Articles tagged Dan Gurney

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Rebuilding a piece of racing history

It is worth noting at this juncture that I am not an expert on classic cars, writes Ed Foster, let alone big American muscle machines from the early 1960s. It made the decision to buy Gurney’s Impala a leap of faith in some respects, as while I had done as much due diligence as possible I was still spending my life savings on something I’d never seen… The first question was whether this really...

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America's one-hit wonder

Fifty-seven years ago, Dan Gurney brought a monster Chevrolet to the UK to fight the dominant Jaguars. It came agonisingly close to scoring an upset… before it was banned The large steering wheel on the Impala means that there’s actually very little space for your legs. An astonishing feat of engineering in such a large car. Once you’re in, though, starting it up is a fairly simple procedure:...

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The archives: November 2018

Tackling North Wales by Lancia Stratos and RAF Hercules (sort of...) before pondering Formula 1's current passing problem I had been to Machynlleth in North Wales before, back in the late 1970s. I remember too-tight restraint belts quite painfully preventing me from holding my breath as skilled rally star Andy Dawson hurled ‘our’ Chequered Flag Lancia Stratos round one of the great classical...

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"I actually whooped on Hangar Straight! I've never done that before in a car..."

One Grand Prix winner snuggles into another David CouIthard gets to grips with the Lotus 25, a car synonymous with his compatriot Jim Clark. Within but a few laps of Silverstone, he's completely smitten...Writer: Gordon Cruickshank I Photographer: Matthew Howell David Coulthard cuts the ignition, wiggles the red leather steering wheel and folds his arms. "Well, if you'd just like to put me in the...

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Reflections in an icy blast

There were several winds blowing across the Jarama Autodrome, some of them winds of change, some were winds of discontent and some were mingled with an air of apprehension. The all-pervading wind was the one coming from the snow-covered mountains to the north of the circuit. Situated as it is in a once arid plain, but now growing houses at an alarming rate, there is nothing to break the wind as...

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Phil Hill's fascinating motor car collection

It is now fourteen years since Phil Hill won the World Drivers' Championship at the wheel of a 1½-litre V6-cylinder Formula One Ferrari, the quiet Californian having long since slipped away into "retirement" in his home town of Santa Monica, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles. In fact "retirement" would really be the wrong word for Hill, a man in his forties, maintains a keen interest in matters...

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100 years of Maserati

It seems so improbable: a century has elapsed since Alfieri Maserati set up shop in Bologna, initially carrying out general engineering work and perfecting his own brand of spark plugs. Scroll forward to the present, and his surname is synonymous with exotic GTs and illustrious racing cars. Alfieri and his siblings forged a legend, one that cannot be distilled into an attention-grabbing soundbite...

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Len Terry – obituary

Talented racing car designer Len Terry has died after a short illness, at the age of 90. Though involved with some 29 different organisations in his career, two marques in particular stand out – Eagle and Lotus. Terry masterminded Dan Gurney’s beautiful Eagle-Weslake Grand Prix car and many Lotuses, most notably the 1965 Indianapolis 500-winning Type 38. Never one to be awed by powerful men,...

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Six-hour saloon race

The six-hour saloon car race sponsored by The Motor will be held on July 6th and will give spectators the first opportunity to see the all conquering Ford Galaxies in a long distance race. Four of them are due to be driven by Jack Brabham/Dan Gurney, Sir Gawaine Baillie/Peter Jopp, John Sprinzel/Morton Lucia, Jack Sears/"X." Four 3.8 Jaguars will be driven by Roy Salvadori/"X," Peter Lindner/...

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AutoKraft AC MkIV

A Cobra in all but name Twenty years ago endurance racing was in its heyday, and the Grand Touring category was graced by such machines as the Ferrari GTO (the ultimate in classics today), lightweight E-types and Porsche 904s. Onto this scene came a newcomer, Carroll Shelby’s 4.7-litre AC Cobra, even then a somewhat crude machine which proved fearsomely fast… so fast, in fact, that it led the...

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