Candy Stephani

The human dynamo packed into a 5 foot frame (Though I think she claimed 5 foot 2) She already had a love of cars from her Dad and would often tell me that "Sunday School" had been a rally check-point as she was growing up. She became my "Gal Friday" at Cloverleaf, picking up parts, dropping stuff off at the machine shop, setting up the tables at a show or helping to set up the rallies Cloverleaf hosted. She also drove in those rallies with a number of interesting navigators including Miss Delaware. She also would bring the Jag out for the "Braille Rally" each year. Your navigator is blind and the instructions were in Braille. She raced the car on the track, she actually drove it up to LimeRock Park when she went to Skip Barber Racing School, I would like to think her instructor may have remembered her as much for the car as her driving. Bruce's comments on her driving skills were "about the smoothest driver I have ever coached with superb reaction times, if she ever decides to put her foot into it watch out". But while he may have remembered her driving I am more inclined to think it was her smile and great legs he remembered most when we would catch up to him at various races and shows. Candy brought a vigor and joy of life to everything, playing Lacrosse, teaching a young person to do a cart-wheel, driving a Vintage Race Car or latter paddling  for a Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Team. She left a mark. The Charity Rides at the Pittsburgh International Motor Sports Complex, held each year as part of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix were named after her, "Candy's Rides", for her involvement and dedication to the PVGP charities. Two of the charities Cloverleaf is involved with, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and Hope Afloat USA, are because of her. When a woman who likes cars comes into the shop, we show her a picture of Candy driving a Formula Dodge and say "look she did and so can you"