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!
Bob Swartz

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

EOI – Cruise Night Alfresco – MCVO Style – June 9th

With the cancellation of our club Cruise Night, Tim Schmitt, graciously stepped forward to offer his home, for a Cruise Night Alfresco.

June 9th, 6:30 to 9pm

(We chose this date because the weather forecast is favorable AND this is a “Sunshine Only” event.)

Tim Schmitt’s place
3758 Morgan Rd., Lake Orion
Parking behind house as directed. (No risk to septic systems, per Tim).  You may click here for directions.

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.

Bring your own dinner and lawn chair/s, tables, beverage as you see fit.

There are many good carryout dining options close by around Great Lakes Crossing for your convenience.

Please plan to minimize your chance of needing to use the bathroom.  However, Tim is glad to have their house open and available for any necessity.

Bob Swartz

Your gracious host:
Tim Schmitt

Snakes Invade Shelby Township – June 13th

DirectCars in Shelby Township has invited our club for an afternoon of fun, friends and cars!

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, DirectCars is not able to offer the same format as last year. This will be a basic car show with their restrooms open to the public.

Last year we had a fantastic turnout with 30 Vipers and 46 in attendance.

51655 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township.
You may click here for directions.

Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 5pm

Please honor all member’s comfort levels by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when at club functions.

2020 June Cruise Night Cancelled

June Cruise Night Cancelled

Now that the stay at home orders have been loosened, the club can start to schedule appropriate events that members are comfortable attending.  We will continue to keep each other safe by using face masks and practicing social distancing.  While one member may not feel these are necessary, another does.

Being part of the MCVO family means we honor all members interests in this regard.

For the month of June we are not having a Cruise Night due to the logistics of trying to create an evening which assures everyone can attend without worry.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support of fellow members.
An email will be sent to update members for the July Cruise Night.

Again, thank you to Rick Jakacki, our Cruise Night Director, for making cruise nights so enjoyable.

Virtual Cruise #4 – May 16th

Join us for some Viper Socializing.
Virtual, that is.  Safe.  At-home, convenient.  Free.

At 7:30 PM we’ll start a Zoom Meeting social event.  Everybody is invited.

Share your Viper isolation stories and dreams for actual cruising.
Any winter Viper projects or updates?
Isolation stories?
Fun deviations?

Robert Swartz is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MCVO Virtual Cruise #4
Date/Time: May 16, 2020 7:30 PM
Eastern Time

Click here to join the meeting. (Or you may copy the address below, and paste it into your browser):


When prompted, enter
Meeting ID: 897 5091 5671
Password: viper2016

Zoom tips and suggestions:
General web site is – https://zoom.us
It has Tutorials and Resources if you’re new to Zoom.

Be sure your device microphone is on and volume sufficient.

Enable the Zoom app for your device’s audio and camera if it’s not there already (no sign up or password required for the app but the meeting may require the password noted above!)

You may test your system, prior to the meeting, by clicking here.

For those of you on a land-line, you may dial the following:

312-626-6799 (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 897 5091 5671
Password: 536728

Get comfy.

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

Event of Interest – Gingerman Outing – May 16th/17th

Important Information Update!!
Sunday date is confirmed and open for registration and payment directly to Trackilicious.

This event is not limited to MCVO Members or Vipers


  • Date – Saturday, May 16th 2020
  • Track – Gingerman Raceway – 61414 Co Rd 388, South Haven, MI 49090
  • Limited to 60 people. Spots will be reserved on a first pay basis
  • 7 x 20 min sessions   (20 cars per session max)
  • Check in Track time 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • $250 – Regular Registration (Deadline Midnight Tues, May 12th)
  • $275 – Late Entry Fee
  • Date – Sunday, May 17th 2020
  • Track – Gingerman Raceway – 61414 Co Rd 388, South Haven, MI 49090
  • Limited to 75 people – Spots will be reserved on a first pay basis
  • 7 x 20 min sessions
  • Check in Track time 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • $250 – Regular Registration (Deadline Midnight Wed, May 13th)
  • $275 – Late Entry
  • Weekend Saturday, May 16th 2020 & Sunday, May 17th 2020
  • 2 day registration $420 ($80 DISCOUNT) – Regular Registration (Deadline Midnight Wed, May 13th)
  • 2 day registration $450 – Late Entry Fee

Track Amenities:

  • Camping Friday Night – $10 / $20 (with hook up)
  • Garage – $100 / day


COVID Precautions:

  • Drivers are limited to 2 guests and we prefer them to be immediate family members.  We will make exceptions but there must be a really good reason.
  • Drivers may only take their own guests on track as passengers
  • We will be practicing strict social distancing measures.  6ft radius at all times.
  • All attendees will be required to fill in a COVID self check form
  • All drivers will be required to fill a self tech inspection form for their own vehicles
  • I expect to see a variety of super cool cars come out.  While taking pictures is ok, please respect the space of the drivers and their vehicles.
  • As always, safety comes first.  Our vigilance with our on track safety must match our off track safety.

Registration and Payment: 

Registration is through email (eric@trackilicious.com) and confirmed upon payment. Below are the payment methods:

  • Venmo PREFERRED – $250/$420: ericghoukasian@hotmail.com / 248 425 2498 / @Eric-Ghoukasian
  • Chase Quick Pay PREFERRED – $250/$420: ericghoukasian@hotmail.com / 248 425 2498
  • Zelle PREFERRED – $250/$420: ericghoukasian@hotmail.com / 248 425 2498
  • PayPal – $260/$445 ($10/$15 PayPal Processing fee): ericghoukasian@hotmail.com
  • Check – $250/$420: Made out to: Eric Ghoukasian / Address: 3087 Caroline St., Auburn Hills, MI, 48326 (if you choose to pay by check, please send me an email when the check is sent out. Given the short timeline, I would encourage the other forms of payment. Please allow yourselves a couple days for mailing)

Next Track Dates:

  • Waterford Hills – June 5th 2020
  • Waterford Hills – July 10th 2020

From GingerMan Raceway website:
GingerMan Raceway
We will take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and customers.
Our EMTs are trained to look for Coronavirus symptoms.  They will monitor crowds and assess anybody that might be at risk.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the facility.
All of our employees will wear face masks.
We will conduct thorough, extra cleanings throughout the facility and our pavilion will be indefinitely closed.
From signing the waiver at the gate to the driver’s meetings to eating food – everything will be done in a fashion that enforces social distancing.
Things will be different for awhile, but let’s safely do what we can and have some fun!
(Apparently, the SCCA: The BERT Majors event was cancelled for May 16th & 17th.)

Please contact Michael Sutton, MCVO Motorsports Director, if you have any further questions at: cuda73318@yahoo.com or 586-782-2225

We ask that you click on the link below, to sign up for the day or days you’re interested in attending, to help us gauge interest.

High Octane Bakery “Viper Day” Cars and Coffee – May 31st

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 May 31st, for the “Viper Day” Cars and Coffee, Part 1.  Let’s get out there and show them an impressive parking lot full of Vipers.  Last year we had 20 Vipers attend. This year, we’re hoping to break that record. The owners have so enjoyed the event, they’re inviting us back for Part 2 on August 1st.

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, follow Michigan and CDC guidelines and practice social distancing.