Dogs and cars came together Friday night for a good cause as the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving opened its doors to the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL).
The “Unleashed” event was a fundraiser for the no-kill shelter, which is on track to adopt out 5,000 animals this year.
The Bondurant museum was full Friday as 120 guests enjoyed dinner and got to take a look at classic cars as well as adoptable animals.
The highlight of the event for many was the “hot lap,” where guests were able to go on a ride in a Bondurant racing car with a professional driver. The cars reached speeds of 140 mph.
There were several special guests present at the event including Bob Bondurant and John and Sonia Breslow, who recently donated $2 million to the shelter to build its new adoption center. John Breslow explained during the event why teaming up with the Bondurant school was such a good fit for him.
“We both have a love of dogs, which is evident,” Breslow said. “I really didn’t realize how Bob has impacted my life, but he has. Bob started racing cars in the late ’50s when I was about 10 years old. When I was a sophomore in high school we had some kind of guidance class and we had to write a paper about what we wanted to do when we graduated from high school or college. I decided I wanted to be a race car driver… In my paper I wrote about three race car drivers and one was Bob Bondurant.”
Breslow attended the Bondurant school later on to get his racing license and has raced sports cars all around the world.
The crowd celebrated Bondurant’s 80th birthday and the 45th anniversary of his school.
Because of Breslow AAWL has been able to double its capacity in the past year and the shelter has more than doubled the amount of adoptions they’ve had. Proceeds from the “Unleashed” event will go toward furthering that mission.
For more information on AAWL, visit aawl.org.
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