Me and Miss World

Classic Driver - - EOIN YOUNG’S DIARY -

Put your­self in my place. Board­ing a 707 at Honolulu en route to Auck­land in 1973, wife San­dra and daugh­ter Selina were walk­ing ahead down the aisle in First Class when this blonde vi­sion stands up in front of me and says “It’s Eoin, isn’t it?” Help! What would you do? “Re­mem­ber me? Mar­jie… Mar­jie Wal­lace.” The first Amer­i­can to be crowned Miss World in 1973. She asks if she can come and sit with us in Econ­omy. My daugh­ter’s eyes are on sticks – how can my fa­ther know this amaz­ing lady?

Mar­jie was McLaren racer Peter Rev­son’s girl­friend and we’d met dur­ing the sea­son. It was a bumpy road for Mar­jie. She held the ti­tle as the world’s most beau­teous gal for just three months, dropped be­cause she wanted to travel with Revvy on his mo­tor rac­ing sea­son, rather than ful­fil a 12-month so­cial con­tract as Miss World.

Then Peter, heir to the Revlon cos­met­ics for­tune, was killed in a crash testing a Shadow at Kyalami, and the ro­mance was trag­i­cally over.

And why did Mar­jie want to come back for an hour or so over the Pa­cific, and chat with the Youngs?

Be­cause her neigh­bour in First Class was ‘hit­ting on her’ – try­ing to chat her up!

Peter Rev­son and Miss World, Margie Wal­lace.

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