MARFC Responds to Youth Center Children’s Request!

Ok race fans! Enclosed is a message from a school teacher from the New York area who asked if we could post a link about auto safety for her class. We feel that it is a good idea as we enjoy racing on the track and it is best that we leave it on the track and not on our regular roads we travel every day. So please that the time to read and check out the enclosed link!

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Hi Wild Bill! My name is Rachel and I volunteer at a youth center with a safety program for teens where we are learning about personal safety, specifically, safety while driving! The kids came across your website while looking for information about driving because we are going to be touring a real life race track with a driving school where the kids are going to learn even more about driver safety! We want to say thank you! Two of the boys, Jeremy and Mark, did some web searches at home together and found this page that they brought it for me to see about that has tips for safer driving I suggested that they share this with you because it so many useful tips regarding safe driving that everyone, especially teens, should be aware of! Additionally, I want to impress upon them that by reaching out and simply asking others, things can be accomplished that the boys might not otherwise think can. They would be so proud to see that you did, even if it’s only for a little while, and we also think that your other visitors will find it useful. I also don’t think it hurt that I promised the whole group a pizza day if you added it! Please let me know if you’d be willing! Thank you in advance! Rachel


MARFC October 2016 General Meeting Report!

fitzpatrickswebOur October meeting was held at Papio’s Food & Spirits in Reese, Mi. Our guest speakers for the afternoon were Chris & Eric Fitzpatrick who spoke of how their father the late Bob Fitzpatrick who raced all over Michigan at local tracks like Mt. Clemens Race Track, Flat Rock, Toledo, and Windsor Ont. They talked about all the different kinds of racing they were brought up on like, go-karts, four Cylinders, Street Stocks, Sportsman cars and now racing different kinds of demo derby styles of racing. skiaswebThey also talked about that both their children are into racing go-karts at the age of 4 & 5 years old. What a great way to keep your family involved in our sport. We also had Jeff Skias from the Arthur Raceway tell us about his racing career in karts and running the raceway with as many as 80 karts on hand each weekend to have fun on the little dirt 1/8-mile facility.(Photo Top: Eric & Chris Fitzpatrick) (Photo Bottom: Jeff Skias)

Services for our friend Vito LoPiccolo!

Here is the information on Services for our friend Vito: Visitation Friday, October 21, 2:30 – 9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Twp. Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday, October 22, with visiting starting at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Also was just informed that Russ & Barbara Jacobson pasted President and Board members are both in need of our thoughts and prayers at this time. Russ suffered a stroke & heart attack while Barbara is going through a long illness. So please being remembering them both at this time. If you would like to drop them a card contact me here & I’ll get you more information.


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!