Caricature: Pepe’s passion is for music and cars

Caricature - Pepe Hobson.
Caricature - Pepe Hobson.

Musician Pepe Hobson, the son of an Italian mother and an English father, moved to the UK as a teenager in 1960 speaking no English.

But he has never regretted the decision and has lived a packed life particularly when it comes to his twin passions - guitars and cars.

Pepe said: “I came here in November, 1960 as a 19-year-old to join my family. I met my wife in 1961 and we are still married. We’ve just had our 50th anniversary.”

Pepe featured in a number of bands including Ross and the Giants, Times Change and Which Way.

He used to own two music shops in Grantham in the mid-1970s and also ran a car spray shop where he would mainly work on Jaguars and Minis.

Pepe said: “I love Jaguar cars. I bought my first in 1980 and I have still now, 33 years on. I love anything mechanical and have a couple of Ducatis too.”

Pepe says he also loves guitars but, aged 72, he doesn’t get to play as much as he would like these days. He said: “I last did a gig when I was 70 with Times Change and we went down a bomb!”