Family driven to hit the track
THE family that races together stays together.
It's hard to find the van Zeeland family too far from a race car as the family travels from speedway to speedway looking for victory.
And at last weekend's Late Model National Title, Steve and his kids Aaron and Kirsten all gave it their best to be crowned the champion.
Steve said the allure of speedway must have been in his blood.
"My father was into drag racing so I quickly got into it," Steve said.
Steve started to race himself in 1990, dragging his young kids along to watch him compete.
But just like their father, Aaron and Kirsten weren't satisfied to sit on the sidelines.
"I built him (Aaron) a junior speedway car at 16," Steve said.
Soon Aaron was winning titles on his own and beat his own dad to take out the Queensland Late Title Championship in 2013.
"I was racing against Dad," Aaron laughed.
"He was happy that I won, but he does love beating me though."
The newest family member to race, Kirsten, knows there aren't many women in her sport, but is determined to catch up to her brother and dad.
"I've just got to keep getting better, that means going to as many events as I can," she said.
The family didn't have the best luck over the weekend; Steve blew his chassis before the main event and Aaron crashed in the finals.
But there wasn't a frown to be found as they packed up, and you can bet they will be back to Kingaroy.
"It's not about the money, it's the prestige," Steve said.