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'59 Winning Aston Martin DBR1

Honors Shelby, Salvadori at Le Mans

 

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(photo: courtesy Aston Martin)

 

Gaydon, UK -- Aston Martin's 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 will be on display this weekend during the annual 24-hour race in France in tribute to its drivers Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori and its chief engineer Ted Cutting, all of whom died within the past few months. The car display, along with a special video, is among any number of tributes Aston Martin will make during Le Mans week.

 

 

 

The pale green sports racer will be on display outside Aston Martin's hospitality area near the start of the pit straight.

 

The car, one of five built, represents Aston Martin's sole outright victory at Le Mans. The DBR1's also propelled Aston that same year to the World Sportscar Championship. At Le Mans, three of the DBR1's were entered, with Moss in DBR1/3 setting a furious pace for the first 70 laps but DNF'd. DBR1/2 with Shelby and Salvadori endured to the win, followed (one lap down) by Paul Frere and Maurice Trintignant in DBR1/4 for 2nd place. The Astons were 25 laps ahead of the P3-6 Ferrari 250 GT's.

 

In tribute to the trio, Aston Martin's entry into the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans, a V12 Zagato piloted by CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, will change its normal #005 to #59. The festival is a single-make support race with a total of 30 racers from GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 classes in a 45-minute tilt and is the largest display of Aston Martin-built race cars to date.

 

The factory entries for the main round-the-clock event, a pair of Vantage GTEs, will carry a commemorative plaque, while the six drivers' helmets will display the number 59 and Shelby's and Salvadori's initials.

 

The automaker has produced a video tribute to the '59 efforts of Shelby, Salvadori and Cutting featuring original footage from the 1959 race. Click on the window (below) to view the 2-minute tribute.

And those of you going, Please get some pics for us less fortunate.

Thanks and have fun

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