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fleigle
15th Jan 2018, 01:27
A racing icon has gone.
A class, upright person, great racer and engineer.
http://www.racer.com/f1/item/146728-dan-gurney-1931-2018#!1959_Portugal_Ferrari
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galaxy flyer
15th Jan 2018, 02:11
Sad news, RIP Dan. At my age, lots of memories of Dan’s races. His wildest win was on the US highways in ‘71 with Brock Yates in a stock Ferrari Daytona. They won the first Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Race. NYC to Redondo Beach in 35h 54m. Cruising across Arizona at a stately pace (130-ish), they sailed past a cop leaving a diner who gave chase. Figuring no police was gonna catch, they pressed on, but 15 miles later, with the trooper still back there, they had to stop for gas. Brock charmed the cop while Dan filled the Ferrari. With Dan rying to get away, the none too friendly officer finally asked him, “how fast can that go?” Dan shot back, “faster than what you’re driving.” Off they went and with the question still in mind, he let her run out to an indicated 172mph. Asked, when they arrived st the Portofino Inn, “how fast did you drive, Dan?” The answer, “we never exceeded 175 mph.”

When offered the car for $15,000, he couldn’t afford it. Now, it’s in Bruce McCaw’s collection.

Great driver.


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tdracer
15th Jan 2018, 03:20
Damn. One of the all time greats
Rest In Peace Dan - you earned it.

bosnich71
15th Jan 2018, 04:50
Yes,one of the best, and his F1 car was definitely one of the prettiest.
RIP Dan.

westhawk
15th Jan 2018, 05:27
Reading of Dan's passing inspired me to find a video online (an episode of "Glory Days" hosted by Dave Despain) of the first race my dad ever took me to see, the 1965 Times Grand Prix (Can-Am Challenge) held at Riverside Raceway. Gurney was there competing along with so many notable racers of the day: Bruce McLaren, Jim Hall, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, the list goes on... I went to Riverside many more times to see various series over the years. And many other tracks and styles of racing too.

It was men like Dan and Mario who inspired my lifetime admiration for and my enjoyment of racing. Together with the motion picture Grand Prix, (the first movie I have a memory of seeing) men like Gurney surely captivated an entire generation of gear heads! Thanks for the thrills!


Tailwinds Dan Gurney.

Flash2001
15th Jan 2018, 14:08
Do I remember him racing a humongous great American sedan in a British sedan race (Silverstone maybe?) and leading up till a wheel collapsed?

After an excellent landing etc...

aerobelly
15th Jan 2018, 20:50
Do I remember him racing a humongous great American sedan in a British sedan race (Silverstone maybe?) and leading up till a wheel collapsed?

Engine blew, Chevy Impala, Silverstone 1961.

https://www.sandcastlevi.com/racing/gurney-5.htm


Raising a glass to Dan the Man right now.


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packapoo
15th Jan 2018, 20:58
A colossus of a motor sporting man. RIP Mr Gurney.

zac21
16th Jan 2018, 08:14
A racing icon has gone.
A class, upright person, great racer and engineer.
F1 Racing News - Dan Gurney, 1931-2018 (http://www.racer.com/f1/item/146728-dan-gurney-1931-2018#!1959_Portugal_Ferrari)
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Dan was the inventor of the "Gurney Strip" which was to fitted to race cars and now still fitted to many aircraft right now.
It is still used to reduce drag and increase lift on wing flaps.

Brilliant.

RIP

Allan Lupton
18th Jan 2018, 11:18
This is rather a good piece about DSG mainly from Tony Brooks, another of the Old Guard and a pleasant man with it! Particularly nice heading photo, isn't it?
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/gurneys-first-f1-teammate-tony-brooks-pays-tribute-to-his-friend-996184/

Allan Lupton
19th Jan 2018, 15:07
This is rather a good piece about DSG mainly from Tony Brooks, another of the Old Guard and a pleasant man with it! Particularly nice heading photo, isn't it?
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/gurneys-first-f1-teammate-tony-brooks-pays-tribute-to-his-friend-996184/
Might as well show that heading photo:https://cdn-2.motorsport.com/images/amp/68eoLZ80/s6/f1-italian-gp-1959-tony-brooks-and-dan-gurney-in-ferrari-246-dinos-1959-7246218.jpg