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Daniel Sexton Gurney is da man!

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Daniel Sexton Gurney is da man!
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 8:06 PM
Here's my version of one of Dan Gurney's Riverside winners. If it hadn't of happened on a road course it would have really been embarassing. In six starts in the Riverside 500 Dan Gurney won five of them including the first four. Now you know them good ol' boys ain't supposed to be outrun by no sporty car driver. As a true son of the South, I didn't have any problem with that.....especially after reading about some of his exploits in the Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dashes. Seems it took a gas stop for him to even know he was being chased, let alone caught, by the cops. While he and co-driver Brock Yates were stopped for gas a wild eyed and somewhat shaken highway patrol officer came sliding in to store wher they were gassing up. He informed them that they had broken every speeding law in the book and probably eight of the Ten Commandments on "his" highway. After taking his medicine like a man it then dawned on the cop who he was dealing with and tried to get "chummy" and talk about how fast the Ferrari they were driving was. He asked Gurney, after clocking him at a very impressive velocity, just how fast that car really was. Yates, who has been known to do some pretty legandary things behind the wheel himself, said he wanted to try to climb into the glove compartment and hide when he saw the change come over Gurney who had been trying to be pleasant. Gurney, the all American boy, looked the cop dead in the eye and said, "Why don't you just roll out on the highway with me and I'll show you just what a fast car is. " The veneer of civilization may be thicker on the Gurneys than on the Turners but if you scratch below the surface of a racer they're all the same underneath.
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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:55 PM
Thanks for posting another one of those great models mitchum!
I never get tired of looking at them.

Did you happen to catch Gurney and Yates' appearances on Speed TV's Windtunnel? They had some interesting things to say about that cross-country race.

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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  • From: TRENTON, OHIO
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 10:23 PM
great story mithum , thanksThumbs UpThumbs Up

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Posted by lizardqing2 on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 12:41 AM
Always nice to get some great history behind a great model!
Chris
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 12:15 PM
mitchem, thanks for the model of the car and a great Gurney story! He was one of my favorite drivers.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 6:57 PM
Thanks guys. MojoDoctor, no cable so I missed that but would have loved to see it. Been a fan of Brock "the Assasin" Yates ever since my folks bought me a subscription to Car and Driver for my birthday in '64. Have you ever read his book "Sunday Driver"? It has one of the all time great stock car "cheaters" stories ever written.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:55 AM
Mitchum......

Not only have I read Sunday Driver, I'm in it! Who do you think "borrowed" the wipers off the E-Type Jag at the Glen Trans-Am? It was Moi!!!Big Smile

Yates lives about 25 miles from my home and I do see him once in a while, however he does have a bit of an ego issue![:0]

I crewed for the Warren Agor Trans-Am team at selected races in 1972 and 73. MY friend was crew chief so I was dratfed as the "Gofer". And Yates does not tell a lot about what happened at the Michigan Trans-Am, Dave Hoselton, our Chevy dealer sponsor was driving the Yates car in the SCCA Nationals at the track that same weekend....the car that Yates said "handled like a pig" was just fine for Dave and he beat Brocks lap times despite being in only his third race....
[:0]

I have lots of slides that I am just getting scanned so I can post some pix of Brock and the car soon.

RickApprove
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 22, 2004 10:25 AM
Thanks for letting me in on the "rest of the story". The next time you see that crazy old man tell him that he probably saved a teenage kid from killing himself when he put that "Thunder Road" '57 Ford "on roads that angels feared to tread". Probably all evened out though because it was reading his stuff in the early '60s in Car and Driver that got me on those roads to begin with. LOL Seriously though, I'd love to email some pics of my cars and tell him how much I've enjoyed his writing these many years.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 5:17 PM
If only FORD would come to their senses and let Dan handle the Jaguar F1 team, better yet give it to him and let it become the new AAR. It's a shame....when they were Stewarts they were the one of the top teams.

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