All too often the playboy lifestyles of baseball, basketball, and football players take a backseat to the hedonistic adrenaline junkies in the wide world of autoracing. However, Tom Rubython's new biography of British Formula One legend James Hunt, "Shunt," caught our attention last week when it was excerpted in London's Daily Mail. Best known to gearheads and grease monkeys for winning the 1976 Formula One Championship as member of the McLaren Race team, Hunt's off-track conquests in the bedroom were almost mythological.
A bona fide libertine at heart, Hunt lived fast and partied hard. His ravenous hunger for booze, drugs, and sex on the European racing circuit in the mid-70s made Motley Crue's tour bus look like a contemplative Sunday School coffee hour. According to Rubython's biography, Hunt was the racing world's equivalent to Wilt Chamberlain and allegedly slept with more than 5,000 women over his lifetime, including a 33 British Airways flight attendants during a two week bender in Tokyo leading up to Japanese Grand Prix. Oh yeah: He was married at the time. For those keeping track, that's just as many notches in the bed post as Charlie Sheen and, by some accounts, more sex than Gene Simmons, Ron Jeremy, and Jack Nicholson. After the jump is Rubython's highly entertaining excerpt of Hunt's outrageous philandering in Tokyo via Daily Mail. Bros, time to do your homework. Here's your required reading for the day.