Driver, mechanic, team owner
In little over a decade of racing, Holbert captured four SCCA national titles and the 1963 United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC). In 1954, Holbert’s Garage became one of the first Porsche dealers in America and has been credited with a key role in the brand’s growth. Holbert started racing in an MG in 1953, then switched to Porsches. He captured all four of his SCCA titles (1958, 1960, 1961, 1962) at the wheel of Porsche 550s and 718s, and in 1961, Holbert and inductee Masten Gregory won the S2.0 class and placed fifth overall at Le Mans. Two years later, he was hired by inductee Carroll Shelby to drive Cobras and King Cobra and promptly won the inaugural USRRC championship. Adept at sprints and endurance races, he scored six class victories at Sebring. Holbert attributed his decision to stop racing to the death of his friend and teammate Dave MacDonald at Indianapolis in 1964. Holbert and his son, 1993 inductee Al, were inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2004.