Dan Gurney and the AAR Eagles



Cars Driven by Dan Gurney
1954 375 MM: This car (#0362AM) Was purchased by Tony Parravono and driven by Jack McAfee in the USA in 1954 & 1955. An accident in '55 resulted in the car being rebodied by Jack Sutton and purchased and raced by Frank Arciero. Drivers included Skip Hudson and Bob Bondurant, as well as Dan Gurney who drove the car to several wins in 1959 & 1960, including a win at Riverside in the LA Times GP for Sports Cars.
Model by BEST 1/43
1960 Maserati Tipo 61: The 'Birdcage' was produced between 1959 and 1961 by Maserati for racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reliability issues with the Tipo 61 made it unsuccessful at the La Sarthe circuit. It did do well however on shorter endurance races. A Birdcage won the Nurburgring 1000km race in 1960 & 1961. This is the 1960 winner driven by Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney. Lloyd "Lucky" Casner founded the Casner Motor Racing Division, or Camoradi, famous for campaigning these cars.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/18
1962 Lotus 19: The Lotus 19 was built from 1960 until 1963 and is a widened version of the successful Formula 1 Lotus 18. It was also known as the Monte Carlo, to honor Stirling Moss for his win (Lotus' first F1 win) there. Dan Gurney enjoyed considerable success at the wheel of this Arciero Brothers Lotus 19-Climax. Gurney won the Daytona Continental 3 Hour in 1962, his engine expired, he coasted and stopped just feet from the finish line with a minute left in the race. Using the starter motor, he crossed the finish line as time expired to win.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1962 Porsche 804: Porsche introduced the 804 for the '62 F1 season. An new car with a 1.5L flat-eight cylinder air-cooled engine capable of 180 bhp, Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier drove for the team and Gurney won the French GP in its first race, the car's only F1 championship victory. The car did not handle as well, or have the power of the competition. Porsche with drew from F1 at the end of the season.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43

1963 Brabham BT7: The successor to the BT3, the Repco-Brabham BT7 was used by the Brabham team during the 1963 and 1964 F1 seasons and briefly into 1965 when Denny Hulme made his racing debut in a BT7. Jack Brabham and Dan Gurney were the team drivers in 1963 and they were able to secure third place for Brabham in the Constructors Championship. Gurney finished 2nd at the Dutch GP in this car, behind Jim Clark driving for Lotus and ahead of John Surtees Ferrari. Gurney took two wins with the BT7 in 1964 at the French and South African GP's. The BT7 was powered by the 1.5L Coventry Climax V8 engine.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1963 Ford Galaxie 500: The Motor Trend 500 was run between 1963 and 1971 at Riverside International Raceway. In 1963, Dan Gurney was drafted by Holman and Moody to drive their 427 cu. in. Ford Galaxie 500 to capitalize on Gurney's road racing experieince. Setting pole position Gurney won the first of his five NASCAR wins at Riverside.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: Phil Hill and Dan Gurney drove the Shelby American entry at Sebring in 1963, plagued by mechanical trouble, they finished 29th in this car (Chassis CSX2128). The 4.7L (289 cu. in. powered Cobra was successfully campaigned by Shelby in SCCA and USRRC races during the rest of the 1963, with Dave McDonald doing the driving. It was briefly campaigned by Coventry Motors in 1963, before being entered again by Shelby in the 1964 season, driven by Ken Miles and Ed Leslie.
Model by BOX 1/43
1964 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Cobra to a 8th place finish and 1st in class (GT+ 3.0) finish at the 1964 Targa Florio. This small block Cobra with its 4.7L V8 engine with four Weber carbs that produced 400bhp, Borg Warner 4-speed transmission, IRS and, disc brakes; this was the ultimate development of the FIA Cobras. Since the new Daytona coupes were not suited for the brutal Targa Florio, the rugged Cobra roadster was used instead. Gurney and Grant's effort was important for Shelby to keep in the hunt for the The GT Manufacturers Championship which was ultimately won by Ferrari in 1964, with Shelby Cobra second.,
Model by BANG 1/43

