Dan Gurney and the Eagle at Spa

Dan Gurney drives his Eagle Formula 1 car to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Dan Gurney: All American Racer - The Eagle Soars (episode 2) 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 second episode, Dan tells Robin about taking the Eagle into Formula 1 and talks of Nurburgring and Spa-Franchorchamps, the two most daunting tracks on the grand prix schedule at that time. 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 second 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.





Damon Hill drives the 1962 Lotus 25 at the old Aintree circuit
Damon Hill gets to drive the Lotus 25 at Aintree's old grand prix track, which was last used in 1964. The Lotus 25 is the car that Jim Clark drove in 1962's British Grand Prix which he went on to win. A wonderfully nostalgic short film from Sky Sports F1.





Dan Gurney Warms-Up the Formula One Eagle
At the first Palm Springs Vintage Race in 1985, Dan Gurney warms up the F1 Eagle.





Dan Gurney The All American Victory
The old Speed network stopped by the museum and we surprised David Hobbs with a ride in the Mag-Ti car. This is a look at the 1967 Gurney-Weslake, V12 Eagle & the life of Dan Gurney. Hosted by Bob Varsha with David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and an interview with Dan Gurney.




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