2020 Cohoctah Bar B Q and Cruise

We’ve had some scorching hot days with no rain, then the night prior to our event, the weather service was calling for Flash Flood Warnings and we saw a massive downpour. The morning of the event, the sun came out and we had one of the most beautiful days you could want for a Bar B Q and cruise.

Bob Swartz planned a meet-up, then a beautiful scenic cruise to Spicers Orchard but was unfortunately unable to attend. Mike Sutton and his team of Darrin Ledsinger and Tom Beekman sprung into action to coordinate the cruise. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect drive thru the country side. After the orchard, we took another short scenic drive to the home of Paul and Alison McClorey.

By the time we arrived, we had a total of 24 Vipers and 42 in attendance. This is our second year at the McClorey’s and we are thrilled to be invited.

Paul, Alison and their children opened their home to our group and we truly appreciate the hard work they put into this event. If you think about what it would take to shop, prepare and feed a group this size, it’s mind boggling. Paul briefly explained about the origins of the smokehouse and the modifications he made. He literally started around 5:30-6am that morning to smoke the meats and fish. In addition to the brisket, and ribs, there were 3 different styles of salmon, all smoked to perfection. At the end of the meal, Alison was serving a delicious chocolate cake to our very satisfied and satiated group.

Susan Andring lead the group with a relay race game of “moving” water from one bucket to another with a frisbee. It’s more difficult that it sounds. Our winning team was awarded prizes, at the winners platform. There were also a errant water balloon or two, tossed into the crowds.

We again want to thank our hosts, Paul and Alison (along with their fantastic kids) for all the hard work they put into this event and how much fun we all had.

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2020 Cohoctah Bar BQ and Cruise

2020 Michigan Avian Experience

We have been experiencing a drought prior to our event and unfortunately the weather decided to change the evening before.  There was an advisory for much of Oakland County and for some, the rain stopped just prior to our departure.  Some had decided to take their dailies while about 12 Viper owners toughed it out and brought their cars.  We had a great turnout with about 40 in attendance.

What a great day at the Michigan Avian Experience!  We were shown Raptors (birds of prey) and a beautiful owl.  We also got to see up close and personal, a magnificent bald eagle, and got to have our picture taken with the eagle.

Our thanks go out to the staff of MAE (Francie and Sarah) for hosting our group and taking such good care of these magnificent creatures.  We also want to thank Mike Sutton and Susan Andring for coordinating the event and finding a truly unique experience.

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2020 Michigan Avian Experience

Culver’s of Waterford Cruise

During the ongoing pandemic lockdown and partial re-opening, Bob Swartz, has been a constant for us in MCVO.  Bob has found creative ways for us to remain in contact and enjoy our Viper friends.  From our Zoom virtual calls, to dinner gatherings, he has been leading the way for our members to stay in touch.

On June 24th, Bob was the coordinator, for a Cruise Night at Culver’s of Waterford.  It was a beautiful summer evening, and our members were happy to drive over and enjoy their great burgers, custard and good friends.

As Bob liked to describe it, “there were 12 glistening Vipers and 17 cheerful members in attendance, who finally got a chance to go to a PUBLIC restaurant.”

Our thanks to Bob Swartz for taking the time to coordinate these great events and Bruce Heckman for the photos.  There will be more photos and a nice article in our next upcoming Newsletter.

2020 Culver’s Cruise – June 24th


Our very good friend, Bob Swartz, would like to invite our club members for a get-together, at Culver’s of Waterford.

Culver’s is known for their frozen custard & signature burgers made with Midwest beef & dairy.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24th, starting at 6:30pm
Location: Culver’s of Waterford, 7313 Highland Rd., Waterford.
You may click here for directions and click here for their menu.

Our Vipers will have their own coned-off area!

If you are concerned about ordering inside, Culver’s has drive-thru service.

Your coordinator requests that you not only maintain ’social distancing’ but also wear a face mask when not eating.
Thank you for making sure none of us contributes to spreading the virus.

We also suggest you bring a lawn chair, since there is a small patio and seating indoors is limited to 50 percent.

For those not familiar with this location, the easiest entry is at the light onto North Oakland Blvd, southbound
(though that road is very poor, so take it easy).

