Bob Bondurant and his wife Patricia exchanged vows on the tarmac of the Monaco Formula One track on May 14. Spectators who gathered for the F1 race were treated to a different kind of spectacle when the two walked out onto the track with a handful of friends and family as witnesses. Bondurant has a special affinity for the Monaco course – he snagged a fourth-place finish there in 1966 and helped film the legendary movie Grand Prix on the track as well. While the Bondurants were already married in the U.S., they were looking for a special way to cement their commitment to each other, and officials said that the wedding was the first of its kind.

Bondurant made a name for himself as a race car driver, though more recently he has helped to instruct over 250,000 students on the finer points of car control through his racing school. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Bondurant Racing]
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FORMER MONACO FORMULA 1 DRIVER MARRIES ON CIRCUIT DURING 2010 MONACO GRAND PRIX

MONACO – Bob Bondurant, of "Grand Prix " movie fame and founder of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz., got married on the Monaco Formula 1 circuit on May 14, 2010. Among a very excited crowd of onlookers, Bondurant and his new wife, Patricia, said their "I do's."

The couple, who had already officially married in the U.S., had a handful of friends and family as witnesses and approached the joyous occasion with aplomb. The Monaco Formula 1 enthusiasts could not believe their eyes as they certainly were not expecting to see anyone get married right on the race track that day!

As for Bondurant, he could think of no better place to exchange vows than on the very same circuit that earned him 4th place back in 1966 and where he worked as a consultant on the now famous movie "Grand Prix" with James Garner. Nowadays he is better known as the leading authority on advanced driver training and has been at the forefront of professional driving instruction since the late '60s. Utilizing the Bondurant Method, over 250,000 students ranging from housewives, racers and celebrities to teenagers, professionals and police officers, have learned from Bondurant's expertise. In 1967, he joined the Dana Chevrolet Team in the growing Can-Am and USRC (United States Road Championship). That year while racing at Watkins Glen, a broken steering arm caused a crash at 150 mph, rolling his car eight times and ending his promising professional racing career.

Faced with the possibility of never walking or racing again, Bondurant went back to what he knew better than anyone in the world: maximum car control. On Feb. 14, 1968, the doors opened at Orange County International Raceway, near Los Angeles, with three students. The next week there were two students, Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, training for the film "Winning". Bondurant was technical advisor, camera car driver and actor-instructor for the film. Ever since then, both Bondurant and his school have enjoyed success after success.

Frank Damgaard of Monte-Carlo Weddings, who coordinated all the logistics, admitted that it was certainly the first wedding of its kind in the Principality.