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July '23 Summer Sizzle

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Hello VCO,

Welcome to summer 2023 everyone! It may have officially just begun, but we've already had some great events, and there's many, many more to come! Club enthusiasm and support is off the charts, and there's no better place to be a Viper owner than in Ontario!

New Member Introductions

We warmly welcome these new members who have joined the club since June 11th...

  • Corrie & Meagan Elieff, Burlington, 2015 Gen V GTS, red/black stripes (pic 1)

  • Chris & Andrea Bowden, Brantford, '01 Gen II RT/10, sapphire blue/wh stripe (pic 2)

  • Greg Gillmore, Lynden, 2008 Gen IV SRT-10 Roadster, orange pearl (pic 3)

  • Daniel Hadcock & Lisa Lue-Shing, Aurora, 2000 Gen II GTS, steel grey (pic 4)

  • Jon & Liz Miranda, Webster NY, '08 SRT-10 Gen IV Coupe, Snakeskin Green (pic 5)

  • Arvin Chohan & Eilora Hossain, Toronto, 2013 Gen V SRT, red (pic 6)

  • Vince & Antonella Mainella, Tecumseh, 3 Vipers (pic 7)

1994 Gen I RT/10, black

1997 Gen II GTS, blue & white

2017 Gen V GTS, red, (last Viper produced)

If you've been looking for fun with other Viper enthusiasts, you've definitely come to the right place! We know you're all going to enjoy our club...Welcome to you all!

Viper Show 2023 & Lunch Meeting Recap

Members brought out 58 stunning Vipers in light early morning rain, down from 85 who had planned to...and a great time was had by all! Hagerty Garage + Social is a perfect venue for this annual club event, and we thank them for being a VCO Event Partner!


The club's 2023 Board of Directors were introduced, as were initiatives taken to "provide an unsurpassed Viper Ownership and Club Experience", and our focus on strong member support through enhanced Viper parts, service and technical resources within our club.

Nick Sawrantschuk discussed our strong club finances, owing to 25 years of sound club leadership, along with a dramatic increase in membership, sponsorship, and event partnerships that yield greater value of benefits to members than dues collected!

We introduced and welcomed new members and extended our gratitude to...

  • 38 new 2022-23 members from Windsor to Ottawa and Western New York

  • 3 new sponsors (Hagerty Insurance, ILR Car Control School and Bakspeed)

  • 3 new Event Partners (Hagerty Garage + Social, Stellantis, and CP24 News)

  • and Sponsors (Chrysler dealers Raceway/Islington/Wellington, Gold Motor Garage, and JRP Online & Speed Therapy)

Member's Choice Awards

We certainly had a challenge choosing the Best of the Best this year! Congratulations to these members who received this year's coveted VCO Member's Choice Awards!

  • Gen I - Ralph & Betty Ann Nelles, 1994 Gen I RT/10, Yellow (pic 4)

  • Gen II - Dave Pelosini (tie), 1999 Gen II RT/10, red (pic 6)

  • - Joshua Petrolo (tie), 2000 Gen II ACR, red with silver stripe (pic 7)

  • - George & Debra Wilson (tie), 1998 Gen II RT/10, silver (pic 5)

  • Gen III - Michael & Katherine Goddard,, 2004 Gen III SRT-10 Mamba edition (pic 1)

  • Gen IV - Nabil & Eda Arafat, 2008 Gen IV ACR, red/black stripe (pic 2)

  • Gen V - Paul & Anna Vassallo, 2015 Gen V TA 2.0, Venom Black (pic 3)

And we'd like to also recognize those who came in 2nd...

  • Gen I - Dan & Carolyn Pesant, 1994 Gen II RT/10, black

  • Gen II - Paul & Barbara Bolce (tie), 2000 Gen II GTS, Steel Grey with silver stripes

  • - Jack & Elizabeth Tomik (tie), 1997 Gen II GTS, blue with white stripes

  • Gen III - Mardig Sevadjian, Gen III Competition Coupe (factory race car), black

  • Gen IV - Kevin Lipard, 2008 Gen IV ACR, black

  • Gen V - Angelo D'Amico, 2017 Gen V ACR-E, Stryker Green

Free Draws

Congratulations to these draw winners, and our sincere thanks to our sponsors and others for donating these valuable prizes!

  • ILR Car Control School, Track School (~$600 value) – Jamie Herrington

  • Bakspeed, Private Coaching Day – Kevin Lipard

  • Islington Chrysler, Viper Inspection & Oil Change – George Wilson

  • Raceway Chrysler, Viper Inspection & Oil Filter - Jack Tomik

  • Johnston Research & Performance (JRP Online), 4 - Sonax Wax Kits

    • Nabil Arafat, Mike Buchanan, Adam Mayo, and Ralph Nelles

  • Viper Club of Ontario, 2024 Membership - Charlie Winter

  • VCO, 2 - 25th Anniversary Travel Bags - Jason Haentjens & Conrad Falkenberg

  • .VCO, Men’s Polo Shirt - Sam Bak

  • Member John Laframboise, Dodge Viper Book - Mike Yarek

VCO Branded Gifts

Attending club events is always a lot of fun, and while some who attended the Viper Show & Lunch Meeting took home a free draw prize, and some a Member's Choice Award, every member who RSVP'd to this event took home their choice from a selection of club logo branded gifts! We had ordered some extras and they will be given to members who haven't received one and who RSVP to one of these 3 up-coming events...while our limited quantities last, and as RSVP's are received! So RSVP early!

