Salvadori - a true gentleman


The passing of Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori within a few weeks of each other is sad for all motor sport enthusiasts who 1110 have followed the 'golden age' of the '50s and '60s. Much has been written about their exploits winning Le Mans in 1959 for Aston Martin. I was fortunate to be acquainted with both through an event I was helping to organise some years ago — both were friendly, professional and easy to work with.., true gentlemen. I had never met Roy before agreeing the project with him in a brief telephone conversation and I followed this up with full details in the post. I had arranged for him and Susie to fly up to London from Nice. He rang me to say, "Jon, please don't waste your client's money [a major multi-national] with business class tickets. We fly this route quite often, it takes no time at all, economy class will be just fine." As I said, a true gentleman.
Jon Gross, Pimlico, Hertfordshire