2019 CEMA Charity Car Show

We finally got a break in our weather, with sunny skies and the temperature hitting 81 degrees. The CEMA Car Show is one of our favorites and we have a long history with CEMA. We had a great turnout with approximately 17 Vipers.

JonB from Parts Rack donated Viper pins for every Viper attending.

We had a few notables: Dave Buchesky brought his Gen 2 coupe that he recently purchased; Marty Heitkamp brought his beautiful ACR with it’s new stripes; Jerad Marble (who is not a member) brought his Gen 5 Carbon Edition; Paul LaPlant and his wife, came all the way from Ohio.

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2019 CEMA Car Show

2019 Spring Brunch

The weatherman was predicting rain in the early afternoon, but what spooked some was the possible forecast of hail. Even with this dire warning, there was a great turnout of Vipers. There were approximately 22 Vipers and 88 in attendance.

The Brunch is traditionally the start of our driving season and a festive event. Unfortunately, we lost a very special member, Maureen Hackney, who had passed away suddenly, the day prior. Diane Cipponeri gave a very emotional speech about Maureen, and she will be missed by all.

Many thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri for creating a fantastic event. They are quick to say it’s a team effort, but they spend countless hours in preparation and Diane is on top of every detail. Our events would not be the success they are, if it were not for her dedication.

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2019 Spring Brunch

2019 May Cruise Night – 5th Tavern

This was a strange and unusual spring day in Michigan.  The day started out sunny, and warm with a lot of potential. As the day progressed, it became dark and overcast with radar showing rain was moving in.  A few were  caught in a small 5 minute downpour.  With all our weather concerns, we still had a great turnout, with 28 in attendance and 13 Vipers.

Tom Azzopardi came from Canada in his Viper Truck.  We’d also had a couple of new members in attendance for their first event.  Let’s give a warm welcome to: Dave and Cheryl Bailey, and Mike Bedard.

Thanks to Rick Jakacki, our Cruise Night Director, and everyone who attended.

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2019 May Cruise Night - 5th Tavern

2019 April Cruise Night – Granite City

It was a cool spring day, with rain predicted. Marty Heitkamp was the only brave soul who brought his Viper. We had a good turnout, with 23 in attendance.

We also had a chance to celebrate Elaine Heitkamp’s birthday!

Thanks to Rick Jakacki, our Cruise Night Director, and everyone who attended.

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2019 April Cruise Night - Granite City

2019 JD Indoor Karting

On March 30th, 15 came to do battle on the track, and only 3 made it to the winner’s podium. Congratulations to our winners (and their Track Names)
1st Place: John Wright (JDubs)
2nd Place: Jeff Morton (proracer44)
3rd Place: Gary Rappaport (Gas Guzzler Gary)
We’d also like to give a shout out to Tom Azzopardi, who drove his Viper from Canada. Unfortunately, he had daily driver issues and was forced to bring his Viper. To make matters worse, it began to snow as we were leaving.
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2019 JD Karting

2019 March Cruise Night – Steelhouse Tavern

Temperatures have been in the 40’s during the day and the snow is gone but winter is still hanging on. It was a brisk rainy evening. Marty Heitkamp wanted to bring his new ACR to the event if it didn’t rain. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. We still had a great turnout of 31 people. Steelhouse is of our favorites for the winter, where everyone can huddle around the fire pit.

We’d also like to welcome some our newest members, Carl and Leanne Dukatz, who came all the way from California, and attended their first MCVO event!

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2019 March Cruise Night - Steelhouse Tavern

2019 Winter Party

Many thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri. They planned another fantastic event. We had 43 people in attendance and everyone had a great time. The food and gambling were enjoyed by all. The “Morton” table especially was raucous but definitely livened up the place. This was a great way for our Viper friends to come together on an windy, rainy February evening.

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2019 Winter Party

2019 February Cruise Night – Rusty Bucket

Michigan had just seen a few days of extreme winter weather from snow, rain, to freezing rain. The day of our cruise, another couple inches of snow had descended, creating havoc for drivers thru-out the day. 18 of our toughest members braved the elements to come out and enjoy great camaraderie and good food.

Our server Zach handled our group with a smile and kept the food and drinks coming in a timely manner.

Many thanks to our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, who drove over 2-1/2 hours to attend.

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2019 February Cruise Night - Rusty Bucket

2019 GM Heritage Center Tour

Our club had the unique pleasure to tour The GM Heritage Center. The Center displays more than 200 of GM’s Concept Cars and Special Interest Styling/Performance One-Offs. It is not open to the Public so this is a great opportunity to see one of the greatest car collections in the World. We had about 12 members and their guests meet at The Pantry prior to the event. Others chose to meet at the event and we had approx. 18-20 in total. Unfortunately, our group photo did not capture everyone in attendance.

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2019 GM Heritage Center

2019 Feather Bowling

Winter has finally come to Michigan and it was a cold January day. Regardless, 25 MCVO members and their family braved the elements to come out and do battle on the Feather Bowling lanes. The teams were well matched and the competition was pretty intense.

In the end only one team can be the victors. Congratulations to The Roaring V-10’s. The team consisted of: Rose Klutz; Tiffany Sutton; Rich Maccani and Gary Rappaport.

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2019 Feather Bowling