MADISON, IN (WAVE) - Hydroplane great Steve David has announced his retirement after 44 years of boat racing.
The 59-year-old was the driver of the ‘U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison' Unlimited hydroplane and had accumulated 18 wins, six Driver's Championships, four National Championships, 11 top qualifier poles and is the sport's winningest active drive.
This weekend's San Diego Bayfair race will be his last in his 25 years racing unlimited hydroplanes. Only one race evaded his trophy cabinet—the Detroit Gold Cup. After a heartbreaking loss this year, having battled for the Gold Cup 22 times, David felt maybe the 109 year-old trophy and motorsports oldest active trophy just wouldn't fit in his trophy cabinet or his record book.
"I have dreamed for years of winning the Gold Cup," David said, "but it wasn't meant to be. I believe that God didn't give me what I wanted, but rather what I needed. It is fully acceptable to me."
David continued, what "I needed from boat racing was to have met the thousands of fans and friends that have supported me through thick and thin, wins and losses, and some painful crashes. Everyone I have met in my 44 years of boat racing is part of my record book and in my trophy cabinet. To me that is better than the Gold Cup."
After he takes on the San Diego Bayfair race David, a native of Chillicothe, Ohio will return to Florida and continue to build his real estate holding company, Florida Professional Family of Companies, currently one of the 100 largest independent real estate holdings in the USA.
David and wife Sabrina will be dividing their time between their homes in Lighthouse Point, Fla. and Ocean Reef, Florida, when not snorkeling their way through the Bahamas on board their recreational boat 'Grateful'.
Miss Madison Racing will begin an extensive off-season search for a driver to replace David.