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MARFC Board members were on hand once again at the annual spring meeting for the MSPA (Michigan Speedways Promoters Association) back in March. The MSPA is made up of track owners & promoters from across the state who get together to discuss the future of our sport of auto racing and how to help keep racers and fans coming to their facilities though out the year. Working together is the only way that they can hope to keep racing in Michigan and viable part of entertainment so we the fans who come out each week to enjoy the sport we all love. It’s not an easy task to keep folks coming back each week to be able to keep the gates open for the full season and into the future. Trying to find new race fans is hard these days as most young folks main concern in all about social media. So, they are working hard to use social media to increase the attendance at their facilities. We here at MARFC help by trying to let them know what fans want to see when they lay down their money at the gates for an evening out at the races. But, as fans we need to do our part and help get new people who haven’t been for awhile or never been to the races before to come out and give it a try and work to help bring in the next generation for race fans. Because, let me tell you all that without the next set of race fans our future in the sport of auto racing is slowly moving to the way side like the dinosaurs. Young folks will need to google it to see what was auto racing about. So, let’s try to help when and were we can and when you get the chance stop and tell these track promotors thanks for what they do for us as fans.

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

March MARFC General Meeting Report for 2018!

Our March meeting was held in conjunction with the Old Timers Reunion at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille. This event was well attended and hosted a round table discussion with Indy’s Donald Davison, Ron Hemelgarn, Tom Bigelow, Andy Hillenburg and Karl Busson. Ron Drager & Scott Schultz both informed us what’s coming up at both the Toledo & Flat Rock Speedways for 2018 as well as the ARCA Series. Larry LaMay let us know how his “60 Years of Auto Racing on Both Sides of the Fence” book has been well received by many folks across the community as well as around the country. Winner of the 50/50 raffle for the night was Al Peltier. Thanks to Ron Drager and ARCA for having us back again this year and hosting this awesome event. (Photo: Larry LaMay, Scott Schultz and Ron Drager)

Past MARFC Board Member Jan Shaffer Passes Away!

We here at MARFC are very saddened to hear of the passing of Jan Shaffer. He was battling an illness for quite some time. Jan received our Motor Sports Writer of the year at our 1976 banquet. He had been writing for the Oakland press at that time. As well as being a member of our club. He was also our club’s co-publicity director for 1972 and 1973. Jan also served on the board of directors in 1990 and 1991.Our thoughts & prayers are with the Shaffer family at this time.

Bill Barnhart MARFC President
(Photo of Jan from Facebook)


Dear MARFC Members!

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that longtime board member Larry Iacoboni AKA: The Bald Eagle passed away this morning after a very long fight with cancer. The Bald Eagle has taken his final flight home to be with the Lord. He has crossed the finish line in life as the checkered flag waves one last time and now stands proudly next to the Lord. Larry has been a tremendous asset to our club over the years not only as a member at first but, then as a board member. During my years on the board Larry was always focused to make sure to back me up when I needed it and was there to travel with me many times to fan club day events, general meetings and MSPA meetings to help support the club. For many years he was our raffle prize chairperson for our annual banquets and was our chef at our MARFC Picnics for many years as well. He spent a couple of terms as Vice-President and did that job extremely well. Larry was a volunteer for the Detroit Grand Prix for over 18 years and enjoyed every minute of it. He even worked briefly at the Waterford Hills Raceway as a corner and track worker. Larry joined the club when Bill Stone approached him and asked him to join and it didn’t take long for him to get onto the board. When I became President 20 years ago I asked him to be our Santa and he just laughed at me and said that was Bill Stones job. I know he would have been good at it but, he was there every year serving pizza and hot dogs to the kids. He really enjoyed our Children’s Christmas Party the most. Larry was married to a wonderful woman Suzanne! Our hearts are heavy with sadness for her loss and ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the Iacoboni family at this time. I personally looked at Larry like a big brother who you ask to help you when you needed it. God has taken Larry from us today but rest assured that one day we will be with him in the Kingdom of Heaven!

“Rest Well My Brother” and one day I’ll see you soon!  Wild Bill

(Photo Top: The Bald Eagle at his finest!) (Photo Below: Larry and Suzanne at our Banquet)

Funeral Arrangements for Larry are: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice or Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Children’s Party Fund.


MAR 13. 02:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors-Royal Oak   http://www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com/
705 W. Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, US, 48067

MAR 14. 11:00 AM
Our Mother of Perpetual Help ~ Fatima Campus
13500 Oak Park Boulevard
Oak Park, MI, US, 48237