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R.I.P. Bruce Bromme Jr


Bruce


Bruce and Miller


with Ron Chaffin


with Steve Ostling


Bruce by the trailer


with Michael Tanaka


with Bubby Jones


with Gary Tanaka


Bruce


the winning stickers!!


Bruce leaning on the pit cart


with Glenn Crossno


with car owner Ron Chaffin


with Damion Gardner


with Gary Tanaka


with Gary Tanaka


with Gary Tanaka


with 5 time CRA champion driver Mike Spencer


with Mike again


with Karen


with Mrs Wags and Ron Chaffin


Bruce


with Mrs Wags and Ron Chaffin


with Ron Chaffin


with Damion Gardner


Bruce just watching and waiting


Bruce and Ron Chaffin


Bruce and Mike Spencer


Bruce with Brent Kaeding


Bruce with Julie, Lafond, Thompson and Wags


Bruce poster


Bruce with Tracy Hines


Bruce contemplating something


Bruce and Wags


Bruce with his crew


Bruce Sr poster


Bruce


Bruce


Brice with Charles Davis Jr


Bruce with Michael Tanaka


Bruce


Bruce with Randy Shiosaki and Wags

Bromme Cars


The Bromme crew


A masterpiece built by Bruce Sr


# 1 blue and white car


Not sure which car was under construction


Little filler made like a fuel cell


Blue and white car


Bruce Jr with the little red sucker


This was a baby carriage made by Sr for Jr


Bruce Sr put a motor in it and Jr drove it but soon turned it over to Dean because he would rather work on it than drive it


# 1 little red sucker


Dean Thompson


Deano in Little red sucker # 2


Deano


Deano


Deano with Bruce Sr


Deano


Deano


Deano racing


Deano


Deano


Deano


Look at the injectors on the little red sucker


Deano


Deano with Spencer, Atherton and Noffsinger


Deano in the third row at El Centro


Deano94


Deano on the corner


Deano


Deano


Deano in the seat


Deano racing Lealand McSpadden


Deano mudded


Deano


Deano


Billy Boat drove this one


Billy and Bruce Jr


Billy Boat


Billy at Ascot


Bubby Jones


Bubby


Bubby


Bubby's helmet


Stan Atherton


The Gasman


Gasman's car with glasses


Gasman


Bruce Jr with Damion Gardner


The Demon


The Demon


The Demon


The Demon


Mike Spencer up


Mike Spencer


Mike Spencer


Mike Spencer


Mike Spencer


Mike Spencer


On display at Weavers Legends event


On display same place


# 50


Bruce Jr with # 50


Bruce with # 50 in the trailer


The little red sucker now owned by someone else and goes shows up to show off occasionally


Like here driven by Jimmy Oskie


Here he goes


# 1 and # 27


# 1 and # 27


# 1


# 1

Bruce Sr


Bruce with Wags and Rodney Argo


Bruce Bromme Sr


Bruce Bromme Sr


Bruce Sr with Lealand McSpadden and Wags


one more


Wags in a special bromme car


Bruce Sr


Bromme shop


Bruce Sr and Marge in the shop


Bruce Sr


Bruce Sr


Deano and Bubby on the podium


Deano on the podium with Lealand McSpadden and Steve Kinser


Bruce Sr in old garage


Wagsdash banner for Grand Marshal Bruce Sr


Wagsdash poster created by Jim Naylor

Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr with Bubby Jones and Dean Thompson


Bruce Jr with Damion Gardner


Bruce Jr with Gary Tanaka


Bruce Jr with Chris Holt and Wags


Bruce Jr and Ron Chaffin


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr with Ron Chaffin and Mrs Wags


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr with tool cart full of winning decals


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr and Mike Spencer


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr many times Mechanic of the Year


Bruce Jr with Charles Davis Jr and Mike Spencer Sr


Bruce Jr with Damion Gardner


Bruce Jr with Gary Tanaka


Bruce Jr sneaking around the trailer


Bruce Jr


Bruce jr and Ron Chaffin


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr with a Wagsdash hat on


Bruce Jr and Harlan willis


Bruce Jr with Mark Priestley


Bruce Jr with Mike Spencer Jr and Sr


Bruce Jr with Damion and Wags


Bruce Jr with Vinnie Latner


Bruce Jr with Jimmy Oskie


Bruce Jr with two of his champion drivers Mike Spencer and Damion Gardner


Bruce Jr


Bruce Jr with Wags at the Wagsdash


Bruce Jr


Bruce with Karen B


Mike Spencer and Deano cars


Deano


Deano


# 1


# 1 and # 48


This car started out without a roll cage and later had one mounted on it. The car had a special name that escapes me, (Andy Gump?) but I remember Bruce Sr telling me how he built it and what was special about it some 30 years ago in his garage


Andy Gump


Andy Gump


Andy Gump


The one on the right was Bromme built, the left was ordered and then assembled the Bromme way


This car went on the first CRA tour to the midwest with Dean as the driver. I think he was hurt in a highway accident and Bubby drove it some


A Bromme shirt


# 1


# 1


# 3 with Deano at Ascot 1977


Paul Jones with the Bromme team


Paul Jones and the Bromme team


Bruce Jr with Deano


Bruce Jr checking out the track


Bruce and Michael


Bruce with Mike Spencer


Allen Heath in the Bromme Special


Donnie Melton in the Bromme car

Bruce Bromme Jr was, in a word, a "racer"! You could call him "SUPER CHIEF", he was that good! No he didn't drive the big 410 powered sprint cars, he just made them fast! Bruce learned very early, when his "playmate" Dean Thompson and he drove a little race car in the streets near their home, that he wasn't destined to be a driver. Bruce wanted to work on the cars, so CRA history was made way back then. Dean of course went on to win the most CRA 410 races than anyone in history and made the little red sucker famous. Bruce owns so many "crew Chief of the year awards", no one will ever catch him. He hoisted many championship trophies and they were all important to him! Bruce was all about winning, not just doing well, and a good day for him was when his car won. That's him in a nutshell, but there was so much more to him.

I first met him and his dad Bruce Sr in the pits after a race at Ascot as I was just really getting into this racing stuff. My early days in Wagtimes led me to do some visits and write about them. I loved these side trips, and one of these visits was to the Bromme home of the little red sucker in So Cal where I got to sit down with the legendary pair in their garage. I learned a lot that day with memories that still bang around in my head, but the thing I remember most is that they were detirmined to have the best sprint car on the planet! And they did beyond belief! As the years aged most of us, and with his dad gone now, Bruce Jr was, up until his death, still doing the same things that made him a winner above all his peers.

I have a lot of people in the pits who I have developed great friendships with, but there isn't anyone who demanded my respect more than Bruce Jr. He was a quiet leader, a free thinker and will always be a real winner. What he has accomplished will never be equaled, yet he was still just my friend Bruce when I saw him. He was always sharing his life and asking about mine. I don't know how long we will have Ron Chaffin's little red sucker racing with us, especially now that Bruce is gone, but I can't imagine going CRA racing without seeing the # 50 sprinter and having Bruce Bromme Jr turning the wrenches! Thanks for all the championships and great times your fans and I have enjoyed, unfortunately very sadly there will be no more.

It's not always a sure thing when someone who is at the top of their game gets recognition in the racing world and thanks to the PAS for making him their Grand Marshal this season, he is the most deserving of all of them! Way to go Bruce, we will all be honoring you on that important day in your memory! RIP and thanks for the memories! Note: when Ron Chaffin passed the little red sucker was retired and will be no more, Sad, but that part of history is gone forever.

Updated 10/3/17


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