An artist for Porsche

04. Jul 2024 
by Ziv Knoll

The 1962 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Rouen-Les-Essarts on 8 July 1962 and it was won by American Dan Gurney, driving a 8-cylinder Porsche. It was his first Formula One victory (picture above) and Porsches only win as a constructor in a F1 Championship race, so far.

Dan Gurney was particularly known for his exceptionally fluid driving style. On rare occasions, as when his car fell behind with minor mechanical troubles and he felt he had nothing to lose, he would abandon his classic technique and adopt a more aggressive and spectacular style.

One week after this first victory, he repeated the success in a non-championship F1 race in front of Porsche’s home crowd at Stuttgart’s Solitude Racetrack. He is seen on the picture below on the podium with Swede Jo Bonnier.

Source: DR

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