R.I.P. Southern California Motorsports Reporter Louis Brewster
The motorsports community suffered a great loss on Monday, with the tragic passing of veteran journalist, Louis Brewster, at the age of 70. The former sports editor at Southern California's Inland Valley Daily Bulletin was one of the preeminent racing reporters in the bustling region, with a career that spanned more than 40 years. During that time, Brewster became one of the few writers that had the privilege of covering marquee Southern California motorsports events at Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, and the dragstrip at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
While these marquee venues are best known for hosting races of the four-wheel variety, Brewster was no stranger to the world of motocross. San Bernardino's Glen Helen Raceway, which hosted a round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship for 20 seasons between 1993 and 2018, sat right in Brewster's backyard and, as such, he was a fixture at the facility. He regularly profiled the track itself, along with Pro Motocross legends like Ricky Carmichael, and, most recently, local stars like Blake Baggett and Josh Grant. Additionally, Brewster had a consistent presence at Angel Stadium during decades of AMA Supercross races in Anaheim.
Although he formally retired in 2017, Brewster still served as a contributor to the Southern California News Group (SCNG). His work, notably his weekly Random Thoughts column, appeared in the 11 daily newspapers under the SCNG umbrella, which covered every corner of the region and allowed Brewster's voice to be heard from the Inland Empire, to Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area.
Brewster's passing leaves a tremendous void in the Southern California sports scene, and the motorsports industry in particular. His contributions were undeniable, and his legacy will remain for years to come.
Read the heartfelt obituary penned by Brewster's former paper, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, to understand the late reporter's impact on the region. The column can also be seen in the San Bernardino Sun, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, Long Beach Press-Telegram, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Torrance Daily Breeze, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, and Redlands Daily Facts.
Additionally, Brewster's final Random Thoughts, written prior to last weekend, provides a fitting sign off to a legendary career, and a memorable farewell to a beloved contributor to the motorsports community.