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).

Rick Jakacki

Bob Swartz

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.

EOI – LaFontaine Car Show and MCVO Cruise

Join fellow car enthusiasts for a fun-filled evening of Motor City muscle, music, food and more!

The event is going to include modern and classic cars from the brands Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

There’s going to be a food truck and live music.

Last but not least, there’s will be prizes up for competition!

In addition, Bob Swartz has offered to lead us to the car show via a scenic cruise of woodsy lanes, unique ‘stuff’ roadside, some small town charm, and only a couple of stop lights!

We will meet at 4:00pm, at the BP Gas Station
They are located at: 3685 Highland Road, White Lake.
You may click here for directions. We will depart promptly at 4:25pm.

If you are unable to cruise, you may drive directly to LaFontaine.
LaFontaine CDJR of Fenton, is located at:
16555 Silver Parkway Rd, Fenton
You may click here for directions.

If you’re going to cruise with Bob, first we ask that you signup, using the “Sign Up Now” button below, to help gauge interest.

After you’ve signed up with us, LaFontaine is asking that you send an email RSVP to Casey Jacobsen (before July 30th).

Please Pre-Register/RSVP
to Casey Jacobsen at cjacobsen@lafontaine.com by JULY 30, 2020

August Cruise Night – August 12th

MCVO presents a unique Cruise Night
August 12th, starting at 6:30pm

with Dinner and Drinks on Us!

Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, has a very special evening for all you “hands-on” people.

Rick is teaming up with our host, Steve Marek, of Tedson Industries, to show you their state of the art 25,000 foot facility.

From small fasteners to full-scale vehicle builds, Tedson Industries can create it all. Their vast experience allows them to turn your vision into reality.

Founded in 1985, Tedson Industries, Inc. has been a staple of the machining and prototype world for over 35 years. They have vast experience in the fields of automotive concept & advanced product development, marine, industrial, visual imaging, sports & leisure, and aircraft—just to name a few. Tedson Industries, also has design capabilities and consistently seeks new challenges.

You may click here to be taken to their web site, to view their capabilities and past projects.

This is an OEM Prototype shop, so we ask that you do not take photographs during the tour!

Tedson Industries is located at: 1408 Allen Drive, Troy.
You may click here for directions.

We must comply with social distancing guidelines set by the state of Michigan.  The wearing of masks is mandatory and temperatures will be checked at the door. 

The Board has agreed to purchase dinner for our member attendee and their guest.  The dinner will consist of: 1 beef slider and 1 chicken slider, fries and slaw.  We will also be providing bottled water and ice tea.  All we ask is that you bring a chair.

At the conclusion of the event, and to help us celebrate the Dream Cruise as a club, we would like to caravan to Woodward.

In order to help us prepare and order meals, please signup using the “Sign Up Now” button, below.

Signup Cutoff is COB August 10th.

Questions can be directed to our event coordinator(s):

Rick Jakacki (Cruise Night) –   Please text him at (313) 805-4604.

Bob Swartz (Food!) –  (248) 882-4301

2020 Viper Lighthouse Tour – Sept. 10 -13th

MCVO is proud to sponsor our second Viper Lighthouse Tour
September 10-13, 2020
This is the Official Information and Sign Up Post.

Your hotels MUST be booked by August 10th !

Our host, Mike Sutton, has planned a fantastic weekend for our members.

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Meet at the Grass Lake Rest Area, I-94 Westbound, just west of Exit 150 (Mt Hope Road)
Driver’s meeting/handouts at 9:00am, Leaving at 9:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.
There is a convenient MUGG & BOPPS 8 gas station on Mt Hope Road,
just south of I-94.

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:00am, Leaving at 8:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:00am, Leaving at 8:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:30am
Viper Car Show at The Homestead, 9:00am – 10:00am
Leaving at 10:00am.

Items not included in pricing:
Some Meals
Gasoline for the Vipers (or tires for you lead-foots)
Alcoholic beverages

Items included in your registration fee:

Thursday, September 10th:

Carroll Collection – Guided Tour of a personal collection of Mr. Shelby’s memorabilia,
Lunch – Bravo! Restaurant & Cafe, Portage, MI
Kalamazoo Air Zoo – Admission and possible Photo Op,
St Joseph Pier Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Dinner – Not included, but many in walking distance,

Hotel: Silver Beach Hotel, 100 Main St, St Joseph, MI (866-514-6232)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners ($69-$89 +tax)

Friday, September 11th:

Breakfast at Hotel included,
South Haven Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Lunch – Boatwerks Restaurant, Holland, MI
Big Red Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
USS Silversides Submarine Museum – Admission and Photo Op,
Dinner – The Deck, Muskegon (BBQ & Beer),

Hotel: Shoreline Inn Ascend Hotel Collection, 750 Terrace Point Rd, Muskegon, MI (231-727-8483)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners ($149 +tax)

Saturday, September 12th:

Breakfast at Hotel included,
White River Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Little Sable Point Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Lunch – Not included, but many in the Ludington area will be provided,
Point Betsie Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Dinner – Not included, but trying to schedule for Birch & Maple, Frankfort, MI

Hotel: The Homestead, 1 Woodridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI (231-334-5100) (Note: hours for registration are 8am – 6pm)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners (You may also mention Viper Club)($150 + tax)

Sunday, September 13th:

MCVO Viper Car Show – The Homestead – near the main office.
Mission Point Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Homeward Bound…

The registration fee is $120.00 per person.
Each person will receive a special gift bag.
Each car will receive a detailed packet with addresses, directions and schedule.
It is imperative that you book your hotels prior to August 10th.
Click on the “Event Registration” button to be taken to PayPal, to pay the registration fee.

Mike can be reached at (586) 782-2225 if you have any questions.

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