The Physics Of Fred Flintstone's Flaming Feet

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from Scientific American, Green Car Reports, The New York Times, and Hemmings. » 4/23/13 5:29pm 4/23/13 5:29pm

See What Happens When Dan Gurney And A 1985 Toyota Supra Take On NYC

After an amazing career in motorsports behind the wheel of some of the greatest machines to ever hit the track, we imagine hooning the 1985 Toyota Supra in the middle of New York City on a Toyota commercial shoot would seem like just another day at the office for Dan Gurney. » 2/11/12 2:00pm 2/11/12 2:00pm

This is the first bottle of champagne sprayed after winning a race

You'd think that the tradition of spraying a bottle of champagne from the winner's podium after a race was as old as sports itself. It's not. It didn't start until 1967 when Dan Gurney did it for the first time after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This was the bottle he used. » 8/12/11 2:00pm 8/12/11 2:00pm

The exquisite insides of a Maserati Birdcage

The Birdcage was a wonder, and the epitome of pre-monocoque race car design, a gossamer web of 200 pencil-thin chro-moly steel tubes welded fillet brazed into a delicate space frame which weighed all of 90 pounds. » 7/08/11 12:30pm 7/08/11 12:30pm

Your ridiculously cool vintage Chevy V8 wallpaper is here

Photographer Brad Fox captured the business end of a 5.0-liter Chevy V8 mounted in what looks like one of Dan Gurney's Eagle F5000 cars. The 1600-px version is here and the giganto-desktop version is on our Facebook page. » 3/16/11 5:30pm 3/16/11 5:30pm

How F1 started using full-face helmets

Apart from inventing an aerodynamic device and becoming the last man to win a Grand Prix in a car of his own design, what has Dan Gurney ever done for Formula One? Why, he introduced the full-face helmet in 1968. » 2/14/11 1:00pm 2/14/11 1:00pm

Ten Quirky Motoring Gifts For the Petrolhead You Love

Do you know car people? Are you a car person? There is a world of awesome holiday gift opportunities out there beyond Porsche watches and Nascar cufflinks. Here's our selection of the weird and wonderful. » 12/15/10 2:30pm 12/15/10 2:30pm

Now This Is a LeMons Supreme Court Bribe!

The problem with toy cars is that you can never find the Mercury you're looking for. As a former Cyclone owner, I'd long ago given up on finding a good office-cluttering Cyclone tchotchke, but check out what I just got! » 8/29/10 1:00pm 8/29/10 1:00pm

2009 Japanese Grand Prix: A Jolly Good Race

With the wacky 2009 championship down to its antepenultimate race at Suzuka Circuit, Jenson Button’s eroding cushion of points was looking increasingly fragile. Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel smelled blood. Spoilers, shmoilers! » 10/05/09 3:20pm 10/05/09 3:20pm

Putting The 8:19 Nürburgring Camaro SS Time In Perspective

Muscle cars have come a long way since the 60s. The 8:19 lap by the Camaro SS would have been competitive in the 1967 German Grand Prix: the model year of the first Camaro. » 3/17/09 7:30am 3/17/09 7:30am

Dan Gurney Passes Out Behind the '84 Celica's Wheel

Independent rear suspension, ventilated disc brakes, electronic fuel injection, and a nice comfy seat- that's what you got when you bought a 1984 Toyota Celica GTS. Oh yeah, and a pit crew screaming in your ear. Ya know, the look of the mid-80s Celica has actually held up pretty well, dated as it may be. » 11/08/07 2:30pm 11/08/07 2:30pm

It's 1967 Okay?

We were watching some random, modern F1 footage last night and started wondering if we were just idiots for not being into it. Then we ran across this segment on the GP at the Nürburgring back in '67 and realized that no, we weren't. This, friends, is damn-wonderful hairy-chested F1 awesomeness at its finest.… » 8/08/07 6:45pm 8/08/07 6:45pm

Fast as a Shark: Cannibalism, In Pursuit of the Elusive Awesome

Now and then, I wonder if this malaise is not a thirtysomething crisis, and then I take a step back and realize that it really isn't. Age is merely a tipping point, where the enthusiasm of youth is finally allowed to a step back in the face of a broader historical perspective. There is a transitional moment where… » 3/28/07 1:00pm 3/28/07 1:00pm

Mr. Chapman Goes to Indianapolis: The Lotus-Ford Story

In 1961, after witnessing Jack Brabham's 9th-place finish in the Indy 500 in a mid-engined Cooper, Dan Gurney hooked up Colin Chapman and the Ford Motor Company to build a car for the '63 Indy 500 that would truly change the face of American open-wheel motorsports. But it was hardly a cakewalk. While Gurney felt it… » 11/17/06 12:15am 11/17/06 12:15am

Trans-Am Racing Could Make a Proper Comeback, Says C&D

Car and Driver teases us in its December issue by connecting several dots that lead all the way to a new version of the SCCA's Trans-Am series (which, surprisingly, is still limping along under license). Imagine the new Mustang FR500GT racer (pictured) alongside similar purpose-built offerings based on the coming… » 11/06/06 4:08pm 11/06/06 4:08pm

We're Not In Love With Saturday's Children; We're In Love With the…

For Google's sake, that may well be the longest headline we've ever written. This blogging crap is ridiculously wordy work now and then. Regardless, here're a few shots of the Mopar/AMC contingent, who for reasons we do not know, didn't run in Saturday's Trans-Am session at the Monterey Historics. Which, frankly, was… » 8/23/06 9:30am 8/23/06 9:30am

Dan Gurney and Jackie Oliver to Drive GT40 Up Hill at Goodwood

It's as simple as this: we need to make the pilgrimage to Goodwood. And oh to be there this year when Ford breaks out the 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 with former 24 Heures du Mans winners Dan Gurney and Jackie Oliver behind the wheel for blasts up the hill. Ford's celebrating the 40th anniversary of a victory that set… » 7/07/06 3:30pm 7/07/06 3:30pm

Gurney Eagle F1 Scale Replica: Drooooool...

Any gearhead who's remotely familiar with our taste in cars knows that Dan Gurney's 1967 Eagle F1 is one of our absolute all-time favorite vehicles. It's simply one of the sexiest cars built in an era of incredibly sexy, sexy, sexy cars. Powered by a Weslake V-12 with hand-formed titanium headers (absolute works of… » 1/31/06 2:45pm 1/31/06 2:45pm