Herb Thomas

Race Car Driver

Birthday April 6, 1923

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace North Carolina

DEATH DATE Aug 9, 2000 (77)

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International Motorsports Hall of Fame member was one of NASCAR's best drivers of the 1950s.

Before Fame

He ran a sawmill business, supplying lumber for the military in WW II.


He joined NASCAR its founding year, and raced in the inaugural Grand National series two years later, winning 48 races in all.

Family Life

His brother Donald also raced in the Grand National series, becoming the youngest drive to win a race.

Associated With

He inspired the "Doc Hudson" character, who was voiced by Paul Newman in the animated film "Cars."