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THE VCO TIMES

Updated: Sep 5

Issue 6, August 2021

Ontario Viper Event 2021 - Special Edition


ONVE 2021 – Windsor & Surrounding Area, 4 days of fun, Sept. 10th-13th!


Prepare to board the Saturday's Tour Boat as our Club Signature Event for 2021 launches... and you’ll want to be on it! RSVP by Aug 11th to receive a member's free Tour ticket!


You'll also want to book your London and Windsor hotel rooms right away as we've negotiated discounts in London if booked by Aug 10th, and have a block of rooms and room prices held in Windsor if booked by Aug 11th at 6 pm! RSVP to Bruce right away for all hotel booking details. Reservations can be cancelled 72 hours before if you can't make it.


Friday Sept. 10th. Join us in London at our host hotel, the Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn. Meet & Greet at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30.


Saturday Sept. 11th. 9:30 am meet time for our Viper Cruise from London to Windsor. We'll have scenic stops, and lunch in Chatham where other local members will also join us. Then check into our Windsor Best Western Plus-Waterfront host hotel, go for dinner at Fourteen Restaurant & Sky Lounge, and board the Macassa Bay for a tour of the Detroit River with spectacular views of the illuminated Detroit and Windsor cityscapes!


Sunday Sept. 12th. Set off on a Viper Cruise to scenic and interesting destinations along the Detroit River and Lake Erie shorelines stretching from Windsor to Amherstburg, Kingsville and Point Pelee. We have lunch and dinner venues planned, photos at a winery, and will return to Windsor around 9 pm! Caesars Casino visit anyone?


Monday Sept. 13th. After breakfast and check-out we’ll bid farewell to Windsor and head off as a group before splitting off into smaller cruises planned according to where we’re all headed!

Our event sponsor, Wellington Chrysler, is providing one free boat cruise ticket to each member that RSVP’s to the event by August 11th at 6 pm! The club is has arranged paid parking security at our hotel in Windsor. Join us for the days you like, whether 1, 2, or all 4!

Please refer to this event's listing on the “Events” page on this website for more details. Then email the event organizer, Bruce, to receive hotel booking instructions, full itinerary, and to RSVP for the days you wish to attend.


RSVP quickly to help us make the myriad of arrangements for the right number of cars and people that we must do for parking, meals, tour boat and hotels! All event details will be emailed to you.


We’d like to thank this event’s sponsor, Wellington Chrysler in Guelph, for their generous club support, Please support our club sponsors that help us provide these great events!

10 Events in the last 6 Weeks!

Not only were they a lot of fun, but we probably set an event record for any Viper Club in the world!


Niagara, St. Clair River, Belfountain, and St. George Viper Cruises, Patio Lunches, RSP Motorsports Free Dyno Session and impressive Shop Tour, Performance Driving Track Schools and Lapping Events, and Bruce & Deb's Annual BBQ!


Huge thanks to all of you who participated, and to our members, directors and sponsors that made them possible. You’re all responsible for our incredible club spirit and success!



Check out our Event Recaps and Photos!


We wrote Event Recaps for each and posted those along with event photos in the June and July ”Newsletters” and on our “Gallery” website pages just days after each event. Please refer to those pages to see how your Viper Club of Ontario has been creating more Viper fun for 2021!


Watch for our August Event Recaps that will be added to this newsletter soon after each of those are completed.


20 Days of Events Coming!


6 days of events this month, another 10 in September, and we just keep going! It’s hard to believe our event season only started 6 weeks ago, and that we still have another 20 event days left! If you need more Viper fun in your life, check out our “Events” page and join us soon!

August Viper Event Recaps! See the Gallery for all photos!

Aug 8th, Lunch at Villa Caledon Inn, Caledon East. VCO 2021 Event #12!


This was such a perfect setting for a wonderful lunch with club friends. The day was hot but the members, Vipers and drinks were all very cool, and the meal was excellent! This restaurant is surrounded by beautiful gardens and I'm sure we can all highly recommend it. It was great to see local resident and member David Frost out in his stunning red Gen 2 GTS. Our events are purposely spread out across Southern Ontario to give everyone ease of attending. Special thanks to our club treasurer, Nick Sawrantschuk, for organizing and sponsoring it through his firm, S&W LLP Chartered Professional Accountant!




Aug. 12th, Patio Dinner in Keswick on Lake Simcoe. Event #13!


