To be a race car driver is a dream for most men, but a harsh and unforgiving reality for a select few. The adrenaline, the speed, knowing that one wrong move could end your racing career and your life…that how racing legends are created. Among the few chosen to race, even few can become celebrated winners. George Follmer stands among a select few as a driver who has raced some of the most famous cars and tracks in motorsports.
That is why the Petersen Automotive Museum is putting on a tribute to Follmer this November. Hemmings Auto Blog reports that the celebration will look back on the life of a man who has had an undeniable impact on American motorsports.
Follmers accomplishments are long, far too long to document in a single post. We can tell you that Follmer saw success across a wide range of motorsports, including Formula 1, the Can-Am championship, and of course the Trans-Am series. Perhaps one of the most famous cars Follmer ever drove was the 1969 Boss 302 Mustang painted in the famed school bus yellow-and-black livery. It was in this car that he saw his first Trans Am victories, and from there there was no looking back.
Follmer would go on to drive for Bud Moore in Boss 302 Mustangs in 1971, before jumping ship to AMC and the Javelin. But perhaps Follmers greatest success came in developing and racing the Porsche 917-10 “Panzer” with Mark Donohue, with whom he developed an intense rivalry in the Can-Am series. These are just a few of his many notable motorsports accomplishments.
With Ford having just revived School Bus Yellow as a color option on the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang, it is good to be reminded of the drivers who helped make these cars the legends they are today.