Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dan Gurney, 1931-2018


Very sad to know that race driver, car builder, team owner (and my cousin) Dan Gurney died today from complications of pneumonia. I'll miss his courage, tenacity, kindness, and humor.

23 comments:

Glenn Tait said...

So sorry to hear about your cousin. Thoughts and condolences with you and your family.

Kevin Mayes said...

Sorry for your loss, James.

Dick Hill said...

I'm sorry to hear about Dan, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I think of you and Dan whenever I see a Gurney flap on some supercar wing - too cool.

Crooner Dean said...

Thank you for introducing Dan Gurney through your posts over the years. The vibrant yellow Pepsi Challenger car of his that you painted while interviewing him seemed to speak to his bright can-do disposition. What an inspiration! Warm condolences to the family.

Berit said...

Sorry to hear about your sad loss. My condolences!

Mario said...

An hommage on the Twitter page of Ferrari Racing Team:

https://twitter.com/ScuderiaFerrari/status/952862010307497984

Also on the italian print:

http://www.corriere.it/sport/18_gennaio_15/addio-dan-gurney-ha-corso-vinto-anche-la-ferrari-872a37cc-f9e4-11e7-b7a0-515b75eef21a.shtml

Tom Hart said...

My condolences too, James. Like many others, I'm grateful that you have shared memories of your cousin Dan.

Lester Yocum said...

I saw the article in the news sites and thought of you. Condolences to you and your families.

Johnathan O'Connor said...

My condolences to you and your family, James. Your painting of Dan's Pepsi Challenger is a beautiful (and pictorially exciting) tribute to what sounds like just one of the many things, tangible or otherwise, that he brought into the world.

Jayson Mondala said...

James, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept and send my condolences and thoughts for you and his family.

Willow's Quiet Corner said...

I can only echo the thoughts others have expressed here. I am so sorry for your loss.

Pip Emma said...

My husband says Dan Gurney was the only person to win a Formula One race in an American-designed car, and that Dan was the designer. He’ll be missed.

David King said...

Sorry for your loss James, the whole motorsports world mourns with you, the man was a legend.

JaneBucci said...

Sorry to hear this, James. Wishing you and your family peace as you mourn his loss.

Alan Anderson said...

Sorry for your loss. peace

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Sorry to hear of your cousin's passing. Condolences to you and his entire family.

Warren JB said...

Condolences, James.

Bonny Wagoner said...

Sorry for your loss.

Meera Rao said...

Condolences, James - Take care!

Dragon Dave said...

I remember seeing his Toyota GTP Prototypes in San Diego in '92, when they dominated the IMSA championship. I was kind of upset with him then, as I'd always been a fan of the Nissan Cars that took Geoff Brabham to multiple championships. But he won me over the following year, with his personable interviews, and the way he let PJ Jones and Juan Manuel Fangio II. He seemed like a really fair team boss, and a really nice guy.

Gregory Garcia said...

Sorry to hear. My grandfather just died of pneumonia also. His was rather sudden, but he was 95. No regrets. Full life.

Jim Mitchell said...

Very sad new James, my sympathies

Linda said...

Autoweek had several articles in their hardcopy Feb 12 2018 edition. I tried to find them online and it looks like they were published electronically during January. They gave me a fuller picture of his life and accomplishments and how well regarded he was.
http://autoweek.com/search-results#stq=gurney&stp=1