Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931-2018

One of the most loved and respected members of racing history has passed away.

This evocative image by Nigel Snowdon shows Dan Gurney braking for La Source during his victorious run with his Eagle at Spa-Francorchamps in the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix . This was only the second Grand Prize victory by an American in an American car.

Photo by Nigel Snowdon ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.ccom

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Jim sitz · · Reply

    I only knew Dan casually, but he was always kind to me
    I admired him tremendously
    to me,,”Yhe guiy who began with very littler
    and went so very far.,”

    More then any other driver that comes to mind\

    Jim sitz

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  2. Jack Brewer · · Reply

    Aside from all his achievements and accomplishments, he seemed to be an utterly genuine and honorable man. I can’t recall hearing or reading a single negative thing about him. When the competitiveness of his profession is considered, along with the sheer length and depth of his career, that in itself is testimony to the life he lived.

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  3. There’s very little history in America of team owners hiring black drivers at the top level. Karl Kiekhafer was probably the first. And Dan Gurney was the second. Unlike Karl, though, Dan also had black pit crew, seen just as rarely as drivers then or now in our “enlightened” times. Godspeed to Dan the Man.

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