Bob Bondurant has been a good friend since 1970 and when he asked if he could write the forward for our DVD La Carrera Panamericana - Rebirth of A Legend
I was ecstatic.
Bob wrote; In the early 50’s, the top racing teams in the world tasked their legendary drivers – Juan Fangio, Phill Hill, Carroll Shelby and others, to challenge one of the toughest road races of its time – The La Carrera Panamericana. A grueling 2100 mile, multi-day race across the heart of central Mexico. After only five years, the race was canceled. Some say it had accomplished its goal; to promote the newly constructed Panamerican Highway. Others contest that the race was too dangerous and had to be stopped.
Today, the modern incarnation of La Carrera pays homage to that history, and is still considered by many to be the world’s toughest open-road race. To say you’ve competed in, and actually finished the La Carrera Panamericana is a significant achievement.
This documentary is an unprecedented view of that legendary race, and a contemporary look at one of its participants, the California’s Best Racing Team. Rebirth of a Legend chronicles the amazing 3-year journey that lead driver Gary Faules and co-pilot Jon Emerson to take on the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana. I have known and been friends with Gary for many years, and he has proven himself as a skilled driver.
From junkyard to finish-line hero, it’s a ride you won’t soon forget. This DVD is a priceless piece of history!
This weekend Bob was on hand while the very same Cobra Daytona that he drove into the analogs of automotive history sold for $7.25 million.
Courtesy of Hemmings...
Back in 1967, Bob Bondurant sold a Cobra Daytona for a paltry $4,000. Over the weekend he watched one of six Daytonas built by Shelby cross the block for an astounding $7.25 million at Mecum’s inaugural Monterey Auction, setting a record for the highest price paid for an American car at public auction, according to Mecum.