- February 27 down the years
F1 car brings Sydney to a haltWhat happened on February 27 in Formula One history?
Mark Webber kicked off the new season by driving the previous year's Williams across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In order for the event to take place, the busy commuter bridge was closed for two hours. Speaking after the event Webber said: "Thundering with 900 bhp over that time-honoured structure was an amazing feeling. The engine sound over the ocean was fantastic. I just can't thank everybody enough in my home state New South Wales who made this show for the fans possible."
One of the most bizarre races ever took place inside a six-storey building in Paris. To celebrate the opening of a new garage and sports club for the city's most wealthy residents, Robert Benoist, a famous racing driver at the time, invited 15 drivers to race up a series of ramps to the building's roof. The 'hill-climb' was not timed as there were concerns that drivers might be overly competitive and crash. However, it was a huge success and gained the garage a considerable amount of publicity.
Peter Revson was born in New York. Nephew of Charles Revson, the founder of cosmetic company Revlon, he reportedly inherited a US$1 billion from his father Martin who was also involved in the business. Known as something of a free spirit, he took up motor racing in 1963 and actually raced in F1 as early as 1964 for Reg Parnell Racing. He entered six grand prix but only finished one, before returning to the USA in 1966 to race in Can Am and at the Indianapolis 500. In 1970 he raced at the Sebring 12 Hours with actor and petrolhead Steve McQueen, driving a Porsche 908 to second place overall. He eventually returned to F1 after winning the Can Am championship in 1971 and he got a full season with Yardley McLaren in 1972. He stayed at the team into the next season and won two races at the British and Canadian Grand Prix, establishing himself as a serious contender. For 1974 he was offered a drive at UOP Shadow but in just his third race he was killed when his suspension collapsed and crashed hard into the barrier.
Ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle was announced as one of the drivers for Bentley's return to Le Mans. The team entered two cars in the hope of emulating the success the famous marque enjoyed in the late 1920s. At the race the car got off to a good start in the torrential conditions but had to retire when it caught fire. Bentley eventually won the 24 hour race in 2003.