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1. Santa Barbara (1959)
|Lake Elsinore - 1970|
Steve competed in the 3rd Lake Elsinore Grand Prix riding on a 405-cc Motocross Husky in a field of 500 bikes
over the 10 mile course. William F Nolan quotes Steve's account of the race in his book McQueen:
"When you're runnin' with the top ten, as I was, you're really honkin' on pretty good an' what happpens is that with so many bikes choppin' up the dirt the holes in the course get worse...deeper with each lap.
Steve competing at the Lake Elsinore GP
I was comin' out of a wash under a bridge with this road dip ahead and I just kinda took one of those big jumps where you're sure you're gonna make it but you don't. And I didn't. My bike nosed into the dip, which was, like, deep - and I went ass-over the bars into the crowd. Didn't hurt anybody but me. My left foot was busted in six places."
This wasn't enough to stop him however, as he got back on the bike and finished the race, still finishing in the top ten!