Well it’s that time of year again and the Holiday Season is upon us! Racers and race fans across the country are hard at work making their Christmas list of items for Santa to bring. A new chassis, new engine, new body and season race tickets to their favorite race tracks. I hope everyone gets all they ask for on their lists. During this time of year we need to stop and remember those that we lost this season and to give thanks to those who have given their life to protect us so we can enjoy our beloved sport of auto racing. So when you see those men & women you see in the military take the time and say Thank You for all they do. “May the Lord Bless & Keep Us All” throughout this holiday season! Bill Barnhart MARFC President
Once again kid’s young and old enjoyed at great time at the Annual MARFC Children’s Christmas Party on December 1st. First thing “Bubbles the Clown” was on hand to make custom made balloon sculptures for all and after a great lunch that was provided Jimmy Gullett and Pizza from Fran Russo Bubbles entertained the group with a magic show. After that the big man himself “Santa” arrived and everyone got to tell him what they wanted for Christmas and received a gift from him to tide them over until Christmas Morning. A raffle was held for all the children and each went home with a raffle prize and a bag of other goodies. Many thanks to all who donated items for the party your support is greatly appreciated. “Merry Christmas to All”
Our 48th Annual Awards Banquet will be held on January 18, 2014. Tickets are now on sale for more information on tickets contact me please and there will be NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR! Two of our top award winners will be present to accept their awards that night and they are the MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013 is Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famers Jay Woolworth. Our MARFC Media Award winner for 2013 is Bob Dillner’s Speed51.com looking forward to seeing both gentlemen accept their awards in January. We also need your help as we did for the past few years. We need you to send us via e-mail or regular mail a nominee for our 2013 Mechanic of the Year Award. You need to send their name, team, track and a short bio of why they should be chosen for this award. Deadline for these nominations is December 1, 2013. As Always any questions or comments contact me at: email@example.com
Those members who attended our November general meeting had an outstanding time. Ron & Patty Bluhm who run the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum informed our members on how the museum got its start as a Hudson Dealership and about all the cars and automotive items they have on hand. They have many GM displays and they even have a movie prop Tucker on hand along with Kasier’s & Corvair’s. Then Sandy Heng gave us an update on her new book coming out soon called “SHAKEN”. The book is about Dale Earnhardt and the aftermath of the need for safety in our sport of auto racing. Herb Fishel also talked about his part of the safety concerns that he helped with during his time as the head of GM Motorsports Division and where they are now. If you didn’t attend you miss one of our best meetings! Sandy and Herb also provided our members with a Barbeque Beef sandwich snack. Many Thanks to Herb and Sandy for setting up this event for us! (Top Left: Ron Bluhm Top Right: Sandy Heng & Bottom: Herb Fishel)
November meeting will be on the 9th of November 2013 starting a 6:30pm at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum located at 100 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198 734-482-5200. This will be a private tour of their museum along with our guest speakers Herb Fishel former Director of the GM Motorsports Division and Sandy Heng will be with us to tell us about a new racing book she wrote that will be out this fall. We will need a RSVP of how many members will be attending so the museum can set up a big enough area for our meeting. So I am asking you to please RSVP me no later than November 5th at firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions to the Museum: Take I-94, exit 183 (Huron St.) North to Cross Street, turn right and you’re in Depot Town. The Museum is located at the east end of Depot Town at the corner of Cross & River Streets. Free parking is available behind the museum parallel to the railroad tracks. Museum web site: www.ypsiautoheritage.org
Attention Race Fans just in case you didn’t know there is still more racing here in Michigan with the Midwest Indoor Racing Series will be at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Saturday, November 30, 2013. For more information check their web site at: www.midwestindoorracingseries.com. They have a series each month all winter long so you can still get your racing fix as the snow comes down and still keep warm inside.
A great night of fun and racing was had by those who attended our first fall general meeting for 2013. Our members were greeted by owner Mark Dick and staff when we all arrived. Then Mark came in a let us know how JD Karting came about and where they are heading into the future. They have been open from just before Christmas in 2012 and have not yet had a formal grand opening. They have been going on just work of mouth and been very busy since then on. Next up was our guest speaker 2013 Flat Rock Street Stock Champion Grant Hedges. Grant told us oh how he started racing just a few years ago and all the hard work his family and friends have put into his career without anyone looking back. Then we had our 2013 MARFC Fund Raiser Raffle drawing. Many thanks to all who sold or bought their raffle tickets! For the first time in over thirty years yours truly won the first prize and donated half of the prize back to the club. Our second prize winner bought her ticket just that night and that was Deb Smith who came with Grant Hedges group. The third prize winner was long time member Wally Serylo. A special ladies only raffle was held with the winner receiving a pot of Mums and the winner was Kathy Diovardi. The in house winner was Rand Thompson who received an MARFC sweatshirt. Congratulations to all the winners for the night! After the meeting many members enjoyed some fast racing on the electric go karts with a few bumps and spins along the way. (Above photo left: Mark Dick Above Right: Grant Hedges & Bottom photo: Members ready to race)
We here at MARFC are saddened by the news of the Passing of the Father of our Vice President Dave DeHem! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dave & the DeHem family at this time. Services for Mr. DeHem have not been finalized yet and will be posted at a later time. May God Bless and Keep the DeHem family now and always!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President
Arrangements for Dan DeHem:
Dave’s Dads service is 10am this Saturday at the Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church located at 5900 McLellan, Detroit, Mi. with a luncheon at the church after the service. Church is basically located at Gratiot and I-94 as McLellan is right off of Gratiot after you pass back over the freeway. You turn left on McLellan to the church. (you can see the church as you drive to it as the steeple is kind of tall.)
Just a reminder that our final event is set for the 25th Annual Glass City LM 200 at the Toledo Speedway on September 28, 2013.($ 5.00 OFF GENERAL ADDMISSION TICKET FOR MARFC MEMBERS) so come on out an enjoy one of the biggest racing events in our area.
Don’t forget that our October meeting will be on Saturday October 19, 2013 at the JD Racing Indoor Karting facility at 6:30pm sharp.This is a new location for us and we will be able to run the new electric karts at a reduced rate if we can garentee at least 10 to 12 riders before the night of our meeting. If you would like to ride the karts please RSVP me by e-mail or call me no later than October 12, 2013. Our guest speaker for the evening will be the Flat Rock 2013 Street Stock Champion Grant Hedges.This will also be the night we pull the winning MARFC Fundraiser Raffle Tickets. The karting facility is located at: 44225 West Twelve Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48377. For more information about JD Racing Indoor Karting go to www.jdkarting.com.