On October 29th, 2014 the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan will present Dan Gurney with the Edison-Ford Medal in recognition of “his ingenuity and innovative achievements in racing and beyond”. The Edison-Ford Medal has only been awarded once before and the recipient of that prestigious honor was Mr W. Edwards Deming! Mr Gurney’s career is an unbelievable list of wins, championships and records as a driver, race car designer and even a builder! He is the only American driver to win an F1 Grand Prix in a car of his own design and construction, the Eagle F1 and has the distinction of racing (and winning) in NASCAR, Trans-Am, Formula 1, Indy Cars and the short lived but famous Can-Am series! Dan drove Ford powered cars over most of his illustrious career and though one of his most renowned victories for Ford came at Le Mans in 1967 when Dan and AJ Foyt drove a factory Ford MkIV to the American company’s second win in a row, it is his local legacy at the famous Riverside International Raceway that has him permanently close to our hearts here at Raceway Ford. For just over forty years RIR was THE premier racing venue in Southern California and during the sixties heydays of factory backed ‘win on Sunday sell on Monday’ stock car racing Mr Gurney called the famous road track at Riverside his own and dared all comers to even try to win in his house! Dan grew up in the Riverside area and knew the track well although racing for the first time at the track in 1957 when he lost to another famous Ford icon, Mr Carroll Shelby but his performance was incredible impressive and many watching knew he would be the man to beat soon… In a just a few years he would indeed prove that to be true winning the Motor Trend 500 an unmatched FIVE times including four times in a row from 1963 to 1966 and again in 1968, proving that the racers of NASCAR might know how to drive in circles but it took a true road racer to know the nine turns of Riverside and take the checkered flag! In 1966 Gurney tested his own design Formula 1 race car design, the Eagle 1 at Riverside and was instrumental in convincing track president Les Richter to hold an Indianapolis-style race there and from 1967 to 1969 the USAC season ending Indy Car race, the Rex Mays 300 was held there. Before its unfortunate closure the Riverside International Raceway was unofficially know as the “House That Dan Gurney Built” and our connection to the ole track runs deep as the land on which history was made is just a mere mile from our dealership! The last race was help at Riverside in 1989, the year we were founded and also named after the raceway that was for a short time our neighbor! In our Parts Department today is a huge wall to wall mural depicting many scenes of the various racing that was seen at the speedway and at the center, the man who made the track famous and our favorite Ford driver, Mt Dan Gurney! Congratulations Mt Gurney, its a well deserved honor indeed sir! Stop in and see the mural in out Parts Dept and for more info on the legendary Dan Gurney read here and about RIR here.