Bob Bondurant is calling graduates of his world-famous driving school out to the track. The champion driver, founder and CEO of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is inviting alumni and friends to join him at the historic Laguna Seca racetrack in Monterey, Calif., to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the school, located on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, just outside Phoenix.
Bob, his wife Pat, their family, school employees and friends will host the Bondurant Alumni Social at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport's Reunion, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, 5 p.m., inside the designated Bondurant Tent on the infield area of the track where Bob raced during his career, including two SCCA Regional Firsts, 1958 and 1961.
The event takes place during Monterey Car Week, Aug. 12–18 — one of the world's premiere annual automotive events, culminating with the spectacular Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
“Pat and I and everyone at the school are looking forward to welcoming our loyal sponsors, our former students and many others to our Monterey happy hour,” says Bob, who also celebrated his 80th birthday in April — congratulated by well-wishers throughout the world.
Among his many achievements, Bob participated in the 1965 World Manufacturers Championship, winning seven of his 10 races in Shelby Cobras and Daytonas — still the only American team to achieve this title. After surviving a horrendous racing accident in June 1967 at Watkins Glen, N.Y., he rebuilt his life by opening the Bondurant School a half year later at Orange County International Raceway in Santa Ana, Calif. He moved to Arizona in 1990.
“This is an enormous year we have all been anticipating,” says Pat, president of the school, which is celebrating the 45th anniversary with events at the school and nationwide. “To our long-time friends throughout the world, a high-revving ‘Thank You!'”
The only purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, the Bondurant School has trained nearly 500,000 people — professional racers, executives, law-enforcement officers and military specialists, performance enthusiasts and day-to-day drivers — to become safer and more proficient at handling the challenges of track, street and highway driving.