Bob Bondurant Dies: Racecar Instructor To Paul Newman, Tom (*88*), Other Film Stars Was 88

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Bob Bondurant, a racecar driver-turned-instructor who taught and guided such actors as Paul Newman, Tom (*88*), Christian Bale and Nicolas Cage for racing films and different fast-car movies, died on Nov. 12 at an assisted dwelling facility in Paradise Valley, Ariz. He was 88.

His loss of life was introduced by the Bondurant Racing School. His spouse Pat Bondurant supplied The New York Times with a loss of life certificates indicating Bondurant suffered a “suspected immune reaction related to vaccinations.” The certificates lists cerebrovascular illness and cerebral arterial stenosis as underlying situations.(The Times report didn’t specify the kind of vaccination; based on the CDC, studies of loss of life after Covid-19 vaccination are uncommon.)

Bondurant, (*88*), date unknown
Courtesy Bondurant Racing School

During his racing profession of the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s, Bondurant turned one of many world’s most profitable drivers, profitable the National Corvette Title, Le Mans GT, the World Championship, and the Baja 500. Between 1961 and 1963, he received 30 out of 32 races in Corvettes, and is the primary and solely American to carry the World SportsCar Championship trophy house to America within the legendary Shelby Daytona Coupe #26. He rose to the very best stage in racing with Ferrari in Formula 1 and prototypes.

Bale, Bondurant (2018)
Courtesy Bondurant Racing School

But tragedy struck in 1967 throughout a race at Watkins Glen, New York, when the steering arm of Bondurant’s automobile broke at 150 mph. The McLaren racecar he was driving flipped eight instances, inflicting extreme accidents to Bondurant’s rib, leg, foot and again. He was instructed by physicians that he may by no means stroll once more.

The accident ended Bondurant’s racing profession, so throughout his recuperation Bondurant determined to change profession paths and, impressed by his expertise coaching the actor James Garner for the 1966 John Frankenheimer movie Grand Prix, in 1968 he opened the The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving (initially on the Orange County International Raceway and transferring to numerous locales over time earlier than settling in Chandler, Arizona.)

Over the following 50 years, the Bondurant Racing School noticed a gradual stream of actors searching for to study or fine-tune their driving abilities in preparation for movie roles. Among the scholars he tutored had been Paul Newman and Robert Wagner for 1969’s Winning, Tom (*88*) for 1990’s Days of Thunder, Nicolas Cage in 2000 for Gone in 60 Seconds and Christian Bale for 2019’s Ford v Ferrari. (The faculty counts greater than 500,000 graduates from around the globe.)

A web site for the Bondurant School options pictures of Bondurant with these stars and such movie star racing lovers as Jay Leno, Clint Eastwood, David Crosby, Jimmy Kimmel, Tim Allen and Ludacris, amongst others.

Bondurant is survived by his spouse Pat, the President and CEO of the Bondurant Racing School. Funeral providers are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, in Glendale, Arizona.

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