We had two guest speakers on hand as well and first up was our very own Public Relations Director, Rand Thompson. Rand shared with us how he got his start in racing, who his heroes have been over the years, and gave us a detailed look at how He performs his tasks as a pit tour coordinator at the Michigan International Speedway. Rand has been doing race reports from the Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways and now adds the Spartan Speedway to his resume as he will be doing the race report write ups for Spartan this coming 2012 racing season. Rand also shared his passion for vintage road racing and the events that are held annually at the Waterford Hills Raceway. Rand was able to make a connection with the folks at Waterford and we have been invited to have our first ever MARFC Day at Waterford Hills this coming July 29th which is the weekend of the vintage racing at Waterford.
Our second speaker of the night was Scott Menlen. Scott shared about his racing roots in a go-kart with the Thunderbird Go-Kart club down at Flat Rock and how in his first ever race, He snared the checkers with a win. Later on Scott raced with the Michigan Legends Series in the Bandalero division before moving into the Legends Cars where they raced in Michigan as well as in the KOIL Series which took them to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and points beyond before moving into the Crate Engine, Template Bodied Late Models at Auto City Speedway. After a couple of years in the full size cars, Scott, like many other racers these days, was forced to park the race cars for a while. Scott being a racer to the core decided that if He wasn’t going to be able to drive then he would do something at the track so he worked for Speedway Safety before moving into the flag stand. In 2012, Scott finds himself as the flag man at the historic Dixie Motor Speedway as well as with the traveling Jegs/CRA Series. Scott hopes to get behind the wheel at a later time but for now will remain active in whatever way he can. Thanks Rand and Scott for sharing your passion with us. It was especially nice to see how many of our members in attendance have been members over 20 years and two members in attendance have logged over 40 years as members, thanks for your dedication Bill Walters and Joe Hiestand.