Racing legend Bob Bondurant has died at 88

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Racing driver and driving school founder Bob Bondurant died Friday in Paradise Valley, Arizona at the age of 88. runner He learned.

The son of a car dealer, Bondurant started racing Corvettes on the West Coast in the early 1960s. He soon changed his loyalty to Carroll Shelby and Ford, winning the GT class at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Cobra Daytona Coupé. Bondurant was part of the team that won the FIA ​​Sports Car Manufacturers Championship for Shelby the following year.

Bondurant also competed in Formula 1, driving for Ferrari, BRM and the All American Racers team of fellow American Dan Gurney. His best F1 finish was fourth at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, driving for BRM.

The Bob Bondurant High Performance Driving School

Bondurant left F1 for the Can-Am series, but a 1967 accident in a Can-Am race at Watkins Glen ended his racing career. This led to the founding of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

The school opened on February 14, 1968 at Orange County International Raceway near Los Angeles. Later moved to Arizona, the school has hosted celebrities such as Paul Newman who took his first step towards a racing career by attending the school in preparation for the 1969 film “Winning”, as well as hundreds of thousands of regular fans.

After a Bankruptcy filing 2018, Bondurant and his family sold the driving school to a group of investors. It has since been renamed as the Radford Driving School, derived from the 75-year-old British coachbuilder run by a group that includes F1 champion Jenson Button. The new owners intend to carry on the Bondurant legacy and keep the doors of the driving school open for years to come.

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