Sonoma area race fan now in Guinness record book with collection of 324 NASCAR-themed cereal boxes

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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.”

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SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.