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July 2000 Minutes


It is hard to believe that it has been one year as President of the club. I have found out a lot on how the club got started and to meet so many new and current members. I hope that I have provided you with some new and updated changes to the club. I look forward to the next year and will continue to better serve the club and it’s members with even more additions and changes. We will soon be 35 years old and that is something to be proud of. Some fan club have come & gone by the wayside but, MARFC continues to grow and that’s my goal. To make it last another 35 years. I would be happy to receive your impute on the changes or if you have an idea that might help build up the club please, contact me anytime.

As always feel free to write me or send an e-mail to president@marfc.org


Wild Bill

July 7, 2000

We here at MARFC are saddened to learn about the untimely death of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and race team. A loss such as this is hard to take, especially after losing Adam Petty and Scott Baker all within a couple of months of each other. God has a purpose for all of us and Kenny, Scott, and Adam are now in God’s care. Let us take a moment to remember these drivers and pray for their families.
Bill Barnhart
President MARFC



Fan Club Day- Springport Speedway




Street Stock Driver, Chuck Goostrey, received the MARFC Helmet/Uniform Bag

President Bill Barnhart at our tent ready for membership applications at Springport’s Fan Club Day

June 2000 Minutes


Racing Season is in full swing now and many of us have experienced all that racing in Michigan has to offer.  Close battles for the lead, spectacular crashes, sun(both bright and liquid varieties) cold and heat.   There are many more opportunities to enjoy your favorite kind of racing this summer, so go enjoy them.

See ya there!!!

A lot has been happening these past few weeks, hopefully this will bring us up to speed.


We would like to thank Roger Blackstock for his support of our club.  The MARFC Logo flew proudly on the hood of Roger’s ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde car for the Flat Rock Race.  Our logo was also be on the car at the Toledo Race on June 23.

National Association of Auto Racing Fan Club Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana

Members that honored Eddie Sachs induction into the National Fan Club Hall of Fame and represented MARFC at the convention.

(l to r) Bill Walters, George Adansk, Edna Adansk, Bill Walters, Vito LoPiccolo, Eddie Sachs Jr., Bill Stone, Len Butler, Paul Anton and Bill Barnhart (not pictured)


Fan Club Days

Please excuse the missing information for the photos below as soon as it is recovered it will be replaced—Thanks!!


Crystal Speedway


Left:  Lee Wonnacott presents Jay Van Dyke with the MARFC helmet /uniform bag

Right:  President, Bill Barnhart hard at work ready to sign new members.




Grandpa Eddie Hill(middle) with track owner/promoter Paul Zimmerman(left) and President, Bill Barnhart(right)


Flat Rock Speedway

President Bill Barnhart and Larry Iacoboni present the MARC Uniform/Helmet bag to Bryan Ausmus


Toledo Speedway

Larry Iacoboni(left) and President Bill Barnhart(right) present Paul Duffin with the MARFC helmet/uniform bag

Wild Bill and Larry Iacoboni help out a prospective new member


Merritt Speedway

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MARFC Board Member Bill Walters and Track Promotors Ed and Carmen Van Duinen presented the MARFC helmet/uniform bag to Ron Bennett Jr.


May 2000 Minutes

Check out our New Archives Page!!

FLASH!!!!  April 13, 2000.  Looks like the Detroit area may get a race track after all!!!

Get more info here at www.fairgroundspark.com


May 2000

Guest speakers at our April meeting at Capers Restaraunt in Mt. Clemens were Andy Farr-CASCAR driver  and former Mt. Clemens Race Track Champion, Donna Townsend of the Detroit Grand Prix Association, and one of our Club’s founders, Vito LoPiccolo.

Andy Farr explains the LONG drives to tracks on the CASCAR Circuit and his improved engine program which he hopes will afford him a better finishing position in point standings for 2000

Donna Townsend explained how to be come a volunteer for the Detroit Grand Prix

Vito LoPiccolo took us back in time to the early days of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club and what it stood for when founded 35 years ago.


April 2000 Minutes

Our March 18, 200 meeting was held at the Harley Hotel in Lansing, MI

Our guest speakers were John Turnbull Sr.(Michigan Legends), Jack Calabrase(Auto Value Super Sprints) and, Paul Zimmerman and Gary Parr(Spartan Speedway).

All of them spoke of the upcoming racing season.

Gary Parr told us of all happenings at Spartan Speedway which include new lighting, grandstand work, and increased payouts for special events.

That’s Good…Mo’ money$$$

John Turnbull Sr. introduced the 2000 Legends schedule and the possibility that any race fan can "Rent a Ride".  For more information see the Michigan Legends site from our Links page.

Extended Curfew?!?!?!?!  Yes!! Paul Zimmerman confirmed it.  He has been fighting the township for years to get get his curfew extended.  Now races can continue until 11:30pm

Jack Calabrase (right) also introduced the 2000 Auto Value Super Sprint Schedule and outlined new rules for Rookie of the Year. Pictured also is John Turnbull Sr.(left)