• Jun 4th 2010 at 7:59AM
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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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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.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Was the "Just Married" getaway car a 2-seat F1 dragging oil cans? Cuz that would be even more epic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      here is a pic of him with his new wifey (the woman on the far-right).

      • 5 Years Ago
      His bride has what we like to refer to as "back titties"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations to a first class individual; A few years ago, as part of my attempt to educate my son on great cars & automotive history, I took him to the Concorso Italiano in Monterey and, there at a vendor's tent (die cast models) was Bob Bondurant, with the release of his Ferrari GP car in scale form.

      I was blown away but my son was more interested in the red model. Mr. Bondurant tried talking to my son about what kinds of cars he liked but my son, as shy as I'd ever seen him (maybe he sensed that anybody who raced a car subsequently turned into a "toy" must be really special) was pretty quiet and minimally responsive. I asked Mr. Bondurant if he'd sign the car and after looking around for a suitable marker (people weren't asking him to sign?), he did so. Really, a very pleasant, laid-back talk about alot of things with a guy who is arguably an icon transcending car enthusiasts (my wife, who isn't "into" cars as such, knows about Bob Bondurant Driving Schools).

      BTW: I just re-watched Grand Prix this past weekend on www.stagevu.com and it STILL blows me away for the cinematography as well as for the great look into GP racing in the 1960s, especially with the great actual racing action footage and the use of actual drivers as part of the storyline. Awesome!

      Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Bondurant!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Congrats on being rich, Richie Mc Rich who takes his son to rich places to educate him on rich sports like racing. And yeah, I'm jealous. :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        Richie McRich? Wow, man, you're about as wrong as can be. It's true that I paid to go but my son was free; I love cars and, for a long time, Italiano was easily the best bang for the buck (well, that and the free thrill of showing up early at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to watch the cars get unloaded from the transporters in the polo fields). Italiano also used to benefit the local schools, so I had an added incentive there.

        Funny, though, as much as I don't fit the ill-fitting stereotype, two things to add: One, I never felt jealous of the guys who showed up with their GTOs or Testa Rossas or Birdcages, and, Two, I was never made to feel like I was second class because I wasn't at a particular socio-economic class. If anything, I have found myself meeting people (like Bondurant) who I would normally never get to meet, sharing an enthusiasm that transcends socio-economic status...

        Perhaps, if you don't find you have similar experiences, it could be because of attitude.
      • 5 Years Ago
      where's the racing gloves?