Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Gurney Eagle is the most successful American built F1 car ever. Dan Gurney, with help from Carroll Shelby, designed and raced his own car. It has a Westlake V12 engine producing over 400 hp. But the motor had a problem with oil pooling in the sump, reducing its power output and reliability. The chassis was made of exotic metals, and the body was made of magnesium. Dan Gurney said it was like racing a Ronson cigarette lighter. He was aware of the 84 people killed by a magnesium body car that crashed and burned at Le Mans in 1955.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
This is the last car to win the Mille Miglia race in Italy when it was held on open public roads. Sadly another Ferrari blew a tire at 160 miles per hour killing driver Alfonso de Portago and navigator Edmund Nelson along with nine spectators. The tragedy ended open road racing in Italy. This car was built by Ferrari to compete with the more powerful, but less reliable, Maserati.
Monday, January 27, 2020
This is Ford GT40 chassis 1075 that won the Le Mans race in 1968 with Pedro Rodrigues and Lucien Bianchi driving and again in 1969 with Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver. Ford raced the GT40 to wins in 1966 and 1967, and then sold the racing operation to John Wyer who further developed this Mk I small block GT40 to create one of the most famous race cars of all time seen here in original Gulf racing colors.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
This is the first modern F1 car that used ground effects to create a vacuum under the car to make it stick to the track in the corners. Lotus won the constructors championship and Mario Andretti won the driver's championship with this car in 1978. Mario Andretti is the most successful American F1 driver having won 12 races.