Ford Takes On Ferrari and Wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Henry Ford II wanted to beat Ferrari in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le
Mans, so he made it a priority to show the world what his American company
could achieve on a global stage. Ford not only won the 24 Hours of Le Man
in 1966, but '67, '68 and '69 as well. This video looks back at that era
with Edsel B. Ford II, Dan Gurney and Mose Nowland.
Nurburgring '1967 [TEAM LOTUS]
Winner: Denny Hulme (Brabham-Repco)
Pole position: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford) - 8:04.1
Fastest Lap: Dan Gurney (Eagle-Weslake) - 8:15.1
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
Racing Legend Dan Gurney is a cool car guy
Rare footage and photos of Dan Gurney's amazing racing career. Dan also
shares his early passion for cars. The entire interview can be seen in the
"TV Shows" section of carcrazycentral.com. Episode 7005 Clip 1
DiFilm - Dan Gurney wins GP Formula One Mexico (1964)
GRAN PREMIO DE FORMULA 1 DE MEXICO EN EL CIRCUITO DE MAGDALENA MIXHUCA,
VISTAS DE LA GRILLA DE PARTIDA CON LOS AUTOS N°1 LOTUS-CLIMAX 33 DE JIM
CLARK, Y EL N°6 BRABHAM-CLIMAX BT7 DE DAN GURNEY, SE VE LARGADA; VISTAS
DEL PRINCIPE FELIPE, DUQUE DE EDIMBURGO, MIRANDO LA CARRERA; SE VE
CORRIENDO EL N°22 BRABHAM-BRM BT11 DE JO SIFFERT; JIM CLARK CON EL N°1;
GRAHAM HILL PASA A LORENZO BANDINI Y HACE TROMPO LLEGADA DEL N°6, Y VISTAS
DEL PODIO CON DAN GURNEY, EL PRINCIPE FELIPE, Y JOHN SURTEES. (SIN SONIDO)
1° (06) DAN GURNEY (USA) CON BRABHAM-CLIMAX BT7 EN 2H. 09M. 50.320S.
2° (07) JOHN SURTEES (GB) CON FERRARI 158 EN 2H. 10M. 59.260S.
3° (08) LORENZO BANDINI (I) CON FERRARI 1512 EN 2H. 10M. 59.950S.
REFERENCIA: JOHN SURTEES (GB) SE CONSAGRA CAMPEON MUNDIAL DE LA TEMPORADA
Duración: 1 minuto 3 segundos
Código del film: A-02160
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1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle MkI
1966 AAR Gurney Weslake Eagle MkI
SOLD $3,740,000 Including Commission
Gooding Auction, Pebble Beach, CA. 2013
Raced in period by Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and Bruce McLaren; Driven by
Gurney to win at the 1967 Brands Hatch Race of Champions, the first win for
an Eagle and the first American car to win a Formula One race in decades;
One of four Eagle Mk 1s built; Gurney-Weslake three-liter V-12 engine;
restored under the ownership of collector Miles Collier; successfully
campaigned in leading historic events and seven world championship races;
offered with FIA paperwork and original AAR Blueprints.
The Eagle Mk I Dan Gurney's distinguished Formula 1 career began in 1959.
Driving for Scuderia Ferrari, he achieved two podium finishes in his first
four races -- an auspicious start for the young Southern California driver.
Following a miserable 1960 season, driving a BRM P48 for Owen Racing
Organization, Gurney joined Porsche's Grand Prix effort. At the 1962 French
Grand Prix at Rouen, Gurney drove the newly developed 804 to his first
World Championship victory and captured the first Formula 1 win for
Porsche. When Porsche withdrew from Grand Prix racing at the end of the
1962 season, Gurney was the first driver hired by Jack Brabham to join the
Brabham Racing Organization. Between 1963 and 1965, Gurney captured two
wins and 10 podium finishes for Brabham including the manufacturer's first
World Championship win. As Gurney rose to prominence in Formula 1 and
sports car racing, he developed a close relationship with Carroll Shelby.
As early as 1962, the two discussed plans to build an American Formula 1
car -- one that could successfully compete on the international stage. Ever
since Gurney began racing Grand Prix cars, it had been his goal to win the
Formula 1 World Championship driving a car of his own design. In 1965,
Shelby convinced Goodyear, which was intent on challenging Firestone's
domination of American racing, to sponsor a new USAC team led by Dan
Gurney. Later that year, Gurney established his team -- All American Racers
-- based out of a one-story industrial building in Santa Ana, California.
Though AAR's initial focus was building an Indy 500 winner, Gurney and
Shelby convinced Goodyear to sponsor the construction of a Formula 1 car.
