From bunkers to bumpers does Steve Williams

Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
Steve Williams

Steve Williams beside his Ford Mustang at the Riverside Speedway, near Invercargill, yesterday. Williams drove in last night's fourth round of the DHL Saloon Series at the speedway.

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Steve Williams has met a variety of people through his love for golf and speedway.

He is a golf caddy to the stars, formerly with Tiger Woods and now with Australian champion Adam Scott, winner of the US Masters at Augusta in April.

He also likes getting his hands dirty at the speedway track.

"They are at opposite ends of the spectrum," Williams said yesterday.

"Golf's for the white collar [people], country club and dirt track racing is blue collar."

A common factor in both is a plan for success.

Assessing golf greens and racetracks and preparing for the conditions was important, Williams said.

He was in Invercargill to compete in last night's fourth round of the DHL Saloon Series at Riverside Speedway, Sandy Point.

The series, founded and funded by Williams, finishes at Ashburton on Saturday. Total prize money is $35,000.

Williams, 50, drives saloons and super saloons.

He usually competes at 25 race nights every season, which runs from October to April.

He got keen on motor racing as a 7 or 8-year-old, being fascinated by speedway riders Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs and Ronnie Moore in the 1960s-70s.

Well known motor-racing driver Clark Proctor encouraged Williams into speedway and built his first car, a Ford Falcon streetstock. Williams started race driving 26 years ago and is a strong supporter of ministocks (youth grade).

Williams will compete in the Super Saloon Championship in Auckland next month.

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- The Southland Times


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