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F1: Ex-Beatle George Harrison was an absolute F1 fan (+video)

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Today February 25 we commemorate the birthday of former Beatle George Harrison who was born on this day, 1943 in Liverpool, England. But few people know that Harrison was an absolute Formula 1 fan.

In 1977 Harrison attended several Formula 1 races. He had been talking to numerous drivers, such as Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jody Scheckter, and he became inspired to write a song. That song was titled "Faster".



Harrison got the title of the song from Jackie Stewart's book, and then wrote the chorus.

Special effects were added, such as the sound of the engines recorded at the start of the British Grand Prix in 1979 in Brands Hatch.

The song was dedicated to "the Entire Formula One Circus" and in memory of Ronnie Peterson who had died in an accident at the start of the Italian GP a year before.

The single was released by Harrison to assist the fundraising for the "Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Fund", a fund started after the death of the Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson in 1978, caused by cancer.

George Harrison and former F1 Champion Damon Hill. (Photo: WRI2)