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#1 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Mar 21 2012 - 07:49 PM

Did you guys know he was a race driver? It was news to me.

Check out the drivers that raced for Gurney. (AAR)

http://www.allameric...ar-drivers.html
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Posted Mar 21 2012 - 08:19 PM

Yeah he raced in Formula Ford in the '70s, and his son Chris raced over here in England in the early '80s

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Posted Mar 21 2012 - 09:17 PM

Must have raced GTU too.
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Posted Mar 22 2012 - 03:32 AM

View PostPete Gaimari, on Mar 21 2012 - 07:49 PM, said:

Did you guys know he was a race driver? It was news to me.

+1
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Posted Mar 22 2012 - 04:29 AM

Wikipedia: "Hackman competed in Sports Car Club of America races driving an open wheeled Formula Ford in the late seventies. In 1983, Hackman drove a Dan Gurney Team Toyota in the 24 Hours of Daytona Endurance Race. He also won the Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity Race."

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Posted Mar 22 2012 - 09:19 AM

I always liked him as an actor. I have a new respect for him now.
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Posted Mar 22 2012 - 10:34 PM

The car chase scene from "The French Connection"-rivals "Bullitt" so maybe
that gave him inspiration? :P
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Posted Mar 23 2012 - 09:56 AM

He did go a little crazy on that chase. I loved it.
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Posted Mar 23 2012 - 11:35 AM

View Postdavef, on Mar 22 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:

The car chase scene from "The French Connection"-rivals "Bullitt" so maybe
that gave him inspiration? :P

Can't remember the chase in the french connection very well.
Must have a look at it again.

I've bought the DVD Bullit just for that brilliant chase scene  :D

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