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: The Ford powered Daytona Coupe driven by Gurney and Bondurant at Le Mans in 1964, finished 4th behind three Ferrari prototypes and helpe galvanize Ford's resolve to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. They did finish first in the GT class however, ahead of the highest placing Ferrari 250 GTO.
Model by TSM 1/43
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Daytona Coupe (CSX2286) at Le Mans in 1965, one of five Shelby Daytona's entered to take on Ferrari in the GT catagories that year. All five cars were prepared for Le Mans by Alan Mann Racing. Two entries were by Sheby American, one by Ford of France, another by AC Cars and the fifth by Scuderia Filipinetti. Gurney in a Shelby entry had a great start and the car was in 5th position when excess engine vibration caused the crankshaft to fail at 2 am and were classified 22nd.
Model by TSM 1/43

1967 Mercury Cougar Trans-Am: Dan Gurney drove this Cougar at the Daytona 300 mile race in 1967, where qualified on the pole, but failed to finish due to oil leakage. Gurney drove for Bud Moore in the Cougar again at Sebring 4 Hours (DNF), Green Valley 4 Hours (win) and Kent Trans-Am (3rd).
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1964 Lotus 19B: Near the end of 1963, Pacesetter Homes Racing had Lotus build a 19 for their team, but to take a Ford V8 instead of the usual smaller bore Climax engine. It was the only one of the eleven Lotus 19's built in this configuration and was given the model designation 19B. Dan Gurney was enlisted to drive the 5.0L engined car which produced 360 bhp, due to his success at driving a 19 for the Arciero Brothers. At the time, it was the fastest sports car in the world, but its weakness was the Colotti transaxle, which caused multiple failures. At the Times GP at Riverside in 1964, Gurney took pole position. , but subsequently retired with suspension failure. Gurney had modest success in the 19B, but by the 1965 season it was obsolete.
Model by MA Models 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2: The Northwest has always been host to top tier racing and the USRRC race held at SIR in '66 was no exception. Seattle's Jerry Grant put this Lola-Ford on the pole for Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, but lost the race to a young driver who collected his first major win, Mark Donohue driving for Roger Penske, when he developed engine trouble. USRRC was quickly fading in popularity to the new Can Am series.
Model by GMP 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2: Although usually powered by Chevy engines, Dan Gurney employed a aluminum block 305 c.i. Westlake-Eagle Ford in his Lola T70's. Gurney's All-American Racers ran Lola's in both the USRRC and Can Am series in 1966, putting AAR on the racing map as a top competitor in each series, along with their success in Indy and F1 racing.
Model by BEST 1/43
1966 Lola T70 Mk2: Dan Gurney's attention in 1966 was on his F1 effort, but he did race the second round of the 1966 Can Am Championship at Bridgehampton. Not only did Gurney win the race, but became the only Ford powered car to win a Can Am race. This is a special model signed by Gurney and limited to 50 models, of which this is #32.
Model by MARSH MODELS 1/43

1966 Ford GT40 MkII: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this car at Le Mans in '66 and led the early part of the race. Gurney had set the best time to take the pole position and also turned the fastest lap during the race. They continued to lead at a rapid pace, the Miles car close behind, until an over heating engine forced retirement in the 18th hour. Excluding the engine, the Mk IV was totally different from other GT40s, using a specific chassis and specific bodywork.
Model by IXO 1/43
1966 Ford GT40 MkII: Before their drive at Le Mans, Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant teamed up for the 1966 Sebring 12 hr. race. Gurney had set pole position, setting a new qualifying record. Strategy was to have the pair set a face pace to "wear out" the Ferrari and Chaparral entries. They ended up leading most of the race, the engine blew on the final turn with Gurney at the wheel. He pushed the car across the finish line, only to be disqualified for doing so.
Model by BANG 1/43
1966 Ford GT40 MkII: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this car at Le Mans in '66 and led the early part of the race. Gurney had set the best time to take the pole position and also turned the fastest lap during the race. They continued to lead at a rapid pace, the Miles car close behind, until an over heating engine forced retirement in the 18th hour. Excluding the engine, the Mk IV was totally different from other GT40s, using a specific chassis and specific bodywork.
Model by IXO 1/43
1967 Ford GT MkIV (LE MANS WINNER): A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, led all but the first 90 minutes of the 1967 Le Mans race, to claim Ford's greatest victory over Ferrari. When the winners mounted the victory stand, Gurney was handed the traditional magnum of champagne. Looking down, he saw Henry Ford II, Carroll Shelby and their wives, as well as several journalists who had predicted disaster for the high-profile duo. Gurney shook the bottle and sprayed everyone nearby, establishing a tradition reenacted in victory celebrations the world over ever since.
Model by IXO 1/43

