By Pat Maurer
In a special ceremony during the Farwell Labor Day Celebration, the Farwell Fairgrounds race track will be dedicated to Mike Hamilton, Sr., who died there July 6th of a sudden heart attack.
The special memorial ceremony to dedicate the race track to Hamilton will take place Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. just before the Farwell Labor Day races begin.
Labor Day Committee member Keith Wale, a long-time friend of Hamilton, said, “I am building a memorial for him with a green plaque on a permanent base which includes the handprints of his granddaughter.”
He said the plaque will read, “This track dedicated in the name of Mike Hamilton Sr., #00, forever.” It will be located in front of the flagpole on the grandstand side of the fairgrounds.
Wale said he and the Farwell Labor Day Committee wanted to commemorate Mike’s dedication to the community. “We worked on cars together, he supported and helped me, we worked on the Labor Day planning, we worked on the track together,” he said. “We have been friends for thirty years. He will be missed.”
Wales said the committee is also planning an annual memorial race for Hamilton each year in July.
Mike Hamilton owned and operated Hamilton’s Garage in Farwell since 1991. He worked with the Farwell Labor Day Committee and the Pere’ Marquette Snowmobile Club, but car racing was his passion, family members said. He had raced Figure 8 derby cars for over 25 years and was the winner of the State Figure 8 Championship in 1999.
Mike’s widow Gina Hamilton said, “He gave so much to the community and to the fairgrounds. It is a real honor for me and for his sons Mike and Wesley.”