14 January 2016

We are very sorry to record the death of Mike Salmon at the age of 82 (he was born on 12 October 1933) after a short illness.

After racing his personal Aston Martin DP214 in the early 1960s for the British Saloon Car Championships with some success, Mike moved up to sports car racing and entered for Le Mans in 1967 with a Gulf Ford GT 40. A fire after a pit stop resulted in Mike getting badly burned but he was soon back racing again. With Robin Hamilton he drove at Le Mans in Robin's modified Aston Martin V8 in 1977 and 1979.
Mike joined John Dawnay's (Viscount Downe) race team as the Aston Martin Nimrod project developed. Together with Simon Phillips and Ray Malloch and under the direction of Richard Williams as Team Manager, Mike drove in 1982, 1983 and 1984 at Le Mans and other Endurance Championship races for the team.

Mike was still racing in 2007 at the Goodwood Revival. He latterly lived in Jersey, running a Marinello concession there.

The Aston Martin Heritage Trust would like to extend their condolences to Mike's wife Jean (ex Bloxham) in her sad loss and to recognise and celebrate Mike's considerable contribution to Aston Martin heritage through the DB4GT Zagato and the Nimrod project.

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