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Dear MARFC Members!

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that longtime board member Larry Iacoboni AKA: The Bald Eagle passed away this morning after a very long fight with cancer. The Bald Eagle has taken his final flight home to be with the Lord. He has crossed the finish line in life as the checkered flag waves one last time and now stands proudly next to the Lord. Larry has been a tremendous asset to our club over the years not only as a member at first but, then as a board member. During my years on the board Larry was always focused to make sure to back me up when I needed it and was there to travel with me many times to fan club day events, general meetings and MSPA meetings to help support the club. For many years he was our raffle prize chairperson for our annual banquets and was our chef at our MARFC Picnics for many years as well. He spent a couple of terms as Vice-President and did that job extremely well. Larry was a volunteer for the Detroit Grand Prix for over 18 years and enjoyed every minute of it. He even worked briefly at the Waterford Hills Raceway as a corner and track worker. Larry joined the club when Bill Stone approached him and asked him to join and it didn’t take long for him to get onto the board. When I became President 20 years ago I asked him to be our Santa and he just laughed at me and said that was Bill Stones job. I know he would have been good at it but, he was there every year serving pizza and hot dogs to the kids. He really enjoyed our Children’s Christmas Party the most. Larry was married to a wonderful woman Suzanne! Our hearts are heavy with sadness for her loss and ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the Iacoboni family at this time. I personally looked at Larry like a big brother who you ask to help you when you needed it. God has taken Larry from us today but rest assured that one day we will be with him in the Kingdom of Heaven!

“Rest Well My Brother” and one day I’ll see you soon!  Wild Bill

(Photo Top: The Bald Eagle at his finest!) (Photo Below: Larry and Suzanne at our Banquet)

Funeral Arrangements for Larry are: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice or Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Children’s Party Fund.


MAR 13. 02:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors-Royal Oak   http://www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com/
705 W. Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, US, 48067

MAR 14. 11:00 AM
Our Mother of Perpetual Help ~ Fatima Campus
13500 Oak Park Boulevard
Oak Park, MI, US, 48237

MARFC Fundraiser & Bowling Tournament in Books for 2018!

Our 1st Annual MARFC Fundraiser & Bowling Tournament held on February 24, 2018 at the Capitol Bowl in Owosso was a great success for our first outing. Many thanks to all who donated items and their time to help up raise fund for the MARFC Randall Ginter Memorial Benevolent Fund and the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society was on hand and was very appreciative of what we were doing for both causes. After the event a short awards ceremony was held, and the winners were the Greg Yost Never Give Up Award went to Lux while the Men’s High Score was awarded to Jack Oakley with a 233. The Women’s High Score went to Becca Trinklein with a 136 and the Team High Score was won by Garret Smith and Jack Oakley with a 738 series. The Chris Throgmartin Spirit Award will be presented to Mike Sturgill later. A special award was presented to the family of our dear friend Larry Loynes who was a very important part of this event for many years prior to his passing. A very special thanks to Chuck Darling who helped spearhead this event and assisted us in making this fundraiser happen. Also, many thanks to the folks at the Capitol Bowl in Owosso for their donation for our first of what will be a yearly event for years to come. (Photo Top: Board Member Barry Meschke hoping his tickets are winners!) (Next Photo: Chuck Darling & Men High Score Jack Oakley) (Next Photo: Chuck Darling & Ladies High Score Rebecca Trinklein) (Next Photo: Jack Oakley, Chuck Darling & Garret Smith Team High Score winners) ( Bottom Photo: Chuck Darling, “Big” Ed Inloes present awards to Larry Loynes Family)

MARFC Randall Ginter Benevolent Fundraiser set for February 24, 2018

Saturday February 24, 2018: MICHIGAN AUTOMOBILE RACING FAN CLUB Presents the 2018 Charity Fundraiser & Bowling Tournament on February 24, 2018. Meeting will be at the Capitol Bowl in Owosso located at 219 S. Washington St., Owosso, Michigan 48867. This event helps raise money for the American Cancer Society as well as those in the racing world who need a helping hand during a time of sickness or hardship. Our meeting will begin before the start of the tournament at 6:30 pm. We are also helping this event by volunteering to help with donations and raffle prizes and those who like to bowl can bowl to help too. So, come out and help MARFC support this event. Some of you might want to know a little bit more about this fund so let me explain a little bit about the reason for this fund. Back in 1994 Randy & Susan Ginter received our Fans of the Year Award. Sadly, not too long after Randy passed away and Susan and the Ginter family wanted to give back to the club, so this fund was set up to help those who are injured during a racing event anywhere in the state of Michigan. We try to send them a little something to help them as they recover or to assist the family should loss of life happen. We are always taking donations to help keep this fund moving forward and our February event at the Owosso Capitol Bowling Alley will benefit this fund as well as the American Cancer Society. So, thank you to those who have given a little extra throughout the year and to those folks who will help us in the future. Thanks Again I Appreciate it personally and well as the club as a whole! (Photo: Bill Waters & Sue & Randy Ginter) 

MARFC 52nd Banquet in the Books for 2018!


MARFC Presidents Award “Pratt & Miller Engineering – Gary Pratt & Jim Miller”

MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Hettinger

MARFC/Vito LoPiccolo Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award Co – Dick Barker

MARFC/Vito LoPiccolo Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award Co – The McCune Family

MARFC Special Appreciation Award – Gary Lindahl

MARFC Media Award – Brian Norton

*MSPA Promoter of the Year 2017-  Tom Sprague & Thunderbird Raceway

Special award recipients not pictured:

MARFC Co-Mechanic of the Year – Lee Taylor & Dan Salay
MARFC Promoter of the Year – Steve Martin & Midwest Classic Racers MCR DWARF Cars
MARFC Fan of the Year Sponsored by: Susan Ginter In Memory of “Randall Ginter” -Jack Colpean Sr. & Jr.
MARFC Appreciation Awards-  Magic Racing, Varney Racing, Jonathan Rangel & Kimille Fitzpatrick