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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Dan Gurney’s 1961 Impala Pays a Visit to the Jim Clark Museum

Posted December 20, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: chevrolet Impala racing

In 1961, Dan Gurney shipped a Chevrolet Impala to England, intent on beating the Jaguars that dominated the British Saloon Car Championship. He led the sole race entered, at Silverstone, at least until a rear wheel failed with just two laps to go. Acquired and restored in 2017-’18 by Ed Foster, deputy head of motorsport content at Goodwood, the Chevy recently made an appearance at the under-renovation Jim Clark Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders, which will reopen in expanded form in summer 2019.

Clark and Gurney may have been rivals on-track, but they were friends off the circuit. Each had a healthy respect for the other’s talents, and both raced a variety of cars in a variety of series. In the days before mega-million-dollar driver contracts, such behavior was necessary to pay the bills, and (later) to keep sponsors happy. If there was a chance to win prize money in a series, a good driver often seized that opportunity.

Such was the case in late 1960, when Gurney reasoned that an American sedan would be quite competitive in the British Saloon Car Championship.


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