Tributes to Nobby Hills
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of UK drag racing pioneer Nobby Hills, to natural causes last week aged 87.
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Sadly I am of an age where on a frequent basis I her or read of the passing of many of our drag racing 'family' Nobby, a lager than life character who lived for drag racing. A pioneer of the finest quality.
I remember him in his Stetson hat and cowboy boots organising one of the finest teams of the time, always keen to put on the best 'show' he could. At the time I crewed with Graham Hawes' Black Magic and enjoyed the 'banter' between crews in the pits.
Rest in pease Nobby keep wearing the hat and boots. Say Hello to Dennis for me.
Nobby was a great guy, always willing to help. He never had a bad word for anyone, a real gentleman. We had many great times racing Owen in the fueller. Nobby was a great character and his passing is the end of an era. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. RIP Nobby.
Very sad news to see. RIP Nobby.
When we were rebuilding the Topolino during the early part of the 2005 season, we bought a 14/71 Mooneyham blower from Nobby; we met Nobby at the Pod and walked to his car to pay and collect, he opens his boot and there are 2 blowers (both 14s) in there, he says 'take both, I don't need them and you guys will make use of them', no extra cash taken (we tried) no quibbles, just a good guy. Thank you Nobby, those are the acts people remember well. We also ran our first 6 second ET on that blower at the Thunderball, so thank you for that.
Our condolences to family and friends. Rest easy Nobby, RIP.
After Nobby rolled his funny car, did he come back next meeting with a skateboard bolted to the roof?!!
Great inspiration to us young bucks back then. Another one bites the dust.
C ya up there - with some stories
What sad news about Nobby Hills on Eurodragster this morning. Such a larger than life character, who produced superb cars, and added such a lot of life to the sport.
Lots of memories to look back on, given his long racing career, with his succession of Houndog cars.
I wanted to post a picture of him, and this one I took of Nobby at Dragstalgia, with Tom Hoover stood alongside, and enjoying the moment, seemed appropriate. Sadly both now passed.
Terribly saddened to hear of Nobby's passing. I can remember when we were in the pits to see the imposing man himself as the 'Houndog' Camaro funny car started up for a test. The look of joy from Nobby in his stetson was a moment I will never forget. Thank you Nobby & the team for some amazing memories. Rest in Peace my friend.
I don't think I ever captured Nobby in the pictures with his Funny Cars, I regret not ever doing this. RIP Nobby Hills.
Happy days on his crew early 1980’s
Wow! Such sad news to hear a legend of some great cars around the UK Drag scene... Big Guy...Big Hat..and the famous flip-flop's...Great Memories.
R.I.P. Condolences to family and friends at this sad news n time..
RIP Nobby, another Drag racing hero taken, have fun up there!
In any sport it seems there a few people that emerge as flamboyant characters. Nobby was a true showman fiercely competitive but approachable and friendly with a dry sense of humour.
Instantly recognisable in his flip flop sandals whatever the weather he always thrilled his many fans putting on a fabulous show with is superb Hound Dog funny cars and rails.
Legend and Icon are words often used but Nobby Hills was one of the greatest I doubt if there has been or ever will be a more charismatic personality in U.K. drag racing and I ￼for one am proud to have known him as a friend
RIP Mr Hills you were one of a kind
What immeasurably sad news. These days people chuck words like legend and icon around so carelessly in a quest for clicks and likes, but Nobby was all that and more, He was also a likeable, cheerful chap, and above all a complete gentleman, sometimes in the face of adversity that would make a sinner out of all of us. We shall never see his like again.
RIP Nobby……..another legend sadly departed
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nobby. I had the pleasure of crewing for him for a few years as he tried to return to fuel funny car. He gave me my break into Nitro racing for which I will be eternally grateful, and also spent a few cold winter weekends helping him recommission houndog 1 to its glory.
Below right is a photo of Nobby when we squeezed him into the Shytalker slingshot of Alec and Tom Coe. It was quite a squeeze and took a while to get him back out. Even with being around the sport for as long as he had been, the passion he had for it was clear to see in the size of the smile on his face after this.
I will raise a 'special brew' to you later, Rest in peace Nobby
RIP Nobby. A great contributor to the world of nitro. This was the shot earmarked for my book (above right). Still is when I get the funds. I interviewed him at his house for Custom Car with the editor, Kev Elliot. Fortunately, Nobby was very forthcoming, despite having recently lost his daughter at the time. Naturally, he had a lot to say.
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