James Hunt was the original wild and crazy guy, and a seriously talented driver. He came on the scene in 1973 driving for Lord Hesketh’s eccentric operation before moving to McLaren for the epic 1976 season, where he edge Lauda by a single point for the championship. He won three races in 1977, but by 1978 his career was on the wane. In Long Beach he smacked the wall and failed to finish. This photo was taken at La Gasomet hairpin with a 28mm lens, driver and photographer less then 10 feet apart – too cool for words.