Professionally, Steve David is a Florida REALTOR and Chairman of the Florida Professional Companies, one of the 200 largest Brokerage firms in North America. As a boat racer, he was one of the country’s winningest drivers in American Power Boat Association inboard classes with over 500 wins before getting his first ride in an Unlimited Hydroplane 25 years ago. His accomplishments in the Inboard category include four straight National Championship race victories in the 1.5-Litre Stock class with the Toyota-powered CONSTANT PRESSURE between 1988 and 1991. He also won the 1990 Grand National Hydro Class National Championship Race with the Chevy-powered STEELER.
Steve made his Unlimited debut in 1988 with Jim McCormick’s POCKET SAVERS PLUS team and was named Rookie of the Year. His Unlimited career shifted into high gear in 1991 when he signed with the Harvey Motorsports team to drive Miss T-Plus. In 1993, Steve captured his first unlimited win in the season opening Texas Hydrofest in Lewisville, Texas and closed the season with a victory at the Outrigger Hydrofest at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the Miss T-Plus, Steve set and still holds the 2 1/2 mile competition lap (166.221 mph) and final heat (5 lap, 12 1/2 mile; 154.025 mph) world speed records. After 12 seasons of unlimited hydroplane racing, Steve decided to retire in 1999.
Prior to the 2001 season, Steve was coaxed out of retirement by Robert Hughes, President of Miss Madison, Inc., and team sponsor, Larry Oberto. On a handshake that is still honored today, Steve agreed to drive the Oh Boy! Oberto sponsored Miss Madison. The boat was 13 years old and had debuted the same year as Steve’s first season driving an unlimited hydroplane – 1988.
Behind the wheel of the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve captured the National High Point Driver Championship in back-to-back years; 2005-2006 and 2008-2009-2010 and again in 2012. 2007 marked the debut of the first new Miss Madison since 1988. Steve’s consistency and years of experience now in a state-of-the-art hull combined with a talented crew to win three consecutive National Team High Points Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2012, Steve finished the H1 Unlimited USA tour strong, scoring his third consecutive victory at the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair in Seattle, Washington and his second win at Bayfair at San Diego, California on the way to winning the 2012 National Team High Points Championship and a sixth Bill Muncey Driver Championship. The successes of 2012 makes the City of Madison, Indiana one of the top three owners of Championship teams in the history of Unlimited hydroplane racing.
One of the most popular drivers in the history of the sport, Steve David was inducted into the American Power Boat Association’s Hall of Champions for the sixth time in January of 2013. Membership in the Hall of Champions is the highest racing honor that the APBA can bestow. Steve served as the APBA President from 1996-98 and was subsequently inducted into the APBA Honor Squadron, the highest honor of service to the American Power Boat Association.