2021 October Cruise – Grand Tavern

October can be a tricky month for planning a car event, but we’ve been fortunate this year. The evening of the Cruise Night, was going to be the last of the 70 degree days for the for seeable future. There was some speculation about a light sprinkle later in the evening, with everyone consulting their phones. You couldn’t ask for a prettier evening with a few members coming in their Gen 1’s without tops and windows.

For our October Cruise Night, our host, Mike Cipponeri, picked the Grand Tavern, located in Rochester Hills. We had a nice secluded area to park our cars and another indoors to dine with our friends. The club treated everyone with heaping plates of nachos, while we were waiting for our meals. The staff did a fantastic job of handling the large influx of people, all hungry and thirsty.  After the meal, Mike spoke to the members and thanked everyone for attending.  He let on that he was a little concerned, that when the clock rolled around to 6-ish, no one was showing up.

We didn’t let him down and shortly thereafter we had 33 in attendance with 20 Vipers.  A nice turnout indeed!

When we came out of the restaurant, we were a little surprised to see some rain on the cars, with the Gen 1’s getting their “interiors cleaned”.  Word quickly spread that rain was coming and everyone said their goodbye’s and made a hasty retreat home.  All in all it was a fantastic evening to see some we haven’t seen in awhile and a new face or two.  Dan Steele who was recently transferred to Michigan for work, came in his Gen 2, and we quickly pounced on him about membership.

Thanks again to Mike Cipponeri and the staff at Grand Tavern for an enjoyable evening.

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2021 October Cruise - Grand Tavern

2021 FrankenColor Cruise

Michigan weather in fall is always unpredictable.  We had been having some beautiful and very warm days prior to our event.  Unfortunately, the night before, we received a lot of rain and the weather turned very cold.  Our members were greeted with wet roads and temperatures hovering around low 40’s, that morning.  The Fall cruise to Frankenmuth has been one of our more popular events and we felt it was time to go again since we hadn’t been there since 2018.

Our Cruiser maestro, Bob Swartz and our new Motorsports Director, Paul McClorey, were able to bring together a fantastic event in short order after we heard many ask if we were going to have a fall cruise.  Our soggy, cold day started at Great Lakes Crossing and from there we cruised to Past Tense Cider Mill.  Their delicious pies were awarded to every member car that attended, courtesy of MCVO.  After a brief stay of shopping, cider and donuts, we cruised to Frankenmuth.  By this time the sun was beginning to peak out it was a gorgeous ride thru the countryside.  A few late arrivals met us at Frankenmuth and by that time we were 39 attendees and 15 Vipers strong.

We dined in the world famous Bavarian Inn restaurant, and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. After our lunch, our members said their goodbyes and went off to explore the city.

We want to thank our coordinators, Bob Swartz and Paul McClorey for taking the time to put together a fantastic after for our club.  Also a quick shout of to the management at Past Tense and Bavarian Inn for working to make our stay seamless and enjoyable.

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2021 FrankenColor Cruise

2021 FrankenColor Cruise – Oct. 16th

Join us for some fun Viper cruising with friends, cider, donuts, and good food! What could be better!

Our scenic Viper cruise will start at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall with a fun stop at Past Tense Cider Mill in Lapeer. From there, we’ll head on to Frankenmuth for lunch at the elegant Bavarian Inn restaurant.

At 8:30am, we’ll need to be gathered in the mall parking lot between parking markers 7B and 7D which are located near AMC Star Great Lakes 25 for our drivers meeting. The drivers meeting will begin at 8:45 and we’ll be rolling out at 9:00 SHARP.

Route details will be sent in a future email to all participants.

Members are responsible for their own refreshments at the cider mill and lunch.
From the mall we’ll cruise through some back road scenery to Past Tense Cider Mill where we’ll enjoy some cider and donuts! We’ll have plenty of time to browse the antiques, local arts and crafts, and Halloween goods before heading to Frankenmuth. We’ll be rolling out of Past Tense at 11:30 SHARP!

We’ll arrive in Frankenmuth around 12:30pm and park on the west side of Main Street. We’ll then head over to the Bavarian Inn (713 S. Main Street Frankenmuth) where you may order authentic German dishes, their world famous fried chicken or whatever pleases you from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant menu. You may click here for their lunch menu.

Afterwards, feel free to enjoy the shops and sights along Main Street before heading home.

