Opens a sample of the work of Dan Gurney, one of the pioneers of motor racing modern

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The Eagle mkII GTP from the Imsa in 1991. He won 11 of 10 races.

Dan Gurney is a name that only the most veteran fans of europeans can get to remember, but in the united States is a legend of motorsport. Pilot and constructor, a few categories had to be resisted to this californian by adoption.

The Museum of Petersen in Los Angeles will open the next day 27 an exhibition called “The Eagles Have Landed: Dan Gurney’s All American Racers, in honor of the extensive and prolific career of the pilot and constructor, born in 1931.

Was the first pilot in the history who managed to win races in the world championships Formula 1, Sports Cars (the predecessor of the current WEC) including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and Indy Car. Until today, only two other drivers have achieved this feat, Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya.

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The Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda 1970 for the Trans Am.

Dan Gurney was you be in the habit of spraying champagne to those present during the celebration of the podium, the first time I was aware of this gesture was when Gurney and A. J. Foyt celebrated the victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1967, the second consecutive victory in a Ford GT40.

, Gurney was responsible for a type of flap that bears his name, the “Gurney flap”, the first advance aerodynamic of a car transferred to the aviation sector. During a test run as team principal, his pilot, at that time, Bobby Unser, was complaining of the performance of the new vehicle that they were testing, and to improve its stability to the Gurney came up with to install a small flap at the end of the rear spoiler, mode spoiler fixed at the end of the spoiler.

This device did not improve instantly the car, because it offered much more downforce, but Gurney and Unser managed to control it by tweaking the front support. This system was used by the team of Gurney for years, with the excuse that was used for the mechanics not to do damage with the wing when pushing or manipulate the vehicle. It was not until a few years after it was discovered the secret.

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the Disposal of the “Gurney flap”.

The “Gurney flap increases the drag coefficient and this advance spent years after in the aviation sector, thanks to the engineer of Douglas Aircraft, Bob Liebeck, who called it this way.

The american pilot also was the first to employ Formula 1 to an integral helmet and was the last to win a Great Prize of F1 with a car of their own, the Belgian GP of 1967 at the controls of the Eagle T1G V12-engined Weslake.

Although the fame of Dan Gourney in Europe is due to its performance on the track in Formula 1, where he raced for several teams including Scuderia Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, or McLaren, and the World Championship of Constructors, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Eagle Weslake T1G V12.

Was the founder of the team All American Racers, which competed in Europe under the name Anglo American Racers and with headquarters in England, and developed their own vehicles, the Eagle.

The achievements of All American Racers in the united States was impeccable. Participating in disciplines as disparate as USAC and CART Champ Car, defeating the Indy 500 on three occasions in addition to other 48 tests, the Trans Am or IMSA GTP. In this latter case also, the performance of the team is popularly known as the reason for the disappearance of the series, since AAR’s completely dominated.

The team of Gurney came in 1983 in IMSA with the spectacular Toyota Celica, and 1988 were passed to the category of GTP. In this championship won 21 of the 27 races in which they took part, being 1991, his best season.

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Eagle mkIII IMSA GTP #99, 8 wins in 11 races.

That year took part with the Eagle mkIII engine Toyota, a 4-cylinder in-line supercharged, delivering some 800 CV and more than 13,500 Nm torque maximum. Competed with two units, one of them gained 8 victories and the second only two, for a total of 11 runs.

In the Museum, Petersen will be exposed to some of the models most mythical of the career of the pilot, as the Eagle of the Indy with the achieved the doublet Bobby Unser and Dan Gurney at the Indy 500, 1968. We will also see the Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda, the road version of the model that was prepared for running AARS in the Trans Am of the time and that were manufactured about 2,700 copies.

One of the vehicles most strangers will see is one of the 36 Gurney Alligator A6 manufactured. A strange design of motorcycle in which the pilot and builder he was working for years.

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Alligator A6, one of the most strange Gurney.

Features seat with back rest located at the same height of the engine, down to the maximum the center of gravity of the bike. A strange design that had no impact on the market, but that is another of the unique creations of the pilot, it seems that rest was not of their targets in the life.