Bob Bondurant Death – Bob Bondurant has sadly passed away at the age of 88 years in Paradise Valley, Arizona on November 12, 2021. According to Wikipedia, Bob was an American racecar driver who raced for the Shelby American, Ferrari, and Eagle teams. He was one of the famous drivers who was raised from the Southern California road racing scene in the 1950s and achieved success in North America and in Europe. Bob founded a school of High-Performance Driving in his name. The school has been responsible for training generations of American racing drivers. The Bondurant school provides proficiency to allow Hollywood features in high-speed chases.
Bondurant was born in Evanston, Illinois. He started his prosperous professional career racing Corvettes in the Western United States quickly making his way to the sports car circuit at the international level. In the early 1960s, Bondurant became a driver for Shelby. During his teens, Bondurant raced an Indian motorcycle on dirt ovals. Bondurant started sports car racing in 1956 with a Morgan and started to attract attention when he won the West Coast “B” production Championship, in a Chevrolet Corvette winning 18 out of 20 races. Bondurant also made occasional appearances in Formula One Grands Prix.
One of his Iconic moments in racing was during a race in 1966, Jackie Stewart crashed into a telephone pole in Belgian Grand Prix. The Scottish driver Stewart would have died because he was trapped in the car which was upside and covered in fuel. if not Bob Bondurant and Graham Hill who stopped nearby and help him out. The experience led Stewart to begin his push for better safety regulations for cars and circuits in Formula One. Bob Bondurant’s obituary and funeral arrangement will be officially made known by his family.
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