Tired of church wedding, beach weddings, and the ever-so popular spur-of-the-moment Vegas romps? Here’s an idea for you: why don’t you get married at the Monaco Grand Prix race track?
OK, pulling that off is easier said than done. But if you’ve got strings to pull, then you can certainly make it happen. Bob Bondurant has the strings, and they’re mighty long, too. Together with his wife Patricia, Bondurant was able to exchange vows at the legendary race track, much to the delight of all the spectators who showed up to watch the F1 race. Joined by some family and friends who served as witnesses, the couple certainly had quite a follow-up ceremony to the one they previously had back in the US.
By the way, in case you don’t know who Bob Bondurant is, he’s a former race car driver that once scored a fourth place finish at the very same track way back in 1966. So, yeah, you could say that he knows the track and the people behind it to pull off something like this.
We don’t know whether to be happy for the two or jealous of the fact that they had such an awesome setting to exchange - renew, to be exact - their vows. Maybe it’s both. Either way, it was just about as awesome a wedding as any of us could have thought of.
Press Release after the jump
FORMER MONACO FORMULA 1 DRIVER MARRIES ON CIRCUIT DURING 2010 MONACO GRAND PRIX
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.