Never during my lifetime...
have I felt
so alive, so focused, so driven, so terrified or so euphoric
as when I have approached the "edge" and experienced real danger. The quest to capture, even if only fleetingly, this natural high has been the driving force in my life in both achievement and failure.
While I do not suggest pursuing dangerous
or foolish acts to test one's luck,
I do advocate approaching the "edge"
once in a while...if only to savor the walk back.
This life with "edges" has also heightened the pleasure I derive
from the sensual aspects of my life: art, fine wine and old cars.
Black Horse Racing is a physical extension of who I am.
It is a legacy to a life I hope has been well lived.
Stephen Trafton


The website…

….was created so that I could share my lifelong love of challenge and adventure with family, friends, acquaintances and any strangers out there in the virtual universe who might have an interest in one or more of the following:

Classic Sports Cars. Go to the CAR COLLECTION tab above to see the Black Horse collection of vintage sports, sports racing and Formula Racers.

Land Speed Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Go to the LAND SPEED RECORD tab above to read and see pictures and video of our successful attempt to set a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Arctic Exploration. Go to the ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS tab above to read about the numerous high arctic expeditions I was fortunate enough to co-lead in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. These expeditions explored hitherto un-visited mountain ranges as far north as 82 degrees and resulted in several dozen first ascents and many miles of arctic travel in very isolated areas.

European Alpine Treks. Go to the EUROPEAN TREKS tab above to read about hiking across the Alps and Dolomites from Chamonix, France to Salzburg, Austria, from Chamonix to Zermatt, Switzerland along the famous Glacier Haute Route, around Mont Blanc and around the Matterhorn.

Across North America. Go to the AMERICAN TREKS tab above and read about several of the important segments of a crossing of North America by kayak and on foot from Washington D.C. to Seattle, Washington.

Black Horse Racing’s Peking to Paris Race. Go to the FUTURE PROJECTS tab above to read about our recent and future projects.


Our Blog. Go to the BLOG tab to follow updates of our exploits.


Special Note


Steve Trafton’s book, entitled At The Edge, is set to debut late this year. Among the unusual adventures covered will be: .

  • Steve’s early mountain rescues
  • His many world and arctic treks
  • His billion dollar judgment against the U.S. Government
  • His individual World Speed Record at Bonneville Flats
  • The American LaFrance (ALF) vehicles and their attempt to drive the heralded 8500 mile Peking to Paris back roads
  • Oh… and the isolated avalanche that almost killed him and others within his group 

But these adventures are just a few events that are highlighted. What makes a man like this always strive for more?  Learning from success or failure can’t happen unless you are constantly moving forward. Read the special philosophy behind this achievement-oriented life when it arrives on bookshelves, or return here for signed and discounted pre-orders.