2021 Cars, Coffee and Cows

The weather started out a little chilly in the morning for a Saturday in July, but quickly warmed up to mid-to-high 70’s, and was perfect for cruising.

The day started where we met at a hidden gem of a classic car, bicycle, and motorcycle collection, of one of our members.  This collection is rarely seen and we were honored to be invited.  The owner asked us not to divulge his personal information or photos of the full collection and we take that promise very seriously.  Our members who toured the warehouse were blown away by the rarity and pristine condition of the collection.

The club provided coffee and donuts for the attendees.  After leaving the collection, we caravanned to Leo’s Coney Island in Rochester Hills.  We want to thank Leo’s for accommodating our large group after about 20 restaurants turned us down, due to our size.

After lunch we cruised north to Ortonville, to Cook’s Dairy Farm for their fantastic ice cream, where you could, get up close and personal with the the cows.  Our very own, Ann Rappaport, is shown here making friends with one of the “girls”.

After our ice cream fix, we did a spirited cruise for another hour thru the northern countryside, and wound our way back to Pontiac and Woodward Avenue.

We had a fantastic turnout with 56 in attendance and 31 Vipers.  Our thanks to Jon Block for coordinating the event and all the volunteers who helped along the way.

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2021 Cars, Coffee and Cows

2021 Ka-Wood Gear Heads Delight #1

Depending on where you lived in the Metro area, there was rain or sunny skies.  A few diehards brought their Vipers and a few of us, came in our dailies.

Our Coordinator, Bob Swartz, took us on another unique adventure.  We visited Ka-Wood Gear & Machine Company, for a tour of their truly fascinating facility, for the true “Gear Heads”.  Ka-Wood Gear manufactures precision products for a diverse range of industries including aerospace, mining, automotive, wind energy, and machine tool since 1920.

Ka-Wood, is a family shop, which can do small or large jobs; reverse engineer when no print or description is available; meet specialty requirements; and many other demanding tasks to fit the customer’s need.

The Owner, Joe Kloka, has some of the world’s most elaborate and exclusive machinery; all first class; some totally unique.

Due to the confines of the manufacturing environment, we only could have a limited number of participants.  We had 11 in attendance with 6 Vipers.

Everyone was very impressed by the wide range of equipment and the vast knowledge and expertise that goes into making many of these one-of-a kind gears.

After our tour, we took a quick drive to the Polish Century Club, for a mouth-watering selection of authentic Polish cuisine.

Our sincere thanks to Bob and Joe for a truly unforgettable experience. The pictures, below, do not do it justice.

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2021 Ka-Wood Gear Heads Delight #1

2021 July Cruise – Concerts and Cars

Our Cruise Night Director, Mike Cipponeri, couldn’t have picked a more perfect day for the Cruise Night.  The temps were in the 70’s with sunny skies.  This month we went back to the West Side to visit the Village Arts Factory in Canton.

Their Mission: “The Village Arts Factory serves as a hub for Canton and the surrounding area to come and get hands on with art in ways that inspire, excite, heal, and entertain.”

Our Vipers were the featured cars for evening’s cars and concerts series.  We were also serenaded by the band “Ragamuffin”, with Classic Rock, Blues, Country and Reggae.

Mike and Diane served pizza, salad, bottled water and delicious chocolate brownies, courtesy of MCVO.

We had a fantastic turnout with 41 in attendance and 23 Vipers.  Our thanks to Mike, Diane and the Village Arts Factory for a fun evening.

The Village Arts Factory had a 50/50 raffle to help support their facility.  Congratulations go to Anita Moseley for winning the pot.

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2021 July Cruise - Concerts and Cars

3rd Annual Viper Smokeout (Cohoctah)

This was our third year for our for our return to Cohoctah.  Our club is truly honored to have members like the McClorey’s who open their home to the club.  All eyes were watching the weather, since we had a lot of rain prior and more was scheduled for the day following, but the weather gods were smiling on us for Saturday.  It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid-70’s.

After our initial meet, we were led on a scenic cruise by Mike Prudhomme, thru the countryside, with a stop at Spicer’s Orchard.  Members enjoyed cider and donuts, while catching up with fellow club members.

Leaving Spicer’s we traveled a short distance to the beautiful home of the McClorey’s, where Paul has been working all morning to finalize the cooking and smoking of the meats and fish.  There were numerous mouth-watering choices, including salmon, chicken, ribs, and brisket.  We finished with this feast with brownies and cake for desert.  No one left hungry.  Afterwards everyone sat around and enjoyed the beautiful summer day and spending time with friends.

