We here at MARFC are saddened by the news of the passing of another longtime member. Donald Gordon passed away on Sunday December 14th after a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lucille and son Rob and the entire Gordon family at this time. May the Lord Bless and Keep them in his care now and always! No services will be held as the family wishes to keep them private! Just keep them in your prayers!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President
A great time was by all young & old as the MARFC Annual Children’s Christmas Party was held. The children had lunch and then were entertained by “DA” the clown with balloons and a magic show. Then the big man in the red suit arrived after everyone sang him in with a rousting version of Jingle Bells. Santa asked each child what they wanted for Christmas and encouraged them to keep doing well in school. Then they were given a new toy from Santa’s Elf’s. Everyone even won a door prize to boot! Many thanks to all who helped donated to this event and Special thanks to Jimmy Gullett for donating all the food and to the Lee & Whisman families for the extra goodies. A big Thanks to Barb Gullett for chairing this year’s event again! (Top:DA the Clown with little helper) (Bottom: Santa and his helper)
I was just informed today that we have lost another longtime supporter and member of our club Wally Serylo. Wally passed away on November 14, 2014 after a long illness. I first meet Wally back in the day at the Flat Rock Speedway when he was racing his figure “8” car. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Serylo family at this time. “God’s Speed Old Friend”
Good Day to you all! Just passing along a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all! Hope you enjoy your day with family & friends! We all have so much to be thankful for so take the time to remember them and those who are around you and those who are far away.
As Always Keep Racing,
Wild Bill MARFC President
Hello MARFC Members, I have received word that one of our Charter Members (Lifetime) has passed away this morning (11-10-2014) due to complications of Cancer. Norm Powers joined MARFC on 1-11-1966 and was also inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in the class of 1986. Norm was a race promoter for many years.
Details of services are not known at the present time and when they become available we will let you know what they are.
Yours in Racing,
MARFC Vice President
The first fall general meeting was held on October 25, 2014 and those who attended enjoyed both the evening’s guest speakers. First up was Robbie Loving who talked about his 30 years of racing. Robbie has raced not only figure 8 cars but, sportsman, enduros & late models. He has accomplished 6 ARCA Championships over the years and has his sights on more in the years to come. Robbie told us on riding to the race tracks with his dad Frank who drove for many years and then working on the car and when he was old enough his was given the chance to drive and has proven himself a true champion. Next was Robbie’s son Race’s chance to tell what it was like growing up and seeing his dad drive and this past season being able to get his chance to drive at the age of 15. Race won a few heat races this past season as well a feature at the Flat Rock Speedway. He won the Rookie of the Year at the Flat Rock Speedway 30 years after his dad Robbie did it. The future holds many more great and exciting racing from both this father and son duo! ( Photo’s by Rand Thompson Left: Robbie Loving Right: Race Loving)
MARFC Board members Bill Barnhart, Dave DeHem,Rand Thompson and Bill Walters attended the fall 2014 Michigan Speedways
Promoters Association meeting held at MIS. We were glad to be able to give our input about what we as fans enjoy seeing at all the racing facilities throughout the state and also to hear what the promoters are trying to do to keep their doors open in the upcoming 2015 season. They discuss the costs of fuel, tires, insurance and concessions that are all on the rise and how to make it more entertaining for all the fans that come to watch. It’s not easy for them with the economy the way it is here in Michigan and I am hope that we don’t see any of them shut
down this winter and be able to open next year. So let’s help by supporting them and our sport in any way we can as fans, car owners, sponsors, and racers.
Our November meeting will be on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the JD Racing Indoor Karting facility at 6:00pm sharp.This will be our second time at this 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 15 riders before the night of our meeting. If you would like to ride the karts the cost will be $12.00 per race so please RSVP me by e-mail at email@example.com no later than October 25, 2014. Our guest speaker for the night will be Scott Menlen promoter of the Mid-West Indoor Racing Series. 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
Our first general meeting will be held on October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center, 6015 E. Ten Mile Rd., Warren, Michigan 48091. This is the night we draw our annual raffle ticket winners so come on out and enjoy the night with other MARFC members and take the chance on winning the raffle in person. Our guest speakers for the evening will be Robbie Loving and his son Chase who ran his rookie year in the figure 8 division at both the Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways.