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    Default Dan Gurney and All American Racers

    I don't know about you guys, but I love Dan Gurney. Yes, full-on man love.




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    I share the man love. How could you not?

    Brilliant driver/ Brilliant team owner / Brilliant designer / Handsome devil.

    Quintessential American racer IMO. If there is one American racer I look up to and wish to emulate, it's Gurney.
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    I have not seen him lately, but I used to Gurney regularly at Cook's Corner on one of his new bike designs.

    dan-gurney-017-300x200.jpg

    He would ride that single cylinder bike faster than most guys on the bigger engine sport bikes. That was probably a combination of his skill and the low CG that supposedly makes the bike easy to ride fast.
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    Has anyone seen the new Dave Despain Show on MAV TV? It has been quite good so far.
    The first episode was with John Force and was both a typical and non typical John Force interview.

    The second was Bobby Unser. He spoke about driving for Dan Gurney at Indianapolis when they obliterated the track record by ~17 mph.
    To paraphrase Unser to the best of my recollection;
    The car was slow and didn't handle well. Gurney asked if he could try something. Unser replied, "Dan it's your car, I just drive it."
    Gurney went back to the trailer and bent up a piece of aluminum and stuck it on the rear wing.
    Unser was supposed to run a certain number of laps. He brings it back after two laps and tells Gurney to make some more for the front wings because the thing was now under steering terribly.
    Unser went back out and said he had never driven a car that was that good. He said it felt like it was twice as fast in the corners, even though he knew that was not true.


    Along the same vein I was listening to Pete Brock discussing the Daytona coupe at an event a couple of years ago.
    Someone asked about development on the cars. Brock said what development? We built it quickly, it worked and it won. Then it was old news when Ford turned it's attention to the GT40.

    Brock did talk about the spoiler that was applied to the rear of the Coupe.
    I believe it was at Spa or Reims and the driver said the rear of the car was squirrelly at high speed.
    Phil Remington took a couple of pieces of aluminum sheet and made up a spoiler.
    He used multiple pieces because they didn't have a single sheet that was large enough.
    The driver took it on the track and said the rear was great but now the front end was too light at speed.
    Remington drew a line across the top of the spoiler and trimmed it down a bit. The car ran great.
    Brock said the rest of the cars received the same spoiler and it remained that size as long as it was raced.

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    That was 1971, when a little tiny bit of alloy was "sweet jesus" lap time. Now days I can make 3 tons of downforce in my sleep but can't convince people it changes their lap time enough to be worth the effort.
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    Not sure when this was made, but he looks pretty spry for 83 years old.
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    <<-- wants to sleep with gixxer_drew
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    That's where I got the idea for my Gurney bubble on my Corvette. from the gt40 Gurney drove with AJ Foyt at Lemans in 1967.

    Gurney was too tall to fit in the car, so was I
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    Quote Originally Posted by vetteguy2005 View Post
    That's where I got the idea for my Gurney bubble on my Corvette. from the gt40 Gurney drove with AJ Foyt at Lemans in 1967.

    Gurney was too tall to fit in the car, so was I
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    Quote Originally Posted by tq3z View Post
    You're too tall to fit in anything though! Miss you buddy - how's everything been with you? Hope the East is takin' care of ya!
    Is Texas "east?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxer_drew View Post
    That was 1971, when a little tiny bit of alloy was "sweet jesus" lap time. Now days I can make 3 tons of downforce in my sleep but can't convince people it changes their lap time enough to be worth the effort.
    Just quoting this because yes
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    Quintessential American racer IMO. If there is one American racer I look up to and wish to emulate, it's Gurney.
    He gives hope to tall racing drivers everywhere.

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    He's still a sharp guy! Favorite quote: "No we didn't test. We didn't have a long list of excuses. We were either good or we weren't".

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