It’s been a long time, but I listened to that podcast (10/10 would recommend). An amazing gentleman. May he rest in peace.
I realized when I started having kids (my oldest is 13) that they would never know, meaningfully anyway, any members of that generation and it really made me sad. I cant imagine anyone of my or even my parents’ generation having a life like Jim’s. A hero and an inspiration in the truest sense of the words. Read more
Greatness will not be denied. Just like Jim Barbour, don’t let stupid, bigoted, or negative people tell you what you can’t do. Find a way.
Why does this guy not have a wikipedia entry? A google search only yields the jalopnik articles and a tribute on the Riga (Latvia) Ferrari Scuderia Club site which appears to be an unattributed amalgamation of Obuchowski’s posts.
Why does this guy not have a wikipedia entry? A google search only yields the jalopnik articles and a tribute on the Riga (Latvia) Ferrari Scuderia Club site which appears to be an unattributed amalgamation of Obuchowski’s posts about the guy.
My condolences David. The first piece you wrote about him was priceless. This one too, but also very touching. Godspeed, Mr. Jim.
I hope that you are writing a book or feature article about this great man. I would be extremely interested and would look forward to it. Please keep us posted.
I’m quite sad that I never knew about this very unique and highly respected individual before. After a brief search, I’m unable to find even a Wikipedia page about him, which makes me even more so. David, can you help us out here? I need to know more. Read more
That’s such a nice tribute, David. Thank you for lifting up this honorable, beautiful man. I can still hear his voice more than 50 years later. He moved his family into our lily-white neighborhood in 1967. I was a young boy then, fascinated by his blue Austin Healey Sprite—and then I learned he raced it! I’d see him… Read more
Please hop over to Wikipedia and write an article about Jim Barbour, because, there isn’t one.
You have the writing chops. Please do it.
I told Jim wanted to be him when I grew up
A wonderful piece for an extraordinary man. Good Luck with the Alfa David, it’s transcended into a momento. RIP
RIP to a legendary badass.
What an incredible man, and what an incredible life. As someone who has, at most, one or two things that I can somewhat reliably point to as ‘talents’ - I’m intrigued by these sorts of beings that can, seemingly, develop an interest, aptitude and even mastery over, such a wide range of abilities - driving, flying,… Read more
Rest in Peace. He was the hero that broke the barrier that opened up the door for my heroes (Willy T, J. Stewart, L. Hamilton, Bubba Wallace) to do what they love. Not only will he be missed in the racing community, but as a veteran, tech giant, musician and much much more. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him.
The man is a legend, always will be.