Peter Revson was an American racing driver and heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was a two-time F1 race winner and had success at the Indianapolis 500.
Peter Revson defied his wealthy family’s expectations and pursued his passion for speed and competition. Revson was one of the most successful and charismatic drivers of his era, winning two Formula One races, a Can-Am championship, and finishing second at the Indianapolis 500.
He was also a handsome playboy who dated models and actresses and lived a glamorous lifestyle. But behind the fame and fortune, there was a fierce determination and a relentless work ethic that drove Revson to excel in a dangerous sport. This is the story of Peter Revson, the heir who chose racing.
Peter Revson – Early Life
Revson was born in New York City on February 27, 1939, but grew up in California. He developed a love for cars and speed at an early age, and started racing in local events with his own MG-TC.
He dropped out of college to work as a mechanic and a racing driver, competing in various series such as Formula Junior, Formula Libre, and SCCA.
Peter Revson – Lotus
In 1963, he moved to Europe to chase his F1 dream. He made his F1 debut with Lotus at the 1964 Monaco Grand Prix, but retired with a clutch failure.
Peter continued to race part-time in F1 for the next few years, while also competing in IndyCar and sports cars. He scored his first F1 podium at the 1968 Canadian Grand Prix, finishing third behind Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren.
Peter Revson – Tyrell
In 1971, he joined Tyrrell, where he became the teammate of Jackie Stewart. He scored his first F1 win at the 1973 British Grand Prix, driving a Tyrrell 006.
Revson also won the Canadian Grand Prix that year, driving a McLaren M23. He finished fifth in the drivers’ championship in both years.
Peter Revson – Shadow
In 1974, he moved to Shadow, where he hoped to challenge for the title. However, he had a tragic accident during testing for the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami.
His car suffered a suspension failure and crashed into the barriers at high speed. Revson died instantly from massive head injuries.
He was 35 years old.
Revson was widely regarded as one of the most talented and charismatic drivers of his generation. He was admired by his peers and fans for his skill, courage, and charm.
He was also known for his glamorous lifestyle and his relationships with some of the most beautiful women in the world, such as Marjorie Wallace, who was Miss World in 1973.
Revson was inducted into various halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
He was also honored by having a corner named after him at Watkins Glen International, where he won the US Grand Prix in 1971. He was a true star and a legend of F1.
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