David Hobbs’s recollections of his six decades in motor racing will be published by Evro early in 2018. It will be a fascinating book by a great racer who not only had a long, successful and hugely varied career but always tells a good yarn.
Called Hobbo: Men, Motors and Microphones, David’s memoir covers his racing life from 1960, when he made his début at Snetterton driving his mother’s Morris Oxford, right up to work today as a Formula 1 TV commentator for NBC. He raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours 20 times between 1962 and 1989, finishing third overall with a Gulf Ford GT40 in 1969 in the wake of that year’s legendary battle for the lead. Much of his success came in North America, where he was Formula 5000 champion in 1971 and Trans-Am champion in 1983 – and he also raced in the Indy 500 and NASCAR. On top of that, he raced in Formula 1, driving BRM, Lola, Honda and McLaren cars between 1967 and 1974.
US-based David is pictured with Evro Chairman Eric Verdon-Roe on a recent UK visit, and in 1968 racing his all-time favourite car, the Ford GT40, in the 1968 Nürburgring 1,000Kms with his friend – and fellow Evro author! – Brian Redman.