The Grand Prix Drivers Club lost a good friend and member in Bob Bondurant who died on Friday.
Bob was good company and had a motor racing career that started in 1956 when he entered his Morgan 4+4 for a race in California. His first two seasons in racing were with the Morgan and its successor, a Triumph TR2 that he raced in 1957 and early in 1958 before racing a Chevrolet Corvette. This led to his link with Carroll Shelby who was to be his most successful partnership throughout his career.
Though always linked to Shelby he did have a few drives in Ferrari’s but never seemed to have much luck with them.
He drove in his first Grand Prix in the US Grand Prix of 1965 driving for Scuderia Ferrari and for 1966 he was signed by BRM having his last Grand Prix race in Mexico.
Bob’s greatest achievement internationally was winning the Class in the World SportsCar Championship driving for Alan Mann In the factory Shelby Cobra Coupe that he usually shared with Jack Sears.
The following year he had a poor season in Can-Am with the factory Elva McLaren and was to go on racing until the 1970 season where he took third place at Sebring in a Porsche 935.
An interview with Bob will be published soon on the GPDC site and all the members of the Grand Prix Drivers Club send their condolences to Bob’s widow Pat who joined Bob on his last visit to a GPDC event at Monaco in 2010