Racing legend James Hunt opening Burrells of Ipswich in 1976

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

In 1976, at the height of his career, Formula 1 legend James Hunt visited Suffolk to officially open Burrells of Ipswich.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

The 1970s was a big decade for Formula 1 racing, with mounting competition between Niki Lauda and James Hunt bringing tons of excitement to the sport.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

For both Lauda and Hunt, the 1976 season was important for many different reasons. Lauda had his infamous crash in Germany, where he survived against all odds, and raced again six weeks later despite suffering severe burns.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

However, 1976 brought great success for Hunt. He won the championship on the final day, beating Lauda by a single point - the only championship win of his career.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Later that year Ipswich had a special guest appearance, as James Hunt visited to cut the ribbon for Burrells of Ipswich at its official opening.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

He spent time greeting fans and signing autographs, and took particular interest in mastering a child’s go kart at the ceremony.

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich

James Hunt arriving to open Burrells of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

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