1969 McLaren/Eagle M6B "McLeagle": Dan Gurney purchased a year-old McLaren M6B in 1968 and knew that to be competitive for the 1969 season, his AAR team would need to update and upgrade the older McLaren. Using knowledge gained in F1, AAR improved front and rear suspension, also installing a small-block (5.6L) Ford engine with aluminum heads, producing 540 bhp. For 1969 a wings were installed, but Ford didnt deliver a big-block engine until late in the season. Gurney abandoned the McLeagle project after two seasons.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Ford Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang: Dan Gurney drove one race for Shelby Raccing in the 1969 Trans-Am and that was at Laguna Seca. Gurney finished 3rd behind the Penske Camaro's of Mark Donohue and Ed Leslie. He was teamed with Peter Revson who finished 4th. For the 1969 Trans-Am season, Ford's Kar Kraft helped both the Shelby and Bud Moore teams take on the Camaro's with substantially modified Mustangs, which had little in common with the street version. Ford was not able to best Chevrolet in 1969, with Camaro taking 8 series wins to the Mustang's 4.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda: Dan Gurney and his All American Racers (AAR) were contracted by Plymouth in 1970 to campaign cars for himself and Swede Savage to drive in the Trans-Am series. AAR built three of the dark blue cars for running in the series, but budget cuts at Chrysler meant Gurney would only drive the first two races of the season. Plymouth finished fifth in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship with no wins and just 15 points.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1970 McLaren M8D: The M8D was a continuation of the big block powered Can Am McLarens, using a fiberglass wider body over an aluminum monocoque chassis, the body incorporating a large wing. Powered by a 7.6L Chevy V8 producing 680 bhp, McLaren's domonated Can Am competition. Tragedy struck the team in 1970 when Bruce McLaren was killed while testing the M8D at Goodwood. Dan Gurney was drafted into the team during the first races of the season, with Peter Gethin taking his seat the remainder of the season. Gurney had two wins at Mosport and Mont Tremblant in this car.
Model by SPARK 1/43


