Longtime member and former MARFC Board member Larry Kast has passed away. Larry crossed life’s final finish line on June 11, 2020, he was 79 years old. Larry and his wife Ann have always been active members with supporting our club wherever and whenever possible. You could always fine both Ann & Larry working in the pit area with Ann in the upper suits security and Larry running the in and out opening at the center where the cars came in & out from the garage area at Michigan International Speedway for 37 years. Always fun to chat with them there as well as at our regular meetings during the year. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ann and the entire Kast family. Just knowing the Larry is now in better hands with help with the healing. Until we meet again my friend “Rest Well & God Bless”
The Lord waved life’s final checkered flag on our longtime friend and MARFC member & Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Famer Jay Woolworth. Jay was one of the most beloved racers in the state of Michigan. Always with a handout to say Hi. Helping anyone at any time who needed it and mentoring many youngsters over many years. He worked extremely hard to help make MARFC membership grow for many years. Jay was one of the first members who made a point of introducing himself to me when I first became president over 20 years ago. He always said if there was anything, he could do to help the club just let him know. I will deeply miss him not only as a club member but a cherished friend, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Woolworth family. May the many blessings of fond memories of Jay always be with us all. Until we all meet again Rest Well My Friend.
(Photo Top: Myself & Jay along with Eddie Sachs Jr. presenting Jay with the Eddie Sachs Lifetime Memorial Award at our MARFC Banquet)
(Steve Cronenwett Jr. & Jay at MARFC banquet after renaming the Mid-Michigan Racing Scene Pavement Driver of the Year Award after Jay)
(Jay at our banquet two years ago making a pitch for folks to join our club)
(Jay & myself with a special appreciation award for Jay a few years back during our banquet)
Wishing all of you a wonderful Memorial Day! May we all enjoy the day the best and safest that we can possibly do. We need to also take the time to remember those who gave the ultimate price to make it possible for the rest of us to enjoy all the freedoms that so many of us do each and every day. During these trying times we need to honor all those who are continuing to help and fight to keep us safe so we can continue to do what we wish to do and love the sport that we are all so proud of with our lives here at home. We need to remember that Freedom is not Free it comes with a price and many have paid that price over the years.
May the Good Lord Bless & Keep Us All today and always!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President
I would like to send out a very special “Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms who have keep us all safe through everything in our lives and is always there when we need her. We all need to take the time a call her during these trying days and remind her that if it wasn’t for her love and support she gave us we might not have made her proud as we became parents ourselves. For those whose mothers have gone on to be with the Lord please take a minute to remember her and that she is still working to have a place ready for us to be with her in the future when we all get to meet again. “God Bless” and have a Blessed Day!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President