Dan, driving Frank Arciero’s 4.9 Ferrari, chases Carroll Shelby in John Edgar’s 4.9 at Riverside on November 17, 1957. Although Shelby won, Gurney led at times and was only five seconds behind Shelby at the finish. This was truly the first time Dan came to everyone’s attention.
Photo: Allen Kuhn
A number of those among us stood head and shoulder above all others during the Golden Age of Motorsports. Juan Fangio, Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, John Fitch, Dan Gurney and Phil Hill immediately come to mind. Only one from that exhalted group, however, was proposed for President of the United States: Daniel Sexton Gurney. Of course it was all in fun, but I seem to remember unbounded enthusiasm among young ladies of the time, including my then girlfriend, the daughter…
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