Race Retro Pays Homage To Racing Legend Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney
Formula One car Dan Gurney raced the McLaren M14A

Racing fans will pay homage to one of it’s greats as Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport honours the late great Dan Gurney at this year’s show.

The exciting event will be held at Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, with the last Formula One car Gurney raced on display – the McLaren M14A.

Dan Gurney

American racing driver Dan Gurney, who died in January at the age of 86, won four Grands Prix including the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix behind the wheel of his own car, the Eagle-Westlake T1G, which he entered under his Anglo American Racers banner.

He also competed in NASCAR and at the Indy 500 throughout the 1960s. While Gurney never secured the win at the Indy, he started from the front row and scored three top-three finishing positions.

Dan Gurney
Formula One car Dan Gurney raced the McLaren M14A

Bruce McLaren

Gurney, a Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductee, became involved with McLaren following the death of Bruce McLaren in 1970. He jumped into the cockpit of Bruce’s Can-Am M8D and drove it to victory at Mosport Park less than two-weeks later despite having little time to drive or test the car.

He then drove the McLaren M14A in a ‘handful’ of Grands Prix, and despite not winning, McLaren cited Gurney as a talisman for the team, with ‘his stoic resolve and determination helping glue it together as it grappled to find direction in the wake of its founder’s death.’

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The McLaren M14A, kindly on loan from motorsport specialists Hall & Hall, was built for the 1970 and 1971 World Championship. An evolution of the previous M7A and M7C, the M14A featured rear brakes that were mounted inboard instead of outboard, was powered by a Cosworth DFV V8 and a Hewland 5-speed manual gearbox.

Race Retro Event Director Lee Masters said: “Dan Gurney was a motorsport legend and so to be able to honour him at this year’s show is a real privilege. Huge thanks go to Hall & Hall for helping to make this happen with such a significant car.”

Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live hosts showstopping displays of iconic cars including a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ground-effects era, a tribute to David Richards and Prodrive, 30 years of Jaguar at Le Mans, and Porsche’s continued commitment to motorsport.

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from February 23-25 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.com.

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