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dragerweb1Our meeting at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille was a very informative one for those who braved the weather and for those who stayed after the 13th annual Racer’s Reunion. ARCA President and track owner Ron Drager was on hand to update our members about how their 2016 season in doing and the upcoming events for their series. Ron informed all that a new deal was struck with American Sports Network to televise 9 additional events for 2016 along with the other races making almost the entire season will be on television in 2016 and beyond. Ron also spoke a little bit about the MSPA and what their goal is to keep the tracks open and give the fans & racers the best possible places to race at and see racing across the state. Then Scott Schultz GM for both Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways informed all about some of the changes going on at both facilities. He said that their X-car division at Toledo has be cut but the factory stock & enduro cars with be running more races and both tracks and at Toledo they will be run 4 to 5 different ways. Should be something to see later this season. Flat Rock still has all their divisions returning with many special shows scottweb1on tap in 2016. Many thanks to Ron & Scott for having us again this year and hope next year the weather is a little bit better for all who attend. (Top Photo: Ron Drager) ( Bottom Photo: Scott Schultz)

MARFC March General Meeting Update!

Al BlixtwebOur March general meeting was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center and for those who came out thank you for your support! Our speaker for the night was Auto Racing Historian Al Blixt, Jr. Al started the evening events by going around the room, having each person introduce themselves and tell about the first racing event they remember going to. Was interesting all the different places people had been and how everyone became interested in racing. Al continued in his father’s footsteps, Al Blixt, Sr., after his passing. Al Sr. worked as an electrician during the day and track photographer during the evenings. He ran F. J. O’Toole Company and stopped the photography during that period. He passed in 1961. Al Jr. took all of the photographs, programs, etc. and made them into slide shows, books and continued his dad’s work. He had a press pass which allowed him to get into the races and obtain his photographs. In 2006, Al Jr. gathered up his dad’s things and the documentation of his father’s life began. Al spoke of the history of four different race tracks – Grosse Pointe Race Track, Michigan State Fair Grounds, State Fair Coliseum and Motor City Speedway. He presented a slide presentation and history of each race track and finished off with a slide show of Mt Clemens Speedway. Al also had several photo albums for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. You can follow Al Blixt Jr’s blog at Al Blixt Racing History. (Report provided by Barb Gullett & Photo above: Al Blixt Jr. provided by Rand Thompson)

February 2016 MARFC Meeting Update!

mstrcweb3mstrcweb1Our general meeting was held at the Capitol Bowl in Owosso and was in conjunction with the MSTRC’s Annual Fundraiser & Bowling Tournament that raised money for those racing folks who are in need of a helping hand during a time of sickness or hardship. Glad to say it was a great night seeing a lot of folks come out and enjoy a fun night and support this great cause. Many thanks to Chuck Darling and his crew for making this all happen. Had many members there to help in this event was just outstanding. ( Photos Top Left: MSTRC bowlers Top Right: Larry Loynes MC’s Raffle items & Bottom Photo: MARFC members enjoying the evening)mstrcweb2

MARFC 50th Banquet in the Record Books for 2016!

Founders web 2016Well our 50th Annual Awards Banquet is now part of history. With nearly 500 racers, promoters, champions, and race fans on hand the night was truly outstanding. Our top award winners were all on hand to accept their awards. One of the highlights of the evening was when the three families who founded our club were presented with special appreciation awards for their foresight in setting up the standards that our club is still following today. Vito LoPiccolo, Willis Flokstra and Sandy Lewis-Modena all were there and thanks all of the Billsweb1fans for keeping our club moving forward. It was also great to see one of our past presidents Bill Stone attended the banquet as he has had health issues for a long time now. Our Special award winners were Promoter of the DSCF0491.jpg - Promoter of the Year - Springport Speedway - Jeff and Pam ParishwebYear was Jeff & Pam Parish & the Springport Motor Speedway. The Mechanic of the Year went to Steve Marquiss who built championship motors for several race teams in 2015! 2015 MARFC Fans of the Year were Gene & Linda Hurd. A Special MARFC Contribution to Motorsports Award was presented to Jim Kinsler. Other Special Awards were given to Elaine Yager who 50 years ago designed our clubs logo. Other MARFC Appreciation awards went to the following for their continuous support of our club over the years: Bob & Diane Shalla, Paul & Iris DSCF0494.jpg - Mechanic of the Year - Steve MarquisswebAnton, Eddie Sachs III, John Nece, Milt Wood, David Hilliker, Quick Made Trophy’s, Gary DeCarlo & DeCarlso’s Banquet Center and to Jimmy Gullett & Jim’s Industrial Catering. Then Ron Drager President of the MSPA presented their 2015 Promoter of the Year Award to Ron Flinn of the Crystal Motor Speedway. We also saw Terry Fitzwater present his Drivers of DSCF0477.jpg - MARFC - Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award - Bob Jenkinswebthe Year Awards to; David Mielke for Dirt and Jeff Ganus for Asphalt and he also with the help of Bob Jenkins awarded Jeff Striegle with the Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year Award. We as so thankful for all who donated items for our silent auction it helped so very much. Just so many folks to thank for helping make this banquet the most fantastic one we have had in many years. THANKS TO EVERYONE!(Photos Top: Founders of Club) (Second photo: Bill Barnhart, Bill Stone & Bill Walters)(Third Photo: Pam & Jeff Parish & Bill Barnhart) ( Forth Photo: Steve Marquiss & Bill Barnhart)(Last Photo: Eddie Sachs III, Bob Jenkins & Bill Barnhart)(Photos Provided by Paul Anton & Rand Thompson)