December 2000 Minutes
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
Our 35th Annual Dinner Dance & Awards Banquet will be on January 20, 2001. Be sure to get your tickets early because we have limited seating this year. Tickets are only a $ 30.00 donation per person and are available now. Some of the Special Award winners are Ron Drager President of ARCA and owner of the Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways will receive the MARFC Personality of the Year Award. We also, have Sandy Heng reporter from channel 7 news who covers many auto racing events and does pit side reporting. She will receive the MARFC Motorsports Electronic Media Award. Bob Studt will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for his over 25 years of racing and his total of 18 ARCA championships. Bob has now formally retired from competition and now is car owner for his son Greg.
The club also wishes Stan Yee Sr. a speedy recovery after surgery in November.
May you all enjoy a safe and happy Holiday Season. See you in 2001!!
Until next month,
Bill Barnhart President MARFC
Our November meeting was held at Caper’s Restaraunt. On hand as guest speakers were Ron Allen, Arnold Kirsch and Eddie Sachs.
Ron Allen-His smile says it all!! After many years he finally won not one but TWO track championships
Arnold Kirsch-Took a huge leap from Mt. Clemens street stocks to Flat Rock late models in 2000.
Eddie Sachs-Proudly hails his father’s racing achievements and supports racing in any way he can.
Beginning his racing career in the 70’s, Ron Allen had never seen the better side of a championship. 2000 proved to be very different. Ron celebrated his 50th career Feature Victory as well as Championships at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways. Ron recalls the difference in today’s race cars and those he built way back when. Of course he had to tout the fact that the car that took him to his twin Championships was 15 years old!!
Noise tests at the Michigan State Fairgrounds has been a big issue lately. One thing you can always count on is support from Arnold Kirsch. Arnold has participated in all testing at the Fairgrounds and is no stranger to the microphone. Never at a loss for words, Arnolds colorful commentary is always looked forward to. And in the "Wild Man’s" ways, Arnold shared his experiences in racing with us.
What else can be said about Eddie, probably the only person able to compete with the "Wild Man’s" commentary. Eddie shares his joy and pride in the recognition his father has received for his racing achievements. Thanks for all you have done for auto racing.
The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Would also like to recognize NHRA Pro class champion drag racer Jim Adams from Fruitport, MI, representing Milan Dragway who ventured out to the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Ca.
Jim worked his way through round after round to earn the first place spoils on Nov. 12.
Congratulations are also in order for Toledo’s Kirby McClennan. Back in September both Kirby and Jim championed the Super Pro and Pro catagories respectively. The Milan sponsored racers absolutely ruled at the Division 3 NHRA Summit Racing Series held at IRP.
Thank you Pat McInerney, Motor City Motorsports Drag Racing Correspondent, for this information.