The Rupert Bragg-Smith Bob Bondurant Saga
Please remember when you read this that I am a friend of Rupert Bragg-Smith and my views will be biased toward my friend. But, this is the story as I just heard it and I felt that others would also like to know what is happening.
As everyone knows, Rupert Bragg-Smith no longer has the contract with GM to provide the Corvettes for his School. The Bragg-Smith Advanced Driving School is continuing with Bragg-Smith owned Corvettes in the same way the school was originally begun.
Bob Bondurant now has a contract with GM to provide Corvettes & Cadillacs to his school in Arizona. As we understand, the Z06s will be used only for the One Day Autocross class. The other driving schools will use the Corvettes & Cadillacs, but there will not be a Corvette Only school (unless something has changed in the last couple of weeks).
Bob Bondurant has been having some difficulties in the switch over to the GM cars and has gone to Pahrump twice to visit with Rupert and see how the Corvette School works. Bondurant asked Rupert if he would like to send his instructors to a class at Bondurant and Bondurant could then send his instructors to Bragg-Smith. Well, Rupert said “NO” in his own very clear way and said that the Bondurant instructors were NOT to come to Bragg-Smith.
Rupert has worked long and hard to create a school for Corvettes and he has no intention of “giving” this info to another school.
A new Level 1 class began yesterday at Bragg-Smith. The instructors always have a meeting each day discussing the class & what was needed to fit the particular needs of the students. The general consensus was that there was one student that was very good. So good in fact that it was curious that he was there in a Level 1 class. Rupert pulled the file and found that the gentleman was from Chandler AZ, home of the Bondurant driving school. Rupert asked him if he was connected with Bondurant in any way. The gentlemen answered “no”. Rupert later got on the phone to the Bondurant School asking for this gentleman by name. He was immediately transferred to the voice mail of this Level 1 student.
When confronted with this new information, the gentleman apologized and immediately left the school.