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1. Santa Barbara (1959)
|Stardust 7-11 - 1968|
Shortly after completing filming on Bullitt, Steve entered 1968's Stardust 7-11,
a gruelling 320 mile off-road race for both cars and motorbikes,
which started at the Stardust raceway in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ran across the potentially lethal Amargosa desert.
Steve competed with friend and fellow racer Bud Ekins in their own custom made four wheel drive which they named the 'Baja Boot'.|
The race was renowned for its danger to riders and drivers, and this event was no exception, as several vehicles met with nasty ends, being overturned and even catching fire.
In the Baja Boot, at Stardust 7-11
Steve and Bud however were doing well, until, in Steve's own words, as related to William F Nolan:
"We were really battin' along, feeling good about the car and our chances with it, when we see this big fat wheel rolling along beside us. It's our wheel! The axle had popped. Well, that did it. We just sat on our tails in the desert 'till help came."