Bob Steinberger, known to many in the desert racing community as “Weatherman,” has passed away at his home in Parker, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer.
Bob handled radio relay in Baja for years, setting up his radio channel at the top of Mt. Diablo during the SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000. If a racer or chase team had an emergency, they could call Bob on the Weatherman radio channel and he could notify the appropriate response teams. Bob also had the ability to directly dial into a team’s radio channel for information and status updates. Bob also founded PCI Race Radios, a company that sells radios and GPS units to racers.
Bob got the nickname “Weatherman” in the 70s while working for Bill Stroppe’s race team. Bob sent a weather balloon into the air with a radio antenna attached to it. Joe MacPherson couldn’t remember Bob’s name as he was coming in to pit, so he dubbed him “Weatherman” on the radio and the name stuck!
When not doing race relay, Bob could be found on the ground of other desert races providing recovery services in his famous “Yellow Zebra Jeep.” Bob enjoyed hunting, rock crawling, and all things off-road, as well as spending time with family and friends on the river in Parker. He was a member of Parker 4 Wheelers, a club based out of Arizona, and he was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013. He also served as the Grand Marshall for the NORRA Mexican 1000 in 2013.
Bob’s son Scott, who has taken on the day-to-day management role at PCI, will continue the Weatherman legacy providing race relay radio communications at the Baja races.
We send our sincere condolences to the entire Steinberger family and all of Bob’s friends and colleagues. He will be dearly missed.