Former F1 driver Bob Bondurant will be celebrating his 77th birthday today!
A regular in sports cars in the 1960s, Bondurant was one of the key figures in the Shelby American Cobra sports car project, taking seven victories en route to the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1965.
Bondurant drove one-off races for Ferrari and Reg Parnell at the end of the 1965 season, but ran a BRM under the Team Chamaco Collect banner in 1966, taking an attrition-assisted fourth place at the season-opening Monaco Grand Prix.
During this time, he also served as a technical consultant on John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix film, and finished his F1 career with two outings in the USA and Mexico (pictured) for Eagle.
Bondurant was lucky to survive a massive Can-Am accident in 1967, in which his car flipped eight times. He now runs the eponymous Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, located in Phoenix.
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]