David Hobbs at the Simeone in 2015. Images courtesy Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
From 2010 through 2017, David Hobbs and Will Buxton delivered the inside scoop on Formula 1 to U.S. viewers, first with the Speed Channel and later with the NBC Sports Network. On August 10, the pair will reunite at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as David and Will help to co-host Nürburgring – German Performance Demo Day.
David competed in a variety of racing forms, from sports cars to single-seaters and even NASCAR stockers. His greatest success came in endurance racing, beginning with a class win (in what may have been the first international victory for an automatic transmission) in the 1961 Nürburgring 1000km. From 1962-’89, he made 20 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, earning class wins in 1962 ad 1982, along with overall podium finishes in 1969 (driving a Ford GT40 Mk. I for J.W. Automotive Engineering) and 1984 (driving a Porsche 956B for the Skoal Bandit Porsche Team). In 2015, he was presented with the “Spirit of Competition” award by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, and in 2018 released his autobiography, Hobbo: Motor Racer, Motor Mouth.
1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type Sportwagen.
Will is best known for his F1 pit-lane commentary and began his journalism career writing for GrandPrix.com before transitioning to broadcast television. In 2018, he carried over his F1 Paddock Pass segment, originated on NBC Sports, to F1’s YouTube channel. In 2019, Will published the book My Greatest Defeat: Stories of Hardship and Hope from Motor Racing’s Finest Heroes, which includes interviews with Dario Franchitti, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Niki Lauda, Alex Zanardi and others.
1937 BMW 328.
The format for Nürburgring – German Performance Demo Day will be expanded beyond that of a traditional Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum Demo Day. The event begins with a scrutineering and tech session at 11:15, followed by a discussion and question and answer session with Dr. Simeone, beginning at noon. At 12:30, the action moves to the rear lot, with driving demonstrations of the featured cars running until 1:00. Afterward, David and Will will host a moderated discussion, followed by a book signing. Copies of their respective books will be available for purchase onsite.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
The cars to be exercised and discussed include a 1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type Sportwagen, which was driven to a victory on the Nürburgring circuit by Otto Merz in July 1927; a 1937 BMW 328, hidden by a Dutch farmer throughout World War II and said to be the most original example remaining; a 1939 BMW 328; a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL; and a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, purchased from a local used car dealership by Dr. Simeone’s father and still wearing its original paint and upholstery.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students with identification, and may be purchased at Eventbrite.com. For additional information on the museum and other upcoming Demo Days, visit SimeoneMuseum.org.