Words and Images – Paul Griffin
Iconic Victorian Sprintcar Team Owner Bruce Stephens celebrated his 50th birthday today (Sunday 23rd Oct) with a fancy spread at his Melbourne-based racing headquarters.
Bruce, a former successful Hotrod and Sprintcar Driver and nowadays the team owner of the highly prominent BSR (Bruce Stephens Racing) Team invited a large contingent of family, friends, associates and team members to a fabulous luncheon.
Birthday Boy Indeed ! – Bruce Stephens. Congratulations mate !!
Bruce gets a little help to extinguish his candles
Bruce is a larger than life character in Australian Sprintcar Racing and through the years has given many a Driver the opportunity to launch their careers and immerse themselves in one of Australia’s top teams.
Some of the Drivers that can pay homage to Bruce include USA’s Brad Sweet and David Gravel, Harley Bishop, former National Champion David Murcott and former F500 champion Liam Williams just to name a few.
Current BSR Driver and rising star Brad “Wazza” Warren was in attendance and while having a casual chat with us paid tribute to Bruce’s thorough and dedicated approach to racing.
We congratulate Bruce on half a century on the planet and take our hat off to a man that has given so much to so many !!!!
Bruce Stephens enjoys a special moment after opening one of his presents – a Peter Brock signed Bathurst Print of famous winning cars
Bruce placed the Brand New V91 on display at the celebration for all to see
A large group enjoyed the celebrations at BSR headquarters
Family and Friends truly enjoyed a great day at BSR
The roast luncheon was well supported by some very exclusive mini desserts – I had three of them !!
Gotta love that new livery on the V91
Bruce even put on a Soft Serve machine to keep all happy
A ripper photo board greeted guests as they entered the BSR inner sanctum
What more does a person want ?? – A 900 HP Sprintcar and a gorgeous mini chocolate mousse !! (oh yeah….a couple of Miller Chill’s as well !)
The new 2016/17 livery of the BSR V91 was designed and affixed to the racecar Friday by Thomos Race Graphics from Warrnambool
The food and a chance to catch up with fellow speedway enthusiasts at Bruce Stephen’s 50th was awesome
Lots of Speedway chatter ensued – it was a top day
Even little Zeke Warren rocked up ! – he played with his cars, “woofed down” the roast and polished the day off with a soft serve ice cream (HOW COOL IS THAT !)
The immaculate BSR transporter greeted guests as they arrived at racing headquarters
Bruce Stephens has hosted several international Drivers over the years as BSR Team Owner – this one is Brad Sweet when he was just 17 years old – 13 years ago !
One of Bruce’s other Drivers a few years back – Harley Bishop giving it heaps !
Ah Yes ! …….
There was a ripper cake as well.
Happy Days !!!!! – Bruce and his Dear Mum Jean at the function