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Racing great Dan Gurney was the 'epitome of class'
Autoweek ^ | January 14, 2018 | Bruce Martin

Posted on 01/14/2018 6:50:21 PM PST by Sam_Damon

The news that the legendary Dan Gurney died on Sunday night after a long battle with pneumonia was something racing legends Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser had difficulty accepting. Although they knew Gurney was in failing health, the fact that he was a “Mount Rushmore of Auto Racing” figure made him bigger-than-life to drivers who have been described in the same vein.

“It’s one freaking sad day,” an emotional Unser told Autoweek in a phone interview Sunday night.

Andretti echoed those sentiments from his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening.

(Excerpt) Read more at autoweek.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: automotive; autoracing; f1; indy500; lemans; nascar; racing
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How can we not love a guy who called his race team, "All American Racing"?

RIP, Dan Gurney.

1 posted on 01/14/2018 6:50:21 PM PST by Sam_Damon
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To: Sam_Damon

Great success in every type of auto racing. He liked motorcycles, too. R.I.P.


2 posted on 01/14/2018 7:11:29 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: Sam_Damon

Real bummer news, here. RIP Dan, my favorite since ‘62


3 posted on 01/14/2018 7:14:59 PM PST by Loud Mime (Liberalism: Intolerance masquerading as tolerance, Ignorance masquerading as Intelligence)
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To: Sam_Damon
Saw him race that monster Ford Galaxie 500 with the 427 cammer at Riverside in about 66 or so.

Man, he was smooth. Went to school with his daughter in Newport Beach too.

RIP to the icon, Dan Gurney.

4 posted on 01/14/2018 7:17:19 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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[Saw him race that monster Ford Galaxie 500 with the 427 cammer at Riverside in about 66 or so.]

I envy you. When stock cars were stock cars.


5 posted on 01/14/2018 7:19:20 PM PST by headstamp 2 (My "White Privilege" is my work ethic.)
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To: Sam_Damon

6 posted on 01/14/2018 7:36:40 PM PST by Sooth2222 (“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” ("Every nation has the government it deserves.)
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To: Sam_Damon

Prayers to his family...Dad said he was a great racer...


7 posted on 01/14/2018 7:45:37 PM PST by ConservaTeen (Islam is Not the Religion of Peace, but The religion of Pedophilia...)
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To: headstamp 2

I remember seeing cigarette butts flicked out the drivers side windows at the end of caution flags too. Boy, those days are gone. What a prissy, girlified world we live in now


8 posted on 01/14/2018 7:46:12 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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I envy you. When stock cars were stock cars.

And America was America.

9 posted on 01/14/2018 8:11:29 PM PST by TTFlyer
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When goils were goils,
and men were men.

Yeah, long gone. I miss that country.

RIP, Dan Gurney, and sympathies to his family and friends.


10 posted on 01/14/2018 8:48:22 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: TTFlyer

When goils were goils,
and men were men.

Yeah, long gone. I miss that country.

RIP, Dan Gurney, and sympathies to his family and friends.


11 posted on 01/14/2018 8:49:08 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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12 posted on 01/14/2018 9:55:54 PM PST by Daaave ("You Nexus huh? I design your eyes.")
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Great pix! Thanks for sharing.

Bottom one is at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Saw the car. Amazing bit of mechanical engineering. No fly-by-wire crap in it. Just good ‘ol AAA-mer-i-can engineering, done by slide rules (ok, might have been an early mainframe or two for help) and T-squares on drafting paper.

In Dearborn. Think about it.


13 posted on 01/15/2018 12:07:37 AM PST by Sam_Damon
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To: Sam_Damon

Got his autograph at a Can Am race back in 1970 when I was a youth. RIP


14 posted on 01/15/2018 12:48:54 AM PST by xp38
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To: Daaave

Gurney and AJ Foyt ran that GT 40 to a 32 mile lead at al Le Mans. 212 MPH down the Mulsanne Straight. He was one of the very best.


15 posted on 01/15/2018 3:11:09 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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I'll never forget watching those *Le Mans starts*. That was so so exciting!

With rue my heart is laden

For golden friends I had

For many a rose-lipped maiden

And many a lightfoot lad

By brooks too broad for leaping

The lightfoot boys are laid

The rose-lipped girls are sleeping

In fields where roses fade

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/racing/dan-gurney-1931-2018#ixzz54FijZTb0

16 posted on 01/15/2018 3:40:29 AM PST by Daffynition (The New PTSD: PRESIDENT-Trump Stress Disorder - The LSN didn’t make Trump, so they can't break him)
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To: Sam_Damon


17 posted on 01/15/2018 3:44:13 AM PST by Daffynition (The New PTSD: PRESIDENT-Trump Stress Disorder - The LSN didn’t make Trump, so they can't break him)
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To: Daaave

Did you notice the little dome on the right side of the roof? Gurney was so tall that they had to put that in so that he had clearance for his helmet.


18 posted on 01/15/2018 4:47:59 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("The church ... is not the master or the servant of the state, but the conscience" - Luther)
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To: BwanaNdege

Wow. Nice catch, hadn’t realized that before.


19 posted on 01/15/2018 6:22:42 AM PST by Sam_Damon
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To: oldplayer

He also drove one of the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy races from the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan to the Portofino Inn in Newport, Calif. A parking ticket was time stamped when you left the Rad Ball. Cars had staggered starts. Net time at the finish was the winner. Burt Reynolds movie was based upon that REAL race.

Brock Yates was his co-driver.

ANY kind of vehicle. Any modifications allowed. ANY route you choose.

Brock wrote an article years ago about the fantastic eyesight Gurney had. Could ID a car they were about to overtake in the dead dark of night from quite a distance back. They used a ‘coin dispenser’ like a bus driver used to use to make exact change when buying gas.

Loved to watch him race & roam the pits. Another fine AMERICAN driver gone.


20 posted on 01/15/2018 6:53:16 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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