(Top: “Shut Up” Roger Williams bowling or watching races on the TV not sure!!)
(Middle: Larry Loynes MC’s the night’s event and calls of the raffle prize winners)
(Bottom: “Big Ed” Inloes working hard to see his team comes in first place during the tournament)
Our General Meeting was held on February 15, 2014 at the Capitol Bowling Alley in Owosso Michigan and this was a great event for all who attended weather you were part of the bowling tournament or just there to enjoy the night with race talk and the stories that were told. The Michigan Short Track Racing Club hosted this event to help raise funds for to families who have had personal loses this past year. The two benefactors, this year were Lane Wagner and the Matt Szecsodi family! We are glad to say the evening brought in a total of $ 1,708.00 for these families. Great job for all who donated! We wish to thank Chuck Darling & Big Ed Inloes for allowing MARFC to become a part of this event and hold a short meeting before the tournament began. Many Thanks to all our MARFC members who showed up to help support this event and we hope to do it again next year.
Hello Fellow MARFC Members,
Gary Lindahl asked if I could pass along his Thank You to everyone who has been so great and loving during this time following the passing of his Daughter Kelley. The cards, calls, and the prayers have been wonderful and very uplifting for him and his family. Gary and I had a nice conversation and he is doing well and taking one day at a time with some days better than others. The Racing Family has once again showed it’s care and concern for another member. So for Gary, I will give his traditional Friday and Saturday night send off of See Ya!!!
Yours in Racing, Dave DeHem MARFC V.P.
We here at MARFC were very saddened to learn of the passing of long time member and former Board member Gary Lindahl’s daughter Kelley. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and his family at this time. We have also heard of the passing of long time track photographer for the Mt. Clemens Race Track Ron Leon’s wife Kathie. Both Ron & Kathie were part of the MCRT Family and she will truly be missed my all that knew her. “May God Bless & Keep Them Both in His Care”
With Deepest Sympathies all of us here at MARFC!
A great night for all who attended our SOLD OUT 48th Annual Awards Banquet! It was great to have the legendary Bob Senneker on hand to accept our MARFC Presidents Award. He was very appreciative of the award and stayed into the night dancing away with his wonderful wife. Bob Dillner was unable to attend so Matt Prieur accepted the MARFC Electronic Media Award for Dillner and SPEED51.COM. One of the other highlights of the night was the standing ovation Jay Woolworth received as he was presented the MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Jay made the statement that it was the younger driver’s duty to get their names out to the announcers and to the media trades to let them know what and who they are as well as their sponsors. Other special awards were presented to Dave DeHem for the job he has done as past president of the club and to Paul Anton for is nearly 30 years of photographing the sport we all love. A very special Achievement Award was given to Taylor Ferns for her outstanding accomplishments in racing so many different venues in one season and finishing so well in all of them. Taylor made a video acceptance speech because she was out at the Chili Bowl racing that evening, so her Uncle’s Don and Dave LaDuke were on hand to accept for her. The MARFC Mechanic of the Year Award went to two gentlemen who did an outstanding job in 2013; they were Dave Jacot & Chad Bennett. Our MARFC Promoter of the Year went to Scott Menlen and the Mid-West Indoor Racing Series. Greg Shepard & Candy Baschel were awarded the MARFC Fan of the Year Award for 2013 for all the races and support they have given the club. Dennis & Barb Schalm were given appreciation awards for Dennis past support as a board member and Barb for all the help she has given the club during our annual banquets and fundraising raffles. The President of the MSPA awarded Gary & Donna Howe and the Kalamazoo Speedway the MSPA’s Promoter of the Year Award for 2013. Terry Fitzwater was on hand to present the Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year to the voice of the Anderson Speedway Denny Adams. Then Terry gave both the Asphalt & Dirt Drivers of the Year Awards to Terry Senneker Jr. for Asphalt & Zack Olger for dirt. Great job as Master of Ceremonies to Larry Loynes! Then it was time for our raffle prizes and the night was capped off with great music by our old DJ buddy Joe Nagraba.(Below Top: Fans of Year Greg Shepard & Candy Baschel with Jimmy Gullett, Next: Mechanics of the year Dave Jacot & Chad Bennett, Next: Promoter of the Year Scott Meneln with Jimmy Gullett, Next: Don & Dave LaDuke for Taylor Ferns, Next: Terry Fitzwater with Zack Olger, & then Denny Adams & Terry Senneker Jr.)( Next: Paul Anton & Dave DeHem with President Bill Barnhart)
(All Photo’s by Paul Anton)
The 48th Annual MARFC Banquet is just one week away! Tickets are almost to the sell out total. If you are planning on attending you need to contact me ASAP! Tickets are a donation of $ 45.00 each. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t be the one that wasn’t there!
Merry Christmas to all MARFC Members!
May the Blessings & Joy of this Day Remain with all of us throughout the year!!
May God Bless & Keep Us Always!
Wild Bill President MARFC
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)