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#16 fastmule

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 07:53 AM

RIP Mr. Gurney.

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 07:54 AM

RIP

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 07:59 AM

RIP Dan, a true legend of motor sport. Thanks to tell us this history, Bo.

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 08:09 AM

That's a cool story Bruce and is a good example of how nice a guy Dan was.

I've got a framed poster of the Gurney Eagle hanging in my man cave (OK, the garage) that is signed by Dan.

With all due respect to Phil Hill and Mario Andretti (yes, I know Mario was born in Italy, but he's an American now), IMHO Dan was the greatest American driver ever.  He won in every class of racing and was the only American to win an F1 race in his own car.  He never won the Indy 500, but his cars did.

And he was a presidential candidate too.  :)

May he rest in peace.

Edited by Lee200, Jan 15 2018 - 04:43 PM.


#20 Robert Fleurke

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 08:43 AM

Another icon and legend of motorsports has passed away...

Thanks for sharing that story Bruce! ;)

#21 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 09:01 AM

Damn Damn Damn! I'll miss you Dan. You were one of the greats and a real gentleman.

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 09:30 AM

RIP Dan Gurney. Thank you for all the memories you have left to us.

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 09:37 AM

rip dan, a sad day.

nice story Bo :thumbup:

#24 Stefan Roess

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 09:56 AM

I didn`t know that Mr. Gurney invented the tradition of spraying champagne from the podium...


Dan Gurney Wikipedia English:
https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Dan_Gurney

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...at 24 hours of Le Mans, where Gurney spontaneously began the now-familiar winner's tradition of spraying champagne from the podium to celebrate the unexpected win against the Ferraris and the other Ford GT40 teams. Gurney said later that he took great satisfaction in proving wrong the critics (including some members of the Ford team) who predicted the two great drivers, normally heated rivals, would break their car in an effort to show each other up.


Dan Gurney Wikipedia German:
https://de.wikipedia...wiki/Dan_Gurney

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Dan Gurney ist auch der „Erfinder“ der Champagnerdusche im Rennsport. Nach seinem Sieg mit dem Siebenliter-Mark-IV GT40 von Ford in Le Mans 1967, stand er zusammen mit seinem Partner A.J. Foyt und Henry Ford auf dem Podest. „Henry Ford war mit auf dem Podest, seine ganze Entourage, die Stimmung war ausgelassen, wir hatten Ferrari geschlagen. Der Moment war großartig – ich hab’s einfach laufen lassen“, berichtete Dan Gurney später ganz sachlich über diesen Moment.


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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 12:12 PM

My heart sank when I read about Dan's passing. May he rest in peace.

It has been a bad few years with Brabham, Ligier, Amon, and now Gurney all passing away. It's saddening to think that it will only get worse as the legends from this era continue to get older.

Edited by MMutch, Jan 15 2018 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 12:13 PM

he signed the photo, years later.. and with the auto graph said "from the gripper"... as i had related the story to his secretary. if my hand (palm) measured 100mm (4in?) from left/right.. his was 150mm (6in)
that moment of awareness will resonate in a place of my memories for always ~

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 12:33 PM

Some nice interviews, with the former being maybe the last given by Dan :(

https://www.youtube....h?v=-TYDoqZVtOs

https://www.youtube....h?v=edFQw5hFtHA

#28 M Needforspeed

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 01:24 PM

R.I.P . Dan

You were an all time great.

Another that has left this world, but he will live forever as a cheerful and tough competitor in our GPL starting grids.

Thanks for the story , you are a lucky man, Bruce

And to have been at the 1967 Indy 500 !!! :rolleyes:

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 01:38 PM

Terribly bad news. It always came across just how well mannered he was, a true gentleman. Whoever said nice guys finish last?

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Posted Jan 15 2018 - 01:38 PM

RIP "Grand Dan" ...




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