Remembering Dan Gurney's 1967 Golden Week06/18/2019
Back in June, 1967, Dan Gurney pulled off something that seems impossible today. On Sunday the 11th, paired with A.J. Foyt in a Ford GT40 MkIV entered by Shelby American, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Exactly a week later, he also won the Belgian Grand Prix in a car of his own construction, the Eagle T1G. It was his, and American motorsport’s, golden week.
Two years ago, Gurney spoke with our motorsports correspondent Marshall Pruett about the events, his memories of them, and his feelings on what happened since. We’re re-sharing the resulting podcast today since it’s the 52nd anniversary of that Spa win, and, well, we don’t need an excuse to celebrate Gurney.
Winning Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix in quick succession would be remarkable for any driver, but it was especially so for Gurney. He was out to prove Americans could compete with Europe’s best, and in that one week in 1967, he did so with stunning fashion.
To this day, 1967 remains the only time an American team with an all-American driver lineup and an American car have won Le Mans overall. On the podium, Gurney also started the tradition of spraying champagne, as if he hadn’t done enough yet.
At Spa, he became the first of just two F1 drivers to win in a car of their own construction—the other was Bruce McLaren—and that gorgeous Eagle T1G remains the only American car to win an F1 Grand Prix.
I could go on. Instead, you should just listen to The Big Eagle’s chat with Pruett.
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