Born in San Francisco, California, Bob Drake was a privateer driver from Los Angeles who raced in the 1950s and early 1960s. After briefly running restaurat in Los Angeles he opened a garage specialising in restoration and preparing cars for the film industry. He also undertook stunt driving.
His racing was mainly in the SCCA Championships, driving many of Joe Lubin's cars including his Aston Martin DB3S/8 and 1500cc Cooper sports car as well as his Type 61 Birdcage Maserati. However he was best known for his driving of Max Balchowsky's Ol' Yaller cars, finishing 2nd in the 1960 Riverside Grand Prix driving Ol' Yaller Mk.II.
In 1956 he drove Frank Arciero's Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta Lusso.
In 1960 he also drove a Tec-Mec Maserati 250F in the United States Grand Prix, the last appearance of a 250F in a F1 World Championship race.