Steve Reyes' Story


Reyes on Tour


Steve Reyes was first introduced to the grand sport of drag racing in 1963 when he read an ad in the Oakland Tribune for "Nitro Burning Slingshot Dragsters" at Fremont Drag Strip.  So at 15 years of age, Steve convinced his dad to take him to the race and his dad was even gracious enough to loan him his 620 Brownie for Steve to record the event.  Once at the track, he was mesmerized by the smoke, noise and nitro fumes.  After stretching the truth a little with Ron Lawrence, the track manager, he was allowed into the photo area and the rest is history.


  • Published in Drag News, Drag World, Drag Digest, National Dragster, Drag Racing USA, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Popular Hot Rodding, Super Chevy, Cars, Super Stock, Off Road, All American Drags, Gasser Wars Magazine and countless other newspapers and magazines.
  • Books authored include:  Quarter Mile Chaos, Funny Car Fever, Slingshot Spectacular, Fuel Altered's Forever, Blood, Sweat and Nitro (Ltd. Ed.), Funny Car Follies:1965-1970 (Ltd. Ed.), The Dawn of Pro Stock.
  • Major photo contributor to Tom Madigan's Fuel & Guts and Snake and Mongoose books.
  • Supplied photos to Johnny Lightning for their Dragsters USA and Super Magma series of diecast toys, Revell for their model kits, as well as Mattel, Playskool and Ertl for their racing related toys.
  • Inducted International Drag Racing Hall of Fame - 2002
  • Honoree NHRA Hot Rod Reunion - 2009
  • Inductee East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame - 2011