  • Sat. July 22nd, Bruce & Deb's Annual BBQ Lunch & Pool Party, Cannington

  • Sat. August 12th, Madoc-Marmora Cruise & Iron Rooster Lunch, Marmora Area

  • Sat, August 19th, Dan & Jane's BBQ lunch & Pool Party, Acton

This was our 2nd Viper Show & Lunch Meeting and it was a lot of fun seeing so many members and their Vipers together! We thank all who attended, helped out in many ways, and provided great feedback. This year's VCO Viper Show set a number of club records, and if the weather cooperates, 2024 will be even better!

Up-coming Events to RSVP to ASAP!

Sat. July 15th, O'Hara Show & Honsburger Estate Winery Patio Dinner, St. Catharines (pic 1)

  • .Join us for either or both. The Classic Car Show is in support of I Challenge Diabetes. RSVP deadline is Tuesday July 11th! Bring your Viper or other cool car!

Sat. July 22nd, Bruce & Deb's Annual BBQ Lunch & Pool Party, Cannington (pics 2-3)

  • Bring your Viper or other cool car for display and photos!

  • RSVP by July 17th for food caterer order. Rain date July 23rd.

Sat. July 22nd, RM Sotheby's Classic Restorations Tour, Lunch & Cruise, Chatham (pic 6)

  • VIP tour of this famous shop. Cruise to Rondeau Park, club paid admission.

  • RSVP by July 17th for lunch and park admission reservations.

July 26 & Aug 3, Speed Therapy Track Days, Cdn Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville (5)

  • Join us for exciting performance driving days!

  • Novice, Intermediate or Advanced level drivers, or come to see what it's all about.

  • These events always sellout so register ASAP!

Sat. August 5th, Chrysler Brampton Assembly Plant Private VIP Tour, Brampton (pic 4)

  • See the last-call Challenger, Chargers & 300's's roll down the line for the last time

  • Max. 60 allowed, 40 have already rsvp'd...spots are going fast...RSVP now!

  • Update July 10th...this event is now full. We can add others to a wait/cancellation list.

See the Event Calendar listings to RSVP at

Member's Event Suggestions

We're always interested in your feedback, as well as any suggestions for future events. Many of the most enjoyable event ideas have come from member's unique personal experiences of places and things that few others would even know about. If you have an idea for a club event, whether in your local area or elsewhere, please reach out to your local Area Director or myself!

Drive Festival 2023 Viper Exhibit

We'll have another VCO Exhibit at Drive Festival 2023 on Fri. to Sun. September 8-10th. We ask for commitments to provide Vipers to exhibit for 1, 2 or all 3 days. Your admission to Drive Festival for 2 will be included for those members exhibiting! Our goal is to exhibit a broad range of Viper models. Contact Bruce to discuss at

J.D. Power 2023 Initial Quality Study Ranks Dodge #1, Ram #2

These and other Stellantis brands did very well, including Jeep. When it's time to shop for a new vehicle be sure to consider these brands that are sold by VCO sponsors Islington Chrysler, Raceway Chrysler & Wellington Motors! Each has a dedicated sales professional to service VCO members...

Vipers For Sale by Members & Sponsors

SOLD! 2015 Gen V SRT Viper, white with silver stripes, excellent condition, 53,000 kms.

Stock besides a K & N air filter kit. Full PPF wrapped last year with new ceramic coating.

New Michelin tires. $190,000. Ottawa area. Jeremy Geurts,

1999 Gen II Viper GTS, black w/silver stripes, approx. 20,387 miles/32,809km, $95,000.

Owned since 2014. Serviced exclusively by Garrett Nalepka at Raceway Chrysler. No issues, cold ac, upgraded radiator, exhaust, brakes, and other tasteful improvements.

Contact Edward Hurwitz for more info @

1994 R/T 10 (SOLD), 1996 Gen II GTS and 2005 Gen III SRT-10 Vipers at Islington Chrysler. Tara Scaduto or Kris Rams, contact info

2014 SRT Gen V GTS at Raceway Chrysler. Contact Sales Manager Sal Dellaterza. Contact info at

Ontario Car Shows

There are numerous car shows every week in the summer, with many supporting great charities. We chose to plan club events around 4 this year, including our annual VCO Viper Show at Hagerty Garage + Social, and members Dan & Sharon O'Hara's on July 15th, as well as some of the Hagerty Cars & Caffeine meets on the last Sunday of each month. .

Some of our members frequent other shows as well, and many can be found with a Google search for "Ontario car shows". One member recommends this Saturday's July 8th show in Burlington that you might like to check out at

VCO Sponsor & Event Partner Appreciation

Please support these generous VCO sponsors and event partners who help us provide the unsurpassed Viper Ownership and Club Experience that we all so enjoy! Thank you!

Raceway Chrysler | Islington Chrysler | Wellington Motors (Chrysler)

JRP Online & Speed Therapy | ILR Car Control School | BAKSPEED

Hagerty Insurance | Gold Motor Garage | Windsor Premier Cruises

Hagerty Garage + Social | Stellantis | Bell Media-CP24 News

On behalf of your VCO leadership team,

Bruce Hadfield

705-341-8320 any time

We're looking forward to putting the Sizzle in Summer with new and old friends soon!

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