|William F. Nolan. McQueen. NY: Berkley Books, 1985.|
McQueen entered on his 405cc Husky for the third annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix in 1969. Trouble caught up in the fourth lap:
"When you're runnin' with the top ten, as I was, you're really honkin' on pretty good an' what happens is that with so many bikes choppin'up the dirt the holes in the course get worse..deeper with each lap. I was comin' out of a wash under a bridge with this road dip ahead and I just kinda took one of those big jumps where you're sure you're gonna make it but you don't. And I didn't. My bike nosed into the dip, which was, like, deep--and I went ass-over the bars into the crowd. Didn't hurt anybody but me. My left foot was busted in six places.
I had my juice up, so I took off and ran the last six laps with my broken foot. Which was not so bad on the faster portions, when I could use the seat, but when I had to stand on the pegs through the rougher sections...well, that was kinda hard on me. Anyhow, I finished in the top ten, but I messed up my foot doing it."
|Cover of Sports Illustrated in August, 1971. Photo: Heinz Kluetmeier / Sports Illustrated - Getty Images via Bonhams.|