We also want to take a moment to call out Nancy and Jack Selby, for attending their very first event.  We also very recently gained 2 new members, who joined us and had a great time. They were: Fabienne and Patrick Merz; and Shandora and Andrew Danielson.  One of our great drone pictures, included below, was taken by Patrick Merz.

Last but least, a big thank you to Paul, Alison, Emma and Andy McClorey.  We can not thank you enough for putting on a fantastic event for the third year in a row.  I don’t think anyone can truly imagine the work that goes into putting on an event of this scale and at your home.  From the smiles on the faces as people were leaving, I think everyone had a great time.

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2021 3rd Annual Viper Smokeout

2021 July Cruise – Concerts and Cars – July 21st

We’re sorry but the registration has ended
MCVO Presents our July Cruise Night
with Concerts & Cars
July 21st, starting at 6pm

Our previous event, on the West Side, was so successful, that we’re going back!

Our Cruise Night Director, Mike Cipponeri, has found a unique event, for us to participate in.

The Village Arts Factory, is a destination where history and art come together, come alive, and are embraced by individuals of all ages.

Thru the summer they are hosting:
“Rock & Stroll the Night Away at Concerts & Cars”

You’ll be able to listen to local bands and stroll the grounds, to view fabulous cars hosted by local car clubs.  During the evening, you’ll be serenaded by Ragamuffin with Classic Rock, Blues, Country and Reggae.

Our plan:
Meet in front of the historic Ford Factory
50755 Cherry Hill Rd.
in Canton’s Cherry Hill Village.
You may click here for directions.

Time:
6:00pm, with pizza being served around 6:30/6:45pm.
The event runs from 7-9pm.

Dinner:
The club is providing, FREE, to our members, pizza and bottled water.
You may also bring a beverage of choice.

All we ask is that you bring your own chairs and signup using the “Event Registration” button, below. The signup will assist us in planning for parking and the purchase of food.

The cutoff for signup is July 19th.

We’ve even made it onto their web site calendar, so let’s show them what a lot full of Vipers looks like!

Event Coordinator is Mike Cipponeri, and he can be reached at (248) 758-8703.

2021 Mopar’s at the Red Barns – July 24th

The signup registration has ended!

“Mopars at the Red Barns” Show & Swap Meet
July 24, 2021
The show runs from 9am to 4pm
It was great fun when we went in 2019, and this one is sure to be even better.

This has always been a popular event with our members.
And it’s back in great form now run entirely by the Gilmore Museum organization.

The plan is to meet up at the BP Gas Station, at Exit 145, off I-96, at Grand River Rd., in Brighton.

You may click here for directions. We will then caravan to the show together.

Departure time from the meet-up spot would be at 8:00am, arriving at the Gilmore Car Museum around 9:30am.

Enjoy hundreds and hundreds of cars featuring all MOPARs.
Food available on-site in their vintage “Diner Car”.
A true Michigan & automotive Gem.

Registration with admission (includes 2 people) is $20.00 per show car, for the full day and full access to show and museum.  Since the event organizers require prepayment, and in order to ensure club funds are spent responsibly, your pre-payment for admission will be refunded when you arrive.

You heard correctly, the Event is FREE!

Please click on the “Sign Up Now” button below, to be taken to Paypal for payment.

Cutoff for signup is 7/21/21.

Our Event Coordinator is Bob Swartz and he can be reached at:
email: racerbob@comcast.net or cell: (248) 882-4301

2021 Cars, Coffee and Cows – July 31st

The registration signup period has ended

MCVO Presents
Cars, Coffee, and Cows
Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Our Event Coordinator, Jon Block, has a full day planned for us.
We will meet in Troy, at the private Collection and Museum of one of our members, Greg Ornazian.
This collection of well over 100 spectacular cars is never open to the public!
This is a “not to be missed” tour.

The latest Supercars, Vipers, sports cars, heavy classics, Muscle, just the best of the best!
Greg is also a noted Concours Judge, judging at events across the country.
Plus he does much of the work on all of his cars.

After seeing everything, stick your eyes back in their sockets, because we’re headed to Camp Ticonderoga for lunch.
We’ll continue to the northern hinterlands of Oakland County, with a stop at Cook’s Dairy Farm to get some ice cream and pet the cows.

After enjoying ice cream the tour will continue on scenic roads through Holly and will get you back to the Pontiac area.

Here’s the details:

9:30am – Meet at Greg’s Collection & Museum
enjoy coffee and donuts, courtesy of MCVO
Please refer to your club email for details and signup link.

