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Old 23 Mar 2018, 12:15 (Ref:3810131)   #1
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I had the pleasure of interviewing David Hobbs yesterday, goodness me what a career, nothing he didn't drive. Image copyright www.retro-speed.co.uk
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 08:33 (Ref:3810834)   #2
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I'm moving this to the history forum, Peter, as I think it is more appropriate there.
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 09:08 (Ref:3810846)   #3
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An interesting career for sure. At recent F5000 races at Pukekohe and Phillip Island there was a Lotus 70 Ford racing and I thought it may a car Hobbs raced in the Tasman Series in the early 70s however after going through my old photos I could only find that he raced a McClaren M18 one year which may have been his only Tasman year. Did he ever race a Lotus 5000?
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An interesting career for sure. At recent F5000 races at Pukekohe and Phillip Island there was a Lotus 70 Ford racing and I thought it may a car Hobbs raced in the Tasman Series in the early 70s however after going through my old photos I could only find that he raced a McClaren M18 one year which may have been his only Tasman year. Did he ever race a Lotus 5000?
In the 1972 Tasman David ran every race, (8 rounds) driving a self entered (as David Hobbs London) M22 McLaren Chevy. He won the final round of the year at Adelaide, and took 5th in the Tasman Championship that year.
He did not appear in any of the 1970 or 1971 or 1973 races.
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 18:34 (Ref:3811040)   #5
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Nothing to do with David, but just for info the Lotus 70 Ford I know was used in the 1971 Tasman Series, the first round at Levin by David Oxton and in the 2nd round, the NZGP race at Pukekohe by Chris Amon.
The car was not at Wigram (Amon was in a March), and the car was not at Teretonga as Amon was on F1 duty in Buenos Aires.
Amon again drove the car in the 1971 rounds at Warwick Farm and Sandown before other committments forced him to scratch from the final round at Surfers, with John Cannon deputising at Surfers.
I am fairly sure the car was in STP colours.
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There's an interview with David Hobbs in this month's Octane magazine.
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On Thursday afternoon I was talking about the great Jim Clark with a friend. He showed me a black and white photo of Jim on the banking at Daytona in a Lotus Elite. The David Hobbs "automatic" car. He asked if I knew the colour and I made a rash bet I could find out by the next morning. An hour later I went to google and found David Hobbs website so I sent an e-mail titled rash bet!

Ten minutes later had a reply with colour details followed by some colour pictures and some other info as well. The e-mails we exchanged passed a pleasant evening.
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and the car was not at Teretonga as Amon was on F1 duty in Buenos Aires.
But was a pleasure for Chris Amon, since he won the Buenos Aires F1 race of 1971... Perhaps his only F1 (albeit non-champ) win...
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But was a pleasure for Chris Amon, since he won the Buenos Aires F1 race of 1971... Perhaps his only F1 (albeit non-champ) win...
Amon also won the 1970 International Trophy F1 race for March in a 701 Cosworth in 1970.
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