#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.
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 miss... 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.
Dan Gurney Warms-Up the Formula One Eagle
At the first Palm Springs Vintage Race in 1985, Dan Gurney warms up the F1 Eagle.
Centennial Moment - Dan Gurney
Today we look at Dan Gurney and his career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...