Winning Aston returns to Le Mans in tribute to Shelby, Salvadori and Cutting

| 13 Jun 2012

To mark the recent deaths of drivers Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori as well as chief engineer Ted Cutting, Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe, France, this weekend.

The iconic Aston will travel to Le Mans this week where it will be on display outside Aston Martin’s hospitality suite at the Parc du Raccordement, near to the start of the pit straight.

The factory-entered #97 and #99 Vantage GTEs racing at the weekend will carry a commemorative plaque, while the drivers will also wear the initials of Shelby and Salvadori, and the number 59, on their helmets.

In addition, Aston Martin’s official entry into the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans, the V12 Zagato driven by CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, will switch from its usual #005 designation to #59.

Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, David King, said: “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.

“Many people have worked very hard to make this happen and we thank the Automobile Club de L’Ouest for its assistance.”

Aston Martin has also produced a video tribute to the Shelby, Salvadori and Cutting using original footage from the 1959 Le Mans race. The silent film, two minutes in duration, depicts the drivers arriving at the track, racing the DRB1 around the Circuit de la Sarthe and, finally, taking the chequered flag to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright.

Click here to watch the video.