Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the 1959 24 Hours of Le MansEnlarge Photo
The 24 Hours of Le Mans runs this weekend, and as part of the festival that accompanies the event, the 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 will return to the scene of its victory in the hands of Carroll Shelby
and Roy Salvadori.
Shelby and Salvadori both passed away in the past several weeks, along with the car's chief engineer, Ted Cutting. All three will be honored during the event.
As Aston's motorsport chief David King put it, “We were deeply saddened by the loss of Carroll, Roy and Ted. They all played a hugely important role in Aston Martin’s racing history and will forever remain part of the company’s heritage. To mark their passing, we felt it fitting to return their car to the scene of its greatest victory."
Shelby has been honored in many ways already, including a memorial ceremony and "Rev your Engine" salute
. Salvadori died just 23 days after Shelby.
Salvadori and Shelby shared the wheel of the Aston Martin DBR1 to win the overall victory at the famous 24-hour race in 1959 for the David Brown Racing Department team. Their margin of victory was one lap, covering a total of 2,701.8 miles at an average speed of 112.57 mph.