Forty years ago this week the racing world was sent reeling following the death of Peter Revson in a gruesome testing accident at Kyalami. It was an era when every other week seemed to bring a tragedy, but the timing of the loss of Revson, a star both in F1 and in Indycars, was cruel indeed.
In 1973 he'd won two grands prix for McLaren, and in so doing he had finally switched the focus from his wealthy, privileged background and convinced the sceptics that he was a force to be reckoned with.
He had joined a young and an ambitious team in Shadow, and felt a level of support he had missed at his previous employer. Off track he was stepping out with Miss World. Life couldn't be better for the 35-year-old jazz fanatic, who had also just finished work on an insightful autobiography.