John Hobbs

John Hobbs

Member inducted 2007

John Hobbs' racing career began in 1966 in the long-established sport of sprinting. He combined this with Drag Racing and many successful National and World record attempts before migrating totally to drag racing where he became a dominant force in Europe. In the late 1960's he began running a series of Triumph powered machines christened Olympus and gained his first championship in 1968. In the early 1970's he moved on to Olympus II - a twin engine machine - before building the legendary double Weslake Hobbit. By 1979 The Hobbit was knocking on the door of the seven-second barrier - picking up an array of event wins on the way - incredible when only a decade earlier the record was in the nine second bracket.

 

During his illustrious career there are many achievements to celebrate including bettering esteemed visitors from America in ET and speed in 1975, winning Championships and setting numerous World & National records over various distances being the most notable. He once even tore up the hallowed tarmac at Santa Pod in the process of making a static burnout!

John raced against more than one generation of bike racer and had many memorable duels with the late Henk Vink during his time on the strip. John retired personally from competition in 1979 but went on to manage his own racing team and continues to ride successfully at sprint events once or twice a year.