Shelby & Salvadori
You know how sometimes a photo you saw when you were young sticks in your mind for years? This is one which did that for me:
That’s Caroll Shelby driving an Aston Martin DBR1 in at Le Mans 1959, the year I was born. He and his co-driver Roy Salvadori won that race. The picture was taken by Yves Debraine. I saw it in an old copy of Automobile Year.
Isn’t that a wonderful picture? It’s just so evocative of a time and a place. It has always made me wish that I could have been there on that day in June 53 years ago.
This summer at Lime Rock, I ran into one of the Aston Martins from that race.
It’s still one of the prettiest cars I’ve ever seen. I believe that this is the one which Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman drove in that same race.
Here’s a picture of of the whole group (and David Brown) with the winning car:
That one is from the same issue of Automobile Year, and was taken by Ami Guichard.