March 17, 2015 — Callaway Cars announced today a partnership with the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, the premier driving school in the United States, to create limited edition products along with unique experiences of driving high performance vehicles. The historic agreement was made official by legends Bob Bondurant and Reeves Callaway.
“Callaway Cars and Bondurant Driving School have been leaders in the world of high performance for decades,” said Reeves Callaway, Founder and CEO of Callaway Cars. “In fact, our paths first crossed in the early 1970’s when Bob invited me to be one of his first driving instructors. I’m pleased to have come full circle and once again work with the legendary Bob Bondurant. Together, we’ll give enthusiasts the opportunity to truly enjoy a high octane lifestyle.”
The melding of these two iconic brands will drive Callaway and Bondurant to gain an even larger presence in the automotive performance and motorsport experience markets. Both have deep ties to General Motors and its line of vehicles. Callaway currently offers cutting edge, performance enhancing packages for the Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban. Bondurant offers several different driving instruction programs featuring Chevrolet products headlined by the Corvette.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Reeves again,” said Bob Bondurant. “He and his team have created vehicles that are incredibly capable. From top speed record holders to fantastic racecars, Callaway badges are a sign of superior performance. We are proud of the company we keep and Callaway falls into that category.”
Bob Bondurant is one of the world’s greatest driving heroes. For a decade prior to opening his school in 1968, Bob was winning on practically anything on wheels. From motorcycles to sports cars and Formula One single seaters, he dominated racing. Some of his most famous achievements include winning Le Mans, driving for Ferrari in F1, and being a key contributor to an FIA World Championship. He was instrumental in helping Chevrolet establish the Corvette as a performance car. In 1959, he captured the West Coast “B” Production Championship and Corvette Driver of the Year Award.
From 1960 to 1963, he drove Corvettes on the way to winning 30 of the 32 races he entered. On February 14, 1968, he established the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The largest purpose-built driving school in the world, it teaches competition driving, police pursuit driving, evasive driving, stunt driving and other courses.
Reeves Callaway was among Bondurant’s first driving instructors. He has over 40 years of experience in managing programs for large corporations and has continuously earned engineering, product development and production partnership programs with major OEM’s. Callaway is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of four Callaway companies and has been a director of the publicly traded Kaman Corporation since 1995. Mr. Callaway is a visionary leader who is deeply involved in technology advancement. His experience and creativity have led to accomplishments including developing a record-breaking road car that reached a top speed of 254.76 mph and putting Callaway race cars on pole three times with two podium finishes at Le Mans. Mr. Callaway is an inductee to the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame and The Great Hall, Bloomington Gold for his contributions to the Corvette legacy.
About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Conn., Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway since the company’s founding in 1977, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has the most successful GT3 race team in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette for GT competition outside of North America. For more information, visit www.CallawayCars.com or call (860) 434-9002.
About Bob Bondurant School of High Performance
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance, which is located in Phoenix, Ariz., is the only purpose-built driver training facility for performance enthusiasts and is the largest driver training of its kind in North America. At the heart of the 60-acre facility is a 1.6-mile, 15-turn multi-configuration track that was designed by Bob Bondurant. The school maintains over 200 race-prepared vehicles, sedans, SUVs and open wheel cars. For more information, visit www.Bondurant.com or call (800) 842-7223.