George and Aston (his)
Another side of George Harrison:
Harrison had an interest in sports cars and motor racing; he was one of the 100 people who purchased the McLaren F1 road car, and would often attend Formula One races. He had collected photos of racing drivers and their cars since he was young; when he was 12 he attended his first race, the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree, in which Stirling Moss won his first Grand Prix. He wrote “Faster” as a tribute to the Formula One racing drivers Jackie Stewart and Ronnie Peterson. Proceeds from its release went to the Gunnar Nilsson cancer charity, set up following the Swedish driver’s death from the disease in 1978. Harrison’s first extravagant automobile, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, sold at auction on 7 December 2011, in London. An anonymous Beatles collector paid £350,000 pounds for the vehicle that Harrison had purchased new in January 1965 (source).
Harrison’s already considerable stature just grew in our eyes.
(Image: Henry Grossman)