Born the son of Italian immigrants, his motorsport career ancestry justice began in 1947 on a large-displacement Alfa Romeo. In general, he seemed in contrast to his English compatriots a striking tendency for Italian manufacturers to have.
About sports car race in Formula 1
In Formula 1 he came only after the use of various high-class cars in sports car racing. So he drove a 2-liter Maserati for the " Gilby Engineering Team " Sidney Greene or a Frazer Nash at the races at Brooklands. For Greene, he also contributed 1954-1956 a Maserati 250F with substantial placements at various Grand Prix races which did not count for the World Championship.
The Legend of Goodwood
In the not the World Cup scoring race in the Easter Monday Goodwood meeting Salvadori met with his Maserati on Ken Wharton, who was considered his arch-rival, and the BRM 16 cylinder. Only the better -off and the consequent blocking Ken held before Salvadori, of the curves in significantly slower, but wide BRM could not pass. Wharton consistently drove battle line. In addition, lost his engine oil, which was reflected on the windshield and the spectacle of his pursuer. Salvadori apparently lost his nerve and gestured threateningly. During the 19th round, he tried in the Lavant curve inside come over and collided. Although both drivers were able to continue after the shift, but Salvadori had to give up with a clutch failure while Ken Wharton won the race. " Ken was one of the harshest driver, I should have known better ...", Roy Salvadori judged in retrospect. Both drivers were then a gold or silver pocket watch given by the organizer, was on the inside "In memory of an unforgettable weekend " engraved.
Change to Cooper and Aston Martin
Following this, asked the Cooper team and also Aston Martin, if Salvadori was not to be had for official racing missions within the championship. Significantly, the chance came loose front-engined Aston Martin in 1959 for use when he was already technically obsolete. During the 1957 Formula 1 season Salvadori also launched for Vanwall, had as their pilots take a break due to illness or injury. But in the end it was he - and not the higher -ranked Jack Brabham - who with the fifth import the first points for the Cooper - Climax team in the Grand Prix at Aintree.
Victory at Le Mans
Le Mans results
End of career
Later came Roy Salvadori, which clung to the reputation of a fierce, but never unfair fighter, almost to his mature single-seater victory. At the Grand Prix of the USA during the 1961 Formula 1 season, he again ascended a Cooper for the Yeoman Credit team. Round after round, he worked as a runner-up to the leading Innes Ireland Lotus coming on when the engine of the Cooper and thus burst his hopes.
At the end of 1962, the 40 -year-old Salvadori moved from Formula 1 and a few years later by the sports car race to pursue his career as a car dealer. Short term saw him again in Formula 1, but this time as team manager of the Cooper -Maserati team 1966-1967. Afterwards, he took his final departure from racing.