to one of the most controversial seasons on record, the race had it all: excitement, drama, heavy rain and, of course, the crowning of a new Champion.
James Hunt had already experienced many ups and downs that year, but it was when disqualified points from the Spanish Grand Prix were reinstated that he really began to believe he could do it. At the decider in Fuji, Mario Andretti took pole position; Hunt was second on the grid; and long-term friend and rival, Niki Lauda, started third. With heavy fog and running water on parts of the track, some drivers debated whether the race should even go ahead at all – and Hunt was one of them. But despite the risks, the race went ahead and Hunt took the lead from the start.
It looked like an easy win, but as the track began to dry, everything changed. Hunt lost several places. Following a puncture, a delayed pit stop and confused team messages, Hunt didn't even know his race position – or the fact he’d slipped out of a title-winning spot. He just knew he had to overtake as many cars as he could, passing anyone in his way. In the final few laps of the race, Hunt sensationally fought his way into third position – and to his surprise, won enough points to secure the title.
More about this artwork
Once the concept is established, we set to work creating a 3D model using CGI.
The preparation of each car takes 2 highly specialized artists up to 2 months to complete.
Each car is built from scratch, according to the model’s exact historic specifications.
We always strive to depict the car’s authentic racing condition – including any dirt and damage.
Freddie Hunt supported the project by playing his father in Hunting For Victory.
We use Hasselblad photography equipment and are proud to be official brand ambassadors.
Freddie Hunt - the spitting image of his father and a great supporter of the project.
And Action! Freddie Hunt behind the (imaginary) wheel of the M23
Checking the images during the photo shoot is another essential part of the process.
Up to 6 months of work are required to achieve this resolution.
Every piece needs to be manually rebuilt to perfection in order to get to this level of detail.
Authenticity is key! Every artwork is based on countless hours of research and reference material to make sure we rebuild the car exactly the way it was.
Lots of patience, and a passion for detail, is key for this standard of artwork.