"He was the first to win races in four classes- Sports Car, Formula One, NASCAR and Indy Car. And of course, the first to win Le Mans at the wheel of a Ford motor car, his head swathed in that "
Dan Gurney: All American Hero
With all the ever-continuing controversy about whether or not the Bernie’s F1 circus will condescend to touch down in the great United States next year, it’s easy to forget that in the 1960s American driver Dan Gurney – as well as 1961 champ Phil Hill – were hugely successful.
They bought something distinctly proletarian to the fervently European formula – and we would love to see that aspect of motor racing returning to the top level of the business.
Gurney, for example, was a great example of that square jawed authenticity – and Americans being the enterprising lot they are, they knew how to construct an ad campaign around the man’s visual presence.
And though there’s only a little bit of Dan in the video below, it’s dashingly constructed, saturated in Kodachrome, and brilliantly soundtracked. We suggest you check out the beauty of Dan Gurney’s Eagle as it streaks past in the fastest lap of the day
Happy Independence Day, to our American cousins.
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