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Dan Gurney: The Ultimate Racer Hardcover – 1 Aug 2000
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This legendary American, was an all-rounder , winning in sports car, Formula 1, stock car, Indy and endurance events. In 1967, in the space of only two months he achieved a front row grid position in the Indianapolis 500 with a car of his own making, won the Le Mans 24 hours with A.J. Foyt in a Ford Mk IV and came first in the Belgian Grand Prix in his Eagle V123.
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Karl Ludvigsen’s book recounts many of Gurney’s biggest victories, as well as his many disappointments. And there were many disappointments (two recounted above), so much so that for three decades “Gurney Luck” was a term as familiar to racers as “Gurney-Flap.” (“The Gurney-Flap” is a small tab projecting from the trailing edge of a wing, to increase downforce, developed in Gurney’s shop.) Indeed, wherever he raced, Gurney was always among the quickest, if not THE quickest. His record of near misses is legendary. Ludvigsen recounts Gurney’s meteoric rise to the top of motor racing, from club racer to F-1 driver in less than two years. Also covered are a number of Gurney’s questionable career choices, leaving three teams on the brink of winning all the marbles (Ferrari, BRM and Brabham). Also covered is Gurney’s midas’ touch as deal-maker: pulling off the Lotus-Ford deal that revolutionized Indy and made Ford a seven-time Indy winner, his association with Goodyear that bankrolled All-American Racers, and (discussed briefly) his association with Toyota that created the IMSA dominant Toyota Eagle. And, too, his association with Carroll Shelby and a series of memorable drives in Ford Cobras, culminating in victory in a Shelby-prepped Ford Mk IV at Le Mans.
The book contains quotes by the likes of Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Jack Brabham, and may others. Included are a treasure-trove of photographs, taken around the world, in black & white and in color, some famous, some obscure. The book is published on glossy, heavy paper stock, and the text is ample, well-written, and well edited. While Gurney was not consulted directly, his quotes run throughout the book. This is a top-notch book. Five stars.
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