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.

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

EOI – Cruise Night Alfresco

Our club is still grappling with how to resume holding events, as restrictions are lifted.  The Board felt that a cancellation of the traditional Cruise Night, was necessary, while we looked at alternative venues.

Tim and Laura Schmitt stepped forward and offered their home and spacious backyard for a Cruise Night Alfresco.  Members were encouraged to bring their own food, chairs, and dine outdoors.  Everyone had a great time, while being safe.  It was a perfect way to socialize but aware of each other’s wellbeing.  We had a nice turnout for a Tuesday evening, with 17 in attendance and 10 Vipers.

We’d like to thank our hosts, Tim and Laura, along with our Coordinator, Bob Swartz, for coming up with this creative solution.  Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, is looking into an outdoor setting, for our July Cruise.

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2020 EOI Cruise Night Alfresco

EOI – High Octane Cars and Coffee – Part 1

The Pandemic has changed our lives in many ways.  Normally at this time of the year, our club calendar is full and members have to choose between numerous events.  This year we’ve had to cancel many events and this has been the first time that our members were able to come out and enjoy their cars and friendships.  It started out as a chilly morning in the low 50’s but as it progressed, with the sun, it started to warm up.

We had a great turnout with 32 people in attendance and 29 Vipers.  The owners of High Octane Café love to have their lot full of Vipers.  Last year we had one day dedicated to us and this year we’ll have two.  Our second event, Part 2, will be held on August 1.  We look forward to seeing everyone there and maybe we can break our record.

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2020 High Octane Cars and Coffee Part 1

2020 Winter Party

Our thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri for creating another fantastic evening!  Diane had outdone herself in the creativity and love that she puts into the event and gifts.

We had a smaller turnout than past years, with 38 in attendance, but in no way did that diminish the fun that was had by all.  Our group is very competitive by nature and it was evident in the seriousness of the blackjack players and those cheering on their cars during Viper racing.

We also want to thank Pat Gall, for her contribution of some of the model Vipers, that Joe had acquired over the years.  Pat was very insistent that these be given away free, to our members.  One of those lucky recipients, was Barb Maccani, who won a basket of Joe’s cars, after her win at Viper racing.

Everyone had a great time and after our President queried the group about a Winter Party for next year, and all were in agreement.

I, for one, enjoy coming every year and seeing my Viper friends for an evening of good fun, food and camaraderie.

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2020 Winter Party

2020 February Cruise Night – Ikes

On a cold Wednesday evening in Sterling Heights, 16 brave souls ventured out for the monthly camaraderie of friends. They met up at Ikes, a Greek eatery for fine dining in one of their private rooms. Hummus and fresh vegies were the appetizer of choice. Laughter and catching up of past adventures was happily discussed.

The small turn out could be that the original west side location was still closed for remodeling and Ikes stepped in at the last minute to graciously accommodate our group.

We will be returning to the West side for our March outing so please check your emails for future updates.

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2020 February Cruise Night - Ikes

2020 January Cruise Night – Art & Jake’s

Everyone has been slowly recovering from their holiday madness.  We’ve been having weird unseasonable weather for December and January with temperatures in the 40’s.  Last week we had solid rain and flooding, only to see some light snow a couple days later.

Our Cruise Director, Rick Jakacki found us a new venue on the east side, where we can meet and greet our club friends, many of which we have not seen for quite a while.  I have it on good authority he’s found another new restaurant, on the west side, for February’s Cruise.

For a chilly Wednesday night, we had a great turnout, with 24 in attendance.  The weather was again in the 40’s and you could of almost brought your Viper, until it started to rain on the way home.

Our thanks to Rick for taking the time from his busy schedule, to find us great venues, every month.  The staff is always accommodating for our sizable group.

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2020 January Cruise Night - Art & Jake's

2019 Holiday Party at the DYC

On Dec. 7th, we returned to the beautifully decorated Detroit Yacht Club (DYC) for our annual Holiday Party.  This is the one time of the year that our members dress in their finest evening apparel and everyone looked fantastic.

We had 52 in attendance and 1 Viper.  Dave Dziekan came in his newly acquired red Gen 2, which looked great parked out front of the DYC.

The DYC served a buffet with a wide array of sumptuous entrees and even a prime rib station.  There were holiday-themed gifts raffled off and dancing.

Our hosts Joe and Rose Klutz made sure everything ran smoothly and everyone felt welcome.  We also want to thank our Social Director Diane Cipponeri (and her hubby Mike) who were unable to attend since they’re traveling abroad, but assisted in planning.

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2019 Holiday Party

2019 Bocce Ball

This year winter seemed to come upon us very quickly.  We had approximately 10 inches of snow in the second week of November.  It was a cold day but 34 attendees braved the elements to come out and do battle on the Bocce court.  In the end, only one team stood victorious.  The “Coupes” are the new Bocce Champs for 2019!

Congratulations to: Greg Priestap, Rose Klutz, Tonino Zaccagnini, and Carolyn Mason.  Note: Rose is a multi-year winner!  We also had an unexpected newcomer, Anne Gavin, mother of Sean, who took to the game very quickly and played all evening, right up to the final battle.

Our thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri, who consistently provide our club with fantastic events.

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2019 Bocce Ball