50 Years Ago: The Eagle Flies

Thursday’s Email Update paid tribute to two great American racers and their victories – six years apart – at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

On June 18, 1967, 50 years ago this weekend, Dan Gurney and the Eagle won the Belgian GP, becoming the first American car/driver combination to win a Grand Prix since Jimmy Murphy and Duesenberg won the 1921 French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Six years earlier, also on June 18, Phil Hill led a Ferrari 1-2-3-4 finish in the 1961 Belgian GP on his way to becoming America’s first Formula One World Champion.

Both victories were subjects of Limited Edition prints published by The Motorsport Collector many years ago. Signed copies of both are still available.

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