george harrison was known to be generous with his moneyand in the 1970s he tried to send it to someone unexpected: an Indy 500 driver. Harrison was a lifelong fan of motor racing, even writing a song for his Formula 1 driver friends. In 1978, driver Janet Guthrie prepared to race the Indy 500 for the second time. Harrison attempted to send her money to sponsor her, but was politely told he couldn’t anymore.
George Harrison visited the Indy 500 course with the Beatles
In 1964, the Beatles gave a concert in Indianapolis. When news of where they were staying broke, the group moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hotel, near the Indy 500 grounds. It was probably exciting for Harrison, who loved car racing since he was a child.
“I was 12 when I saw Liverpool’s first British Grand Prix, at Aintree,” he said, per rolling stone. “I followed Formula 1 until we started being professional musicians, and even in the 60s, even though we were so busy, I attended a few races, mainly in Monte Carlo.
As the group headed for the airport, they stopped at the racetrack.
“As we were leaving, on the way to the airport, they took us around the Indy Circuit, the 500 oval, in a Cadillac,” Harrison wrote, per golf summary. “It was fantastic. I couldn’t believe the length of the straight; and being on the bank and seeing all the stands was awesome.
George Harrison tried to sponsor the first woman to compete in the Indy 500
In 1977 Guthrie became the first woman to race the Indy 500. In the 1977 race she finished 29th out of 33 due to engine problems. When she qualified for the 1978 race, she couldn’t find anyone to sponsor her.
“Time was really running out,” she said The New York Times. “Frankly, I don’t know why I couldn’t find a sponsor before. I guess the companies that would normally support a woman don’t understand the race.
When Guthrie said on television that no one wanted to sponsor a 40-year-old driver, sponsorship offers quickly poured in.
“Yesterday, as she announced that she would be receiving ‘just over $100,000’ in oil money to try to enter the million dollar race on May 28, a representative for George Harrison, the former Beatle, called to say he, too, would like to sponsor the only woman in history to appear in the motor racing classic,” the Times reported.
Harrison’s offer was not accepted, however: “Rep was told Harrison was too late.”
He had an impressive collection of cars
Harrison also used his money to build a car collection. By QGThe Beatles manager Brian Epstein bought Harrison an E-Type Jaguar for his 21st birthday in 1964. The following year Harrison bought an Aston Martin DB5, his finest car to date.
Although it’s unclear how many cars Harrison bought and sold over the years, his collection was vast and unique. At different times in his life, he owned a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine and a custom Mini Cooper decorated with imagery inspired by the book. tantric art.
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