LAT Archive: American legend Bob Bondurant
Le Mans, F1, Sebring, Spa, Targa Florio... and now honoured with Daytona Coupe and Cobra continuations. We reflect on Bob Bondurant's remarkable career
Having been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America back in 2003, Bob Bondurant's legacy was never in question.
But that hasn't stopped Shelby honouring his success with the announcement of continuation AC Cobras and Daytona Coupes – and this year his famous Bondurant Racing School celebrates its 50th anniversary too.
Recruited by Carroll Shelby in 1963, where he won all three of his races with the team at the end of the season, he played a significant role in the establishing the team as world beaters.
Bondurant's racing CV reads more like a fantasy bucket list for motorsport lovers. Winning Le Mans, racing Formula 1, competing in the Targa Florio, Sebring 12 Hours and Spa 500kms and all during the evocative 1960s.
It's an illustrious career that's been captured throughout by LAT Images.
1964 Targa Florio – Little Madonie Circuit, Sicily, Italy. 26 April. Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant share a Shelby Cobra, but retire during the event.
1964 Le Mans 24 Hours – Le Mans, France. 20-21 June 1964. Bob Bondurant and Dan Gurney share their AC Cobra Daytona – with redesigned bodywork to increase the car's top speed down the Mulsanne Straight – to fourth position, winning their class overall.
1966 Ilford Films 500 – Brands Hatch, England. 8 May 1966. Bob Bondurant and David Piper share their Shelby American Cobra 427 to the race win. Seen here on the rise out of Paddock Hill Bend.
1966 Sebring 12 Hours – Sebring, Florida, USA. 26 March 1966. Bob Bondurant and Mike Parkes share a Ferrari 330P3. Before retiring, it is seen here trailing Dick Thompson/Dick Guldstrand's Chevrolet Corvette and Masten Gregory/Augie Pabst's Ford GT40.
1966 Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, Monaco. 22 May 1966. Bob Bondurant in his BRM P261 leads the BRM P261 of Graham Hill. Eventually they swap positions and Hill pips Bondurant to third.
1966 Mexican Grand Prix – Mexico City, Mexico. 23 October 1966. Bob Bondurant in an Eagle AAR102-Weslake leads Pedro Rodriguez in his Lotus 33-Climax. Both would eventually retire.
Images courtesy of LAT Archive
Classic Cars for Sale
This beautifully finished Cobra is fitted with Rover 3500 V8 engine and Weber 4 barrel carb. Edelbrock performer intake manifold. 5 speed gearbox, all Ford based with adjustable shock absorbers. twin underslung exhausts. Immobiliser, stunning Center Line polished alloy wheels, twin stainless hoop roll bars, heater, finished in blue metallic with silver `Le Mans` stripes, full luxury cream leather
Beautiful one owner car and was professionally built by Dave Brookes ( Dax build agent ). Awesome Chevy 383 6.3 stroker V8 engine, Holley carburettor, polished inlet manifold. MSD igintion, 5 speed gearbox, dressed engine bay in stainless steel, flamed aluminum valve covers, chrome alternator, ally radiator, Mocal oil cooler system, Jaguar suspension & brakes with adjustable dampers, 4 branch poli
Absolutely Stunning Limited Production 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with 18K milesThis 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is in pristine original condition with only 18k miles from new. Grand Prix White with red leather interior and immaculate all around. A phenomenal car and an extremely collectible limited production Porsche that was made for one year only. Offered with factory books, tools, wind
There are only 149 examples of the MG1100 known to still exist with the DVLA and this must be the best original one left. The mileage is warranted and it comes with the original bill of sale, as well as a copy of an article from a local newspaper dated March 1994, showing a picture of the car with the number plate visible, and its original owner with the article stating the milage then as 21,000