Jan 12 2010

Driver Profile: Hubert Le Blon

Vince, I have about 21,000 photos and images of the Vanderbilt Cup Races..so I guess I am one of the better sources. Here's what I consider my favorite images of Hubert Le Blon. Please feel free to comment and expand on the information that I have on your grandfather's uncle.


Hubert le Blon was born in France on March 21, 1874. He raced a Serpollet for five years and set several world records for steam cars. In the 1902 Paris Grand Prix he finished 13th and 17th in the 1903 Grand Prix. Le Blon was hired to race French Hotchkiss and Panhard cars in 1905. In several of his races, Le Blon's wife acted as his mechanician... whom he considered "an excellent one".


For the 1906 American Elimination Trial, the Thomas Motor Company hired two Frenchmen to drive their entries; Gustave Caillois and Hubert Le Blon who drove the #6 Thomas. Since Madame Le Blon remained in France, Le Blon's mechanician was Marius Amiel.


Le Blon finished a strong second and qualified for the American Team.


The Automobile trade journal encourage the American team of Walter Chrisite, Hugh Harding, Frank Lawwell, Joe Tracy and Hubert Le Blon with this cartoon of "Five Souls with a Single Thought".


Le Blon was the first car to start the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race and can be seen at the beginning of this 1906 race film.


Le Blon encountered this unusual obstacle at the hairpin turn in Old Westbury. The dog made it across the course without being hit! Le Blon's Thomas was still running when the 1906 race was called and finished in 8th place.


Hubert Le Blon gave up auto racing and became an aeronaut, a racing aviator. Unfortunately, on April 2, 1910 the engine of his plane failed during an exhibition flight in San Sebastian, Spain as reported in this New York Times article.

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Jan 26 2010 Gies Pluim 3:21 PM

I have some pictures of Hubert le Blon in the French Grand Prix 1907 driving a Panhard Levassor

Jan 31 2010 Howard Kroplick 12:42 PM

Hi Gies:

If you wish, please send them to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . I will post them on this page. Thanks!


Jan 22 2011 Stephen Lee 9:29 AM

Does anyone know Hubert LeBlon’s birthdate - all references give 1872 but no day/month.

Jan 22 2011 Howard Kroplick 6:36 PM


I have one reference that lists the birth date as March 21, 1874.


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