fbpx

What a month of June!

16. Jan 2024 
by Ziv Knoll
1121 views

The 1967 Belgian Grand Prix was held on the great Spa-Francorchamps circuit on 18 June 1967. The 28-lap race of the 14,1 km race track was won by Eagle driver Dan Gurney, after he started from second position. Jackie Stewart finished second for the BRM team and Ferrari driver Chris Amon completes the podium (picture-above).

After Clark, the leader, had a lengthy pitstop to change a faulty spark plug and Stewart’s gearshift started faltering, Gurney set a new track record to catch and pass him 8 laps from the end and gain a maiden victory for the beautiful magnesium and titanium Eagle car.

The light weight and advanced aerodynamics of the car made it very fast, and Gurney shattered Tony Brooks’ record average of 143 mph (set some 8 years earlier) on his way to victory. The Eagle was timed at 196 mph (!) on the back straight, an extraordinary speed for a car with an (Weslake) engine producing about 400 hp.

It was a fantastic month of June for Dan Gurney, who had arrived at Spa fresh from his Le Mans victory with A.J.Foyt and Ford.

 

 

Source: DR

Leave a comment