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Folks Of Interest Dan Gurney

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,696

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Dan Gurney


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  2. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,048


    The few interviews I've seen of him, the only thing greater than his achievements, was his humility.
    Great, great man. Race in peace Dan.
  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,641

    jimmy six

    Hear, hear......I agree!
  4. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,803

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    RIP to one of the best hot rodder/racer /gentlemen ever.
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  5. Great blog, Ryan...........for a great man.
  6. W O W !! RIP Dan.
    My first little shop was right next to his AAR (All American Racers) in Santa Ana Californis. 1 of the most humble and kind hearted men I ever met. He'd come over to my shop @ times just to see what I was doin and chat with me . Gods speed Dan
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  7. Daniel Sexton Gurney (April 13, 1931 - January 14, 2018).jpg
    Daniel Sexton Gurney
    April 13, 1931 - January 14, 2018
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  8. Dan Gurney with his Deuce 5wd.jpg
    circa 1948 (or 1949): Dan with his chopped Deuce 5wd Coupe
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  9. In 1950, Gurney drove Skip Hudson’s ‘29 Roadster (with a Ramon Torres built flathead) at Bonneville:

    Dan Gurney 'Bonneville Express' - 1950.jpg
    August 1950 - Leaving Riverside for Bonneville
    Left to Right: Ted Bear, Ray Torres, Dan Gurney (greasy T-shirt), & Skip Hudson
    ... with Hudson's #549 C roadster and Gurney's '35 Ford "Bonneville Express"sedan.

    Dan Gurney in Skip Hudson's '29 Roadster - Bonneville 1950.jpg
    Gurney on the salt in Hudson's roadster

    Dan Gurney - 1950 Bonneville Timing Tag.jpg
    Gurney's timing tag
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  10. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,480

    from Tampa, FL

    I met him recently at Amelia Island, and he was very gracious. I mentioned that the first time I saw him race was when he ran his Eagle at the German GP at Nurburgring back in '68 - I was stationed in Germany at the time. He was delighted to know I was there, along with a zillion others, who just loved him and would wave and bob their umbrellas every time he came around the old south curve. The race was one of the wettest and foggiest, if not the most dangerous, GPs ever held. Dan got a flat early on, limped back to the pits, and then had a spirited run back to 9th before the end - one place ahead of his qualifying position. Gary
    Web pix. Link

  11. Curt Six
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 843

    Curt Six

    A couple years ago I interviewed Dan for an article about the late Jerry Magnuson. Here's what he had to say about hot rodding...
  12. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,773


    One of the greats who will really be missed. Every kid wanted to be Dan Gurney.
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  13. I was first inspired by him when I was racing midgets dreaming of being like him.
    -Mario Andretti on Dan Gurney
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  14. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 310

    from sacramento

    As mentioned above, folks often don't know he started as a genuine hot rodder. One of the best. Godspeed.
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  15. Godspeed Mr. Gurney !
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  16. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,523


    RIP Mr Gurney.
  17. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,673


    Even though speed shops were a lot more common in the mid '70s they still were slowly passing
    away. When I bought items from "Dan Gurney's Checkpoint America" I liked to think I was
    contributing to keeping his racing efforts alive.

    D G C A.jpg
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  18. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,616


    Thanks Ryan for putting into words what I thought when I heard Dan Gurney had passed away. He was the consummate hot rodder/car guy but it wasn't commonly known because of his humility. A class act if there ever was one. R.I.P. to one of the greatest.
  19. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,252

    Jalopy Joker

    Great stories and pics shared - Thanks. the biggest Thanks goes out to Dan Gurney for being the man/the racer that he was. Sincere Sympathy goes out to his Family, friends and fans
  20. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,702


    He wasn't just one hell of a driver either. Even in the latest years he was heavily involved in engine design. Less than three years ago he was granted US patent 9103277 for a “moment-canceling four-stroke engine." Intended initially for use on one of his Alligator design motorcycles, it was a big twin, 110 cubic inches putting out 280 HP at 9000 RPM. Liquid cooled, 5" X 2.8" bore and stroke, with hydraulic cam phasing for RPM dependent cam timing.

    RIP Dan!!

    Gurney 1A.PNG Gurney 2.PNG
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  21. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,119


    :( RIP Mr Gurney. You will be greatly missed.God speed.
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  22. He was a legendary man. RIP.
  23. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,193


    Being an open wheel fan since darn near birth, I always admired Dan Gurney.And when I started racing BMX in the mid 70's , my first good frame was a Dan Gurney Hardtail, which was built by All American BMX.Great early frames that are much sought after now.
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  24. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 973


    When I read the news yesterday, I felt as though the wind had been kicked out of me. I have the utmost respect for Dan Gurney. He is one of the greatest racing talents this country EVER produced. He blended in to every racing caragory he ventured into. He raced and beat everybody. He really was the "All American Racer" and we all loved him for it. An American on the continent holding his own against all comers, a pioneer at Indy, who's designs dominated the race, made the "good old boys" chase their tails in stock cars, and yet remained humble and gracious through it all. Thanks for a life well spent and allowing us to watch and enjoy! RIP our All American Hero.
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  25. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,311


    @Ryan if I'm reading your blog correctly you have a somewhat pretty personal connection to Dan...through your father...

    I have seen those Hotrod photos with Dan before but never understood them relating to him. Ya learn a new thing everyday.

    Your life as we have learned is pretty wrapped up in this Hotrod thing. Its all part of the things so right about being a part of the experience here.

    So I extend condolences to you as you are certainly closer to Dan as we have just learned.

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  26. I remember seeing him at Bridgehampton. Never knew about the five window. I probably have 35mm slides of him.
    Thanks for the Thread!:cool: RIP!
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  27. cool37
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,861

    from SoCal

    Like many others here in CA...followed Mr Gurney at Riverside Raceway and watched him smoke the tires at Indy while leaving the pits back in the 60's... had the theater cheering( yah... we watched via close circuit tv back then). Last saw him a few years back at the local Cars n coffee hang out where he drove up in his Aligator motorcycle. Truly a class act. Godspeed Dan.
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  28. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 420


    in the 90s Dan used to run his "Alligator" motorcycle up and down Ortega Highway in Southern California and when he would stop at the Lookout (a place everyone rode to for a break and some grub), he couldn't have been a nicer or more approachable guy. If you don't know about the the motorcyclist side of Dan Gurney, I encourage you to look here. What a guy!
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  29. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,869

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I was always a fan from an early age. After reading all these "feel good" stories about him, I like him even more. What a gifted, interesting and humble guy.

    Now I can't help wonder where his perfectly chopped 32 5/w is today? Anyone know for sure? If not, I have to wonder if it survived and someone is driving down the road in an "old Hot Rod" 70 years later unaware Dan is riding shotgun...
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