© Andrew S. Hartwell
Jim Hall and Dan Gurney - two of Americas best sportscar drivers and car builders of the 1960's - were in Midland, Texas recently for the grand opening of the Chaparral Gallery. Hall was there to be honored for his many contributions to the art of racing and Gurney was there to honor his longtime friend and racing rival.
Often competitors on the track, these two distinguished gentlemen were of a like mind during the gallery opening festivities. Both were there to remember the past and to express hope for the future. Hall, for the preservation of his uniquely American creations and Gurney, for the preservation of traditional American sportscar racing.
We had a chance to talk with Gurney, a man who holds the distinction of being the first driver to win races in Formula One, Sportscars, Indy cars, and NASCAR. This impressive man told us he was very impressed with the professional presentation of the history of the Chaparrals that had been created by the staff of the Petroleum Museum.
"I didn't know what to expect and I think the people of Midland and the people at the museum have gone way up with this. It is certainly a very modern depiction of the history of Chaparral and I think that makes that history all the more interesting. The Chaparral was the enemy when I raced but I always had great respect for them. And I respect what the museum has done and I think it would be hard for anyone to top this exhibit."