Former Grand Prix racer Roy Salvadori is celebrating a very special milestone today – the Englishman is turning 90 years old!

English-born to Italian parents, Salvadori’s motorsport career started in 1947 with an Alfa Romeo, whereupon he graduated to Formula 1 in 1952 via a succession of other cars.

Strong outings in non-championship races with a Maserati 250F earned him a full-time drive with the works Cooper team, and later with the Yeoman Credit team, with whom he almost won the 1961 United States Grand Prix, retiring when his engine failed as he closed down leader Innes Ireland.

He retired from F1 at the end of 1962 and quit sports car racing a few years later, before moving into team management with the Cooper Maserati team in 1966-7.

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.