Considering that Formula 1 was dominated by the likes of Ferrari, Brabham,
and Lotus -- and the fact that no US car and driver combination had won a
major European Grand Prix since Jimmy Murphy's Duesenberg took the French
Grand Prix in 1921 -- the AAR Formula 1 project was certainly ambitious. In
1965, Gurney set to work developing his first single-seat racing cars,
which he dubbed the Eagles. Developed in parallel, the Eagle Mk I was
designed to compete in Formula 1 and the Eagle Mk II was intended to
compete in the USAC circuit. To design their dual-purpose Indy-Grand Prix
car, AAR enlisted the services of British designer Len Terry, who had
worked on the Indy 500-winning Lotus 38. In a short period, Terry created a
state-of-the-art full-length riveted aluminum monocoque chassis. Fitted
with a gorgeous beak nose -- inspired by the Eagle name -- and finished in
a patriotic blue and white livery, the Eagle Mk I was an inspired design.
For AAR to have any chance against the established Formula 1 teams, they
would need a special engine. During summer 1965, Dan Gurney turned to
Aubrey Woods, a talented engine designer with whom he had worked during his
1960 season driving a BRM. Woods informed Gurney of a special three-liter
V-12 that he had been developing with the Weslake Company in Rye, Sussex,
England. Gurney signed on immediately and, in less than a year, Harry
Weslake and Aubrey Woods progressed from the drawing board to the race
circuit. The Gurney-Weslake V-12, with its efficient four-valve head,
developed a genuine 410 bhp at 10,200 rpm and weighed just 365 lbs. Even
more impressive, the engine was extremely compact, fitting into the same
space provided for the Indy Ford V-8, and it was remarkably flexible, with
a full-throttle power curve that began as low as 6,000 rpm. In June 1966,
the first AAR Eagle Mk I, AAR-101, was unveiled at the Belgian Grand Prix
at Spa. It was a tremendous achievement for Dan Gurney and a shining moment
in the history of American motor racing. This Car The Eagle Mk I presented
here, AAR-102, was the second chassis built by AAR and the first example to
race with the Aubrey Woods-developed Gurney-Weslake V-12. In September
1966, AAR-102 made its competition debut in the Italian Grand Prix at
Monza, the seventh round of the World Championship.
Robert Myrick Photography
Dan Gurney: All American Racer - Triumph from Tragedy (episode 4) presented by Bell Helmets
Gurney was one of the greatest drivers, innovators, thinkers, that America
has produced. He remains the only American team owner to win a Formula 1
Grand Prix in his own car, and RACER's Robin Miller took the opportunity to
accompany Gurney down the hallway of the All American Racing workshop in
Santa Ana, California, and ask him for the stories behind some of the many
hundreds of photos on the walls. The result is a six-episode series giving
some insight into the genial gentleman -- and gentle man -- who turned All
American Racing into a winner on both sides of the Atlantic.
In this fourth episode, Dan tells Robin about his final season as a driver,
when he took over Bruce McLaren's M8D Can-Am car following the team
founder's death. Dan being Dan, of course, he won -- but only after 1) a
battle with Jackie Oliver's more powerful Shadow Ti22, and 2) a very near
This video is presented by Bell Helmets. The famously simple logo that
became simply famous did so almost subconsciously. Just as, when you
purchase a car, the number of similar examples you see on the road
seemingly multiplies, once you start looking for Bell logos, you spot them
everywhere, be they in frayed and sepia-tinted monochrome, in early
glorious and classic Technicolor or embedded in the wild colorschemes on
helmets of today.
But Bell's link up with Gurney is closer than that. The man who famously
used to wrap a hotel handtowel around the lower part of his face to protect
himself from the elements and debris was perhaps the natural choice to
embrace the concept of a full-face helmet. Bell produced its first
full-face motorcycle helmet in 1966, and Dan leapt at the chance to use
one, debuting an all-black example in the 1968 Indy 500. Three years later,
everyone who started the "500" was wearing Bell.
Enjoy this fourth episode of Dan Gurney: All American Racer, produced by
Adam Friedman's Vertical Ascent for RACER. More will follow on consecutive
Tuesdays through May and early June.
On The Beach Grand Prix
Fred Astaire drives in the last Grand Prix at Phillip Island, near
Melbourne, Australia. From the film "On The Beach" (1959).
(filmed at Riverside Raceway in California)
Cannonball Run Revisited: Dan Gurney
Legendary racing driver Dan Gurney recalls getting stopped for a speeding
ticket after trying to outrun the police in the 1971 Cannonball Run, and
later finding out just how fast a Ferrari 365 Daytona will go.
Recorded Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Sorry for the poor video quality. I was late arriving at this seminar, had
forgotten my tripod, and it was difficult to hold the camera steady at
maximum zoom while wheezing from the run into the hotel.