Auto Racing: All-American Success

The first time a U.S. car won a Grand Prix race was in 1921, when Jimmy Murphy of Vernon, Calif., drove a Duesenberg to victory at Le Mans at an average speed of 78.1 m.p.h. in the French Grand Prix. The second time was last week—in the fastest Grand Prix ever run. At Spa-Francorchamps, deep in the Ardennes Forest of eastern Belgium, The Star-Spangled Banner blared out over loudspeakers after California's Dan Gurney, 36, in a Formula I American Eagle, averaged 145.67 m.p.h. to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

The victory could hardly...

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