2020 September Cruise Night – Little Daddy’s

The weather in Michigan has been gradually cooling with temps in the 60’s to 70’s. Mother Nature apparently wanted us to have a beautiful cruise night and provided us with a high of 82 degrees and sunny skies all day. Even as we went into the evening, it was still very pleasant. The very next day, the temps dropped back to being only a high of 60.

Little Daddy’s loves classic cars and has hosted many local clubs with their large parking lot and excellent service. They even offered us inside seating and outside tables, near our cars, for those that felt more comfortable being outside. We had our own waitress outside, Dawn, who took fantastic care of everyone.

We had a great turnout with 17 Vipers and 30 in attendance. We had a couple of notable “news” items: Paul Choukourian stopped by in his beautiful Ford GT. We had a couple, Jim and Kathy Kos, who recently joined our Facebook group. They saw our post and decided to come mingle with the group. Hopefully, they’ll decide to join our club.

The club purchased humous and pita as an appetizer, and everyone had a great time catching up with their Viper club mates.

We want to thank our Club Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, for a fantastic evening. We know it’s a difficult task to find restaurants, that have great parking, food and service for a group to meet, during the pandemic. We also want to thank Ann Rappaport for the photos.

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2020 September Cruise Night - Little Daddy's

2020 Lighthouse Tour

Overcast skies greeted us Thursday morning as thirteen Vipers rolled into the meetup place. At the last minute, two of our members were not able to bring their Vipers due to mechanical issues. They were able to bring their daily drivers and still enjoyed the tour. Hopefully we will see them soon in their “good as new” Vipers.

Temperatures were comfortable, sometimes requiring a light jacket, sweater or long sleeves.

Overall, we had a great time with minimal issues, some light rain and mostly overcast skies.
We had such a great group that were able to make it the best MCVO Lighthouse tour of the year!

Lighthouses visited:
St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light
South Haven South Pierhead Light
Holland Harbor – “Big Red” Lighthouse
** USS Silversides Submarine & Museum **
Muskegon South Breakwater Light
White River Lighthouse
Little Sable Lighthouse
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Mission Point Lighthouse

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2020 Lighthouse Tour

2020 September Cruise – Sept. 16th


Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, has found another venue that has been shown to be both safe and fun for an evening get-together.


Please join us at Little Daddy’s of Bloomfield Hills.
Little Daddy’s is devoted to serving great food, in a casual setting, with impeccable service, at reasonable prices, while using only the highest quality ingredients.  Little Daddy’s has a broad, diverse menu that caters to nearly every taste or diet.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16th, starting at 6:30pm
Location: Little Daddy’s, 39500 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
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You may click here for directions and click here to be taken to their main page, where you can select menu, to be taken to their wide range of options.

Little Daddy’s loves classic cars and has hosted many local clubs with their large parking lot and excellent service.  They’ve even offered us inside seating and outside tables, near our cars.

Your coordinator 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 the spread of the virus.

We also suggest you bring a lawn chair. Little Daddy’s closes at 8pm, but you are welcome to hang-out in their lot after hours.

For any questions, you may contact Rick Jakacki, via text at: 313-805-4604.

Lutz Do a Fall Color Tour – Oct. 10th


Lutz Do a Fall Color Tour
Saturday, October 10th, starting at 9:30am

Our Coordinator, Jon Block, has a phenomenal event in store for you.

At 9:30 AM, We’ll meet at the “Initial Start Meeting Point” which is the intersection of US23 & M36.

The spot is the Public Parking Lot at:
9797 9 Mile Rd, Whitmore Lake, which is just east of the Sunoco Station.
You may click here for directions.

We recommend you have enough gas for 120 miles.

Please refer to your club email for full details of the itinerary, and additional meet/waypoints.

At a later stop, we will be joined by our invited special Chrysler guests.  We don’t want to ruin the surprise but Jon has invited some influential members of the Chrysler Executive Team, during Viper.

Prior to leaving, the last meet point, all MCVO Vipers will be arranged chronologically, with Gen 1 cars first.

This will be a historic opportunity to meet and greet Bob Lutz.  Jon has offered to bring paint pens, so you can have Bob sign that special place on your vehicle.

We’re not done – there will be pizza, salad, beverages and a cake.

We forgot to mention the best part –
Cost: 100% underwritten by club funds
For you: free, nada, zip, zero dollars

All invitees will be required to wear face masks when not eating or drinking.  We also ask that you bring your own folding chairs for seating.

Clear your calendar and signup!  We need a reliable headcount in order to buy all the necessary items.

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 (Close of Business) 10/5/20

Please click on the “Register Now” button, below, to register.

You may also follow the participation, or verify your registration on our web site, under Who’s Attending.

Click here to be taken to the page. (password: viper2016)

2020 Snakes in the Grass

This was our third Snakes in the Grass, at Canterbury Village, where we partner with the Cobra and Shelby Clubs.  This year we were surprised that the Jaguar Concour & British Showcase, would be held at the same time on the grounds of Canterbury.  I was truly impressed with the care they took in restoring and maintaining these vehicles.

It was a beautiful day, with temps starting out in the high 50’s but quickly rising as the sun came out.  The grounds were fully filled with beautiful classic cars everywhere you looked.  MCVO was there with a stunning display of Vipers.  We had 33 in attendance with 22 Vipers.  As I browsed around the grounds, on numerous occasions, I heard people saying “I’m going over to see the Vipers”.

I have to say, this was by far, the best year yet for this event.  We want to thank Bruce Heckman and George Acree (Cobra) for coordinating a fantastic gathering.

