a great man has finished the race

This new trumps anything I was going to write about what’s happening in my life at the moment.

It’s with a heavy heart that I say my friend Steve has finished his race.

These are words that his daughter wrote:

“He was a true Renaissance Man.

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My friend Steve got me into racing the Silver State Classic Challenge. It was the most fun I ever had behind the wheel of my ’69 Charger!

As some might say, the Godfather of Open Road racing. A mighty good race car driver in the La Carrera Panamericana, Acapulco Rally, Chihuahua Express, Ensenada Classica, and Rally Media Noche. President of the world renowned Silver State Classic Challenge and Nevada Open Road Challenge for over 25 years.

A husband. A father. A grandfather. A stepdad and step grandfather. A friend to all. A man with a photographic memory who had many, almost unbelievable, life stories to share. A man who loved to dance, laugh and learn. A man who always carried himself with European flair but was a proud American citizen. Steve Waldman, who truly was the quintessential host.

Never has a man lived his life to this extent. He was challenged by life with the first breath he took and fought against all odds to prove the American dream could be obtained. 

You proved life can be truly be amazing if you want it to be.”  

You will be missed my friend. We’ll keep Gail in our prayers. We’ll keep our cars tuned and shining. Most important… we’ll keep our right foot pressed hard to the floor as we motor toward our dreams.

– John Schneider –


22 thoughts on “a great man has finished the race”

  1. Hi John,

    How’s it going I am proud of you with all the work you done? with the Studio planing hope you get it done bye the end of summer, reply back to me love your fan Theresa laforge…..

  2. Condolences to you and his family. So very sorry for your loss. On another note, my husband was terribly injured during the ending of his tour in Afghanistan. While riding on a convoy, a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle. I will be heading to Germany to be at his side soon. Please pray for our brothers and sisters still there fighting that they may come home safely and uninjured. This has been the hardest weekend of our lives. The kids are holding up better than I have.but MOM has to always been seen as the strong one so I cry away from their site. I am so very proud of Allen as from what I’ve been told, he was treating one in his vehicle while guiding the other on how to treat him until more Corpsman showed up.sadly one passed away later that night at hospital. I will be staying with hubby for a long duration after Germany in Bethesda as will be a long road to bring him home due to his injuries.I feel so helpless

  3. Thanks John. VERY well put. A GREAT loss which makes it all the more important that we continue to support his living dream – The Silver State Classic Challenge & The Nevada Open Road Challenge. We love you Gail.

    when a friend is gone, we get an empty space that no other new friend can fill, when a friend is gone a smut stays on that not even river water can extinguish.
    when a friend is gone, a star has been lost, the one that lights the place where there is a sleeping child. When a friend is gone the roads are stopped, the wine gentle dwarf starts to show.
    When a friend is gone galloping on his destiny, the soul starts to shake because it gets cold
    When a friend is gone, we get an empty land that time wants to fill with weariness stones.
    when a friend is gone we get a fallen tree that doesnt sprout again as the wind has defeated it.
    when a friend is gone, we get an empty space that no other new friend can fill

  5. I’m SO sorry To Hear He Is Gone I have Heard Of Him,and I’m so very sorry for the Loss of a Good Friend,Take Good Care of UR self..Wish there were More I could do than Say I’m sorry for the lose I know That Really Don’t help much,and I am sorry for that as well..U know what I mean..
    Always and for ever..

  6. Sir so very sorry for your loss. Sending much love, light, thoughts and prayers to his family and to you . What an inspiring man. How lucky you were to have someone so special touch your heart. Blessings are those wonderful spirits that we get to be in our lives and they leave imprint on our souls.

  7. hard when friends die. Steve sounds like a remarkable friend who made the most of life! may his legacy live on.

  8. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, John. Your piece about Mr. Waldman was beautifully written.

  9. John, I am so sorry to hear your good friend Steve had left this earth, but I am sure you know he’s having a great time wherever he is and doing all the things that his race cars could not. No doubt he’ll be meeting the most powerful entity in the universe.

  10. Seems as if the losses are piling up, doesn’t it. I know you have strong family support, but please do take good care of yourself, and remember, an awful lot of people care about you, more than you know. I hope you can feel that.

  11. Deepest condolences to Mr. Waldman’s family and loved ones. Lifting prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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