The Petersen Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is preparing to open a new exhibit honoring Dan Gurney called “The Eagles Have Landed.” The exhibit in the museum’s Charles Nearburg Family Gallery will showcase the diversity of the various racing cars constructed by Gurney’s All American Racers in nearby Santa Ana between 1966 and 1999, and include a dozen Eagle racing cars built to compete in Formula One, Indycars, sports-prototypes and Formula Ford — as well as one of Dan’s signature Alligator motorcycles.
The exhibit will be celebrated with an opening reception on the evening of Friday January 27, then opened to the public the next day and continue on display for a year. Extra texture to the AAR story will be provided by an array of important non-vehicle artifacts, including the first full-face helmet worn in motorsport competition — the Bell Star introduced by Dan at Indianapolis in 1968 — and the original magnum of Moët champagne that Gurney sprayed after his victory with A.J. Foyt for Ford at Le Mans in 1967, unwittingly establishing an enduring tradition.
For compete information about The Eagles Have Landed exhibit, please visit www.petersen.org