With Great Sadness………….

Pat Willey

Pat Willey  1933 – 2013

Member      Racer      Friend

We are honored to have had Pat on our MKC team from the day the club was organized in 1969, until his passing  Feb. 11, 2013. Over the years, Pat, known to Karters throughout the U.S., served in leadership positions at the Michigan Kart Club.  Having a talent for publishing and advertising, Pat created unique race flyers while serving as MKC newsletter editor for many years.  Most of all, racers recall in the ‘70’s, Pat as Mr. “B-Stock”, campaigning some pretty competitive Macs at Flat Rock, Grattan, Mid Ohio, and other Mid Western race tracks.  When the Macs weren’t fast enough, Pat ran C-Open for Fort Auto Electric (Arleigh Johnson) for many years on the Enduro circuit. Eventually, he retired the twins, and found that a basic single Yamaha could offer an exciting weekend at the race track.  Once the Yamaha ride retired from service, one could find Pat at the track, flagging, running scales, selling T Shirts, and lending a hand wherever it was needed.

Thanks Pat, we’ll miss your warm smile, great sense of humor, and competitive spirit.

Your contributions are not forgotten.

 

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IMG_3354Tom Howerth  1954 – 2013

Our Buddy:  Ace Wheelie

It is also with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Tom Howerth, aka Ace Wheelie, 4 cycle racer, club member, and friend.  Ace was a dedicated supporter of the MKC in the 90’s and mid 2000’s as he served in many capacities in the club.  He was instrumental in setting up our early web site efforts, attended all club activites, served as a club officer, board member, and worked hard at making our race events a success.  At the same time you could find him campaigning a 4 cycle kart, sporting a latest and greatest “Ace” combination that he always said was a world beater.  Alas, some of his worlds got beaten, but his great sense of humor and desire to hang out with the rest of the crowd made up for any disappointments on the track.

We’ll always miss Ace.  He was an important part of our history.

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Remembering A Classic

Polly Nash 1933 – 2013

 

Don Polly Donna CindyDon and PollyThere are classic movies, there are classic cars, but we had the pleasure of Kart Racing with a Classic Lady. Polly Nash was a veteran of the Kart racing scene in the 60’s, racing against our great friend, and fellow MKC member Pat Willey. You could find Polly and Pat duking it out on the Sprint racing circuit at Flat Rock Speedway in Sunday Sprint Races, or at Grattan for a spirited Road Race event. Many a young up and coming racer, negotiating a challenging circuit, would encounter Polly, and her MAC, usually in hot pursuit of Pat. If one could ever claim the title of being able to win with eyes closed, it was Polly. No Powder Puff Polly was this gal. Looking back on history, husband Don, and Polly were among the original Karters in Michigan. She brought a lot of great memories to many friends in the Karting community, and will be sadly missed.

Race on, Polly,………… Pat’s waiting.