Also, there are many eateries in this vicinity, in case you don’t like Culver’s and their wonderful custard desserts!
Coordinator:
Bob Swartz
248-882-4301
racerbob@comcast.net

Michigan Avian Experience – June 27th


Michigan Avian Experience
MCVO “Totally Free Event” – Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Michigan Avian Experience was created to capture our innate fascination with birds and flight.  Using non-releasable, wild native Michigan raptors (owls, eagles, hawks) as teaching partners, the organization will give an educational and entertaining show to our club members.
All of the raptors working with Michigan Avian Experience are unable to survive in the wild due to poorly healed injuries.  As avian predators, their wings, feet, and eyes need to be perfect in order to survive.  Even then, in some cases, it is estimated only 20% live into adulthood.

We will be able to experience these fascinating raptors, up close.

We must practice social distancing even though this event is held outdoors, and strongly recommend the wearing of masks.

8:30am – “Eastsiders”,
Meet at Dairy Queen, 28039 Mound Road, Warren Click here for directions.

The Eastsiders will then cross town and rendezvous with the Westsiders.

10:00am – “Westsiders”,
Meet at Speedway Gas, 930 S. Main St, Chelsea Click here for directions.

Cruise Route will be handed out at meet up spots.

We ask that you fill-up prior to leaving.

Please contact Mike Sutton with any questions, at 586-782-2225.

In order to help us gauge interest, we ask that you click on the signup link below, and fill in the required information.  The cutoff for signup is 6/25.

Cohoctah Cruise & Barbecue – July 11th


July 11th, starting at 11:45am
Rain or Shine

Our Coordinators for this event have a full day in store for you.

At 11:45 AM, we’ll gather at Burger King.
It’s located at: 7320 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp.
You may click here for directions.
(Bathrooms are available in Burger King).

At 12:00PM SHARP, we’ll depart.  Bob Swartz will lead us on a fun, scenic, country setting, with lots of trees.  It’s just over 40 miles and just under an hour of pure driving enjoyment.
We’ll take a fun 1-hour break at Spicer’s Orchard and Winery.

We’ll each be on our own to enjoy their Fresh DONUTS, and lots of tasty goodies.  There is also knickknack’s to shop for, ice cream, an orchard, and a farm setting to stroll and view.  They also have a wine tasting.  You may click here for their web site, and under the winery tab, you’ll find a downloadable wine menu.

Don’t eat or drink too much, because at 2:00pm, it’s on to the McClorey’s and a fantastic BBQ.

Our hosts, Paul & Alison McClorey have invited us to spend the day, at their home and breathtaking grounds.  The home was built in 1865, and they reside on 6.5 acres, with a pond, barns, horseshoe pits and a working smokehouse.

We plan to arrive at the McClorey’s home by 2:30 pm, with dinner being served by 4:00 pm.

Paul and Alison are already making plans for a fantastic variety of meats, which are cooked in their personal smokehouse, including: salmon, chicken, ribs and brisket.

For everyone’s safety, we ask that you bring: Side dishes for your own consumption, your beverage of choice, and a chair.  Utensils & plates will be provided.

We encourage that you not only maintain ’social distancing’ but also wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.

There will be a bathroom available.

After endless cancellations ~ finally an event which rings all the bells!

Cost: 100% underwritten by club funds
For you: free, nada, zip, zero dollars

Clear your calendar and signup!  We need a reliable headcount in order to buy and prepare the meats.
Not sure you can make it?  Hold off on signing up until you know for sure.  We want to avoid “no-shows”, the goal is to spend the club’s money wisely!

The cutoff for signup is 7/7/20.

We hope you’ll join us for the initial meet-up and cruise.
If you can’t, the McClorey’s are located at:
913 Chase Lake Road, Howell.
You may click here for directions.

Questions can be directed to our Coordinators:
Bob Swartz; racerbob@comcast.net; (248) 882-4301
Paul McClorey; paul@paulsonsconstruction.com; (810) 347-5188

July Cruise-In July 15th


Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, has teamed up with Bob Swartz, to provide us with a venue that has been shown to be both safe and fun for an evening get-together.

We would like to head back to Culver’s of Waterford.

Culver’s is known for their frozen custard & signature burgers made with Midwest beef & dairy.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15th, starting at 6:30pm
Location: Culver’s of Waterford, 7313 Highland Rd., Waterford.
You may click here for directions and click here for their menu.

Culver’s loves having our Vipers and we will have our own coned-off area!

If you are concerned about ordering inside, Culver’s has drive-thru service and even offered curb service.

