EOI – High Octane Cars and Coffee – Part 1

The Pandemic has changed our lives in many ways.  Normally at this time of the year, our club calendar is full and members have to choose between numerous events.  This year we’ve had to cancel many events and this has been the first time that our members were able to come out and enjoy their cars and friendships.  It started out as a chilly morning in the low 50’s but as it progressed, with the sun, it started to warm up.

We had a great turnout with 32 people in attendance and 29 Vipers.  The owners of High Octane Café love to have their lot full of Vipers.  Last year we had one day dedicated to us and this year we’ll have two.  Our second event, Part 2, will be held on August 1.  We look forward to seeing everyone there and maybe we can break our record.

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2020 High Octane Cars and Coffee Part 1

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.

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

Details:

  • 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

Requirements:

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.

2020 Winter Party

Our thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri for creating another fantastic evening!  Diane had outdone herself in the creativity and love that she puts into the event and gifts.

We had a smaller turnout than past years, with 38 in attendance, but in no way did that diminish the fun that was had by all.  Our group is very competitive by nature and it was evident in the seriousness of the blackjack players and those cheering on their cars during Viper racing.

We also want to thank Pat Gall, for her contribution of some of the model Vipers, that Joe had acquired over the years.  Pat was very insistent that these be given away free, to our members.  One of those lucky recipients, was Barb Maccani, who won a basket of Joe’s cars, after her win at Viper racing.

Everyone had a great time and after our President queried the group about a Winter Party for next year, and all were in agreement.

I, for one, enjoy coming every year and seeing my Viper friends for an evening of good fun, food and camaraderie.

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2020 Winter Party

2020 February Cruise Night – Ikes

On a cold Wednesday evening in Sterling Heights, 16 brave souls ventured out for the monthly camaraderie of friends. They met up at Ikes, a Greek eatery for fine dining in one of their private rooms. Hummus and fresh vegies were the appetizer of choice. Laughter and catching up of past adventures was happily discussed.

The small turn out could be that the original west side location was still closed for remodeling and Ikes stepped in at the last minute to graciously accommodate our group.

We will be returning to the West side for our March outing so please check your emails for future updates.

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2020 February Cruise Night - Ikes

2020 Winter Party – February 29th DEADLINE EXTENDED!


We’re having our annual Vegas style party.
The Gazebo Banquet Center,
February 29th from 6:00 to 11:30 P.M.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 P.M.

Enjoy a buffet dinner, cash bar, friendly blackjack games,
and the biggest prizes out of any of our events!!
Everyone is a winner during our Winter Party!

After much demand, we’re having our 4th annual Viper racing!
Come bet on your car and win tickets for the final prize drawings.

The cost for this event will be $35 per person.  Due to popular demand the sign up deadline is now February 24th.  You can sign up via the Event Registration link below.

Take this chance to get out of the cold and win a prize that could be worth more than your annual Club dues!

The Gazebo is at 31104 Mound Rd. Warren, and directions can be found by clicking here.

Contact Diane Cipponeri at 586-677-1304 or text at 248-758-8703

2020 January Cruise Night – Art & Jake’s

Everyone has been slowly recovering from their holiday madness.  We’ve been having weird unseasonable weather for December and January with temperatures in the 40’s.  Last week we had solid rain and flooding, only to see some light snow a couple days later.

Our Cruise Director, Rick Jakacki found us a new venue on the east side, where we can meet and greet our club friends, many of which we have not seen for quite a while.  I have it on good authority he’s found another new restaurant, on the west side, for February’s Cruise.

For a chilly Wednesday night, we had a great turnout, with 24 in attendance.  The weather was again in the 40’s and you could of almost brought your Viper, until it started to rain on the way home.

Our thanks to Rick for taking the time from his busy schedule, to find us great venues, every month.  The staff is always accommodating for our sizable group.

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2020 January Cruise Night - Art & Jake's

2019 Holiday Party at the DYC

On Dec. 7th, we returned to the beautifully decorated Detroit Yacht Club (DYC) for our annual Holiday Party.  This is the one time of the year that our members dress in their finest evening apparel and everyone looked fantastic.

We had 52 in attendance and 1 Viper.  Dave Dziekan came in his newly acquired red Gen 2, which looked great parked out front of the DYC.

The DYC served a buffet with a wide array of sumptuous entrees and even a prime rib station.  There were holiday-themed gifts raffled off and dancing.

Our hosts Joe and Rose Klutz made sure everything ran smoothly and everyone felt welcome.  We also want to thank our Social Director Diane Cipponeri (and her hubby Mike) who were unable to attend since they’re traveling abroad, but assisted in planning.

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2019 Holiday Party

2019 Bocce Ball

This year winter seemed to come upon us very quickly.  We had approximately 10 inches of snow in the second week of November.  It was a cold day but 34 attendees braved the elements to come out and do battle on the Bocce court.  In the end, only one team stood victorious.  The “Coupes” are the new Bocce Champs for 2019!

Congratulations to: Greg Priestap, Rose Klutz, Tonino Zaccagnini, and Carolyn Mason.  Note: Rose is a multi-year winner!  We also had an unexpected newcomer, Anne Gavin, mother of Sean, who took to the game very quickly and played all evening, right up to the final battle.

Our thanks to Mike and Diane Cipponeri, who consistently provide our club with fantastic events.

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2019 Bocce Ball

2019 EOI Ford v Ferrari Movie

The movie “Ford v Ferrari” release was highly anticipated by car enthusiasts and car historians.  A thread was started on our Facebook site asking who was interested in attending.  Tony Smith quickly took command and offered to coordinate an Event of Interest.  He has a friend who runs the Birmingham 8 theater and worked to get us special accommodations.

There were approximately 36 in attendance for the opening weekend show.  We had our screening in a private theater, reserved just for us. The movie told the story of how Ferrari had dominated Le Mans for years and after Henry Ford II was humiliated by Enzo Ferrari, he was determined at all costs to win.

It was a great movie and brought to life many of the characters we have come to revere.  Everyone enjoyed the movie and even though it was a cold November night, with their Vipers hibernating, members wanted desperately to go drive fast.

We want to thank Tony Smith and the Birmingham 8 staff for allowing us this opportunity to enjoy the movie in our own private theater, where we could also could catch up with old friends prior to the movie.

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2019 EOI Ford v Ferrari Movie