Roy Salvadori 1922 – 2012

by Vince Pettit


1959 Le Mans winner and former Formula 1 driver Roy Salvadori has passed away at the age of 90.

The London born racer competed in 50 world championship Formula 1 races between 1952 and 1962 with his best season coming in 1958 with cooper and Aston Martin when he took two podium finishes on the way to fourth in the championship.

Success for Salvadori would come in 1959 when he took Aston Martin to victory with Carroll Shelby who passed away in May of this year. Another Le Mans podium would come for Salvadori in 1960 as he shared a car with Jim Clark.

His Formula 1 career came to a quiet close as he retired at the end of the 1962 season after competing with Reg Parnell’s team. While his Formula 1 driving career ended he continued in to sportscars for a further three years, before taking a management role for the Cooper Formula 1 team for two years, which would then lead to his retirement and living in Monaco.

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