As a special treat for our members, the club would like to buy you and your guest a complimentary ice cream (1 scoop & 1 topping).

Your coordinators strongly request that you not only maintain ’social distancing’ but also wear a face mask when not eating.
Thank you for making sure none of us contributes to spreading the virus.

We also suggest you bring a lawn chair, since there is a small patio and seating indoors is limited to 50 percent.

For those not familiar with this location, the easiest entry is at the light onto North Oakland Blvd, southbound (though that road is very poor, so take it easy).

Coordinators:
Rick Jakacki
313-805-4604
rjakacki@ford.com

Bob Swartz
248-882-4301
racerbob@comcast.net

Snakes Invade Shelby Township

The weather has been all over the map, for the month of June.  The night prior to our event it was cold and it was predicted it wouldn’t warm up much during the day, but the sun warmed the lot and everyone seemed to enjoy being outside with their Viper friends.

We had a great turnout with 33 in attendance and 27 Vipers.  We had a few new faces and one father/son, who happened to be driving by in their very recently purchased low mileage Gen 2 ACR.

Our thanks to our host David Holder of Direct Cars, who welcomed us for a second year.  David also provided pizza and soft drinks for our attendees.

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2020 Snakes Invade Shelby Township

Hidden Gems of Pontiac – July 18th

Join MCVO members for a terrific day as we search for
“The Hidden Gems of Pontiac”

Saturday July 18th, starting at 9:30am
“Totally Free”!!

We start the day at the private collection of Larry Smith, founder and former owner of Autometric Collision.  His diverse collection is just spectacular: original flat-head hot rods, Alfa, Ferrari, Jaguar, Shelby, Lamborghini…to his Stout Scarab (shown at Monaco Concours d’Elegance) and the only car in the world with an X-8 engine, his Hoffman.  Larry is the consummate enthusiast, skilled mechanic, great driver and continues to be involved with the Peterson Museum, the Henry Ford Museum, M1 Concours, and Concours of America.

Larry’s address is: 888 Orchard Lake Rd., Pontiac

Coffee and donuts, provided by our club, to those members arriving at 9:30am, in advance of entering at 10:00am.

We must practice social distancing and strongly recommend the wearing of masks for the safety of our hosts and members.

We ask that you bring your own lunch, beverage and chairs, to enjoy at Larry’s place, back by the trees at the edge of his parking lot.  No time for a restaurant, as we have a lot to do!

Then we go to PMD Garage, where Gordon Heidacker will show us the latest projects.  From advanced Viper engine development to building state of the art electric karts for M1 Concourse, PMD Garage always has fascinating development projects that you will never see anywhere else.  Gordon is a former Executive with Chrysler who was involved in the original development of the Viper!  You may click here for a web preview on PMD and their address is: 40 West Pike St.

Then we end the day at (6 blocks away) LBI Limited. LBI offers a diverse collection of owned and consigned examples of various marques to cater to a discerning clientele.  Their primary focus is original cars, especially those retaining original paint and considered preservation-class worthy examples.  Covering everything from interesting Barn Finds to Concours quality vehicles.
Even better they currently have 4 remarkable Viper’s for sale, including a GTS (#10) and a Team Oreca race car!

You may click here for a list of their recent offerings and their address is:
58 West Huron St.

In order to help us prepare, please signup using the link below.
The cutoff for signup is 7/15/20.

Questions can be directed to our event coordinator, Jon Block,
at: (248) 505-0606, email:jblock8586@wowway.com

High Octane Cars and Coffee Viper Day Part 2 – Aug. 1st


MCVO is pleased to announce a very unique event of interest
High Octane Café and Bakery
Cars and Coffee
Viper Day, Part 2
Saturday, August 1, from 8am to 11am

High Octane Café & Bakery specializes in providing the highest quality baked goods and donuts in a modern upscale automotive themed environment.

Cars & Coffee events are held onsite during the Spring to Fall months, with each weekend highlighting a different model of cars.  Free coffee and donuts available from 8am to 10am while supplies last.

Please join MCVO members and other Viper owner’s on August 1st, for the “Viper Day” Cars and Coffee, Part 2.

Let’s get out there and show them an impressive parking lot full of Vipers again.  At the end of May, we came for Part 1 and had a great turnout with 32 people and 29 Vipers in attendance.

High Octane Café and Bakery is located at 1952 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills and directions can be found here.

If you participate in this event, we ask that you stay safe, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.