Vines Makes A Fast Fashion Statement

Even if he's not the fastest on the track for Sunday's 50K Sport Sedan Plate at Melbourne's Philip Island Grand Prix circuit, Local driver Stephen Vines will be the best dressed.

Thanks to the support of local fashion retailer "The Male Centre", Dandenong. The young Victorian will jump straight out of his 600 BHP Ford Cortina V8 and into a fashion shoot with Melbourne photographer Justin Deeley.

"It's important to present yourself as professionally as possible" said Vines after picking his outfits for this his first ever fashion shoot. "A lot of people have a really negative image of racing drivers and our sport, they think we're all a bunch of knuckle dragging troglodytes without a brain in our heads. But today's professional racer needs to be as comfortable in a business suit or tuxedo as in a race suit or overalls".

For Justin Deeley the shoot is also a chance to combine two distinctly different styles of photography. "I'll be trackside all weekend shooting the action at Island Magic but then to do the shoot with Stephen afterwards will be a real challenge, I'm looking forward to it." He said. Deeley's work can be seen at his website www.inetpics.com.

Vines will also carry signage for "The Male Centre" at his next race at Sandown on December 1-2 for the Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Sandown is Stephen's home track so he's looking forward to a big result in front of the expected 50'000 plus crowd. A top ten finish in the company of the major National teams would be the ideal stepping stone towards Vine's ambition to move to the United States to race in the BF Goodrich Trans-Am series. "The Trans-Am cars are the closest things I've seen to our Sports Sedans and they're turning on some incredible racing and big fields, I've been watching them on local pay-TV and they're great"

Vines is looking for a major sponsor for next years Victorian Motor Racing Championship as well as selected National rounds. A drive in either the V8 Supercar ranks or Nations Cup is also a major short term ambition.

The Phillip Island 50K Plate will be the main event at Sunday's Island Magic meeting at Phillip Island which has attracted a record entry list. Results can be viewed at www.racetime.com.au

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