Roy Salvadori

Roy Salvadori

12/5/1922

Salvadori raced for the factory teams of Cooper, Aston Martin, Vanwall, BRM and Connaught. He also drove F1 Ferrari Maserati, Cooper - Maserati and Connaught for private entrants. His best result in the FIA F1 World Championship was 4th in 1958 behind Mike Hawthorn, Moss and Brooks.

Born in England of Italian parents, Salvadori's racing career began in 1947 with a 2.9-litre Alfa Romeo. He graduated to Formula 1 via a succession of other cars, including a 2-litre Maserati sports car which he drove for Sidney Greene's Gilby Engineering team. From 1954 to 1956 Roy handled a Maserati 250 owned by Greene, taking a succession of good placings in predominantly non-championship events before being asked to drive for the works Cooper team, and later the abortive front- engined Aston Martin DBR4 which did not arrive on the scene until 1959. He later drove for the Yeoman Credit team, in whose Cooper he almost won the 1961 United States Grand Prix - he was closing on Innes Ireland's victorious Lotus in the closing stages when the Cooper's engine broke! At the end of 1962 he retired from F1 and quit sports car racing a couple of years later. A successful motor trader, he became heavily involved in the Cooper- Maserati F1 squad as team manager before retiring to Monaco in the late 1960s. Handsome and charming, Salvadori was always a great hit with the ladies. The best story told about him in this respect comes from Rob Walker. It took place at Le Mans in 1954 when Prince Bira, who had now married for the second time, was also driving for the Aston Martin sports car team. One evening Bira said to Roy: 'Would you mind taking my sister-in-law to bed tonight?' Salvadori retorted mischievously, 'I'd rather have your wife!' Bira pondered this for a moment, before replying: 'No, I don't think that's on, Roy. It's either my sister-in-law or nothing.'

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