MARFC FOUNDING FATHER TAKES LIFES FINAL CHECKERD FLAG!

vitoweb3vitoweb1It is with much great sadness that I relay the news of the passing of our club’s first President

and founder Vito LoPiccolo. The checkered flag waved for Vito yesterday morning as he passed away with his family at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire LoPiccolo family at this time. Many years ago when I was asked to become a member of the board for MARFC Vito was the first to tell me that it would be a great learning experience and he was right.

Then when I became President of the club back in 1999 he was there again to encourage me forward and let me know that he was behind me 100%. After the first couple of terms as President I was speechless when Vito told me of how proud he was that a club that he didn’t think would last for more than five or ten years make it to 40 years because I was able to bring the club into the next century and build it up stronger than ever.

Now this past January when we held our 50th Annual Awards Banquet and to have Vito there to give an outstanding speech was just fantastic. Not only to have Vito there but to have the other founding fathers Willis Flokstra and the Lewis family on hand made the night a very memorable one for everyone.

I know that after Vito’s wife Barbara passed back a few years ago It hit him hard and now he stands beside her near the throne of God now and forever more.

“God’s Speed Vito” Our Beloved Friend and Mentor!

Funeral arrangements for Vito are pending at this time. We will update you as soon as we can!

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Local Race Track Safety Worker Passes Away!

track-worker-mike-niebrzydowski-owosso-537x350We here at MARFC send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mike Niebrzydowski as this time. Mike was a personal friend of mine and great guy to be with at the races. Mike worked with ARCA Street Stock Champion Jimmy Rae and many others before he made the move to track safety personal. He work at many different tracks in the Michigan area as well as working for Motor City Racing Promotions. Mike was involved in an accident at a speedway while working a routine track clean up session. Mike will truly be missed by his family and his extended racing family and those who he touched in life. As Mike as taken his final checkered flag in life he receives the green flag into heavens gates and stands near the throne of the Lord now and forever. “God’s Speed Mike” (Photo from a face book friend)

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

MARFC Heads to Toledo for the Glass City LM 200 on 9-17-16!

To all MARFC members! Don’t forget that this Saturday September 17. 2016 will be our last fan club day event with a $ 5.00 OFF general admission for MARFC members who show their 2016 membership card at the Toledo Speedway for the Glass City Late Model 200. Saturday’s activities begin with practice at 1 p.m., qualifying starts at 3:30, an on-track autograph session will take place at 5pm and racing begins at 6 p.m. For more information got to www.toledospeedway.com. or call 419-727-1100.

See you there! Bill Barnhart President MARFC

AUTO CITY EVENT CANCELLD FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2016! Sorry!

Greetings MARFC Members, I regret to inform you that due to circumstances out of the control of both MARFC and the Auto City Speedway the re-scheduled race night at Auto City Speedway has been cancelled from the schedule. Auto City Speedway has concluded their racing for the season and is now in the planning phase for 2017. Both MARFC and the officials at Auto City are sorry for any inconvenience this causes but with the day now open go ahead and check the schedules and get out to support these special season ending shows.

Yours in Racing, Dave DeHem MARFC Vice President