This just in for all MARFC Members! We would like to say a big thank you to both the Spartan & Flat Rock Speedways for working with us on rescheduling our MARFC Fan Club Day Events for 2015. They are as follows: Spartan Speedway Friday June 26, 2015 & Flat Rock Speedway Saturday July 18, 2015. So mark these dates down on your calendars and be ready for some awesome racing!
Great weather on hand for our first outing for 2015 to the Auto City Speedway. Pure Stock driver Randy Clayton Jr. was awarded our MARFC/ Uniform Helmet Bag for having fast time for the night. Special thanks to Joe DeWitte and crew for having us again in 2015. The MARFC Members Raffle winner was Jack Colpen Jr. and our MARFC Board members who greeted members at our table were Al Peltier & Bill Walters. (Photo: Randy Clayton Jr. with board member Al Peltier)
On April 18, 2015 General Meeting: Our MARFC General meeting was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center. Our first Guest speaker was the veteran late model driver and now car owner Dick “Magic Man” Barker. Dick told us of how he got started racing in the late 60’s and the he and his brother Gary traveled all over the state and won many championship at different race tracks and said that his main philosophy in driving is to race clean and others will respect you and do you the same. Then Dick’s new young talented driver Frank Jiovani told us of how he got started racing in quarter midget karts and then onto legend cars. From then he went on the Street Stocks at Flat Rock and won a championship in a short time and now is driving for one of Michigan’s legendary drivers Dick Barker. We were also very glad to have former President Russ Jacobson attend our meeting and with some help got him up to talk about his racing career that spanned for over four decades and that he still has the same sprint car he started with that his father helped build the famous J2 car. (Top Left: Frank Jiovani Top Right:Dick Barker Bottom: Russ Jacobson)
We here at MARFC are very sad to hear of the passing of longtime member Charles Rowloff Sr. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time! “God’s Speed Chuck”
Charles “Cubby” V. Rowloff Sr., age 76, of Monroe formerly of Richmond died April 10, 2015. Charles was born August 26, 1938 to the late Vernon and Esther Rowloff. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Charles retired from General Motors, working at the Research Lab in Warren. He is survived by children, Charles “Chuck” (Julie) Rowloff, Charlotte (Tom) Lynch and John Rowloff, 7 grandchildren, sisters; Betty Groesbeck and Verna Totzke. He was preceded in death by a sister Anna Trumble.
We here at MARFC are sending out our thoughts & prayers to MCR Dwarf Car Series Promoter Steve Martin for the loss of his wife Sharon. Sharon has been ill for some time! Both Steve & Sharon have been long time MARFC Members and supporters and Sharon will truly be missed. Services for Sharon are private as per wishes of the family. Also the racing world lost one of the greatest racing promoters of all time as Earl Baltes founder of the Eldora Speedway passed away last week at 93 years old. What a great legacy he leaves behind. God’s Speed to both Sharon and Mr. Baltes!
Our MARFC meeting held at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille following a great RACER’S REUNION was a very informative meeting as Ron Drager explained about the changes that the ARCA racing series has done to keep costs down for all their teams and still be competitive. He also talked about how the MSPA (Michigan Speedways Promoters Association) works hard to keep their gates open and what they can do as a group to help keep fans and racers coming back to their facilities each week. Scott Schultz was on hand to inform all about the changes at both speedways and that they have been able to get sponsors for all their divisions at both tracks. Many thanks to Scott & Ron for making this meeting possible! (Top Left: Ron Drager Top Right: Scott Schultz Bottom: Members of the Board at the MSPA Meeting held in March)
We here are very saddened to hear of the passing of one of Michigan’s racing legends Jack Goodwin. Jack has been a longtime MARFC member & supporter. He came to many of our general meetings as a guest speaker and to our annual banquets and was presented the MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2006. Jack was a childhood hero of mine and being able to find and connect back up with him again in 1998 and spending time with him when he came to town was priceless. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eunice and Jacks family at this time. Knowing that he is at God’s side now is a comfort for all. Jack has taken his final checkered flag with us here but now is in heaven racing for eternity for the Lord. “God’s Speed My Friend”.
Sincerely, Bill Barnhart MARFC President
A memorial is being planned at the First Chruch of the Nazarene Bradenton on Wednesday March 11th at 4pm.
1616 59th Street, Bradenton, FL 34209
(Photo provided by Paul Anton is Jack at our 2006 MARFC Banquet)
We were able to present two great sponsors of MARFC with their Appreciation Awards for 2014. Special thanks to Debbie Majchrzak and Sterling Printing & Graphics for all they do for us a MARFC each and every year. And to “Budweiser” & Petitpren Inc. along with Greg Hillman for their continuous support of our club throughout the years.(Top: Debbie Majchrzak Bottom: Greg Hillman)
Many folks were on hand to enjoy bowling and bench racing and for all who came out to help support the 12th Annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament we say thank you! With the many donations that were given to help the great cause everyone had a good chance to take something home. Big Ed Inloes and Chuck Darling did a fantastic job for this event and were on hand to present the two benefactors Aaron Dancer and Jason VanDuesen. Jason was on hand along with Danny Gaddis who is Aaron Dancers Uncle. Jason has had a lot of medical issues over the past few years and is a huge supporter of racing and is also a MARFC member and was very grateful to all who gave on their time and donations. Aaron was unable to attend as his has finally returned to work after being off for over three months after the crash he had at the Spartan Speedway last fall so his Uncle Danny Gaddis was there and was truly moved by all the generosity of the racing community and extended his and Aarons many thanks. (Top Photo: Big Ed Inoles, Jason VanDuesen, Danny Gaddis & Chuck Darling)