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Roy Calley

The Playboy and the Rat - the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda

The Playboy and the Rat - the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda

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James Hunt and Niki Lauda defined an era in Formula 1 in the 70s. Their battle for the 1976 World Championship is still regarded as one of the most exciting and dramatic in the sport's history. This is the story of that season and much more.

With Lauda's return from life-threatening injuries the stuff of legend and Hunt's last gasp title success bringing a whole new generation of followers previously immune to the sport, the Playboy and the Rat brings that story to life once more.

After that remarkable season, their careers, and their lives, went in almost polar opposite directions, with Lauda becoming the respected elder statesman of the sport. Hunt died at an unseemly age after a life that typified the image of a racing driver.

'The Playboy and the Rat' tells their story from ambition-filled beginnings to the culmination of their dreams and beyond.

The rivalry was made into the film Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as Hunt and Lauda respectively. If you enjoyed the film, you will love the book.

About the Author

Roy Calley worked for BBC Sport and has been involved in F1 in one form or another since the mid 70s. His all-time sporting hero was James Hunt, ever since seeing him race in 1976.

Calley is also a massive fan of Blackpool Football Club and writes about the club. 

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