Thursday, March 03, 2016

in the new season of AmericCarna, Ray features the #48 Gurney Eagle, episode "The Eagle Soars" April 21st

Restored by George Lyons of Contemporary Motorcars in Eire Pennsylvania, because the standout work of his shop caught his attention.

Evernham tracked down the previous owner of the "Gurney Eagle" and bought the aging vehicle from him. It was thought to have disappeared more than 30 years ago. After its shell was shipped to Erie in January, Lyons, Slurkanich and Felix spent the next three months trying to make it look as much as it did in 1969.

Eagle 69 701

New for Dan Gurney to race at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 as the #48 Olsonite entry, fitted with a 318 ci Gurney Weslake Ford stock block V8. Finished 2nd at Indy and presumably the car in which Gurney finished 2nd at Continental Divide, 1st at Indianapolis Raceway Park, 1st and 2nd at Brainerd and 1st at Sears Point at the start of the 1970 season. Sold to Carroll Shelby to run for drag racing champion Danny Ongais at the Indy 500 in 1971, but after Ongais crashed the car at Phoenix in March, he stepped down. Jerry Grant took over the drive and qualified the car at Indy, only to be bumped from the field. Raced by Jim Malloy at two races later in 1971. Apparently not used again as the Norris Industries livery still visible on the unrestored car in Walter Goodwin's workshop in 2014. On display in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in May 2015.

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