Fast And Flashy Cars At Cruise-In

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Fast and flashy will join the ranks of the sleek and sublime at the 2011 Beeline Cruise-In Charity Car Show this weekend.

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Photo courtesy of Bondurant Racing

This Camaro SS is one of the two vehicles the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is bringing to the 2011 Beeline Cruise-In Charity Car Show at Green Valley Park. The show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

Bob and Pat Bondurant and John Prumatico from the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will be among the vendors at Green Valley Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 30. They will have a Corvette Grand Sport and a Camaro SS, stickered up like the school’s track cars, at the car show.

Internationally recognized as the world leader in advanced driver training, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving trains professional and aspiring race car drivers, motorsport enthusiasts, executives, teens, and anyone looking to improve their car control skills.

With more than 350,000 graduates since 1968, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is a purpose-built driving facility adjacent to Firebird Raceway within the Gila River Indian Community in Phoenix.

The Bondurant school uses Chevrolet Grand Sport Corvettes and Super Sport Camaros as the primary training vehicles for Grand Prix Road Racing, Advanced Road Racing, High Performance Driving and Introduction to Racing classes.

The school also has a fleet of Corvette Z06s and ZR1s for students to train and experience the very best of America’s high performance sports cars.

About Bob Bondurant

Bob Bondurant’s greatest racing achievements came while racing Corvettes, Cobras and Ferraris. He won the prestigious FIA World Manufacturer’s Championship for Ford, making history by becoming the first American in an American car to beat Ferrari’s superior sports racing cars.

Career highlights:

• In 1959, Bondurant won 18 of 20 SCCA-B production races winning the West Coast Championship in his 1957 Corvette #51.

• From 1960-63, Bondurant won 30 of the 32 races entered, driving the Shelly Washburn 1959 Corvette and the 1963 Z06 Sting Ray, both #614.

• First Overall in the 1963 LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside driving a Shelby 289 Cobra.

• GT Class win in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving with Dan Gurney in a Shelby Daytona Coupe.

• GT Class win in the 1965 12 Hours of Sebring, co-driving with Jo Schlesser in a Shelby Daytona Coupe.

• Third Overall in the 1965 Daytona 2000 KM, co-driving with Richie Ginther in a Shelby American Ford GT40.

• Won seven out of 10 FIA World Championship races in America and Europe driving Shelby Cobra 289 Roadsters and Daytona Coupes, securing the 1965 FIA GT Championship Title.

• Drove Formula One for Ferrari, BRM and Dan Gurney’s All American Racers.

• Raced and won in Ferrari, Ford and Porsche Prototypes.

• Fourth Overall and First in Class at the 1966 Nurburgring 1000 KM driving a Porsche 906E.

• Leading the GT Class at the 1967 Le Mans in a stock L88 Corvette Sting Ray, co-driving with Dick Guldstrand until retiring at the 15th hour.

• Drove McLarens and Lolas in the CanAm Series.

• Raced NASCAR stock cars.

Bondurant’s career began in flat track motorcycle racing and drag racing in Southern California. He went on to dominate in the sports car road racing scene starting in 1956 driving a Morgan in the West Coast SCCA Region.

Bondurant moved on to Corvettes until getting the call from Carroll Shelby to lead the Cobra Team to international victory from 1963 to 1965. In 1967, while driving a McLaren CanAm car at Watkins Glen, Bondurant was seriously injured in a horrific crash when the steering arm failed at 150 mph. While recuperating in the hospital, Bondurant began to draft the ideas for a high performance driving school. He had enjoyed training James Garner for his lead role in the John Frankenheimer classic “Grand Prix” and Cobra owners at Carroll Shelby’s Driving School.

Fully recovered, Bondurant opened the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in 1968 at the Orange County International Raceway.

Saturday’s event

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The 1935 Auburn Boattail was a custom made vehicle. One placed an order with paint color, and other amenities specified and Auburn, with restrictions of course, literally made your car. Two color vehicles were the standard with maroon and gray, blue and gray, and black and gray being the most popular. Jim Ennis has completely restored this model and enjoys taking leisurely trips.

The 18th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Car Show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at Green Valley Park, however, more than half of the 200-plus vehicles participating will take part in the traditional Payson Cruise around the community starting at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29.

The cruise through town will start at Green Valley Park; go east on Main, then north on Beeline, east on Highway 260 and then over Tyler Parkway back to Beeline where it will head south to return to Green Valley Park.

There is no admission to the show and in addition to the Bondurant school exhibit, there will be numerous other vendors with merchandise, information and food at the park. Awards will be presented to participants beginning at 3:30 p.m. and guests can take a chance on a 50-50 drawing and a variety of raffles during the day.

See the special Beeline Cruise-In edition of The Rim Review inside today’s Roundup.

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