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Folks Of Interest RIP Dan Gurney

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rob-redm, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. gurney.jpg View attachment 3774733 View attachment 3774716 Just heard that Mr. Dan Gurney passed away today... What a legend in motoring racing... Sad to hear.. God Speed Mr. Gurney...RIP All American Racers, GT40... one of my favorite drivers as a kid growing up...
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  2. America will always remember what Gurney and crew did at the 1967 LeMans 24hr race.

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  3. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,885

    from Canada

    Rest In Peace Dan Gurney.

    You will be remembered and missed. A hero indeed.
  4. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 2,285


    Well damn. Hot Wheels reproduced his GT-40 in the Sizzlers line and regular line up too. Right down to the bubble in the roof to clear his helmet. [​IMG]

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  5. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 7,645

    Staff Member

    Legend....... and a first glass guy.
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  6. Very sad to hear this. An American icon in racing. I think the Gurney he won the '67 Belgian GP with had to be one of his best efforts. He designed, built and drove that car to victory. RIP Gurney_67_belgium_01_bc.jpg
  7. RIP Dan. :(
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  8. First driver to win in F1, NASCAR, INDY..
  9. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,200

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    My condolences to the family, his friends and fans.
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  10. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,373

    from Tampa, FL

    RIP, Dan. We really should have made you President, too. Gary
  11. Dan on the way to the lakes
    Dan Gurney winning the 1962 Daytona Continental at Daytona.Possessing a sizable lead with the time limit approaching, Gurney’s Lotus blew an engine. Knowing he needed to cross the finish line after time expired, he coaxed the car to just short of the stripe, high on the banking, and stopped. When the checkered flag flew, he took the Lotus out of gear and coasted down – and across the line, to win the event
    Indy 66

    Winning Riverside in the Wood Bros. Merc

    God Speed Mr.Gurnery.
  12. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,463

    rd martin
    from indiana

    another legend..........gone. rip mr gurney.
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  13. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 24,538


    Rest in peace Dan.....:(
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  14. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,791

    Member Emeritus

    One of the legends of motor racing. RIP
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  15. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 9,022


    A great loss. Condolences to friends and family.
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  16. Went to high school with his kids, he was always really nice and very approachable. One of the greatest racers ever ( and a hell of a motorcycle ride) . Your's was a life well lived, "surfer boy" you made a difference and will be missed and remembered.

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  17. Mule Farmer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,508

    Mule Farmer
    from Holland MI

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  18. Uncle Ronn
    Joined: Mar 23, 2015
    Posts: 101

    Uncle Ronn
    from Modesto CA

    I still remember when I became interested in "Hot Rodding History" and learning that Dan got his racing start driving Skip Hudson's roadster at the lakes.
    When interviewed ,Dan had so much charisma, So much respect for the interviewee.
    His Eagle Cars were absolutely Beautiful,so disappointed I missed the Peterson Museum exibit ,and also that I never had the opportunity to meet him.
    Truly Inspirational American!
    Uncle Ronn
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  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 34,362


    May he rest in peace. He was one of the first racers that I followed as a kid after I learned there were more races than the Indy 500 that I listened to on the radio every year as a kid. Those were the days when I often checked a car magazine out from the bookmobile and read about a race months after it happened.
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  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 31,281


    Very sad news, prayers going out to his family and friends. His GT40 just an hour down the road, well restored and cared for. Bob
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  21. Sad day. RIP
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  22. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,843

    from Ks

    So sad to hear. I bet the thing he would be most proud of was not all his racing accomplishments , but that he strived to be such a down to earth and warm person who respected everyone. Godspeed Mr Gurney.
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    A very sad day. RIP Dan
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  24. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
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    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

  25. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,323


    Losing all the great ones. I read online somewhere he was the one that started the tradition of spraying around the bottles of champagne on the podium after winning races. RIP Mr. Gurney.

    EDIT: It is also in the video posted by Flathead Dave that he was one one who started the champagne spraying
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  26. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 2,750

    lumpy 63

    I remember listening to the indy 500 on the radio in my parents garage , usually while working on my stingray ..Schwinn not corvette:rolleyes: Dan was one of the greats, When I first read the the title to this thread the first thing out of my lips was Daaaamb.....
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  27. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    God speed Dan. One of my favorites always.
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  28. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 8,636

    seb fontana
    from ct

    When I first saw the pic of Dan and the others getting ready for a trip to the lakes he was already retired from driving and well into "eagle" and the Motorcycle but I thought "that guy knew how to get dirty!".. RIP Dan you have left one heck of a legacy..
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  29. Class act for sure.....thanks Flathead Dave for the clip...
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  30. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 4,039


    Dan Gurney, Keith Jackson.(sports) Sucks when the people you grew up watching/listening to are leaving us.
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