Sad to record the death of Roy Salvadori last week at the age of 90, barely three weeks after the passing of his 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin team-mate Carroll Shelby.
Roy and his wife Sue had lived for many years in some style in a flat overlooking the start/finish straight of what was, for one week of every year, the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
Since decamping to Monaco in the late 1960s they were elegant, well-groomed and stylishly tanned regulars in the Principality’s pit lane, both looking enviably youthful for their age.
Between 1954 and 62 Roy drove in a total of 47 world championship Formula One grands prix and, although he never managed to score a win, he was closing on Innes Ireland’s eventually victorious Lotus in the 1961 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when his Cooper’s engine failed.
John Coombs, the owner of the successful Guildford-based Jaguar dealership, fielded a Cooper-Monaco sports car for Salvadori in 1958-59 (and for whom the likes of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart later drove) speaks highly of Salvadori.
“He was brave and very talented,” he told this writer. “To me it’s one of the saddest and most unjust things that he never won a grand prix, even a championship.”
Roy Salvadori is survived by his wife, whose father Johnny Hindmarsh shared the winning Lagonda M45 with Luis Fontes in the 1935 Le Mans 24 Hours and who was later killed when he crashed an RAF Hawker Hurricane during a test flight in 1938.
Roy’s was a long life well run.