My Formula 5000
The 1974 F/5000 season has been David Hobbs’ best since winning
the series championship crown in 1971. Driving for Carl Hogan’s team,
as he has since 1971, Hobbs finished third in the year-end standings
as a result of the victory at Mosport Park, a third, two fourths and one
eight-place finish in a Lola T332. The season previous, at the wheel of
a T330 Lola, he finished six of nine races, all in seventh place or
better, for fifth in the final point standings. Although he won the
Edmonton contest, Hobb’s 1972 record of finishing only eight races
placed him eighth in that year’s championship standings. In “his” year,
Hobbs won five of the F/5000 races, finished second on one occasion
and seventh on another to earn the 1971 crown. In 1970, Hobbs
competed in six events in the last half of the season to place third in
the final standings, and in 1969 he was equally successful, starting in
mid-season and winning two races to come within a single point of
winning the title. In the ‘73 Can-Am Challenge Cup series, Hobbs drove
a McLaren M20 to seventh overall in the championship standings, all
four finishes worth points. His State side experience, where he seems
to have made more of a mark than in Europe, also includes the Trans-
Am, the World Manufacturer’s Championship endurance races and the
Indianapolis 500, where he placed fifth in 1974. Hobbs has been
racing since 1959, starting in a Morris Oxford sedan and graduating to
larger, more powerful machines through the year to become an
accomplished driver in formula and sports racing machines. His break
into “big time” racing came in 1968 when he signed with John Wyer’s
team to drive GT40s in the World Championship of Makes, teamed
with the late Paul Hawkins.

David Hobbs, 2008 Speed Tunnel
Surtees TS5A
Lola T332
David Wishart Hobbs
photo & profile 1975
Age 36, Upper Boddington, England
Hogan Racing, LTD
David Hobbs
Brett Lunger