Former Grand Prix driver-turned-commentator, David Hobbs – a good friend to the website – is celebrating his 73rd birthday today!

While British-born Hobbs may have made just the occasional appearance in Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1967 and 1974, he nonetheless managed to forge 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 now a seasoned regular in the SPEEDTV commentary box after stints with CBS and ESPN.

David has also voiced the character ‘David Hobbscap’ in the recent release of CARS 2. He talked 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!

[Image via Speed TV]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.