Saturday, 11 July 2015

Roy Salvadori

I took this photograph of Roy Salvadori in the paddock on the Friday practice day for the Aintree 200 race in April 1961.
In the race he drove one of the Cooper-Climax T53P cars for the Yeoman Credit Racing Team, qualifying in ninth place on the grid and ending the race in eighth position. You can see the Yeoman Credit Racing Team transporter behind Roy Salvadori in the photograph.
Here are the Yeoman Credit Racing Team cars of Roy Salvadori (no. 6) and John Surtees (no. 5) in the paddock. John Surtees finished in fourth place in the race, nearly two minutes behind the winner, Jack Brabham, in a works Cooper-Climax T55.

Roy Salvadori drove in the Formula One World Championship for eleven years from 1952 to 1962, for a variety of teams, mostly in British cars. His best season was 1958 when he finished in fourth place in the World Championship driving for the Cooper works team, but he's probably best remembered for a winning drive in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour race partnered by Carroll Shelby in an Aston Martin DBR1/300.

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