High Octane Cars and Coffee Viper Day Part 2 – Aug. 1st

MCVO is pleased to announce a very unique event of interest
High Octane Café and Bakery
Cars and Coffee
Viper Day, Part 2
Saturday, August 1, from 8am to 11am

High Octane Café & Bakery specializes in providing the highest quality baked goods and donuts in a modern upscale automotive themed environment.

Cars & Coffee events are held onsite during the Spring to Fall months, with each weekend highlighting a different model of cars.  Free coffee and donuts available from 8am to 10am while supplies last.

Please join MCVO members and other Viper owner’s on August 1st, for the “Viper Day” Cars and Coffee, Part 2.

Let’s get out there and show them an impressive parking lot full of Vipers again.  At the end of May, we came for Part 1 and had a great turnout with 32 people and 29 Vipers in attendance.

High Octane Café and Bakery is located at 1952 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills and directions can be found here.

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

EOI – LaFontaine Car Show and MCVO Cruise

Join fellow car enthusiasts for a fun-filled evening of Motor City muscle, music, food and more!

The event is going to include modern and classic cars from the brands Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

There’s going to be a food truck and live music.

Last but not least, there’s will be prizes up for competition!

In addition, Bob Swartz has offered to lead us to the car show via a scenic cruise of woodsy lanes, unique ‘stuff’ roadside, some small town charm, and only a couple of stop lights!

We will meet at 4:00pm, at the BP Gas Station
They are located at: 3685 Highland Road, White Lake.
You may click here for directions. We will depart promptly at 4:25pm.

If you are unable to cruise, you may drive directly to LaFontaine.
LaFontaine CDJR of Fenton, is located at:
16555 Silver Parkway Rd, Fenton
You may click here for directions.

If you’re going to cruise with Bob, first we ask that you signup, using the “Sign Up Now” button below, to help gauge interest.

After you’ve signed up with us, LaFontaine is asking that you send an email RSVP to Casey Jacobsen (before July 30th).

Please Pre-Register/RSVP
to Casey Jacobsen at cjacobsen@lafontaine.com by JULY 30, 2020

August Cruise Night – August 12th

MCVO presents a unique Cruise Night
August 12th, starting at 6:30pm

with Dinner and Drinks on Us!

Our Cruise Night Director, Rick Jakacki, has a very special evening for all you “hands-on” people.

Rick is teaming up with our host, Steve Marek, of Tedson Industries, to show you 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.

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.

You may click here to be taken to their web site, to view their capabilities and past projects.

This is an OEM Prototype shop, so we ask that you do not take photographs during the tour!

Tedson Industries is located at: 1408 Allen Drive, Troy.
You may click here for directions.

We must comply with social distancing guidelines set by the state of Michigan.  The wearing of masks is mandatory and temperatures will be checked at the door. 

The Board has agreed to purchase dinner for our member attendee and their guest.  The dinner will consist of: 1 beef slider and 1 chicken slider, fries and slaw.  We will also be providing bottled water and ice tea.  All we ask is that you bring a chair.

At the conclusion of the event, and to help us celebrate the Dream Cruise as a club, we would like to caravan to Woodward.

In order to help us prepare and order meals, please signup using the “Sign Up Now” button, below.

Signup Cutoff is COB August 10th.

Questions can be directed to our event coordinator(s):

Rick Jakacki (Cruise Night) –   Please text him at (313) 805-4604.

Bob Swartz (Food!) –  (248) 882-4301

2020 Viper Lighthouse Tour – Sept. 10 -13th

MCVO is proud to sponsor our second Viper Lighthouse Tour
September 10-13, 2020
This is the Official Information and Sign Up Post.

Your hotels MUST be booked by August 10th !

Our host, Mike Sutton, has planned a fantastic weekend for our members.

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Meet at the Grass Lake Rest Area, I-94 Westbound, just west of Exit 150 (Mt Hope Road)
Driver’s meeting/handouts at 9:00am, Leaving at 9:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.
There is a convenient MUGG & BOPPS 8 gas station on Mt Hope Road,
just south of I-94.

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:00am, Leaving at 8:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:00am, Leaving at 8:30am.
Please have enough gas for at least 120 miles before first gas stop.

