As I sit here thinking about how the fan club got its start 50 years ago I have to recall the stories that I have been told by our club founders. On September 25, 1965 six people who enjoyed our sport of auto racing sat down and put to paper the guide lines of what we now call our bylaws and formed the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club. They never believed that the club would go on for more than a few years not only to see it get to fifty. Those six people were Vito & Barbara LoPiccolo, Willis & Marian Floskstra and Bob & Norma Lewis. With their leadership they built the club up and had some great people volunteer to help keep it going all these years. I for one am glad to have the chance to see it become what it is today and give thanks to those six individuals for their foresight in creating our club and enjoy helping to keep it moving forward and into the future. So HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY MARFC and here’s to the next fifty years! To see more about our clubs history go to the links page and click on history.
Mother Nature tried to make the day a wash but track official’s and workers pulled it off with just a short delay and the Glass City Late Model 200 was underway. Just before the event both Gary Lindahl and Rich Frantz were on hand to PR our auction and Gary did a great job as auctioneer for the day. We are very thankful for the speedway to help us raise some extra funds to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary banquet coming up in January 2016. Thanks to all who gave the winning bids for the great items we had on hand. Many thanks to the Late Joy Fair for the autographed door donation so many years ago and to Vito LoPiccolo for the Autographed Ricky Rudd jacket! Our surprise items were from our friend Walter Czarnecki from the Penske Corporation for the two 1/24 die-cast cars and hats both autographed by Brad Keslowski and Joey Logano. We say THANK YOU once again to all these great supporters of our club. (Top Photo: MARFC Vice-President Dave DeHem & Board member Rand Thompson at MARFC auction items table) ( Bottom Photo: All four winners of the auction with their winning auction items)
Attention all MARFC Members & Race Fans! The Toledo Speedway will give all MARFC Members $ 5.00 off general admission tickets for this event by showing your current 2015 membership card. Also the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club will be holding a fund raising auction at the Toledo Speedway on September 19, 2015 around 4:30pm during the Glass City Late Model 200. There will be three items up for bidding at this event. (1) An Autographed body panel off the ARCA # 1 Late Model Legend Joy Fair. (2) A autographed Ricky Rudd Havoline Racing Jacket and (3) will be one other surprise item. Get their early and check them out and be ready to bid big for these great pieces of racing history. So coming on down and help support our club and see some of the best Late Model auto racing in the area.
Thanks for all your support! Bill Barnhart MARFC President
We here at MARFC are deeply saddened by the news of long time MARFC member Eugene Lindahl. Eugene and his wife Stella have been long time supporters of the club in every way possible. He was the father of Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Member and track announcer Gary Lindahl. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lindahl family at this time. We are also saddened to hear of the passing of local racing legends Skeeter Ross who raced at the old Motor City Speedway and many time track champion at both the Spartan & Owosso Speedways Jim Aldrich who was also a member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. Gene Playter racer from the Crystal Motor Speedway passed away just the other day too. So many fans and racers to lose at one time they will all be greatly missed. May God be with them all now and forever more as they have taken their final checkered flag!
Sincerely, Bill Barnhart MARFC President
Great weather along with a very large car count and add kid’s night along with lots of race fans made for an outstanding night of racing at Mid-Michigan Raceway Park. Modified make up feature winner # 21 Dave Reay was awarded our MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag for the night. Dave also won his heat race and second feature that night. Maybe our MARFC Bag brought him good luck! The MARFC members raffle was won by Stanley Town. Many thanks to Gene & Linda and the crew for rescheduling our rained out fan club night from earlier in the season. (Top Photo: Dave Reay Bottom Photo: Stanley Town)
Attention all MARFC members our fan club day event at the Onaway Speedway has been cancelled do to a scheduling on conflict. There is no racing at the speedway for August 22, 2015! Sorry for all who planned to attend we hope to get something done for next season.
Bill Barnhart President MARFC
Board members Al Peltier & Jeff Horan were at the Toledo Speedway with our MARFC table set up to greet all race fans and MARFC members. With racing on the 8 all night fans were treated to some exciting racing. Figure 8 rookie # 2 Dennis Whisman Jr. was presented our MARFC Uniform/ Helmet Bag for his outstanding run in the division so far this season. Linda Hurd was our MARFC Members Raffle winner for the evening. Many thanks to Ron Drager, Roy Mott, Scott Schultz and the staff at the speedway for supporting our event again this season. (Top Left: Jeff Horan & Dennis Whisman Jr. Top Right: Linda Hurd with Jeff Horan)
Great Night for more dirt track racing at the Silver Bullet Speedway who celebrated their 60th Anniversary that evening. Long time second generation driver Late Model # 10 Dana Truemner was presented our MARFC Uniform/ Helmet Bag for his family supporting the track for over 30 years. New MARFC member Martin McSkulin won our members raffle for the night. Special thanks to Nick & Matt Hoonhout and all the folks at the speedway for making this event possible. Also thanks to our MARFC table helpers for the night Barry Meschke and Al Peltier. (Photo Left: Al Peltier & Dana Truemner Photo Right: Martin McSkulin)
MARFC Vice President Dave DeHem along with his wife Julie were on hand to greet members as they came into the Winston Speedway. Our MARFC Uniform/ Helmet bag went to Evan Shotko #22 fifth in points for his rookie year in Bomber Division. He had run Go karts 3 years comes from racing family. Wayne Rol won our MARFC members raffle. Many thanks to Tom Sprague and crew for having us back again this season. (Photo Left: Evan Shotko Photo Right: Wayne Roe)
Attention all MARFC Members be sure to come on out and enjoy this weekend’s MARFC Fan Club Day Events on both Friday July 31st at the Winston Speedway on the west side of the state and then on August 1st we will be at the Silver Bullet Speedway in the thumb area. So take the time to see more of our state best racing facilities this weekend and support our sport of auto racing right here in our great state of Michigan. Check the web site for front gate opening times and race times! As Always Keep Racing! Wild Bill Barnhart MARFC President