Please use the link below “Sign Up Now”, so we can get an accurate head count for the cider mill and restaurant.

Cutoff for registration is October 10th. On behalf of the club, Bob and Paul are arranging for each car to have a surprise tasty treat.

Event Coordinators:
Bob Swartz
Cell: 248-882-4301

Paul McClorey
Cell: 810-347-5188

October Cruise Night – Oct. 20th

MCVO October Cruise Night
Grand Tavern, Rochester Hills
October 20th, starting at 6:30pm

Rochester Hills we’re coming to you for our October Cruise Night!

Grand Tavern is your one-stop spot for food, fun and excitement every day of the week! Come join with your fellow club members and enjoy their superb and diverse menu that features such favorites as big burgers, BBQ salmon and rib eye steaks!

If these selections don’t tantalize you, join us for their wonderful soups and salads, sandwiches, appetizers and drinks.

You may click here for a sample for their menu.

Their motto is: “Life is “GRAND” at Grand Tavern Rochester Hills”.

Our group will have a reserved area in the dining room and plenty of secure parking for our cars!

Where: Grand Tavern Rochester Hills,
3512 Marketplace Circle, Rochester Hills
You may click here for directions.

When: October 20th, starting at 6:30pm

If you can’t make it by 6:30, feel free to join when you can.
Event Coordinator is Mike Cipponeri, he can be reached at (248) 758-8703.

We hope that everyone is staying healthy thru these unusual times.
We ask that you continue to follow CDC guidelines, in addition to each establishments’ mask & social distancing requirements.

2021 EOI – N. Indiana Color Tour – October 23rd

MCVO Presents
Invitation from Viper Owners in North Indiana
Saturday, October 23rd, starting at 10:30am

Notre Dame Game the same weekend, so hotel rooms are going fast if you want to stay over Friday Night!
A group of Viper owners in Northern Indiana have invited us for a fun day to bond with other owners and enjoy the Indiana countryside.  While this is not an official Viper club event, we thought there may be a few MCVO members who would enjoy attending and socializing.  A few of our members attended last year’s event and continue to rave about their experience.

The day will begin at Ray Sweers’ warehouse of Vipers. Ray and his brother race with NASA and own 20+ Vipers, plus numerous other collectible cars.

Ray’s goal is to have 50 Vipers attending from the Michigan, Illinois’ and Indiana regions.

Event: Viper gathering, lunch, music, and a tech session, followed by fall color tour.

As a special treat, Ray intends to print custom banners for each attendee on site and during the event. Something way cool for the garage or man cave!  If they are as well-made as last year’s, it will be worth the trip!

Date: Oct. 23rd, 10:30 am – 4 pm

Host: Ray Sweers

Location: Positron Corporation, 4725 Wyland Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516
You may click here for directions.

Recommended Hotel(s): Red Roof Inn Elkhart,
2902 Cassopolis St, Elkhart, IN.  You may click here for directions.

Some of our members are also staying here:
Baymont by Wyndham Dowagiac
29291 Amerihost Dr | Dowagiac, MI.  You may click here for directions.

RSVP: To help us get an accurate count to Ray, and keep attendees up to date on caravan details, we need you to signup, using the “Signup Now” link below.

Questions can be directed to the coordinators:
Gary Rappaport, email:garyrppprt@gmail.com or cell:(248) 462-0486
Bob Swartz (Cruise), email:racerbob@comcast.net or cell:(248) 882-4301

Detroit Veterans Day Parade – Nov 7th

MCVO has been invited to participate in the 2021 Detroit Veterans Day Parade

The Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition (MDVC) exists to give veterans a platform to serve their communities.  They seek to inspire patriotism through civic and patriotic events and community initiatives, bringing citizens, our youth, active military and veterans together for a common cause.

The MDVC will be having a Veterans Day Parade on November 7th.  The event will be broadcast/livestreamed so veterans and spectators can watch from the safety of their homes.  Take a moment to view past parades on YouTube to see the many groups who participate, their enthusiasm and how much everyone is enjoying the event!

It is an honor for MCVO to be invited, with space for 15 Vipers, no less!
At this time, the details are being finalized, but we are being asked to present them with our list of interested members.

This is a Viper only event.
You need to signup to let us know, if you’re interested.

Participation is by invitation only and participants will be required to follow the current CDC guidelines.