AAR Eagles
1967 Eagle-Weslake T1G: Bruce McLaren drove for Dan Gurney's Anglo American Racers team in the '67 French GP at the new Bugatti circuit at Le Mans, his new car not being ready. He put the Eagle on the second row, but retired due to electrical problems. The Eagle, powered by a Weslake V12 engine producing 370 hp, was always fast in qualifying, but the cars suffered from engine reliability. Gurney won the Belgian GP in an Eagle, but that was the high point of these lovely F1 cars. AAR quit F1 in 1968.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1967 Eagle-Weslake T1G: Designed by Len Terry for the start of the 1966 F1 season, the Eagle T1G or Mark 1 initially had a 2.7L Coventry Climax inline 4-cylinder engine before the 3.0L Gurney Weslake engine was developed. Despite excellent qualifying results, the cars could only manage to finish two races in 1967, both podium finishes. Dan Gurney drove this car to victory at the Grand Prix of Belgium. That win in Belgium still stands as the only Formula One victory for a USA-built car.
Model by TRUE SCALE 1/43
1967 Olsonite-Eagle MkIV: All-American Racers built seven Eagles for the 1967 USAC Champ Car season with the main aim being success at Indy. In conjunction with Weslake using a production Ford engine (302 cu in V8) as the basis, the cars were plagued with engine reliability issues. For the last race of the season at Riverside,they used newly designed MkIV heads and Gurney took 1st place at the Rex Mays 300. This was also the first AAR partnership with Olsonite as a sponsor.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1968 Eagle Mk4-Offy (Indianapolis 500 Winner): Bobby Unser won the 1968 Indy 500, a race which for the second year in a row Andy Granatelli's STP Turbine led late in the race, but once again failed to finish. Unser actually led most of the race 127 laps in his Offy powered Eagle and took the lead for good on the 191st lap, to win his first of three Indy 500's.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1969 Olsonite-Eagle Mk7: At the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in 1969, Dan Gurney would repeat his second place performance of the year before. He qualified his car 4th on the grid, but was never able to catch race leader Mario Andretti. The 1969 edition of the Indy 500 was the first year that no front engined cars qualified. AJ Foyt set pole and was favored to win his 4th Indy, but mechanical problems kept him out of the running. The Olsonite-Eagle was an all new Tony Southgate wedge shape design, powered by a stock block 5.2L Gurney-Weslake tuned Ford V8 engine. This car had a long, successful racing career with AAR, sold to Shelby in 1971 for Danny Ongais and Jerry Grant to run at Indy but the car failed to qualify.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1972 AAR Eagle 72: The Eagle 72 was the fastest Indy car of 1972, and also the most popular customer Indy car of its era. Bobby Unser placed his Eagle (Ch. #7203) on the Pole at the 1972 Indy 500, with a qualifying speed of 195.94 MPH and hit 200 MPH during qualifying. Both Indy records! Unser failed to finish the 500 due to a failed ignition rotor, finishing 30th. Powered by an AAR engineered Drake-Offy 2.6L turbo engine, which would be developed to produce 1100 hp, the Eagle 72 dominated Indy car racing in 1972 & 1973. It brought a new era of aerodynamics to Indy car racing with its innovative design.
Model by REPLICARZ 1/43
1973 AAR Eagle 72 (Indianapolis 500 Winner): Gordon Johncock won the 1973 Indy 500 for STP/Patrick Racing in this AAR Eagle 72 (Ch. #7217). The 1973 Indy was a rain delayed, accident marred and tragic event. A major accident at the start caused the race to be postponed, and then rain delayed the race until it was finally run two days later. After the start, a major crash which eventually would take the life of Johncock's teammate Swede Savage on lap 58 was followed by a pit crew member on the STP/Patrick team being killed by an emergency vehicle racing through the pits. Mercifully, rain halted the race on Lap 133, with Johncock, who had led the most laps and was leading, was declared the winner. Johncock would win Indy again in 1982 under much happier circumstances.
Model by REPLICARZ 1/43
1975 AAR Eagle 74 (Indianapolis 500 Winner): Bobby Unser took the second of his three Indy 500 wins at Indy in 1975, piloting the Jorgensen -Eagle 74. Dan Gurney, who finished second as a driver himself twice at Indy, won his first and only Indy 500 as an owner. On lap 174, just 26 laps from the finish of the '75 Indy 500, after a long yellow caution brought out by a major accident ton Lap 170; the skies opened up and the race was eventually red flagged and Unser pronounced the winner. He was having a fierce race with Johhny Rutherford and AJ Foyt at that point, who would have one had the race gone the distance is great for speculation. Unser won his third Indy 500 in 1981.
Model by REPLICARZ 1/43

1993 Eagle-Toyota MkIII GTP (DAYTONA WINNER): Before the win at Sebring in 1993, Dan Gurney's All American Racers won Daytona, with P.J. Jones, Rocky Moran and Mark Dismore driving this MkIII Eagle to the win. It was the start of a great year in IMSA for AAR and Toyota. Jones and Moran drove this car to a 3rd place at Sebring and second at Mid-Ohio. Between Jones and teammate Juan Manuel Fangio III, they would win 10 of the 11 IMSA GTP races in 1993. The only race they didn't win was at Road America, which they didn't enter. 1993 was the final year of the GTP class in IMSA racing, with factory support and Camel sponsorship ending, it was the end of a great era.
Model by TSM 1/43
1993 Eagle-Toyota MkIII GTP (SEBRING WINNER): Driven by Juan Manuel Fangio III and Andy Wallace to victory at Sebring in 1993, it was the second consecutive year the pair had driven this car to the winners circle at the twelve hour race. Designed and built by Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, the Mk III's dominated IMSA GTP racing in '92 & '93. They scored 21 of 27 races, including 14 straight earning Toyota the manufacturers title and Fangio II the drivers title both years. A Toyota 2.7L four, turbo producing 700 bhp provided the power to smoke the competition in the IMSA Camel GTP class.
Model by TRUE SCALE 1/43



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