Steve Matchett

Steve Matchett

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in England, The United Kingdom
December 23, 1962


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Steve Matchett is currently a commentator for American cable TV station SPEED Channel on its various F1 programs. Notably, he hosts F1 races with David Hobbs, Peter Windsor and Bob Varsha.
He is also a columnist for the Speed Channel website, and is a contributor to and technical editor of F1 Racing magazine.
He has published a semi-autobiographical trilogy based around his years in the F1 pit lane.

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“I remember standing against the bar in Budapest’s airport with a couple of workmates, some chaps from McLaren too, waiting for our homeward flight to be called after the ’92 race weekend. The chap behind the counter was doing the exact same thing: halving and squeezing oranges. Funny how these things spark memories. It was an exceedingly hot afternoon that day, and I remember seeing James Hunt walk through the door with Murray Walker. We were waiting for the same flight, a charter to London; I think pretty much the whole of the paddock’s British contingent was on it. Murray looked perfectly normal . . . like Murray really . . . open-necked shirt, briefcase, what have you; but James was wearing nothing but a pair of red shorts. He carried a ticket, a passport and a packet of cigarettes. That was it. There wasn’t even a pair of flip-flops to spoil the perfect minimalist look.
The thing that really made the event stick in my mind, though, was that James was absolutely at ease with himself, perfectly comfortable. This was real for him, no stunt or affectation designed to impress or shock, this was genuine: James Hunt, former world champion driver, current commentator for the BBC; work done for the day . . . going home. Take me, leave me; do what you bloody well want, just don’t give me a hard time about your own petty hang-ups. He became a hero of mine that day. Sadly, his heart gave out the following summer and that was that. He was only forty-five. Mind you, he’d certainly packed a lot of living into those years.”
Steve Matchett, The Chariot Makers: Assembling the Perfect Formula 1 Car

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