Having started in outboard boat racing and the straight-line appeal of drag racing in 1957 and 1958, Akin turned to road racing in 1959. After some success he retired in 1961. He returned to the tracks in 1973 in historic racing but then in 1978 he aquired a Porsche RSR and competed in a full season of IMSA racing. He turned professional in 1979 and racked up an impressive list of achievements including the Sebring 12 hour race in 1979 and 1986 and the IMSA Championship in 1986. He was killed as a result of injuries sustained driving a 1988 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo in testing for a historic sports car race, the Walter Mitty Challenge.
Bob Akin died 19 years ago, he was 66 , He would have been 85.