An institution that many aspiring drivers have looked to as the last name in a wheel jockey’s education appears to have been shuttered. Motor Authority is reporting that the school has closed down with a confirmation by a spokesman for the school, with more information expected to follow in the coming days. The school had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 2018 and had noted that, “The Chapter 11 ensures we will have sufficient time to reorganize and position the Company for sustained success. Our plan is to emerge from this process as a stronger company and continue to drive this Company into the next 50 years.”
Bob Bondurant has the history to back up having his name on a driving school. He ran dirt-track motorcycles, he drove sports cars in SCCA, raced with Carroll Shelby’s team, winning seven of ten races he went in. He drove Ferraris in the US Grand Prix and a Lotus in the Mexican Grand Prix. He nearly died in an accident racing Can-Am, drove a SC/Rambler at Baja for James Garner’s team, and even had some forays into NASCAR. But his crowning jewel just might be the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. It was an honest-to-God learning experience for anyone who attended. Using the best of what he could get his hands on (including some factory-built one-off specials like the “Cobra Vic” Ford Crown Victorias and Fox body Ford LTDs with factory-installed 5.0s and T-5 manual gearboxes), Bondurant and his school would do everything in their power to whip an enthusiastic student into a wheelman as best as they could.
In it’s current form, Bondurant uses a fleet of FCA-sourced vehicles, mainly composed of Dodge Vipers, Challengers and Chargers, including Hellcats and has utilized the racing surfaces at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona as a base, where the school has been since 1990.