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.
1965 Riverside 500 Stock Car Race
New 1965 Model Ford Galaxie 500 debut at the first race of the year on the
road course in California with Dan Gurney, Ned Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli
Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Marvin Panch, Junior Johnson, and more.
Barry Meguiar sits down with Nick Mason, legendary drummer from Pink Floyd.
Nick talks about his passion for cars that makes him certifiably Car
Crazy! Episode 13006
1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Dan Gurney Special
The Cyclone Spoiler II design featured a stretched, tapered nose and
flush-mounted grille. It also had re-rolled rocker panels that allowed the
car to be lowered without violating NASCAR's ride-height requirements. Two
trim packages were available: the Dan Gurney Special in Wimbledon White and
Presidential Blue and the Cale Yarborough Specials (as seen on this car) in
Candy Apple Red over Wimbledon White. Both were named after Mercury's best
NASCAR drivers of the time.
1964 NassauTrophy part 1 of 3
"Glory Days" review of the 1964 Int'l Sportscar event at Nassau in the
Bahamas. Jim Hall, Roger Penske, Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney......
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
#15 The Flying Lap with Peter Windsor - "Happy Birthday Dan Gurney" + Malaysian GP Debrief
iTunes: audio http://bit.ly/hhES6J video http://bit.ly/f9cHhc More episodes
at http://theflyinglap.com 'The Flying Lap with Peter Windsor', Wednesdays
at 1800 UK, 10AM Pacific. Wednesday's episode co-incides with the 80th
birthday of that great American racing driver, Dan Gurney. Accordingly, we
will be welcoming Dan, a 4-time F1 winner, onto the show live from the
headquarters of All-American Racers in Santa Ana, California, mainly to say
"Happy Birthday" but also to talk about machinery like the 1967
Eagle-Weslake - a car generally considered by F1 enthusiasts world-wide to
be the most beautiful of all time - and Dan's amazing racing life. We'll
also be looking back at the Malaysian Grand Prix and ahead to the UBS
Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with two other special guests - Sergio
Rinland, the ex-Williams, ex-Sauber engineer who also worked for Dan
Gurney, and Rob Wilson, the world's leading driver coach.