One of Gurney’s biggest early wins came in the big-bore production race at Riverside in 1957, where he drove this Cal Bailey Corvette to victory.
Photo: Allen Kuhn
It is with a great deal of sadness that I write about Dan Gurney, who died on January 15. We were close friends and our times together go back to 1955 when he raced at Torrey Pines.
A number of those among us stood head and shoulders above all the others during the Golden Age of Motorsports. Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, John Fitch, Dan Gurney and Phil Hill immediately come to mind. But only one among that exalted group was proposed for President of the United States: Daniel Sexton Gurney. Of course, it was all in fun, but I seem to remember unbounded enthusiasm among young ladies of the time. Dan’s All American Racers is the only U.S. organization to build and campaign cars that have won in Formula One, CART, USAC and sports cars.
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