MARFC 50th Banquet Closing in on January 23, 2016!

Ok Folks, This is just a reminder that this is your last chance to get tickets to our 50th Annual MARFC Banquet on January 23rd! Just contact me and send in your request for tickets no later than January 8th in order to get them returned to you on time. This is a once in a lifetime event for us here at MARFC and again if you have never been to the banquet before or have not attended it in a long time you might need to do so. Contact me ASAP so you don’t miss out on a great time with all the champions who attend as well as our top award winners for 2015! If you are a champion that has been invited to our banquet and have not yet responded you need to do so RIGHT NOW as the awards have already been ordered and the program is set to got to printers on January 8th! ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!  We are also having a silent auction at this year’s banquet with a great collection of items and we have a large Dale Earnhardt & Richard Petty collection with some autographed Penske die-cast also available as well as many other racing items to be auctioned off so remember to bring extra cash to be able to bid for these great items. All these items auctioned off will help with all the added cost of the 50th Anniversary Celebration for this special event. Many thanks in advance for your support! So bid often and high to win!  Check our web site to see some of the auction items. As always any questions or comments contact me at: Bill Barnhart at: president@marfc.org.

 

Decembers 2015 Children’s Christmas Party!

kids1kids2Another fantastic day for our Annual Children’s Christmas Party! All the kid’s young & old were treated to lunch while balloon sculptures were made for all the kid’s and then we held the kid’s door prize raffle and everyone won a great prize. Then “Barry the Great” stopped in for a great magic show. And then a few of the kid’s helped President Bill Barnhart lead all in attendance sing in Santa with some Christmas songs and it worked as Santa found his way to the hall and meet all the kid’s giving each of them a gift. Many Thanks to all who donated to make this an outstanding event for the kid’s and the family we were able to help out with our non-perishable food items that we collected. Special thanks to Jimmy Gullett for the donation of all the food for the luncheon and a bit thanks to Barb Gullett who chaired the event again this year and did a great job. To all who helped out set up and take down for the party I say a Big Thank You to you all!(Top Photo: Barry the Great with his helpers)(Bottom Photos: MARFC Board of Directors with Santa)kids3

MARFC November Meeting & Kart Racing for 2015!

stevejrwebnewhousewebwhismanjrwebFull house of fans and racers for our meeting at JDKarting in Novi. Our guest speakers for the night were 2014 Flat Rock Speedway Late Model Champion Steve Cronenwett Jr. who told us about growing up as a third generation racer and everything he learned from his family to be able to win his championships also talked about taking on the role of advisor to our next speaker and 2015 Late laurawebprezracingwebModel Rookie Clarity Newhouse who also spoke of what it takes to be a woman driver with only a short time of racing under her belt and hopes to take it up to a higher level next season. She also talked about her traveling to schools this past fall and informing the kids about the science and technology it takes to go racing. We also had rookie F-8 driver Dennis Whisman Jr. on hand he told us how he was able to start racing in cage karts and then run in the F-8 division at Flat Rock and his Dad Dennis Whisman Sr. is his biggest fan and Dennis Jr. said of how many times he had beaten his Dad this past season and only being 14 years old. Then Laura Tucker was on hand to tell us about their Midwest Indoor Racing Series event in Battle Creek, Michigan during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. She talked about the time frame it takes to bring in the track and set it up and then take it down after as well as all the different divisions that they will have running that weekend. Then it came time to ride the karts and those who ran them had a great time and yours truly even put on my helmet and went for run. Slow Run but still a run! Many Thanks to Clarity Newhouse who donated and additional race session for those who wished to race twice that evening! Once again thanks to all of our guest speakers for making our meeting a great one.(Photo Top Left: Steve Cronenwett Jr. Top Center: Clarity Newhouse Top Right: Dennis Whisman Jr.) ( Bottom Left: Laura Tucker, Bottom Right: Race action) ( Photo’s by Rand Thompson)

Update on October 2015 General Meeting!

stevenwebdavidwebrogerwebOur first general fall meeting for 2015 at Papio’s Food & Spirits is now it the books as one of the best we have had in a while. Both the Hilliker brothers told us of how they got started in racing and that Steven has amassed 18 championships through the years while David is at 12 total championships. They have the leowebnext generation of Hillikers on the way but neither has the thought of retiring anytime soon. Both Leo “The Chef” Pego & “Shut Up” Roger Williams informed us of how they got started in racing. Roger was raised in racing and credited Leo for helping in his start of announcing. Leo stated that he had no plans on becoming a track announcer he started with driving but lettering the race cars was his first passion and announcing was just pushed on him and he has done a great job throughout the years He and Roger are a great tag team. (Top Left: Steven Hilliker Top Center: David Hilliker Top Right: Roger Williams Bottom: Leo Pego)