It is with great sadness that Barrett-Jackson learned of Bob Bondurant’s passing on Friday, November 12, 2021.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1933, Bob Bondurant was entranced by the allure of a track at an early age, and at the age of 18 he was racing – and winning with – just about anything on wheels. His track life began racing an Indian motorcycle on dirt oval roads, but in 1959 he switched to sports cars, winning the West Coast “B” production championship and the Corvette Driver of the Year award.
Bob’s illustrious racing career has included stints with Carroll Shelby’s Ford Cobra team, Ferrari’s Formula 1 team and Dan Gurney’s “All American Racers” F1 team in the United States and Mexico. In 1966, he worked as a driving consultant on the epic racing movie “Grand Prix”, with James Garner. A year later, tragedy struck when the steering arm of the McLaren Bob he was driving at Watkins Glen broke, causing the car to roll over eight times, resulting in such severe injuries that doctors told him he probably would never again walked. Down, Bob beat those odds and set in motion an idea he’s had in mind for some time: a high-performance driving school. After a brief stint teaching at Carroll Shelby Driving School in Riverside, California, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving opened in Orange County in early 1968, with two of his first students none other than Paul Newman and Robert Wagner. , who were training for the movie “Winning”. Bondurant School eventually moved to a purpose-built facility in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990.
Bob has been a fixture at many Barrett-Jackson events over the years and we will miss him very much. Carolyn and Craig Jackson and the entire Barrett-Jackson team send their deepest condolences to Bob and the entire Bondurant family.