Please click on the “Sign Up Now” button below, to be taken to the Google signup.

Questions can be directed to Mike Sutton:
cell (586) 782-2225,
email: mcvo_viper_mike@yahoo.com

2021 Fall Tech Day – Nov. 13th

2021 MCVO Fall Tech Day
Featuring our favorite Viper Mechanic, Wil Thorne
Saturday, November 13th, 10am to Noon

Please join us for a relaxed morning where you and your fellow MCVO members can discuss all things Viper and learn something new.

Our host is Wil Thorne and we will be visiting his garage where magic happens. Many of our members have been on the receiving end of Wil’s knowledge and expertise.

The subject of the Tech session will be:
• Discuss in detail viper suspensions, and alignments.
• The extra tools needed and the additional measurements, in order to set up our cars correctly.
• We will touch on some winterizing tips, as well.

Please come with questions or concerns you may be experiencing with your snake, and share them with the group, especially as we prepare them for winter hibernation.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of MCVO and the event is free to all members.

Please Register ASAP, so we can provide enough refreshments for all.
Please click on the “Sign Up Now” link below, to be taken to the Google signup.

The cutoff for signup is November 8th.

Wil & Carrie Thorne’s Garage
4192 Maute Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

• I-94 to Exit 150 (Mount Hope Road)
• North on Mt Hope Road (0.2 mi)
• Turn Right on Morrissey Road (1.6 mi)
• Turn Right on Maute Road (0.4 mi)
• Last house on the right.

With the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather in November, “Daily Drivers” are perfectly acceptable for this event.

The event coordinator is Wil Thorne, and he can be reached at: (517) 414-2987, or his new business email: snakebite.wil@gmail.com

2021 Blue Water Cruising

Our Event Coordinator, Jon Block, came up with a fun and creative way for our club to enjoy our cars and what Michigan had to offer.  It was a beautiful late summer/early fall day with temps starting out a little chilly in the morning but warming to mid-70’s with a bright sunny sky.

After our initial meet, we cruised to Port Huron, and parked along the St. Clair River, with lunch at Freighters restaurant.  The meal and service were excellent, and as an added treat, our Club Mom, Diane Cipponeri provided cookies, so we could celebrate the birthday’s of Sam Milana and Mike Cipponeri.

We departed for a short drive to the Desmond Marine where we boarded the Huron Lady II.  The ship sailed with our “stout crew” along the St. Clair River and into Lake Huron, for an enjoyable 90 minute cruise.  It was pretty windy at times, with some choppy water when we entered the lake.  This made for an entertaining ride.  Our First Lady, Susan Andring, was taking photos of our windswept “crew” as they posed and hung on the railing, at the bow.

After returning safely to dry land, we traveled north for another short run to our final destination, the Fort Gratiot Light Station.  We were given a tour of the grounds, of Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, (1829).  Our guide then led us into the lighthouse and we climbed to the very top and were able to step out onto the walkway.  We were able to capture some truly remarkable photos of the surrounding area and beaches.

Unfortunately all good things must end, and we said our goodbyes to our fellow members and friends, and went our respective ways.

Our thanks to Jon Block for all his work into coordinating the event and the many volunteers, who helped along the way.

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2021 Blue Water Cruising

2021 September Cruise Night – Ernie’s

It was the beautiful summer/fall day for a Cruise Night.  The temps were in the mid-70’s, with a clear and sunny sky.  Our host, Mike Cipponeri, was able to secure the outdoor deck for our club and as the sun set, it was the perfect way to spend the evening with good friends and good food.

We were back on the East Side in Clinton Township, at Ernie’s restaurant.  We even gathered a small group of admirers enjoying our cars.  They commented they had never seen that many Vipers in one setting.

There has been a lot of road construction and getting there unscathed was a challenge, but once we arrived, our cares melted away.  We had a nice turnout with about 25 in attendance and 15 Vipers.

It was great seeing all our friends and discussing our upcoming event, the Blue Water Cruise, this Saturday, which many were going to be in attendance.  This is an entirely new event, with a boat ride and lighthouse tour.  We’ll let you know the details in a future post.

Thanks again to our host, Mike Cipponeri, for all he does for the Cruise Nights and our club.  We also want to thank our Club Mom, Diane Cipponeri, who pitches in to help and is always so gracious that she brightens up every event.

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2021 September Cruise Night - Ernie's