Phil Braybrooks spent the last few months of his life under the care of hospice, and his family wishes to support those who otherwise cannot afford the resources necessary for end-of-life care. Every year since Mr. Braybrooks was buried- in a bright red coffin, flames included, the J&M Speed Center has held a Memorial Car Show to raise money for the Southern California Hospice Foundation, which has come to be one of the largest car shows in the area.
Phil opened his first muffler shop in 1957, after serving as an Air Force mechanic during the Korean War. He began selling performance parts in his shop, a practice that was otherwise unheard of in the Inland Empire. In 1961 he opened a speed shop in Riverside and named it J&M Speed Center to reflect the store’s transformation from a muffler shop. The shop is currently run by his daughter, Lisa Somody, who is revered as the trailblazer of speed shops.
Toward the end of his career, Mr. Braybrooks was inducted into San Bernardino’s hot rodding hall of fame and was named the Dale Earnhardt man of the year. He is remembered as a dedicated family man, who worked six days a week until he retired in 2007.
Mr. Braybrooks passed away on July 31st, 2008, a few days after taking a last ride in his blue 32 Ford roadster with his daughter Lisa. “I will always cherish the memory of dad and I cruising round Riverside on that beautiful sunny day, both of us having a great time and enjoying the day together,” said Lisa.
Our 10th Annual Car Show was a HUGE SUCCESS! We are forever grateful to the J&M Speed Center for this great event in honor and memory of Phil Braybrooks.