MARFC 52nd Banquet in the Books for 2018!


MARFC Presidents Award “Pratt & Miller Engineering – Gary Pratt & Jim Miller”

MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Hettinger

MARFC/Vito LoPiccolo Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award Co – Dick Barker

MARFC/Vito LoPiccolo Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award Co – The McCune Family

MARFC Special Appreciation Award – Gary Lindahl

MARFC Media Award – Brian Norton

*MSPA Promoter of the Year 2017-  Tom Sprague & Thunderbird Raceway

Special award recipients not pictured:

MARFC Co-Mechanic of the Year – Lee Taylor & Dan Salay
MARFC Promoter of the Year – Steve Martin & Midwest Classic Racers MCR DWARF Cars
MARFC Fan of the Year Sponsored by: Susan Ginter In Memory of “Randall Ginter” -Jack Colpean Sr. & Jr.
MARFC Appreciation Awards-  Magic Racing, Varney Racing, Jonathan Rangel & Kimille Fitzpatrick


Howdie Folks, HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at MARFC! May all of you be blessed with health, happiness and a very safe 2018 season. May God Bless & Keep Us Always!

As Always Keep Racing! Wild Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Merry Christmas to all From MARFC!

From all of us here at MARFC we wish you a very Merry Christmas & May the Good Lord Bless and Keep all throughout this holiday season. May you all get everything on you Christmas List and be safe and enjoy the time you share with your family and friends.

Yours Truly,

Bill Barnhart
MARFC President

Former MARFC Member and Award Winner Passes Away!

The final checkered flag waived yesterday on one of the best car owners a racer could race for. Robbie Martel better know as Wheelchair Robbie passed away after a lengthy illness. I meet Robbie back in the late 80’s and remained friends from then on. Robbie never let the chair get in his way when it came to working on a race car. He was there to lend a hand to anyone who need help no matter who you were. Many drivers had the chance to drive his cars over the years and that is what made him happy. He won championship with different drivers over the year and all became his extended family. Robbie was a big man with a heart much, much bigger. In 1990 Robbie was given the WBVS Mechanic of the Year Award and in 2010 the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club elected him Mechanic of the Year that season just proof of what he was capable of doing as a mechanic and car owner. This is a tragic loss to the racing community, but knowing that he stands at the side of the Lord now and forever will bring our loss a little easier. We all have memories and memories can’t be forgotten.

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep Robbie’s family at this difficult time and into the future. Stand tall and be proud of your life my friend! “God’s Speed Robbie”

Wild Bill

(Photo taken in 1990 by WBVS Photo’s)