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2020 Snakes in the Grass

2020 Snakes in the Grass – Sept. 5

The Third Snakes in the Grass event will be September 5th at the beautiful and scenic Canterbury Village, where we’ll be partnering with our Cobra (GLCC) and Shelby (SAAC) friends.

Last year, we had a small turnout due to inclement weather and multiple events going on simultaneously.  This year we hope to see many more Vipers attending!

This is a great opportunity to make new friends, and enjoy coffee and donuts at Yates Cider Mill, as well as, visit the unique shops that Canterbury has to offer!

Lunch can be purchased at the restaurant, in the Village.

Canterbury Village is located at:
2359 Joslyn Ct, Orion Charter Township. You may click here for directions.

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

For questions and additional information, you may contact Bruce Heckman, at (248) 760-1722.

2020 August Cruise – Tedson Industries

On August 12th, our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, treated us to a very special evening.

Rick teamed up with our host, Steve Marek, of Tedson Industries, to show us 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.  We even got to see Rick’s classic truck being updated with a hand-built headliner.

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.

We had a fantastic turnout with 40 people and 23 Vipers in attendance.  It was a perfect summer evening for the event, where MCVO provided the attendees with beverages and dinner.  Our thanks to Bob Swartz for coordinating the dinner, and Rich Maccani’s “delivery” service.

I’m told that some of our members headed off to Woodward after the event, for their own mini-cruise.

Our sincerest thanks go out to Steve (Marek) and his Shop Manager, Steve Legas, for taking the time to open his shop to our club.  Thank you to Rick Jakacki, for taking the time to plan and help with the event.  Rick also assisted with the tours, was very knowledgeable and did a great job of tour guide.

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2020 August Cruise - Tedson Industries

2020 LaFontaine Car Show and Cruise

Our club was invited to the LaFontaine Car Show, in Fenton.  Bob Swartz decided that rather than have a plain, boring car show, he’s liven it up with a scenic cruise with our Vipers, to the show, and make a spectacular entrance.  Bob was definitely on to something, he had 14 cars and 20 people in attendance.

We’ll let Bob take it from here:
“We cruised in as a group to the LaFontaine of Fenton dealership’s car show at 5pm sharp on August 6th.

It was a great finale to a nice, comfortable country cruise to this excellent car show.
And a good start for us to enjoy the show.

Lots of variety in addition to our Vipers. Muscle, Hot Rods, Oldies, Barn Finds, Modern – all were there in abundance.

Plus the free food truck; we love that!
Some prizes.
Good DJ music.
Fine friends and new folks to meet.
And beautiful weather for a cruse and show.

I think we had it all.
Thanks MCVO for this excellent FREE event of interest.”

We want to thank Bob for his many years of support for our club.  Time and time again, Bob has volunteered to create an event or help make an existing event even better.  We also want to thank Mike Doljevic for his beautiful photos.

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2020 LaFontaine Car Show and Cruise

2020 High Octane Cars & Coffee Viper Day – Part 2

If you recall, at the end of May, we had Viper Day Part 1.  The owners of High Octane so enjoyed having our Vipers last year, that they proposed 2 Viper days this year.  We did not disappoint for either outing.

Our second gathering, was held on August 1, and we couldn’t have picked a better morning. Our summer has been spectacular this year.  The sky was a little overcast, but temps were in the high 70’s, low 80’s.

Vipers starting arriving before 8am and continued all the way thru the event.  We had a fantastic turnout with over 36 people in attendance and 34 Vipers.  We pretty much filled their lot, and cars were stacked all over.  It was an impressive sight.

We want to thank the owner of High Octane Bakery, Tom Llewellyn, for hosting our cars and providing us with their free tasty coffee and donuts, for the cruisers.

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2020 High Octane Part 2

2020 Hidden Gems of Pontiac

Our “Gems of Pontiac” day started at the private, never-open-to-the-public, collection of Larry Smith, founder and former owner of Autometric Collision.  Although Larry’s collection is split between here and Scottsdale, we were able to see what a real collector, driving enthusiast, automotive historian, and skilled mechanic, body man, and painter, can accomplish.  Larry’s cars were, in his words, simply “Cars that I like!”  He showed us his 1935 Hoffman, with a water-cooled X-8 engine.  There is only 1 made, and little is known about it.  Looking for some speed (aren’t we always?) then some Corvette’s, Porsche’s, and Shelby’s were in ample supply! And then the spectacular 1936 Stout Scarab, shown last year (and winning) at the Monaco Concours d’Elegance.  His interest remains varied, as he told us that his first car to collect was a Triumph TR3 (also in the collection).

We then took a short drive to the PMD Garage, where Gordon Heidacker, a former Chrysler executive with ties to Team Viper, told us about their Viper capabilities!  They had 50 Viper engine blocks inside, and are in the process of acquiring all of the existing Viper parts stock from Chrysler, for a full-service one stop shop for all Viper owners, for both stock originality and performance engine build!

Our last stop was at LBI Limited, a national sales organization of fine collector and sports cars, and where else could one go to find 4 Vipers for sale…but not average ones, low mileage, a GTS, and at the top of the heap, the Team Oreca Viper that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans!  Don’t we hope that one stays in the Detroit area!  A fun day for MCVO members with a turnout of 26 car enthusiasts and 16 Vipers.

We want to give a quick shoutout to our pop quiz winner, Tony Smith.

Editor’s note: We want to thank Jon Block for taking the time to create this truly unique event, and authoring this abbreviated article. The full article will be published in our next upcoming Newsletter, along with photos from Jon and Bruce Heckman.  We also want to thank Jason Pontello for taking the time to photograph the event and send them to the club.  Jason’s photos are highlighted here.

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2020 Hidden Gems of Pontiac