1976 All American BMX Dan Gurney Squareback Deluxe #8445 and 1976 All American BMX Dan Gurney Hardtail Deluxe #4357.
One of these Eagles is not like the others.
One of these Eagles has a bunch of big brothers.
One of these Eagles still goes about soaring.
One of these Eagles emits echoes of Loring.
This is what losing by 0.012 looks like on paper. Perhaps my transponder is somehow further back.
Visually, I think we won by a beak, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it- the event in itself was a win.
The Sidehack did not go quitely into the trailer.
Out of the five Eagles we brought to the track this weekend, the Sidehack Eagle had the most handout cards taken (yes, as a PR numbers person by trade, I keep track) by a decent margin over #7225 and #8101.
We pulled the third 7700 chassis out of our van Friday morning (something I earlier described,) and laid it on its side next to the completed car for all to see what the bare, never finished tub looked like in relation to the entire kit. It had a lot of looks, and even more questions.
More answers soon.
Its truly a fabulous, underrated Eagle, and one we are truly honored to be the caretakers of at KMPR.
The last three Eagles left the track yesterday morning. It felt weird.
I've left Road America 1000 times, but this time it felt like leaving a place I had never been before, because we were leaving an event that eclipsed anything we had done before.
Special thanks to my family, All American Racers, the Gurney family, Kathy Weida, the AAR alumni, Duman’s Turn 4 Restorations, Carrol Jensen, Steve DeBrecht, Mike Lashmett, Jason Burgess, Road America, the drivers, the car owners and support squads and everyone else who supported this event.
It was everything.
We had the opportunity to shake down Eagle #7228 this weekend after a lengthy restoration and reunite it with original crew chief Mike Devin. The car has some hiccups to work out to make it run smoother, but it completed all the laps and showed great promise for the future.
Miss Sunoco was flying on Sunday. And then there was a hiccup, and a cough and it stalled out despite a few attempts at bump starting it while it was still in motion. Soon to be remedied.
However, 6000 RPM in third gear is akin to going plaid for you Spaceballs fans out there. The Offy becomes absolutely ridiculous when that massive turbo comes to the party and from there you are just aiming the Eagle for the vanishing point of grey between green.
[Brad Newman Photo]