2021 April Cruise Night – April 21st


F I R S T  M C V O  C r u i s e  N i g h t  o f  2 0 2 1
We’ve missed you!
April 21st
6:30pm
5th Tavern
2262 S Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills

5th Tavern is an upscale casual dining restaurant featuring American style cuisine prepared from scratch.

Click on the link for a sample of their diverse menu.

The owners of 5th Tavern, are planning a safe and fun evening for our members.  We are limited to 30 people, but we’ll have reserved parking in the rear, and a private entrance to our own reserved dining area.

If you need directions, you can find them here.

Event Coordinator is Mike Cipponeri, he can be reached at (248) 758-8703.

We must wear masks, practice social distancing and follow all current CDC Guidelines during this event.
Masks may be removed when consuming food or drink.

2020 Fall Tech Day – Nov. 7th


Our Motorsports Director, Mike Sutton, along with our host, Gordon Heidacker of PMD Garage, invite you to participate in our Fall Tech Day.

From advanced Viper engine development to building state of the art electric karts for M1 Concourse, PMD Garage 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.

Where: PMD Garage, 40 West Pike St., Pontiac.
You may click here for directions.

When: November 7th, from 10am to Noon

Coffee and donuts, will be provided by our club.
We ask that you bring your own chairs.

We must wear masks, practice social distancing and follow all current CDC Guidelines during this event. Masks may be removed when consuming food or drink.

In order to help us prepare, please signup using the link below.
The cutoff for signup is 11/5/20.

Questions can be directed to our event coordinator, Mike Sutton, at
(586) 782-2225 or email: cuda73318@yahoo.com

EOI – N. Indiana Color Tour – October 24th


Event of Interest
Invitation from Viper Owners in North Indiana
Saturday, October 24th, starting at 11am

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.

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

To date they have 15 Vipers attending from the Illinois’ and Indiana regions.

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

Date: Oct. 24th, 11 am – 2 pm

Host: Ray Swears

Location: Positron Corporation, 4614 Wayland Dr., Elkhart, IN
You may click here for directions.

Recommended Hotel: La Quinta by Wyndham Elkhart, 330 Northpointe Blvd, Elkhart, IN.  You may click here for directions.

RSVP to: Ray Swears, 574-215-8777 or email: ray@positroncorp.com
or text Leslie McLaughlin at 574-315-7727

2020 Veterans Day Parade – Nov. 8th

Registration has closed

MCVO has been invited to participate in the 2020
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 8th.  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 12 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.

Participation is by invitation only and participants must wear face masks, practice social distancing and have their temperatures checked at sign in.

Questions can be directed to Mike Sutton:
cell (586) 782-2225,
email cuda73318@yahoo.com

Lutz Do a Fall Color Tour – Oct. 10th

Registration has been closed for this event!

Please note new “Initial Start Meeting Point” location

Lutz Do a Fall Color Tour
Saturday, October 10th, starting at 9:00am

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

At 9:00 AM, We’ll meet at the “Initial Start Meeting Point” which is:

Kohl’s parking lot at:
6650 Whitmore Lake Rd, Brighton
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 – 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.

Michigan Avian Experience – June 27th


Michigan Avian Experience
MCVO “Totally Free Event” – Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Michigan Avian Experience was created to capture our innate fascination with birds and flight.  Using non-releasable, wild native Michigan raptors (owls, eagles, hawks) as teaching partners, the organization will give an educational and entertaining show to our club members.
All of the raptors working with Michigan Avian Experience are unable to survive in the wild due to poorly healed injuries.  As avian predators, their wings, feet, and eyes need to be perfect in order to survive.  Even then, in some cases, it is estimated only 20% live into adulthood.

We will be able to experience these fascinating raptors, up close.

We must practice social distancing even though this event is held outdoors, and strongly recommend the wearing of masks.

8:30am – “Eastsiders”,
Meet at Dairy Queen, 28039 Mound Road, Warren Click here for directions.

The Eastsiders will then cross town and rendezvous with the Westsiders.

10:00am – “Westsiders”,
Meet at Speedway Gas, 930 S. Main St, Chelsea Click here for directions.

Cruise Route will be handed out at meet up spots.

We ask that you fill-up prior to leaving.

Please contact Mike Sutton with any questions, at 586-782-2225.

In order to help us gauge interest, we ask that you click on the signup link below, and fill in the required information.  The cutoff for signup is 6/25.

Cohoctah Cruise & Barbecue – July 11th


July 11th, starting at 11:45am
Rain or Shine

Our Coordinators for this event have a full day in store for you.

At 11:45 AM, we’ll gather at Burger King.
It’s located at: 7320 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp.
You may click here for directions.
(Bathrooms are available in Burger King).

At 12:00PM SHARP, we’ll depart.  Bob Swartz will lead us on a fun, scenic, country setting, with lots of trees.  It’s just over 40 miles and just under an hour of pure driving enjoyment.
We’ll take a fun 1-hour break at Spicer’s Orchard and Winery.

We’ll each be on our own to enjoy their Fresh DONUTS, and lots of tasty goodies.  There is also knickknack’s to shop for, ice cream, an orchard, and a farm setting to stroll and view.  They also have a wine tasting.  You may click here for their web site, and under the winery tab, you’ll find a downloadable wine menu.

Don’t eat or drink too much, because at 2:00pm, it’s on to the McClorey’s and a fantastic BBQ.

Our hosts, Paul & Alison McClorey have invited us to spend the day, at their home and breathtaking grounds.  The home was built in 1865, and they reside on 6.5 acres, with a pond, barns, horseshoe pits and a working smokehouse.

We plan to arrive at the McClorey’s home by 2:30 pm, with dinner being served by 4:00 pm.

Paul and Alison are already making plans for a fantastic variety of meats, which are cooked in their personal smokehouse, including: salmon, chicken, ribs and brisket.

For everyone’s safety, we ask that you bring: Side dishes for your own consumption, your beverage of choice, and a chair.  Utensils & plates will be provided.

We encourage that you not only maintain ’social distancing’ but also wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.

There will be a bathroom available.

After endless cancellations ~ finally an event which rings all the bells!

Cost: 100% underwritten by club funds
For you: free, nada, zip, zero dollars

Clear your calendar and signup!  We need a reliable headcount in order to buy and prepare the meats.
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 7/7/20.

We hope you’ll join us for the initial meet-up and cruise.
If you can’t, the McClorey’s are located at:
913 Chase Lake Road, Howell.
You may click here for directions.

Questions can be directed to our Coordinators:
Bob Swartz; racerbob@comcast.net; (248) 882-4301
Paul McClorey; paul@paulsonsconstruction.com; (810) 347-5188

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).

Coordinators:
Rick Jakacki
313-805-4604
rjakacki@ford.com

Bob Swartz
248-882-4301
racerbob@comcast.net

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