by Jon Van Daal
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THE BOSS. The Brett Stevens Story was written by veteran drag racing photo journalist Jon Van Daal after he spent the best part of a year following Brett and his teams' successes in the quest for multiple Australian National Drag Racing Association Championships.
Over the course of the last seventeen years Brett Stevens has assembled one of the largest ever teams of professional Drag Racing entries in the world, and while many companies may sponsor more entries, only Brett contests three different brackets himself and has another five drivers and riders who also compete in four different ANDRA professional brackets, Van Daal said.
This would be akin to Craig Lowndes winning a race in his V8 Supercar and then climbing into an Indy Champ car and winning with that and then turning around and climbing on a MotoGP bike to go and out win again - and that pretty much sums up the level of his accomplishments in Australian Drag Racing.
With up to forty team members on the Brett Stevens crew thrashing between rounds, at a big event it can look like organised chaos so how does one man co-ordinate such a force of committed and talented people? Alfie the cook summed it up for me at one event very well when he said that Brett is one of the most inspirational people he had ever worked for, he is a legend in the sport and he is The Boss.
While many racers struggle to find one sponsor; Brett Stevens has many. Harder still is trying to re-sign them; Brett has had most for a long time. When Jack Daniels took him on in 1994 they did not sponsor any motor racing team anywhere in the world and he has been with them ever since.
This is due to his unrivalled commitment to everything he does, one of Bretts other sponsors S&S Cycles has been with Brett for just over one year and in the words of their CEO, Brett Smith, you are the best team in Australia.
While I have photographed and written about various motor racing and boat racing events over the past 33 years there is truly know one else like him I have ever met, and I hope this book gives fans an insight into the life of The Boss.
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