For the sixth time in his accomplished career, Steve David will be inducted into the American Power Boat Association (APBA) Hall of Champions at the 39th Hall of Champions banquet this Saturday (Jan. 26). The closing event of the APBA’s 110th Annual Meeting in Dallas, the banquet will honor 18 different racers from seven categories, including returning 16-time honoree Ed Hearn (Stock Outboard) and, for the second consecutive year, father-and-son Terry and Robert Rinker (OPC).
David, who drove the Oh Boy! Oberto Unlimited hydroplane to the 2012 H1 Unlimited Air National Guard Series National High Points Championship, was first inducted into the Hall of Champions 26 years ago for his accomplishments in the 1-liter class of limited inboard hydroplanes, the smallest of the hydroplane classes. This latest induction is his third as an Unlimited class driver.
“It’s still really cool,” David said, when asked if he still gets excited about being inducted into the Hall of Champions—boat racing’s highest honor, which is bestowed upon drivers who accumulate the most records, wins and/or points in a given season in their respective division. “It’s the pinnacle of racing so it’s always an honor. I remember the first time I got (inducted) back in 1987—it was an awesome experience and it still is today. As a young racer though, there’s nothing like that feeling. I enjoy seeing the up-and-comers with their families at the banquet, it kind of takes you back to the roots where all this racing stuff began.”