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In the blink of an eye, 2022 has arrived—along with the first vintage race of the season. The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) kicked things off in sunny California with the So-Cal Speed Tour at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Under gusty conditions caused by the local Santa Ana winds, drivers navigated the 2.8-mile “roval” course, which uses part of the oval along with an aging infield section. At the height of the Speedway’s popularity, the same course was used by the Rolex Sports Car Series for Daytona Prototype and GT classes.

Steve Schmidt driving 1960 356 S90 Roadster at 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour

Steve Schmidt driving 1960 356 S90 Roadster at 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour
Steve Schmidt exits turn 9 behind the wheel of his 1960 356 S90 Roadster. PHOTO © Rex McAfee

Unlike the traditional “qualify on Saturday, race on Sunday”, SVRA has found a more successful format—resulting in morning qualifying followed by an afternoon race on both Saturday and Sunday. Pam Shatraw, editor of SVRA’s Speed Tour magazine commented: “Getting to run two races per weekend is popular because it gives everyone a little more excitement, including the spectators.”

William Taylor driving 1965 Alfa Romeo GT during 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour

William Taylor driving 1965 Alfa Romeo GT during 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour
William Taylor hustles his 1965 Alfa Romeo GT through the infield towards turn 11.. PHOTO © Rex McAfee

Reviewing a few highlights of the run groups will give you an idea of the weekend’s rumblings. Groups 6 and 12A combined to bring back memories of the SCCA B Production battles between American V8-powered muscle cars. Saturday’s feature race resulted in Bob Briggs finishing first behind the wheel of his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The Ford Mustang of J.R. Smith took second, followed by the 1963 Corvette of John Anderson. It doesn’t get much more patriotic than that!

Vincent Tjelmeland driving 1982 Frisbee during 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour

Vincent Tjelmeland driving 1982 Frisbee during 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour
Always a pleasure to see at Auto Club Speedway, Vincent Tjelmeland makes the last turn before joining the oval in his 1982 Frisbee. PHOTO © Rex McAfee

The ”Exclusive” race group was mostly made up of modern Ligier F3 and F4 cars driven by young drivers in the Formula Pro USA racing series. Alex Kirby earned first on Sunday with a blistering 1:37 best lap time. Group 10 for big-bore GT racers saw William Taylor on top of the box in both races, piloting his 1974 Porsche 911 RSR. And talk about a sound! Memories of 1970’s IMSA races came back like it was yesterday.

John Anderson driving 1963 Corvette at 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour

John Anderson driving 1963 Corvette at 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour
John Anderson took 3rd on both Saturday and Sunday behind the wheel of his 1963 Corvette. PHOTO © Rex McAfee


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Title: 2022 SVRA So-Cal Speed Tour
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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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