Bondurant School of High Performance Driving closes its doors

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, but this week the famed facility came to an end

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It’s always sad when a business makes the difficult decision to close its doors, especially if it is a long established name. The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has been providing tuition for over five decades, but it shut earlier this week.

While the business is in financial difficulties, owing between $1 million and $10 million, its current assets allowed the school to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This allows the business to restructure while continuing to operate, something Bondurant intended to do. In October 2018 a statement read: 'we will continue operating and serving our students and corporate groups as usual while we develop new business relationships to ensure the vitality of the company in the future.’ The sudden closure comes with no explanation at this point in time.

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The school was founded 50 years ago in California by the American racing driver Bob Bondurant. He raced everything from Shelbys to Ferraris until an accident in 1967 removed him from top-flight motorsport. The school moved to Arizona in the late 1980s after an earthquake in California that killed 63 people and injured 3,757.

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving gave tuition to everyone from total novice drivers wanting to learn better car control, to up and coming racing drivers looking to improve their techniques. Over the years the school has enjoyed close relationships with various manufacturers who have supplied vehicles such as Dodge Vipers, Roush Mustangs, and Corvettes. Its latest partnership was with Dodge, that used the school to train new customers how to handle its powerful SRT Hellcat muscle cars.

Its facilities included a karting track, simulators, skidpad, and a three-mile main circuit. Instructors used these areas for demonstrating car control skills in a safe environment for pupil mistakes. For now that’s all we know about this sad situation. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes to light.

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