From the President
As we move into the new year we have a fresh clean slate to start from. A fresh clean schedule and a fresh clean season of racing coming our way. Before we know it, Daytona will be here and gone and all of our appetites will be ready to get our backsides trackside. I look forward to seeing many of you at the banquet in a few weeks. I tip my hat to Wild Bill for doing such a great job of planning this event every year. While the banquet hasn’t happened yet, I already know that it is because of his help that it will be as great as we have all come to expect. There are some exciting things going on in the racing world and I am ready for the season to get going. We are still working with the tracks on our schedule of Fan Club days and I am planning out the February meeting. Our March meeting will be at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grill in conjunction with the Old Timer’s reunion. I will have the dates for both in next month’s MARFC Messenger along with the rundown on the 44th Annual Awards Banquet & Dinner Dance.
Yours in Racing
MICHIGAN AUTO RACING FAN CLUB PRESENTS:
44th ANNUAL DINNER DANCE & AWARDS BANQUET
Saturday, January 16, 2010
DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center
6015 Ten Mile Road near Mound Road
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m. with Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Donation of $ 39.00 (No Refunds)
Includes: Dinner, Drinks, & Dancing
Please accept my apologies for the very late update for December. December 2009 and January 2010 updates are included here.
MT. CLEMENS SANTA PARADE
On parade day, the weather was bright and cold but just seeing the smile on the kid’s faces made it warm for all of us. This year we had the Late Models of both Brian Bauman and Terry Bogusz as well as the Legends Cars of Chris Brunet and Scott Menlen. While the Late Models were towed on trailers, Scott and Chris drove their cars down main street. No, they didn’t pull any hole shots but I know they desperately wanted to. Our chairperson for the event Laura Tucker did a great job again and we express our thanks to Scott Menlen, Chris Brunet, Randy Gallagher, Terry Bogusz, and Brian Bauman. Great Job Laura and thanks to all the club members who helped out.
DECEMBER CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY UPDATE
Over 125 children and adults were in attendance at our annual Children’s Christmas Party held on December 6th. “Bubbles” the Clown entertained all young and old with a magic show and custom balloon sculptures. There was an outstanding luncheon for all as well as goodies and gifts for each child who was there to see Santa. Then the big man in the Red Suit arrived to everyone’s delight and presented each child with their gift as well as taking orders for his Christmas Eve bonsai run around the world. Linda Walters won the 50/50 and donated it to next year’s party, Thank You Linda. Many thanks to Lisa Michon for arranging the use of the hall and to Rob Michon for taking the photo’s of the children with Santa. Thanks to those who brought extra food items for the luncheon and also for those who donated items for our needy family I say thank you too. A very big Thank You to Cory Russell and Laura Tucker for another fantastic job co-chairing this great event. Thanks to all the following who helped out at the party: Jeff Moroni, Wild Bill Barnhart, Sue Ginter, Larry Iacoboni, Fran Russo, Laura Tucker, Bill & Linda Walters, Steve & Cory Russell, Chuck Horan, Al Peltier, Rob, Lisa, and Austin Michon. This entire party could not have happened without the help of the following who made donations to help us give the children a fun and enjoyable time with Santa.
Paul & Iris Anton, Gary & Debbie Majchrzak, Bob & Sandy Wheaton, Bob & Diane Shalla, Edgar Brown, Fran Russo, Frank & Peggy Loving, Julie DeHem, Bob & Sandy Wheaton, Eugene & Stella Lidahl, Edgar Brown, Rob & Lisa Michon, Michigan Legends, Laura Tucker, Ma Tucker, Steve & Cory Russell, Steve Stien, AL Peltier, and Vito & Barbara Lopiccolo
LAST CALL ON BANQUET TICKETS
Remember that our 44th Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for January 16, 2010. Tickets are still available for a donation of $ 39.00 each. With many of our special award winners on hand and all the track champions in attendance also this will be a great night that you will not want to miss. So if you are planning on attending this event get your tickets early as there will be NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR!
You will need to contact me no later than January 9, 2010 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Downloadable Banquet Flyer is available here.
MEMBERSHIP PLAN and RENEWALS FOR 2010
MARFC membership is $10.00 for a single membership or $15.00 for a married couple or a FAMILY PLAN, (two adults all children up through the age of fifteen) and includes our newsletter, decal, membership meeting, and Fan Club Day admissions to various tracks. Memberships are from January 1st of each year to December 31st of that same year. PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED and mail along with a check or money order payable to MARFC, c/o Susan Ginter, 7 Willow Way, Waterford, MI. 48328-2947.
Downloadable version of the membership form available here.
Also remember that the MSTRC fund raiser bowling tournament will be held on Saturday February 13, 2010 at Capitol Bowl in Owosso, Michigan. It was announced that the MSTRC have selected the benefactors for the upcoming tournament. This year’s fund raising event will be held for Jeremy “Jake” Dickman and Alan Taft. For information about this event you can contact Chuck Darling through the MSTRC site at www.mstrc.com or call him at 989-906-5006.
There will be a Central Kart Swap Meet for kart racers to buy & sell karts and parts of all kinds will be held on Sunday March 14, 2010 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm located at Town & Country Recreation at 401 S. St Johns Street, Ithaca, MI 48847 cost is $ 5.00 per person for more information on sales space and set ups contact Ken at 989-642-8240 or Ray at 989-845-4766.
4th annual Mount Clemens Reunion is on Saturday January 23, 2010 at the Kart 2 Kart Indoor karting Center in Sterling Hgts. Mi. The facility is on Van-Dyke just north of 18 Mile Rd. Be there by 5:30 PM to register to race or if not racing, be there any time after 6 PM. Tom Urban says there will be a surprise guest so be there to see who it is and to visit with many of the old time drivers, fans, and officials. There will be no food served but drink service is available.