Sunday, May 31, 2009

Steve and some of his cars

He collected so many speeding tickets in it that he had his drivers license suspended twice.

On one occasion, when with his 6 months pregnant wife Neile in the passenger seat, he was pulled over for speeding, he came up with the false excuse that she was in labour. The police dutifully raced them to the hospital, where a nurse rushed out to help Neile.

After the police had departed Steve informed the nurse that it was a 'False Alarm', and led Neile back to the Jag. Writer William Nolan quotes Steve on the incident: Neile was pissed. She didn't speak to me for the rest of the day. But, by God, it worked. I didn't get the ticket!

Information source (but not the photos)

The above and below shots can be found in several places, the Getty collection, and the LIFE archives, LIFE had bigger photos

That's Carroll and Steve at the Cobra shop, notice that the Ford van has the letters Cobra on the back door

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