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Well, after writing some condolences for Frank's family and friends, I started thinking about CFW safety and my onw expereinces. I have done some stupid sh^t there, I admit it.
Not sure anyone remembers this but I was racing this guy at CFW in either 2000 or 2001 nice guy, went by the name “Crazy Steve” (I think his name was Steve, crazy someone?) the day he crashed. He *had* this beautiful mural on the deck of his boat, a nice looking hot woman, blue and white boat. Some of the guys later told me he was known for jumping buoys in his flatty. He got the jump on me - his boat was fast (I was held-up a bit at the line by a liquid spped bump) right at 1/2 through the pass, he came out and down the deck over the nose, all I saw was a huge white cloud in front of me. I came out of the throttle and pushed the down pedal hard as if I was hitting the brakes – I didn’t see his boat, just him floating in the debris, all you could see is the nose ring bobbing up and down. I asked him if he was OK, he replied he had sore shoulder. There was a lot a sh^t floating in the water. I was one of the many who helped get his boat to shore swimming in the race fuel. He had some $ in the motor, the boat was never coming back, but we did save it. I remember being in the water with ~ 15 other VDrivers, were all muscling this boat to shore in the water for nearly 2 hours. We all bonded a bit, I remember all of laughing as it was a bit of a cluster fu^k at first. Someone needed to swim down and tie rope to the cav plate. We’re all asking each other, ‘how deep?’ Since the boat was vertical, I remember say can anyone swim down 18’? I tried, pulled my way down the gunnel and felt my way to the motor, then F’d up and couldn’t get the rope on turnbuckle before I ran out of air. Another VDriver took it down and did it. It was a coordinated effort and I have some of this on video as Dad was filming, he missed the ‘dance across the deck” but captured the rescue effort. Instead, Dad has me hitting a big wave a throwing 20’ splashes of the starting line (this is why he was ‘in front of me’ but for he record, I was gonna catch him). He was a real nice guy and we were all glad he didn’t get hurt. there was also some talk about some repairs and recent issues with the bottom of his boat, it was theorized that the bottom of his boat failed and must've grabbed the water. There was a BIG hole in the bottom, but the rest of the boat was intact.
A couple people told me that this wasn’t the first time ‘Crazy Steve’ had come out of his boat. Apparently he’s danced across the deck before. Crazy Steve, if you’re out there, I have the video coverage if you'd like it. Did you ever cut that mural out of the deck and put it on the wall in your garage?
Glad you were OK that day, we had a few beers together hours later.
Anyone else there at CFW that fateful day?
I’d love to hear from you.
Any other CFW stories?

- Gary Arneson
 

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Steve

Steve used to attend the San Antonio meets with the Classic V Drive Club. I always looked forward to going out and playing with him with the Hondo. I saw pictures of his hull, and couldn't believe how it split open down the bottom. Kind of miss the guy here!! I would assume that he quit while he was ahead, or his wife put a gun to his head!! Haven't seen him in many moons.
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Steve used to attend the San Antonio meets with the Classic V Drive Club. I always looked forward to going out and playing with him with the Hondo. I saw pictures of his hull, and couldn't believe how it split open down the bottom. Kind of miss the guy here!! I would assume that he quit while he was ahead, or his wife put a gun to his head!! Haven't seen him in many moons.
Denis
Steve showed up at CFW about a year after his accident. Said he had enough of boats. He was driving a nice Shelby Cobra kit car. Said it was almost as much of a rush as a flat! (ALMOST)
 

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I saw Steve only once more after the crash. He came out to CFW on New Years Day. He told me the same thing, he was done with boats.

It was a bit of a shame, that boat tried to warn him several times over the few years leading up to the crash.

Way, way too much power for the boat design. The boat would leap out of the water dead flat or slightly nose down mid run.

Steve is a nice guy; I hope he is having better luck with the cars.
 

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Jerry G. covered their outings and interviewed Steve, so even I up North knew of him. When I got the details, another L.D. up here had floor delam issues and I convinced him to GET ANOTHER Boat! His combination boat and driving was really a bad example for others but it was not uncommon to witness this first hand with many Nostalgia racers. Even tame jerk loved to pop wheelies for fun! Just a miracle he didnt get hurt!
 

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Crazy Steve

Hi I'm Steve's Son inlaw and just picked up his old motor
from him. I think I'm going to run the Hilborn on it and
see how it does!

If you could send me the video of the crash that would
be great.

I know the grand kids would like to see it, thanks.
 

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Brendella 2" Runner NoS
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Steve used to attend the San Antonio meets with the Classic V Drive Club. I always looked forward to going out and playing with him with the Hondo. I saw pictures of his hull, and couldn't believe how it split open down the bottom. Kind of miss the guy here!! I would assume that he quit while he was ahead, or his wife put a gun to his head!! Haven't seen him in many moons.
Denis
Yes, I was happy to see him 'swim' away from this one, nice guy and I would've liked to have a rematch. I was teasing him later, I told him that although he was ahead of me, I technically won that race :)
 

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Steve showed up at CFW about a year after his accident. Said he had enough of boats. He was driving a nice Shelby Cobra kit car. Said it was almost as much of a rush as a flat! (ALMOST)
Good to hear, good choice in a hot rod, Dad is building a Cobra w/ a 383 stroker. At least these have seat belts. I'll keep the video in case he would like to get a copy.
 

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Yeah, I rememebr squaring-off with him, he hit it and it took-off like a striped-ass ape! I hit a huge roller and had to play catch-up, it was quite a sight to see the explosion, it was a huge cloud of water and mist. My reactions were fast and I hit the dwon pedal and the boat shuddered and pitched a bit as she came back into the water (2" runner bottom offers one helleva ride when you hit the brakes that hard). I did a good job of not hitting him, but I did make some kindling out of some balsa wood.

I saw Steve only once more after the crash. He came out to CFW on New Years Day. He told me the same thing, he was done with boats.

It was a bit of a shame, that boat tried to warn him several times over the few years leading up to the crash.

Way, way too much power for the boat design. The boat would leap out of the water dead flat or slightly nose down mid run.

Steve is a nice guy; I hope he is having better luck with the cars.
 

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I sure would, I'll get a copy bruned on DVD and then get your mailing address. Dad missed him coming out of the boat, but the aftermath is in there.
Hi I'm Steve's Son inlaw and just picked up his old motor
from him. I think I'm going to run the Hilborn on it and
see how it does!

If you could send me the video of the crash that would
be great.

I know the grand kids would like to see it, thanks.
 
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