How much do you know about All American Racers? Dive into the AAR history with Justin Gurney, Dan Gurney’s son as we kick-off the Road To Car Week! Every day until the 10th of August, we will post a new garage tour. On the 12th, the largest digital car event begins with over 25 hours of exclusive automotive content!
All videos during Petersen Car Week are presented by Michelin. A huge thank you for making this digital enthusiast event possible.
AAR’s factory team has employed 66 drivers winning 78 victories, the “Indy 500”, 83 poles positions and 8 Championships.
All American Racers (AAR) has been in the racing business since 1965 when Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby, who were involved in a very successful and victorious relationship as a driver and team owner of Shelby Cobras and Shelby Fords, joined forces to establish a race car company together in Santa Ana, California.
Prior to that point, Dan had a small shop in neighboring Costa Mesa, which was integrated into the new venture. While the two founders were still looking for an appropriate name for their new company, the then-president of Goodyear, ex-basketball champion Victor Holt, suggested All American Racers.
The cars AAR was designing and building were called Grand Prix or Indy Eagles, one of the many distinguishing features being a “beak” at the front of the car. The crowning achievement in Formula 1 was Dan’s victory at the 1967 Grand Prix of Belgium in Spa-Francorchamps. It was the first and only time in the 100 year history of Grand Prix racing that an American had driven a car of his own construction into the winner’s circle of a Formula One World Championship event.
Thanks to Justin Gurney and the AAR team for building amazing machines, innovating, and taking the time to walk us around. To follow All American Racers: http://allamericanracers.com/