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Published 07 June 2012

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The Earl of March Remembers Roy Salvadori (1922-2012)

All of us at Goodwood are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary racing driver Roy Salvadori over the weekend, just after his 90th birthday.

I had the privilege of knowing Roy since childhood, as my grandfather – the 9th Duke of Richmond – first introduced this distinguished English gentlemen to me when he raced here at Goodwood in the 1950s.

Roy Salvadori was always a very keen supporter of all that we do at Goodwood, and his connections to the motor circuit were especially strong.  In 1959 Roy shared the Aston Martin DBR1 with Carroll Shelby, who died just a couple of weeks before his English team mate and won the Le Mans 24 hours together.  The pairing famously went on to win at Goodwood that same season, despite a serious pit lane fire, to gain Aston Martin its first and only World Sportscar Championship.

Despite never taking an outright Grand Prix victory, Roy was a talented driver, and went on to help develop the Ford GT40 after his retirement from motor racing in 1965.

Legend has it that it was Roy Salvadori who famously said ”Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day and you can forget the rest of the world”. He was certainly very fond of this place.  Roy was always delightful company and we always looked forward to having him to stay.  He will be sorely missed, and all of our deepest sympathies go to his wife Susan and family.



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