1959 24 Hours of Le Mans: Confirmation of a Great
By: Jeremy McMullen
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By: Jeremy McMullen
| When it came to success in motor racing, Salvadori was blessed behind the wheel of a sports car. Throughout the 1950s, there really weren't too many drivers more successful. However, at Le Mans, Salvadori's would be left fighting for a race finish just about as badly as he had been throughout the majority of his Formula One career. But in 1958, things would turn around in the Formula One World Championship. Could the same thing happen for Salvadori at Le Mans a year later? Just 24 hours awaited before Roy would know the answer.
Roy Salvadori would begin racing in Formula Libre races during the late '40s. By the early 1950s, Salvadori would be driving Jaguar XK120s and would nearly be a regular on the podium at national races around England. Despite a number of 2nd and 3rd place finishes, Roy's first victory in sportscar races wouldn't come until May of 1952 with the National Goodwood. 1952 would see Salvadori go on to score six victories including a clean sweep of every race held as part of the National Thruxton.
More victories would come over the next few years. And often when the victories did come they would come in a successive string. More than once Roy would win a number of races that all comprised a singular event.
But despite practically being a regular on sportscar podiums the one race that would prove to elude Salvadori would be the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His first attempt at the race would come in 1953. Driving for Aston Martin with co-driver George Abecassis, Salvadori's Aston would break leaving him out of the race in his first attempt. Over the next few years Salvadori would not find Providence shining down on him as he would face retirement after retirement. This was most peculiar for the gentleman that was nearly a sure thing in any other sportscar race. But then again, the same could be said for Aston Martin.
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