Revson, Peter Jeffrey Revlon
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000 Родился: 27.02.1939 Нью-Йорк Сити, Нью-Йорк Умер: 22.03.1974 трасса Кьялами, Южная Африка Сезонов в Ф1: Лет в Ф1: 11 Гран При: Старты: 30* *не стартовал: 5 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
Нью-Йорк Сити, Нью-Йорк
трасса Кьялами, Южная Африка
Сезонов в Ф1:
Лет в Ф1:
11 Гран При: Старты: 30* *не стартовал: 5 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
30* *не стартовал: 5 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
5 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
Despite his family being a part of the Revlon cosmetics empire, Peter Revson made his way in motor racing very much under his own steam. He was initially regarded rather unfairly as just another American rich-kid playboy after his first unsuccessful attempts at Grand Prix racing, but eventually returned to fulfil his long-held ambition of winning a Grand Prix and, almost as importantly, win the respect and admiration of his peers.
Peter's career started in Hawaii with a Morgan which he shipped back to the States and raced there before trying his hand in a Formula Junior Taraschi. However, the lure of European racing, not to mention European culture, exerted a great pull on the young Revson, who cashed in everything he could to finance his expedition in 1965. Leading the nomadic existence that was so typical of the time, which often meant living out of the transporter, he raced a Formula Junior Cooper on the Continent and won the Copenhagen GP, but soon laid plans for a Formula 1 assault.
Reg Parnell's team had lost their sponsor and took Peter under their wing by way of a semi-works deal. His first tilt at Formula 1 in 1964 brought little cheer except a fourth place at Solitude, and he changed tack in 1965, joining the works Lotus F2 team run for the factory by Ron Harris. A win in the Eifelrennen was lost when he went off on the last lap but he finished second and, dropping into F3, also took the Monaco support race. Despite the season's progress, the gloss was wearing off Revson's European idyll and he headed back to the States to race a little Brabham BT8 sports car, winning his class at Seattle and Las Vegas.
For the 1966 season Revson joined Skip Scott in a Ford GT40 and over the next three seasons he began to build his career in big sports cars in Can-Am and Trans-Am before stepping back into single-seaters with a fine drive to fifth at Indianapolis in 1969. The following season he took second at Sebring with actor Steve McQueen in a Porsche 908 and then raced Carl Haas's Lola in Can-Am. In 1971 he joined the McLaren team to contest the money-spinning series, winning five rounds in the McLaren M8F, and his performance when taking second place in the Indy 500 for McLaren raised his profile greatly. He was invited to drive for Tyrrell at Watkins Glen in a one-off Grand Prix return before arranging a full season of both Formula 1 and Can-Am with McLaren in 1972.
The team's F1 M19 wasn't quite a winner, but Peter did a superb job with plenty of placings and few mistakes despite having to miss some races due to clashing USAC commitments. Revson stayed with the team in 1973 and once behind the wheel of the M23 proved a winner at last. His performance in the British GP was exemplary. On a damp track he first grabbed the initiative and then controlled the later stages to score a beautifully judged victory. There was one more win to follow in the rain-soaked confusion of Mosport, but by now internal pressures were afflicting the team, and Peter in particular.
Emerson Fittipaldi was moving in for 1974 with massive support from Marlboro and Texaco, and Teddy Mayer was willing to run Revson only as a third entry in Yardley colours. Not surprisingly Revson decided to seek better treatment elsewhere, joining the Shadow team. The season started with great promise as the new DN3 showed a fair turn of speed, but in testing for the South African GP at Kyalami tragedy struck when a suspension failure is thought to have caused the car to crash into a guard rail. The Shadow was totally destroyed in the massive impact and Revson had no chance of survival.
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000
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