Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby meet up for another Le Mans?


Racing drivers Roy Salvadori (UK) and Carroll Shelby (USA), co-drivers in 1959 to win the Le Mans 24 hour race in an Aston Martin, have died within three weeks of each other.

Roy Salvadori participated in 50 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 12 July 1952, and achieved two podiums, scoring a total of 19 Championship points.  After retiring from driving on 1962 he returned to running his car dealership, but returned to F1 to manage the Cooper racing team in 1966 and 1967.

The winning Aston Martin Le Mans 1959. The winning Aston Martin Le Mans 1959.

Carroll Shelby, the American automotive designer, racing driver and entrepreneur, was best known for making the AC Cobras and later Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras.  He was also involved in the Dodge Viper, and up till the time of his death had returned to produce Cobra versions of Ford’s new Mustangs.  He competed in F1 from 1958 to 1959, participating in a total of eight World Championship races and several non-championship races.

Two famous names from yesteryear, but both remembered with affection.