Grassroots racing at its best

webtopSaturday night, I attended the annual Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club Banquet in Warren, Michigan.  Once again, Mother Nature tried to stop anyone from attending with a snowstorm  that piled up a total of 7 inches by night’s end.  However, almost 400 brave soles took on the challenge of barely plowed highways and multiple freeway accidents to gather at a night of honoring track champions from across the Wolverine state.

70 champions from the many local short tracks in the state were recognized and got a plaque from MARFC for their accomplishments and a chance to say thank you to those that helped them attain those titles.  Most heartwarming was a bevy of youngsters involved in karting, many under the age of 10, saying thanks to their parents.

paulpageAnother highlight of the evening was my very good and longtime friend and mentor Paul Page receiving the Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was given to Paul by Eddie Sachs, Jr.  Unbelievably, Paul admitted this was the first award of this type he had ever received in his career.

After the ceremonies ended, it was on to dancing for some, but for most, it was renewing friendships and telling those tall lies that get larger and larger from the past season of racing. Finally the night came to an end with everyone making their way to either nearby hotels or their homes on even more treacherous roads than they had travelled to attend the affair.

Still, just like the event I had attened 7 days earlier(previous post) , no one complained about the weather or the challenges of the road.  They were too busy smiling and revelling in a celebration they would remember forever.

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