How many of our mothers told us to eat our cereal while we were growing up?
Randy Ricci’s mom probably did that, too, but we have to wonder if she told him to also keep the boxes the cereal came in.
Ricci, a resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a regular at Sonoma Raceway, started collecting cereal boxes with NASCAR themes or pictures of drivers on the covers back in 1989.
Now, a quarter-century later, Ricci is in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest collection of cereal boxes (now sits at 324) with one theme – NASCAR, of course, according to a video interview on ThisIsGuavo.com.
“I guess it became quite an obsession,” Ricci told “ThisIsGuavo.com”
Ricci, 60, trotted out his collection and displayed it on the start-finish line at Sonoma last month, and two just-released videos chronicle his unique hobby (see both below),
“Everyone wants to leave something behind … be it a legacy, or be it a collection dedicated to their life-long love of something,” Ricci told ThisIsGuavo.com. “Mine just happens to be a big collection of boxes!
“Some people may find it funny, and others may just smile. But if it puts a bit of positive focus away from all the bad things happening around the world then I’m happy.”
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.