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

2020 July Cruise Night at Culver’s


All the Cruises for MCVO that Rick Jakacki puts together for us is GREAT.
And the July Cruise Night was no exception; and with some superlatives to boot!

We had a whole parking lot to ourselves.
Several Culver’s customers came to look at the cars.
A good turn out (16 cars and 24 people) of new and long time members.
EZ to order carry out or drive thru dinner at our leisure.
And FREE, did I say FREE, ice cream delivered car side.
Courtesy of MCVO – thank you very much.

As best I could tell, a splendid time was had by all.
(And it sure was great to get “OUT”, and everybody stayed safe)!

We want to thank our Co-Coordinator, Bob Swartz, for this article, photograph and his help in making this a fun evening.

2020 Cohoctah Bar B Q and Cruise

We’ve had some scorching hot days with no rain, then the night prior to our event, the weather service was calling for Flash Flood Warnings and we saw a massive downpour. The morning of the event, the sun came out and we had one of the most beautiful days you could want for a Bar B Q and cruise.

Bob Swartz planned a meet-up, then a beautiful scenic cruise to Spicers Orchard but was unfortunately unable to attend. Mike Sutton and his team of Darrin Ledsinger and Tom Beekman sprung into action to coordinate the cruise. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect drive thru the country side. After the orchard, we took another short scenic drive to the home of Paul and Alison McClorey.

By the time we arrived, we had a total of 24 Vipers and 42 in attendance. This is our second year at the McClorey’s and we are thrilled to be invited.

Paul, Alison and their children opened their home to our group and we truly appreciate the hard work they put into this event. If you think about what it would take to shop, prepare and feed a group this size, it’s mind boggling. Paul briefly explained about the origins of the smokehouse and the modifications he made. He literally started around 5:30-6am that morning to smoke the meats and fish. In addition to the brisket, and ribs, there were 3 different styles of salmon, all smoked to perfection. At the end of the meal, Alison was serving a delicious chocolate cake to our very satisfied and satiated group.

Susan Andring lead the group with a relay race game of “moving” water from one bucket to another with a frisbee. It’s more difficult that it sounds. Our winning team was awarded prizes, at the winners platform. There were also a errant water balloon or two, tossed into the crowds.

We again want to thank our hosts, Paul and Alison (along with their fantastic kids) for all the hard work they put into this event and how much fun we all had.

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2020 Cohoctah Bar BQ and Cruise

2020 Michigan Avian Experience

We have been experiencing a drought prior to our event and unfortunately the weather decided to change the evening before.  There was an advisory for much of Oakland County and for some, the rain stopped just prior to our departure.  Some had decided to take their dailies while about 12 Viper owners toughed it out and brought their cars.  We had a great turnout with about 40 in attendance.

What a great day at the Michigan Avian Experience!  We were shown Raptors (birds of prey) and a beautiful owl.  We also got to see up close and personal, a magnificent bald eagle, and got to have our picture taken with the eagle.

Our thanks go out to the staff of MAE (Francie and Sarah) for hosting our group and taking such good care of these magnificent creatures.  We also want to thank Mike Sutton and Susan Andring for coordinating the event and finding a truly unique experience.

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2020 Michigan Avian Experience

Culver’s of Waterford Cruise

During the ongoing pandemic lockdown and partial re-opening, Bob Swartz, has been a constant for us in MCVO.  Bob has found creative ways for us to remain in contact and enjoy our Viper friends.  From our Zoom virtual calls, to dinner gatherings, he has been leading the way for our members to stay in touch.

On June 24th, Bob was the coordinator, for a Cruise Night at Culver’s of Waterford.  It was a beautiful summer evening, and our members were happy to drive over and enjoy their great burgers, custard and good friends.

As Bob liked to describe it, “there were 12 glistening Vipers and 17 cheerful members in attendance, who finally got a chance to go to a PUBLIC restaurant.”

Our thanks to Bob Swartz for taking the time to coordinate these great events and Bruce Heckman for the photos.  There will be more photos and a nice article in our next upcoming Newsletter.

Snakes Invade Shelby Township

The weather has been all over the map, for the month of June.  The night prior to our event it was cold and it was predicted it wouldn’t warm up much during the day, but the sun warmed the lot and everyone seemed to enjoy being outside with their Viper friends.

We had a great turnout with 33 in attendance and 27 Vipers.  We had a few new faces and one father/son, who happened to be driving by in their very recently purchased low mileage Gen 2 ACR.

Our thanks to our host David Holder of Direct Cars, who welcomed us for a second year.  David also provided pizza and soft drinks for our attendees.

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2020 Snakes Invade Shelby Township

EOI – Cruise Night Alfresco

Our club is still grappling with how to resume holding events, as restrictions are lifted.  The Board felt that a cancellation of the traditional Cruise Night, was necessary, while we looked at alternative venues.

Tim and Laura Schmitt stepped forward and offered their home and spacious backyard for a Cruise Night Alfresco.  Members were encouraged to bring their own food, chairs, and dine outdoors.  Everyone had a great time, while being safe.  It was a perfect way to socialize but aware of each other’s wellbeing.  We had a nice turnout for a Tuesday evening, with 17 in attendance and 10 Vipers.

We’d like to thank our hosts, Tim and Laura, along with our Coordinator, Bob Swartz, for coming up with this creative solution.  Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, is looking into an outdoor setting, for our July Cruise.

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2020 EOI Cruise Night Alfresco

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 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