The Beach Lakefront Bar & Grill overlooks Lake Simcoe and offers such a great meal and scenic setting! We're able to park our Vipers on the lawn out front for safety and great photos. The best part of every event is seeing old friends, meeting new members, and meeting their significant others where they discover our events are great fun for them as well! Special thanks to our technical director, Garrett Nalepka, for organizing this event, and to Raceway Chrysler for sponsoring it!



Aug. 14th, RSP Motorsports, Lunch, Viper Cruise to Grand Bend and beyond. Event #14!


What a day this was, starting with our 2nd visit this summer to the hugely impressive RSP Motorsports! We held a draw at our 1st day here for a free dyno session on this second day, and Isif Ibrahima was the lucky draw winner. You'll see his beautiful Stryker Green Gen V being tested on the dyno for engine power. RSP performs a very wide range of automotive services for those living in the London, Windsor and surrounding area, ranging from all maintenance and repairs, alignment, tuning, dyno testing, detailing, paint protection film and ceramic coating installation....and they'll even build you a replica Porsche 508 Spider race car (of James Dean fame), a 508 4 seat Speedster, or a stunning 905 GTS!


We then enjoyed lunch at Hillside Restaurant, and then off on our Viper Cruise to the bustling Grand Bend, Goderich, Blyth where we visited Cowbell Brewery, and then to Stratford for a nice dinner. Special thanks to Renato and his staff at RSP Motorsports for sponsoring their event and lunch, and to member Jamie Herrington for planning this exceptional cruise!




Aug. 20th, JRP “Speed Therapy” Track day


It was a hot day but the several Vipers ran and looked very cool ! JRP provided in-car instruction for all novice and intermediate level drivers, and they're available to others as well.


We took a Gen V group photo of 4 ACR Extremes and 1 TA with their hoods up. Together these 2 models set 14 US race track records! We have many other members with ACR Extremes and TAs, and it would be great to get them all out on the same day for a group photo, along with our members in their Gen 1-4's! That many local ACR Extremes at a club track at the same time would likely be another record! Maybe that will happen at the next JRP track day on Sept. 30th!


Special thanks to Derek Johnston and JRP for sponsoring the 4 JRP "Speed Therapy" track days at Mosport this year, including the next one on Sept 30th. Derek just purchased his own ACR-Extreme and we look forward to seeing him bring that car our on the 30th, and becoming a club member in a addition to being a club sponsor now that he owns one! It was also great to meet new member Angelo D. who also recently purchased an ACR-E that we'll hopefully also see on the 30th.



Aug. 21st, Rice Lake Loop and Peterborough Lunch Cruise


This was another awesome day with great friends and Vipers. Jason Willis, our club director in Eastern Ontario, planned a really interesting and fun cruise route around Rice Lake, starting in Coburg and ending at the Ashburnham Ale House in Peterborough. We had a really nice meal, enjoyed meeting old and new friends, including Justin and Meghan Black who have now joined our club! Special thanks to Jason's Kingston Honda for sponsoring the event!


We're very sorry that a couple of other event's were rained out this month... Jay T's & Islington Chrysler's Aug 1st Cars, Coffee and Campbellville Cruise, and Paul Brocca's & Islington Chrysler's Aug 29th Muskoka Cruise.




We need your help with RSVP’s folks


We love planning events for our members but many don’t realize how difficult it is to organize and make final event plans when we don’t know in advance how many people are coming that need seating for meals, and how many cars we need to arrange space for parking. A cruise with 7-9 cars can be led by one leader and one tail car, but a cruise with more generally requires a second leader and tail car that also knows the exact route.


We know there are times when you just don’t know in advance if you’ll be able to attend an event, perhaps due to chance of rain. That’s understandable, and we wouldn’t want you to not join us on short notice for that reason, but please do try to RSVP a few days in advance whenever you can. Not to worry, we'll postpone an event due to rain and notify all those who have RSVP'd. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.


Why not go through our Events Calendar page, RSVP now for all the events you'd like to attend, and put them in your calendar! We hope every member will come out and enjoy our events...we have something for everyone, and probably several!

Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming Ron Kostka from north Durham, and Jean-Pierre Siouti from Ottawa. It’s a great pleasure to have you both join our club and we look forward to sharing some good times with you!


Ron joined us for our annual BBQ. You can see photos of his incredibly rare 1998 Gen 2 in Lemans livery from our July 24th event in our Gallery, and Jean-Pierre has a beautiful red 2015 Gen V.


Welcome gentlemen!




On behalf of your VCO leadership team, thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you all at an event soon! If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.


Bruce Hadfield

President, VCO

vcotracks@gmail.com


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