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Simeone museum to honor racer David Hobbs


Driver David Hobbs waves to the crowd during the Indianapolis 500 | Simeone Automotive Museum
Driver David Hobbs waves to the crowd during the Indianapolis 500 | Simeone Automotive Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has announced the winner of its annual Spirit of Competition honoree: veteran British racing driver and TV commentator David Hobbs.

The award, to be presented during a fundraising gala November 18 at the museum in Philadelphia, will be presented by museum founder Frederick Simeone to Hobbs, who has raced on tracks all over the world in Sports Cars, Formula 1, F5000, Indy Cars, Can-Am, Trans-Am and NASCAR competition.

Hobbs started in the 1950s competing from behind the wheel of his mother’s Morris Oxford sedan. He subsequently raced in some of the greatest sports cars ever built, including the Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Elite, Lola T70, Ferrari 250 LM, Ford GT40, Porsche 917K, Ferrari 512M, McLaren M8D, McLaren M20, Ferrari 365 Daytona, BMW 3.0 CSL, BMW 320 Turbo, BMW M1, Porsche 935, Porsche 956, Porsche 962 and Nissan GTP-ZX.

As well as driving in such landmark competitions as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Hobbs in 1976 embarked on a second career in broadcasting, providing color commentary for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, Speed TV and NBC, where he continues as an analyst and color commentator for F1 coverage.

For information about the Simeone fundraising gala and dinner, see the museum website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. David Hobbs was renting an adjacent house. I have a picture hanging on my wall of a Porsche 917 from LeMans 1970, David said “I drove that car at 1970 LeMans”.

  2. David is a class guy and his versatility as a champion driver is well-documented. Even though he makes fun of my well-worn MGA, I still think he is one of the greatest.

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