In 1960 Hulme won at Ardmore in a 2-litre Cooper-Climax, the same year he was awarded a New Zealand Drivers to Europe scholarship. Three years later, working as a mechanic for Jack Brabham, he was given a race in the Formula Junior Brabham. His first Grand Prix win was at Monaco in 1967. In 1968 Hulme signed with fellow Kiwi, Bruce McLaren, to race in F1 and CanAm. He won the CanAm crown that season and in 1970, when Bruce was killed, he took over as team leader and won it again. After retirement Hulme raced regularly at the Australian Bathurst circuit - a well-respected personality on the international touring car circuit. He died there in 1992, competing a BMW.