11:30am – Leave for Camp Ticonderoga
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy
You may click here for directions
You may also click here for a sample of their menu
Members are on their own for lunch

After Lunch – Jon will lead us to the famous Cook’s Dairy Farm, for ice cream…and to pet the cows!

After befriending the cows – The tour will then continue through Holly on more curved roads, and conclude in the Pontiac area around 3:30pm-ish.

Only by being a member of MCVO, do you have the opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind private collection, it is never opened to the public.

The cutoff for signup is July 27th.

Sunny Toledo – Day Trippin’ #3 – August 7th

Enjoy a sweet Day
Trippin’ to Toledo
Fun in Toledo is possible!

Highlights-
~Caravan Cruise over mostly back roads stopping at Ft. Meigs for a guided tour.
~ Lunch, at the world’s renowned Tony Packo’s! A destination in itself.
~A short drive to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, the Col James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio.
The museum is jammed packed with lake-faring artifacts, mementos, dioramas, displays, and nautical information and stories.
Make time to get on-board the Col. Schoonmaker!  The public is able to tour the wheel house, galley, crews quarters, engine room, and the belly of the beast – an eerie cargo hold.  From bow to stern this is a wonderful sight to see and be part of.  When you’re done, stop at the Museum Tug Ohio, a bulk freighter.

August 7, 2021
8:00am
Meet at the Citgo gas station on 60 N. Territorial Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI.
(Exit 49 off US 23 on west side). You may click here for directions.
–>Please make sure you have a full tank before you leave!
–>Bring your 2-way RADIOs
Be ready for a 2 hour drive – One rest stop is planned, be aware public bathrooms are rather limited through this back country.

8:15am SHARP
Depart in Cruise Caravan

10:00am
Ft Meigs – Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield.
You may click here to view their web site.

11:15am
Lunch at Tony Packo’s
Delicious German food with dumplings lighter than air and unforgettable Coney dogs awaits
You may click here to view a sample of their menu.

1:00pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes and two museum ships
You may click here to view their web site. We saved the best till last!
Members are encouraged to stay as long as they like then head home when you’re finished touring.

Admission to all Museums, including Boats, compliments of MCVO

All we ask is that you click on the “Sign Up Here – Event Registration” button, below, to let us know you’re attending.

The cutoff for signup is 8/3/21.

Event Coordinator:
Bob Swartz, racerbob@comcast.net
248-882-4301

Weather and necessities permitting this is a Viper Club event, please drive your Viper.
If this isn’t possible give me a call and we’ll make an accommodation.

Masks:
While the state has relaxed mandates, as guests of these businesses, we will continue to respect the wishes of our hosts at all locations.  Please be ready and willing to mask up.

Day Trippin’ to Gear Heads Delight #2 – August 13th

Join us Friday, 8/13, 10am Sharp for:
KA-Wood Gear & Machine
Madison Heights

Note that Gear Heads Delight  #1 is FULL *

For the “true gear head”, we have a tour you cannot miss!

The owner, Joe Kolka, has invited us to his 23,000 sq-ft facility.
Ka-Wood Gear manufactures precision products for a diverse range of industries including aerospace, mining, automotive, wind energy, and machine tool since 1920.

Ka-Wood, is a family shop, which can do small or large jobs; reverse engineer when no print or description is available; meet specialty requirements; and many other demanding tasks to fit the customer’s need.

Joe has some of the world’s most elaborate and exclusive machinery; all first class; some totally unique.

Please Note:
This event is limited to only 12 MCVO members at Joe’s request.

We encourage members who have an interest in this industrial type tour to sign up.
Conversely, significant others, guests and children who you feel wouldn’t enjoy a manufacturing tour may not be appropriate to invite.

Ka-Wood Gear is located at:
32500 Industrial Dr,
Madison Heights, Michigan
You may click here for directions.
If you would like more detailed information about Ka-Wood, prior to the tour, you may click here for their web site.

Following the tour we’ll enjoy a safe and delicious lunch at the Polish Century Club.
The Club is located at:
2975 E. Maple, Troy
You may click here for directions.
You may also click here to see their sample menu.

We ask that you please drive your Viper.
This way we can give Joe & his crew a little show of our own!
If that’s a problem give me a call and we’ll make an accommodation.

Masks:
While the state has relaxed mandates, as guests of these businesses, we will continue to respect the wishes of our hosts at both locations. Please be ready and willing to mask up.

Signup no later than 8/9 by clicking on the “Sign Up Now” button to Register.

*The July 23rd tour #1 is full. A few members, who are attending tour #1, have graciously agreed to switch to tour #2 if needed.  Please contact me if you need assistance.  

Bob Swartz, email: racerbob@comcast.net or cell: (248) 882-4301