Former F1 driver and friend to Richard’s F1 David Hobbs is celebrating his 72nd birthday today!
A man who made just the occasional appearance in Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1967 and 1974, David forged himself a hugely successful motorsports career spanning some three decades.
His first F1 break came with Bernard White’s BRM concern, in which he finished an impressive third on debut at the non-championship Syracuse GP, and this preceded a season of Formula 2 with Surtees in 1967. His big moment came when he won the 1968 Monza 1,000km event in a Ford GT40.
The start of Formula 5000 in the United States was to prove David’s zenith, and he found himself competing with greater frequency on the western side of the Atlantic. He finished fifth in the 1974 Indianapolis 500 in a McLaren, and later in the season deputised for Mike Hailwood in the Yardley McLaren.
It would be difficult to find another driver who has competed in a greater variety of motorsport disciplines: F1, F2, endurance racing, Can-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA and touring cars (to name a few!).
He still competed on the odd occasion in the 1990s and is a seasoned regular in the SPEEDTV commentary box after stints with CBS and ESPN.
David has also voiced the character ‘David Hobbscap’ in the upcoming release of CARS 2. He talks to us about this experience here.
David kindly afforded us a few extensive interviews, which you can read here. We wish David a very happy birthday today!
[Original images via F1-Facts]