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November 2003 Minutes

November 2003

RENEWAL TIME is here don’t forget to get your 2004 membership renewals in by December 31, 2003. You will not want to miss any of the newsletters or miss out on the 2004 Fan Club days events. If you are not a member and would like to join please go to the membership link and follow the information there and welcome.

Our 38th Annual Awards and Dinner Dance will be held on January 17, 2004. Some of our very special award winners on hand will be: Bob Keselowski and he will be receiving the MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for his over 30 plus years of racing from right here in Michigan to the now current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Also, Dave Despain from the SPEED channel show “Wind Tunnel” will be presented the MARFC Electronic Motorsports Media Award for 2003. Dave is excited about the award.

Dr. Dick Berrgren and Speedway Illustrated will receive our Michigan Motorsports Publication Award for 2003. Dick is happy to get this award for all of us here in Michigan. Our top award is the MARFC Presidents Award and this year it will be given the Automobile Race Club of America (ARCA) and its founders John & Mildred Marcum. For 50 years of outstanding racing not only here in Michigan but across the country. ARCA is based right here in Michigan and it is good to see that it will continue to grow and remain with us here.

For ticket information contact me at We had limited seating this year so get your ticket early.

As Always,

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC



Our October meeting was a great one if you missed it. Tom Kestenholtz of the MCR DWARF cars and the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame was on hand and told us all about the DWARF car series and how the cost of running one is relatively low. Tom also informed us about some of the inductees into the Hall of Fame for 2003. They are Jay Woolworth, Steve Sauve, Tommy Bowles and Danny Byrd plus others. Publisher Terry Fitzwater of the Michigan Racing Scene also was on hand and told us how he got started and that he started this paper because of his love or auto racing here in Michigan. Terry also said that any fan club member who subscribes to the paper would receive ten percent off the subscription. Thanks Terry!

Tom Kestenholtz (l) and Terry Fitzwater (r)



Club member Jimmy Tucker was appointed by the board as our new JR. PR Director. Jimmy has worked hard at signing up new members at fan club days and helps out at our general meetings selling our 50/50 tickets and is always around to lend a helping hand. All of this and Jimmy just turned 13 years old a couple of months ago. Great job Jimmy!


Jimmy Tucker (r) with President, Bill Barnhart (l)





Kids Christmas Party Raffle

Tickets are now on sale for the Eddie Sachs 1/18-scale die cast 1961 Indy 500 Pole winning racecar and our Racing Patch Quilt.  Two winners will be drawn with the first winner to choose either item.  The second winner to receive remaining item.  Please help support our Children’s Christmas Party with the purchase of tickets for this great event.  Tickets are only a $ 1.00 donation. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support our Children ‘s Christmas Party please contact me and I will get them to you.  Remember the children are our future members and racing champions.  I thank you in advance for your support and so do the children.