All that didn’t seem to matter inside the confines of the Daytona Speedway. As far as I could tell everyone was on equal footing and he was treated like any other driver. The exception seemed to be the France’s who fawned over him whenever they showed up in the pit area. To be fair they also did the same thing with actor James Garner in 1969.
One thing I did notice about Revson was that he had a quick temper and tended to get physical when he was mad. At one point during the race I saw him grab a fellow who I think was an Alfa mechanic and began shouting at him. The poor fellow probably didn’t speak any English and looked confused. I think it might have come to blows if Alfa technical manager Gherardo Severi hadn’t stepped in between them and calmed Revson down.
Alfa’s hopes at Daytona to be competitive with Ferrari were dashed by Mario Andretti and Jackie Ickx in their Ferrari 312PB. Ferraris came in first and second and the best Alfa could do with their cars was third. This finish configuration was repeated again at Sebring in March. Revson’s car failed to finish either event.
Revson did have some success in Formula One for McLaren winning the British Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix in 1973. After moving to Shadow in 1974 he was killed in practice for the South African Grand Prix. He was 35 years old at the time.
The decade of the 70’s in racing were particularly deadly for some of the world’s most famous drivers. During that ten year span we saw the death of such notables as Jo Bonnier at age 42, Francois Cevert at 29, Piers Courage at 28, Mark Donohue at 38, Ignazio Giunti at 30, Bruce McLaren at 33, Ronnie Peterson at 38, Tom Pryce at 28, Jochen Rindt at 28, Pedro Rodriguez at 31, Swede Savage at 27, Jo Siffert at 35, and Roger Williamson at 25. The 70’s gave new meaning to the phrase “Live Fast, Die Young.”
In August of 1996 Peter Revson was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
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[Source: Louis Galanos]