|home|||||films|||||images|||||cars & bikes|||||humanitarian|||||guns|||||collectables|||||racing|||||forum|||||books|||||doco's|||||guest spots|||||fashion|||||video downloads|||||stage|||||archives|||||shop|||||links|
1. Santa Barbara (1959)
|Santa Barbara - 1959|
|Steve entered his first 'official' motorcar race at Santa Barbara in May of 1959, driving a 1600 Super Porsche. He related his memories of the event to writer William Nolan: "They ran it at the airport - and there was a real mix of cars, big and small, in my race. I had no idea where I'd finish. I remember storming off the line like mad when the flag fell, passing a gaggle of Porsches and Triumphs - until after about four laps there I was, leading everybody! That shook me. I was skidding around the circuit between cars, going as deep into the turns as possible before breaking, on the ragged edge all the way, and I thought, 'Man, what are you doing out here?' But I hung on and won. After that I was hooked."||May 1959 Race Program
September 1959 - Steve racing his Lotus Le Mans Mark XI|
Returning that September in a much faster Lotus Le Mans Mark X1, he engaged Frank Monise in a wheel to wheel battle for first position. Day one of the two day event saw him come in second, but on day two catastophe struck when he took a sharp turn to fast, spinning the car and killing the engine. It cost him the race and he finished in 4th position.
See more Santa Barbara Pics *HERE*