On April 18, 2015 General Meeting: Our MARFC General meeting was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center. Our first Guest speaker was the veteran late model driver and now car owner Dick “Magic Man” Barker. Dick told us of how he got started racing in the late 60’s and the he and his brother Gary traveled all over the state and won many championship at different race tracks and said that his main philosophy in driving is to race clean and others will respect you and do you the same. Then Dick’s new young talented driver Frank Jiovani told us of how he got started racing in quarter midget karts and then onto legend cars. From then he went on the Street Stocks at Flat Rock and won a championship in a short time and now is driving for one of Michigan’s legendary drivers Dick Barker. We were also very glad to have former President Russ Jacobson attend our meeting and with some help got him up to talk about his racing career that spanned for over four decades and that he still has the same sprint car he started with that his father helped build the famous J2 car. (Top Left: Frank Jiovani Top Right:Dick Barker Bottom: Russ Jacobson)
We here at MARFC are very sad to hear of the passing of longtime member Charles Rowloff Sr. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time! “God’s Speed Chuck”
Charles “Cubby” V. Rowloff Sr., age 76, of Monroe formerly of Richmond died April 10, 2015. Charles was born August 26, 1938 to the late Vernon and Esther Rowloff. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Charles retired from General Motors, working at the Research Lab in Warren. He is survived by children, Charles “Chuck” (Julie) Rowloff, Charlotte (Tom) Lynch and John Rowloff, 7 grandchildren, sisters; Betty Groesbeck and Verna Totzke. He was preceded in death by a sister Anna Trumble.
We here at MARFC are sending out our thoughts & prayers to MCR Dwarf Car Series Promoter Steve Martin for the loss of his wife Sharon. Sharon has been ill for some time! Both Steve & Sharon have been long time MARFC Members and supporters and Sharon will truly be missed. Services for Sharon are private as per wishes of the family. Also the racing world lost one of the greatest racing promoters of all time as Earl Baltes founder of the Eldora Speedway passed away last week at 93 years old. What a great legacy he leaves behind. God’s Speed to both Sharon and Mr. Baltes!
Our MARFC meeting held at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille following a great RACER’S REUNION was a very informative meeting as Ron Drager explained about the changes that the ARCA racing series has done to keep costs down for all their teams and still be competitive. He also talked about how the MSPA (Michigan Speedways Promoters Association) works hard to keep their gates open and what they can do as a group to help keep fans and racers coming back to their facilities each week. Scott Schultz was on hand to inform all about the changes at both speedways and that they have been able to get sponsors for all their divisions at both tracks. Many thanks to Scott & Ron for making this meeting possible! (Top Left: Ron Drager Top Right: Scott Schultz Bottom: Members of the Board at the MSPA Meeting held in March)