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The story of motorsport's single biggest safety advance

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Feb 10, 2019, 2:14 PM

Today, the HANS device is commonplace in motorsport, but it wasn't initially greeted with open arms. This is the story of a major safety breakthrough and the man whose invention has saved countless lives.

Bob Hubbard, who passed away aged 75 this week, should be rightly remembered for the huge contribution he made to safety in motorsport, particularly as the 25th anniversary of the dark weekend that was the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix approaches.

Along with his business partner and pioneering HANS user Jim Downing, American professor Hubbard worked for years to get the device accepted, often in the face of scepticism and open hostility.

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