Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dan Gurney 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner

Note from Jake: As I write this, the 2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans is going on in France, so I thought the timing would be perfect to begin rolling out this amazing story. I will be working on completing this story in much more detail in the future, so check back.

I would like to thank Bill LaMantia who is a reader of Jake's Rolex World for sharing his amazing insight into the history of auto-racing, as well as providing the impetus for this amazing Rolex story...

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Dan Gurney
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner
Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust

Dan Gurney is an American race car driver, race car designer, and team owner. With an amazing career dating back to 1958, he is considered to be one of the living God's of racing. Dan Gurney is pictured below after winning the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. His teammate for the race, A. J. Foyt is standing next to him. This photo is very famous as Dan Gurney did not drink alcohol, so when they won, he shook-up the champagne, and popped the cork and poured it all over the place–a tradition that he started, which continues to this day.

In the photo below, we see a close-up of Dan Gurney's Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet

The Ford GT40 that Dan Guryney and A.J. Foyt won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans in is pictured below. By the way, this is the first and only time an All-American team, driving an American car has ever won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans!!!

Dan Gurney's 2012 Le Mans Delta Wing

By the way, Dan Gurney is still extremely active in sports car racing, and at the 2012, his team is racing  his experimental GT Class  Delta Wing which is pictured below.

The video below was taken earlier today and I am sharing with you so you can see what the race looks like today. Rolex is the official timer of the 2012 24 Hours of Lemans, and at the beginning of the video, you can see the Rolex timing clock.

Here is a Road & Track video that goes behind the scenes with Audi and Toyota drivers, including Tom Kristensen who is a Rolex Ambassador.