GAYDON, UNITED KINGDOM – June 7, 2012: Following the news ofCarroll Shelby's passing last month, Aston Martin was furthersaddened to learn of Roy Salvadori's death on Sunday (3 June)at the age of 90. The pair famously drove the Aston Martin DBR1 tovictory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 and to celebrate theircontribution to the marque's heritage, Aston Martin isreleasing images of the pair in race action. Salvadori, from Essex, Great Britain, made his Formula 1 debut in1952 and went on to race in 50 Grands Prix, achieving two podiumsprior to his famous Le Mans victory. He later retired frommotorsport and went on to run a car dealership before being temptedback to the track in 1966 to manage Cooper Racing's Formula 1campaign. Before his racing career Shelby, from Leesburg in Texas, fought inWorld War II with the United States Army Air Corps, where he servedas a flight instructor and test pilot and graduated with the rankof staff sergeant pilot. |
When he returned home in the 1950s, hebegan competing in motor racing and joined Aston Martin in 1958.Following his 1959 Le Mans victory, Shelby went on to enjoy asuccessful career as an automotive designer and director of ShelbyAmerican Inc., founded in 1962. He passed away on 10 May, aged 89. Together, Salvadori and Shelby drove the Aston Martin DBR1, whichwas designed by Chief Engineer Ted Cutting who also sadly passedaway in March this year. The now iconic race car was an evolutionof its predecessor, the DB3S, but following a change in regulationsallowing non-road legal cars to race, Cutting was able to developit in new directions. Originally fitted in 1956 with a 2.5-litrestraight-six engine, by 1959 it featured a 2.9-litre unit rated at250hp.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: "It is with greatsadness that we learned of the passing of Carroll and now Roy. "They have both played a key role in the success of AstonMartin and will forever remain a core part of our heritagefollowing their win at Le Mans. We have passed our deepestsympathies to the families and we intend to mark their passing atLe Mans next week." Aston Martin is releasing classic photographs from the 1959 24Hours of Le Mans in tribute to the racers.
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