McLaren M14A that the late Gurney drove for three grands prix during the 1970 Formula 1 season will be displayed later this month

Race Retro will celebrate the life of American racing legend Dan Gurney at its show next month, with the last Formula 1 car he ever drove on display.

The McLaren M14A Gurney raced in three rounds of the 1970 season will be on show, having been loaned by race preparer Hall & Hall. Gurney, who died last month aged 86, won four grands prix during his glittering career. Most famously, he took victory in the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix while driving his own car – the Eagle-Westlake T1G, entered by his company Anglo American Racers. Gurney also competed in NASCAR and the Indianapolis 500 through the 1960s. In 1967 he won the Le Mans 24-hours alongside A J Foyt in a Ford GT40 MkIV.

His partnership with McLaren followed the death of Bruce McLaren in 1970. Driving an M8D, Gurney won in Can-Am at Mosport Park less than two weeks after McLaren’s fatal accident at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Gurney then drove the M14A for three races in 1970, taking a best result of sixth at the French Grand Prix. The car, an evolution of the previous M7A and M7C, also competed the following season. It featured rear brakes that were mounted inboard, rather than the customary outboard set-up, and was powered by a Cosworth DFV V8 via a Hewland five-speed manual gearbox.

Race Retro event director Lee Masters said: ‘Dan Gurney was a motorsport legend, and so to be able to honour him at this year’s show is a real privilege. Huge thanks go to Hall & Hall for helping to make this happen with such a significant car.’

Gurney’s car joins a line-up of special guests, including sportscar ace Brian Redman and two-time World Rally champion Miki Biasion.

Race Retro will take place at Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park from Friday February 23 to Sunday February 25 2018.

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