PERRIS – Promoter Don Kazarian and the staff at Perris Auto Speedway said they are saddened by the death of the track’s first announcer, Bruce Flanders. The legendary mic man died Friday, Aug. 21, at the age of 75 after a long battle with COPD. Flanders’ baritone voice and quick wit had been a staple on the Southern California racing scene for nearly a half-century. A jack of all trades, when it came to motor sports announcing, the Vietnam War veteran was popular to Speedway Motorcycle, Sprint Car, Stock Car and Indy Car fans not only in Southern California but also around the country. His longest continuous gig was the Long Beach Grand Prix. He took over the announcing duties for the race in 1978 and announced everyone since. His work was rewarded in 2016 when he became a mem
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