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Remembering Racing Legend Roy Salvadori

By June 14, 2012

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Roy Salvadori

Roy Salvadori, Formula 1 driver, and Le Mans winner, has died at the aged 90.  Roy was considered a tough racer but will be best known for his success at Le Mans with Aston Martin. Coincidentally, he died three weeks after Carroll Shelby, his partner in that epic success.

Salvadori competed in 47 grands prix, making his debut with a Ferrari 500 in the 1952 British GP at Silverstone. His best season in Formula 1 was with Cooper in 1958 when he finished fourth overall in the driver's championship behind compatriots Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks, and took a second place in the German Grand Prix and third in Britain.

As Salvadori waited for Aston Martin's Formula 1 effort to arrive, he and Shelby scored that historic victory for the marque at Le Mans in 1959. When the front-engined F1 Aston Martin finally appeared it was already outdated and Salvadori only took two sixth places in 1960.

Roy Salvadori retired from racing in 1968 to concentrate on his car businesses. Subsequently he and his wife, Sue, retired to Monaco, where they lived in an apartment above the start/finish line.

Check out this YouTube Video: Roy Salvadori - The Golden Age of Motorsport

Suggested Reading: 1960's Aston Martin's DB4GT Zagato - Revived in 1991

Photo - Aston Martin

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