The Loss Another MARFC Club Founder!

We are very saddened by the news that one of our club founders has taken her final checkered flag in life. Marion Flokstra wife of Willis Flokstra passed away this afternoon and is now in the arms of the Lord. Willis & Marion were married for nearly 60 years and were the last two of our clubs founders that started nearly 52 years ago. Marion had been in poor health these last several years and unable to attend our 50th Anniversary Banquet but she was with us in spirit at that time. Our thoughts & prayers are with Willis and his family at this time. “God’s Speed Marion & we’ll see you on the other side someday!

Sincerely, Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Funeral services to honor Marian will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Cook Memorial Chapel (East building), 4235 Prairie St., S.W., Grandville, Michigan.  Marian’s­­ family will meet with friends and relatives from 12 p.m. until the time of services in the Chapel.  Interment will be in Kent Memorial Gardens. Marian’s family would like to express their deepest thanks to the caring management and staff of Providence Health Care and Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland and Heartland Hospice of Holland for the care and attention she received.

Pictured are Marion & Willis at our 40th MARFC Banquet)

MARFC March 2017 General Meeting Report:

A large crowd on hand for the 14th Annual Racers Reunion at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille with Donald Davison, Tom Bigelow, and Ron Hemelgarn doing a great round table discussion. Andy Hillenburg was scheduled to be at the reunion but the day before was in a stunt car accident and injured his L-1 vertebrate in his back we send get well wishes to Andy and after the reunion our March general meeting was held in which Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways owner & President of ARCA Ron Drager talked about the upcoming season and the TV deal that ARCA has for all 20 of their races for 2017. Ron also gave a health update on his partner who helped with the purchase & renovations of the Toledo Speedway Roy Mott. Roy still not doing very well with his illness but is continuing to move forward and hopes to get back to the track soon. Then Scott Schultz general manager for both tracks let us all now about some of the special race dates and events at both the speedways for 2017. Scott also informed the members about the youth movement that they are working on with the introduction of the Bandolero series being added to the Flat Rock Speedway in 2018.(Top Photo: Bigelow, Davision & Hemelgarn) (Bottom Left Photo: Ron Drager & Bottom Right Photo: Scott Schultz)

MARFC Attends Spring 2017 MSPA Meeting:

Earlier this  month MARFC board members attended the spring annual meeting of the Michigan Speedway Promoters Association that meets twice a year to discuss the ongoing concerns of running a speedway with, insurance, how to get more fans and bigger car counts along with discussing how to make rules a line between the different tracks. Believe it or not they are working hard to keep our sport alive and help the fans, car owners, and drivers continue to move forward in racing her in Michigan. Kalamazoo Speedway was chosen by the MSPA as its 2016 Promoter of the Year Award and owner Gary Howe was very thankful for this honor by his fellow track owners. (Top Photo: MSPA Board Members with Steve Puvalowski from the Tri-City Motor Speedway giving a presentation) ( Bottom Photo” Promoter & owner of Kalamazoo Speedway Gary Howe with his 2016 MSPA Promoter of the Year Award)

February 2017 MARFC Meeting Report!

Small but very enlightened meeting for those who turned out for our February MARFC meeting. Our guest speaker was unable to attend do to last minute issues. So, we did a round robin type of storytelling of how each person go started in racing as a fan or racer. It went quick well for all who were there. Then we went from our meeting room into the Gratiot Huddle Sports Bar & Grill across the hall & were ready to watch the Clash on TV until it got rain delayed to the next day.(Photo Top  MARFC Members Larry & Sue Iacoboni with 2017 MARFC Fan of the Year winner John Jackson)  (Photo Middle: Members Jeff Horan & Doug & Karen Spodeck) (Photo bottom: Member “Big Al” Peltier)