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June 11, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What Bob Bondurant started 22 years ago as a part-time business for a crippled race driver--a driving school at Orange County Raceway with three Datsuns and a Formula Vee--has turned into a multimillion dollar school for high performance driving near Phoenix where movie actors, bank presidents, police chiefs and everyday folks learn to drive, as well as race drivers. Paul Newman, James Garner and Clint Eastwood were early pupils of Bondurant's.
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May 1, 2011 | By John Scheibe
The red 1963 Volkswagen convertible in the "For Sale" ad appears to be a cherry version of the automaker's popular Beetle. It has chrome bumpers, a black cloth top and a bright finish to its paint. The rims are shiny and the tires barely worn. The trim little California car looks ready to drive to the beach or cruise down the Sunset Strip on a Saturday night. But buckle your seatbelt before you get to the asking price — $250,000. Obviously, this is no ordinary Volkswagen.
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April 27, 1987 | SHAV GLICK
Former Renault Cup champion Parker Johnstone, driving an Acura Integra, led nearly all the way to win the 45-minute International Sedan race here Sunday. Johnstone, an instructor at the Bob Bondurant driving school at Sears Point Raceway, took the lead from teammate Doug Peterson on the fourth lap and never relinquished the front spot. It was his first win in an International Sedan race--which is a new name for the old Champion Spark Plug Challenge series.
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June 11, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What Bob Bondurant started 22 years ago as a part-time business for a crippled race driver--a driving school at Orange County Raceway with three Datsuns and a Formula Vee--has turned into a multimillion dollar school for high performance driving near Phoenix where movie actors, bank presidents, police chiefs and everyday folks learn to drive, as well as race drivers. Paul Newman, James Garner and Clint Eastwood were early pupils of Bondurant's.
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May 1, 2011 | By John Scheibe
The red 1963 Volkswagen convertible in the "For Sale" ad appears to be a cherry version of the automaker's popular Beetle. It has chrome bumpers, a black cloth top and a bright finish to its paint. The rims are shiny and the tires barely worn. The trim little California car looks ready to drive to the beach or cruise down the Sunset Strip on a Saturday night. But buckle your seatbelt before you get to the asking price — $250,000. Obviously, this is no ordinary Volkswagen.
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January 4, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Race drivers can usually trace their roots to one of three sources: --They had a love affair with cars when they were teen-agers, working on them around the clock and racing them anywhere they could find a challenge, the way A. J. Foyt, Bobby Unser and Bill Elliott grew up. --They had wealth and saw racing expensive cars as an exciting diversion that turned into a full-time avocation, as happened with the Whittington brothers, Bill and Don; Josele Garza; Salt Walther, and the late Peter Revson.
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December 12, 1985
I appreciated Paul Dean's feature story on the Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix ("Big Four of Grand Prix Lead the Charge at Palm Springs," Dec. 5). Dean's coverage of the event was excellent, but I want to make one correction: Bob Bondurant, one of the "Gang of Grand Prix greats," now operates the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, near San Francisco (so your readers do not confuse Bondurant's school with another that operates out of Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey)
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April 21, 2000
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio today through Thursday: * George Karl --"The Last Word," today, 6:30 and 11:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net * California Speedway president Scott Atherton, race driver and instructor Bob Bondurant --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 6-7 p.m., KIEV (870) * Jim Fox, Cobi Jones --"Sports Talk With Peter Vent," Saturday, 9-midnight, KRLA (1110) * Charles Barkley --"The Sporting Life With Jim Huber," Sunday, 7 a.m., CNN; 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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November 25, 1991 | SHAV GLICK
Driving instructor Bob Bondurant, after coming from last place to win a vintage car race Saturday in a 1979 Cobra, came back Sunday to win wire-to-wire in a borrowed 1959 Devin during the seventh annual Palm Springs Road Races. The engine on Bondurant's Cobra blew shortly after he crossed the finish line, and it was not ready to race Sunday, so Barry Watkins of Tustin offered Bondurant his C Production car to drive. Watkins had finished fourth in it Saturday.
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May 14, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitch Payton is a former desert motorcycle racing champion who has won three consecutive Sports Car Club of America amateur races in a showroom stock Honda CRX and appears headed for the national championship runoffs in October at Road Atlanta. Payton is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. He drives with brake and accelerator hand controls mounted into the steering column and a clutch release on the shifter.
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April 27, 1987 | SHAV GLICK
Former Renault Cup champion Parker Johnstone, driving an Acura Integra, led nearly all the way to win the 45-minute International Sedan race here Sunday. Johnstone, an instructor at the Bob Bondurant driving school at Sears Point Raceway, took the lead from teammate Doug Peterson on the fourth lap and never relinquished the front spot. It was his first win in an International Sedan race--which is a new name for the old Champion Spark Plug Challenge series.
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January 4, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Race drivers can usually trace their roots to one of three sources: --They had a love affair with cars when they were teen-agers, working on them around the clock and racing them anywhere they could find a challenge, the way A. J. Foyt, Bobby Unser and Bill Elliott grew up. --They had wealth and saw racing expensive cars as an exciting diversion that turned into a full-time avocation, as happened with the Whittington brothers, Bill and Don; Josele Garza; Salt Walther, and the late Peter Revson.
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June 18, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
SO you think you know driving? You battle that latte-swilling, bass-thumpin', always-changing-lanes-for-no-reason L.A. freeway traffic daily, right? That doesn't qualify you for the NASCAR circuit, as I discovered last month at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. My one-day "Intro to Racing" course at the school was a gift from my wife, Gayle. With nine other novices, I got eight hours of hands-on training at the school's 62-acre complex in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
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