Our copy of Motor Sport (February 2000) arrived a few days ago and it was with great pleasure and pride that I saw the Eagle on the cover next to the Lotus 49. I certainly enjoyed the article and the nice compliments on the car and my performance. Some of my recollections differed a little bit from yours in some instances, but of course the events you described happened a very long time ago.
I have fond memories of that time in England and on the Continent and of the people who were involved in the project. Looking back now from the vantage point of ‘almost’ old age, I marvel about what young, ambitious and passionate men can accomplish. The Eagle, while campaigned by Anglo American Racers on the Grand Prix circuit, was actually built here in the States by All American Racers in Santa Ana. I feel that Michael Daniels, Harry Weslake’s stepson, certainly deserves a mention since he was the main driving force behind all the many miracles achieved by the very small force of dedicated and talented people at Weslake’s in Rye during our all too brief Eagle effort in F1.
Our winning Spa Eagle was acquired by Miles Collier about ten years ago. It is in his museum in Florida and every once in a while it shows up at some historic event. Last time I saw it was at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in June 1995. (I drove the sister car).
Thank you so much for devoting so much space to the Eagle. It is quite a beautiful bird and evokes an era in motorsport history which was glorious, tragic and wonderful.
I am, yours, etc.,
Dan Gurney, All American Racers, Inc., Santa Ana, California, USA