Tribute to Steve Collison
By Joel Naprstek
Our friend Steve Collison passed away
yesterday, December 14, of an apparent heart attack. Steve was a generous
and personable man who made some of the sport's most important journalistic
contributions. He was currently the editor of Drag Racing USA magazine.
Before that, he edited Super Stock & Drag Illustrated. Steve also did a
stint at National Dragster in the 1970s. Steve Collison was one of our
earliest supporters, placing ample free ads for the fledgling Drag Racing
List booklet in Super Stock magazine. I will definitely miss him. Bill
I was with Steve Collison not long ago at the Atco, NJ nostalgia S/S meet
where he came because he loved the cars and the action. He came as an
enthusiastic fan that day to see and shoot the N/SS cars. He looked and
acted fine; in fact was itchin' to get into a 4-speed car and run with the
N/SS cars. He ran me down in the parking lot, wanted me to keep feeding him
N/SS stuff, and thought the Atco meet was a great thing.
I'd promised, as he asked, to get him a photo of the S/S-F/X Hall of Fame
mural I did for him near the end of the SS&DI era. Steve wanted a good
shot of it which he'd never gotten. I was going to get some shots for him
this coming February. He was only in his early-mid fifties or so.
I always sent him all the stuff I post on the Internet newsgroups and
forwarded much of what others posted ... he loved it. He was first and
foremost a lover of the S/S-F/X stuff and its history. That may sound
selfish or biased coming from me but I know it's true. He was THE man behind
all the good stuff that was in SS&DI in its last few years and he wanted
to do more. He wanted Drag Racing USA to cover more of it and the N/SS cars
but his publisher wasn't for it. He wasn't happy about that when we BS'ed
At the second S/S Reunion in VA in the summer of '96, we chatted about
S/S-F/X and drag history in general. He said he was amazed that so little
was done on the subject in the other automotive magazines.
Steve was a good guy, passionate about what he did and drag racing. He
really got excited about it all. I didn't know him real well or for many
years but the friendship was fast from the start, if you know what I mean.
Good guy and to my eyes one of the three most open and straight print
editors there ever were in drag racing journalism ... Dick Berggren and
Chris Economaki being the other two.
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