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Driver’s meeting/handouts at 8:30am
Viper Car Show at The Homestead, 9:00am – 10:00am
Leaving at 10:00am.

Items not included in pricing:
Some Meals
Gasoline for the Vipers (or tires for you lead-foots)
Alcoholic beverages

Items included in your registration fee:

Thursday, September 10th:

Carroll Collection – Guided Tour of a personal collection of Mr. Shelby’s memorabilia,
Lunch – Bravo! Restaurant & Cafe, Portage, MI
Kalamazoo Air Zoo – Admission and possible Photo Op,
St Joseph Pier Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Dinner – Not included, but many in walking distance,

Hotel: Silver Beach Hotel, 100 Main St, St Joseph, MI (866-514-6232)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners ($69-$89 +tax)

Friday, September 11th:

Breakfast at Hotel included,
South Haven Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Lunch – Boatwerks Restaurant, Holland, MI
Big Red Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
USS Silversides Submarine Museum – Admission and Photo Op,
Dinner – The Deck, Muskegon (BBQ & Beer),

Hotel: Shoreline Inn Ascend Hotel Collection, 750 Terrace Point Rd, Muskegon, MI (231-727-8483)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners ($149 +tax)

Saturday, September 12th:

Breakfast at Hotel included,
White River Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Little Sable Point Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Lunch – Not included, but many in the Ludington area will be provided,
Point Betsie Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Dinner – Not included, but trying to schedule for Birch & Maple, Frankfort, MI

Hotel: The Homestead, 1 Woodridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI (231-334-5100) (Note: hours for registration are 8am – 6pm)
Group Rate for Motor City Viper Owners (You may also mention Viper Club)($150 + tax)

Sunday, September 13th:

MCVO Viper Car Show – The Homestead – near the main office.
Mission Point Lighthouse – Not open for Lighthouse Climb (grounds open for viewing),
Homeward Bound…

The registration fee is $120.00 per person.
Each person will receive a special gift bag.
Each car will receive a detailed packet with addresses, directions and schedule.
It is imperative that you book your hotels prior to August 10th.
Click on the “Event Registration” button to be taken to PayPal, to pay the registration fee.

Mike can be reached at (586) 782-2225 if you have any questions.

EOI – Cruise Night Alfresco – MCVO Style – June 9th

With the cancellation of our club Cruise Night, Tim Schmitt, graciously stepped forward to offer his home, for a Cruise Night Alfresco.

June 9th, 6:30 to 9pm

(We chose this date because the weather forecast is favorable AND this is a “Sunshine Only” event.)

Tim Schmitt’s place
3758 Morgan Rd., Lake Orion
Parking behind house as directed. (No risk to septic systems, per Tim).  You may click here for directions.

Your coordinator requests 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.

Bring your own dinner and lawn chair/s, tables, beverage as you see fit.

There are many good carryout dining options close by around Great Lakes Crossing for your convenience.

Please plan to minimize your chance of needing to use the bathroom.  However, Tim is glad to have their house open and available for any necessity.

Bob Swartz

Your gracious host:
Tim Schmitt

Snakes Invade Shelby Township – June 13th

DirectCars in Shelby Township has invited our club for an afternoon of fun, friends and cars!

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, DirectCars is not able to offer the same format as last year. This will be a basic car show with their restrooms open to the public.

Last year we had a fantastic turnout with 30 Vipers and 46 in attendance.

51655 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township.
You may click here for directions.

Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 5pm

Please honor all member’s comfort levels by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when at club functions.

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


  • 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


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 – 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

2019 Fall Tech Day – Nov. 2nd

2019 MCVO Fall Tech Day
Featuring our favorite Viper Mechanic, Wil Thorne
Saturday, November 2nd, 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 is still TBD, but rest assured Wil will have some interesting facets of our cars to share with us.  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.

Donuts, Orange Juice, Water and Snacks will be provided.

This event is free to all MCVO members.
Please Register ASAP, so we can provide enough refreshments for all.

Please click on the link below, to be taken to the Google signup.

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.
The event coordinator is Mike Sutton, and he can be reached at: (586) 782-2225