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  • RIP:  Bob Bondurant (1933-2021)

    RIP:  Bob Bondurant (1933-2021)

    Sad news.  We’ve lost a racing icon.  Bob Bondurant was an American racecar driver who raced for the Shelby American, Ferrari and Eagle teams. Bondurant was one of the most famous drivers to emerge from the Southern California road racing scene in the 1950s and achieved success in North America and in Europe. His Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving has been responsible for training generations of American racing drivers.

    Bondurant died in Paradise Valley, Arizona, on November 12, 2021. He was 88 years old.

    A statement on his passing reads, in part, "Bondurant is the only American to bring home the World Championship trophy back to the U.S. while racing for Carroll Shelby. He won his class at Le Mans and has been inducted into ten motorsports halls of fame. Bondurant Racing School was founded in 1968 and has graduated celebrities for car movies like James Garner, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage, and Christian Bale, along with over 500,000 graduates from around the world. His legacy will remain with us forever."

    ChristianBaleFordVFerrariTraining-courtesy-bob-bondurant-racingBob Bondurant with Christian Bale training for Ford vs Ferrari. Courtesy: Bondurant Racing School.

    1975 Bob and Clint 2Bob Bondurant and Clint Eastwood in 1975. Courtesy: Bondurant Racing School.

    Here are some of the tributes being offered by the automotive community.

    Bondurant  is survived by his wife Pat, who vows to continue the legacy of Bob's School.  The video below shares some history including the racing accident that ended Bondurant's racing career. 

    Photo Credits:  Wikipedia and Courtesy of Bondurant Racing School.