12 May 1922|
Dovercourt, Essex, England, UK
|Died||3 June 2012(aged 90)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Ferrari, Connaught, Maserati, BRM, Cooper, Aston Martin, Bowmaker-Yeoman Lola|
|Races||50 (47 starts)|
|First race||1952 British Grand Prix|
|Last race||1962 South African Grand Prix|
Roy Francesco Salvadori (12 May 1922 – 3 June 2012) was a British motor racing driver and manager. He participated in 50 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 12 July 1952, and achieved two podiums, scoring a total of 19 Championship points. He was born in Dovercourt, Essex, to parents of Italian descent. During a varied career he also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, driving for Aston Martin and teamed with Carroll Shelby.
He did also have two bad crashes during his career. While running in the sportscar version of a non-Formula 1 World Championship event, the 1951 BRDC International Trophy race at Silverstone, Salvadori had a nasty accident when he flipped two in a half times and was ejected from the car before ending up in the hay bales. He was in critical condition after suffering a fractured skull and other severe injuries, but he survived. Twelve years later, he slid onto oil dropped by New Zealander Bruce McLaren during the early stages of the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans and flipped onto his roof in flames in an accident that tragically killed Brazilian driver Christian "Bino" Heins. Jean-Pierre Manzon was also involved in the mess and both he and Salvadori was severely injured. The accident led Salvadori to retirement from driving, but he returned to Formula One to manage the Cooper racing team in 1966 and 1967. He died of illness on June 3, 2012 at the age of 90.
Salvadori married Susan Hindmarsh, one of the daughters of racing driver, long distance record breaker and 'round the world' driver Violette Cordery and her husband, the racing driver and aviator John Stuart Hindmarsh.
Complete World Championship Formula One results
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Violette Cordery
- The Guardian, 6 June 2012, Obituary - Roy Salvadori, by Alan Henry
- "Drivers: Roy Salvadori". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
- "Roy Salvadori". Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
- "Drivers: Salvadori, Roy". Autocourse Grand Prix Archive. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
|Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans