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  • In 1967 at the end of the LeMans 24 Hour Endurance Race, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt brought their Ford GT-40 race car to an overall victory. It's been a long-standing custom especially in European Auto Races to present the winner(s) with a wreath, bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne. However this time Gurney decided to liven up the ceremonies by shaking up this very large champagne bottle and proceeding to spray the surrounding crowd. Foyt did likewise and they both ended up spraying the fans, newspeople, camermen and everyone with champagne. http://www.dfphotoservices.com/galleries/endurance/show2.html This event was televised on the old ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • This tradition has also been carried forward with some sexual conotation, particularly encouraging men to shake the bottle and release the biggest amount of champagne they possibly can. I've yet to see a woman do anything like this!

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