ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: MARFC Picnic has been moved to STONY CREEK METRO PARK! Do to unforseen circumstances our plans to have our picnic at the Waterford Hills Raceway have been cancelled for this year. The Raceway worked hard for our club to make this happen this year. We are going to try to work things out for next year. Many Thanks to Waterford Hills Raceway for trying and we are very sorry about the change in locations. But we were able to get a spot at Stony Creek Metro Park in a different location than we have used before so remember that we will be at the RIDGEWOOD Picnic Area just follow the road from the entrance and stay to the right and you will see it near the back right area of the park. We will still need your RSVP for the number of adults and children to have enough food for all who attend.
MARFC Family Picnic: Remember you need to RSVP NOW for our MARFC Annual Family Picnic on Sunday July 7, 2013 at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Twp., Mi. located at 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316 from 11:00 am until about 5:00 pm. Deadline is July 3, 2013 in order know how many folks will be attending to have enough food & drink on hand for all. We will be meeting in the RIDGEWOOD AREA location. If you would like to bring a dish to past that would be great. We will be having our annual picnic games and those who wish to go swimming it is just down the road at the Baypoint Beach area. RSVP me Bill Barnhart at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave DeHem at: email@example.com
Another great outing at the Toledo Speedway for our members who attended. Board Members Jeff Horan and Larry Iacoboni along with Sue Iacoboni and Paul Anton greeted members at our MARFC table. Our MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag was presented to X-Car Division Driver Rich Frantz for his support of his division. Many Thanks to Ron Drager, Roy Mott and Scott Schultz for having us again this year. (Photo’s provided by Paul Anton)(Top: Jeff Horan, Rich Frantz & Larry Iacoboni Bottom: MARFC Members Tim & Patti Bihn & Paul Anton.)
The MARFC Family Picnic will be held on Sunday July 7, 2013 at Waterford Hills Raceway in Clarkston, Mi. from 11:00 am until about 5:00 pm. We will have games & prizes for both kids and adults. The Club will be providing the hot dogs, hamburgers, and fixens for all. If you would like to bring a passing dish please let me know but it is not required. If you wish to bring something special other than hot dogs & burgers for your family you are more than welcome to do so.. We will meet in the TURN 6 area as shown on the map of the park and track. (Archers Corner upper right) The races will be going on during the picnic and all attendees will receive free admission to the races that day as well. If you have never been to Waterford and witnessed what they have to offer, this will be a golden opportunity to see local Road Racing at the only race track in Oakland County. Please contact Wild Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com to RSVP. We do need to know how many folks are coming so please RSVP ASAP Thank You!
Our weather gods have not been smiling on us once again as we have lost 3 of our first 4 shows to weather this season. Gratefully, we have been able to re-schedule them all and those dates are listed in the schedule as seen below so please make a note on your calendars for the new dates for the I-96, Spartan, and Auto City Speedways. This will be my last issue of the “MARFC Messenger” as your President. I will say that I have completely enjoyed my time at the helm of this club and have tried to represent all of you in the best way possible. On June 1st “Wild Bill” Barnhart will assume the role of President while I drop back a spot to the role of Vice-President. Our e-mails will change so if you want Bill you can go to firstname.lastname@example.org or of you want me you can send e-mail to email@example.com. I will be at many of the fan club days this year and look forward to seeing all of you also remind you that the annual cheer raffle tickets will be available at the tracks later this month and will be sent out with the July newsletter. Once again I thank you for your trust in me as I served as President and just ask you to support Wild Bill the way you supported me these past four years. Enjoy the summer and “We’ll See You at the Races”.
With clouds on the horizon MARFC made its way over to the Kalamazoo Speedway for some great racing action under what turned out to be a clear night and summer temperatures. The racing on the track was competitive and action packed with many battles for the win being decided at the line. Table helper was Julie DeHem and we enjoyed conversation with many MARFC members who stopped by the table to sign in and say hello. Thanks for the liquid refreshment from longtime club member Gordon Bouws. Member raffle winner was Jim Town while the MARFC Helmet Bag was presented to Keith Wilfong. Keith is the driver of the #75 Pro Stock which is a beautiful 1965 Buick Skylark. Keith tows up from Howe, Indiana and calls the Kalamazoo Speedway home. Keith started his driving career in 2008 after working as a crewman for the Mike Wortinger. A collection was taken up by the track for Mike, who was severly injured in a racing accident a couple of weeks ago and over $2,000 was raised to help in Mike’s recovery. Keith is one of those drivers who just plain loves racing and is a big help to not only his team but to his competitors as well. Many thanks to Gary & Donna Howe for having us out to the track and to P.A. Announcer Jason Seltzer for talking up the club and to Flagman Rick Beebe and Jason for helping with the helmet bag presentation. We had a great time at Kalamazoo. (Top Left: Keith Wilfong, Top Right: Jim Town)
We here at MARFC are very saddened to hear of the death of Dick Trickle. He was an outstanding racer and had a great personality that everyone he met was happy to have met him. He was a racers racer and was just fun to be around. I first meet him at Mt. Clemens Race Track back in the early 80′s and every time we seen each other he always had the time to shake your hand and talk. Our thoughts and Prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
Bill Barnhart MARFC VP
Good Morning MARFC Members, Just wanted to pass along that former Merritt Speedway Promoter and Flagman Rod Ancel has passed away. Details are listed below. Rod was always a good friend to MARFC and I especialy enjoyed the conversations we had both on the phone and at the various banquets and MSPA meetings we attended together over the years. I always greeted with a smile and a handshake every time I saw him and that how I will remember him. All of us at MARFC send our condolences to Rod’s family. God Speed Rod.
Dave DeHem MARFC President
A great night of racing action on an even greater night of weather is what the members of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club were treated to at the Flat rock Speedway on May 4, 2013. The MARFC Helmet bag was presented to Late Model driver of the P51 Scott Pemberton for his support of his division and for the long tow he travels each week. Young Coner Bagley won our MARFC members raffle prize for the evening. Many Thanks to Ron Drager, Scott Schultz and the entire staff of the Speedway for a fantastic night of racing! Many Thanks to all of our table helpers pictured below as well and to “Wild” Bill Barnhart and Paul Anton for the pictures. Even our longtime friend and Flat Rock/Toledo announcer Gary Lindahl spent some time down at the membership table.
Here are the rescheduled MARFC Fan Club Day Events for the following tracks:
I-96 Speedway Saturday June 15, 2013
Spartan Speedway Friday June 28, 2013
Auto City Speedway Saturday July 20, 2013
Many thanks to these great racing facilities for supporting MARFC and rescheduling these events! Thanks to our President for getting these done so fast!
Bill Barnhart VP MARFC
Sorry for the repeat of yesterdays bad message but Auto City has cancelled all events for tonight. We will work on Re-Scheduling our MARFC Night and should have the new date in the June Newsletter. Please call fellow MARFC Members that you know don’t use e-mail and let them know. Flat Rock still has racing as does Springport, Kalamazoo, and Crystal, at least at the time I write this (10:47 AM). Get out to the races if you can. Hope to see you next week at Kalamazoo Speedway.
Yours in racing,