IN/KY VCA Member (and NASA Racer) Ray Sweers invites you to...

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  1. Steve-Indy

    Steve-Indy VCA Member - Great Lakes

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    IN/KY VCA Member (and NASA Racer) Ray Sweers invites you to attend a very special event at his race shop...with a dyno tuner across the street !!



    Ray wrote: "I verified with the owner of Accelerators (Todd Hines) that we are good to go for Saturday May 19th with a "rain date" of the 26th. I believe that if the weather report on the Friday before shows a 30% or greater chance of rain then we would shift to the rain date.

    The basics of our plan is simply to have folks gather at my race shop (4717 Wyland Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516) any time they wish after 10:00 AM. I figure we can wrap things up by 5:00 PM. I will cater in lunch at noon (chicken, chips, drinks, etc.) at no charge for anyone. I will also offer a free skip shift module (we make them here at Positron) to anyone who might want one and install it here. I will have two lifts open at my shop.



    Accelerators has several lifts including the one for the dyno. Todd will charge $75 for three pulls and if folks wanted to, they could schedule a "tuning session" at a later date whereby their ECU could be programmed to work perfectly with their engine. People who have headers, smooth tubes and high flow filters can benefit from such a tune where air/fuel and timing parameters are dialed in. Folks who have an aftermarket cam or head work absolutely should want a tuning session. Accelerators is a full blown service center and can do pretty much anything to a Viper. They have installed super chargers on Vipers in the past and they have done a bunch of stuff on my cars including alignments.




    But, of course the focus of the event is really just to meet people and exchange Viper information. To support my racing program, I have amassed a vast number of Viper contacts for just about anything a person could be looking for. I would be happy to help folks find just about any Viper part they might be looking for.





    If people have special needs for their Viper and it could be done at this event, then we could address this in advance. If they want to have their fluids changed or checked this can be done. People could bring their own stuff or we could be sure to have what they want on hand. People could get a nice chance just to look under their Vipers if they wish. It surprises me just how many folks never get to see the underneath of their cars !




    We would like to extend this invitation to the Illinois VCA, Motor City Viper Owners (VCA), and Ohio VCA Members as well.

    In fact...ALL VCA Members AND Viper Owners will be welcomed.




    We want to encourage folks with questions/comments/suggestions to e-mail ME for additional info: [email protected]




    PLEASE RSVP for this event to: [email protected] or by telephone




    Watch for more details in the near future !!



    Looking forward to seeing everyone,


    Ray Sweers"

    Positron Corporation Link: http://www.positroncorp.com/contact.htm4614




    RACE SHOP Address
    4717 Wyland Drive
    Elkhart, IN 46516





    Map link for Ray's Race Shop:
    http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=4717+Wyland+Dr&city=Elkhart&state=IN&zipcode=46516



    Link to Accelerators, Inc.: http://myaccelerators.com/Accelerators/Accelerators_Elkhart.html




     
  2. Steve-Indy

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    Please send Ray your RSVP's...before he gets a case of the nerves!! :)
     
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    Hey Steve:

    All systems remain a go for the 19th of May. In addition to food, dyno and fun we have added a music DJ, a photographer, a police officer to watch over things and we will have a police escorted 50 minute drive through downtown Elkhart, Indiana along the beautiful St. Joseph river. Hopefully we can stop and get a nice group shot. If all goes well the Viper magazine may put a little blurb on our gathering in the magazine. Just need a few more folks to dial this event into their schedules ! Please consider participating and give me a shout so I can put you on our roster: [email protected]
    Thanks, Ray Sweers
     
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    Sounds GREAT, Ray...I'm SURE that folks will be in for quite a treat...especially at your shop!!

    Hopefully, ALL area Viper Owners will take time to stop by...NO CLUB membership necessary !!!





     
  5. DThrash_Gen2RT10

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    Sounds like are really good time, I'll be sure to come and let everyone I know with a Viper. See you then!!
     
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  7. Leslie

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    I have had the pleasure of meeting Ray and his brother at the track a few times, then again last week at his garage! Can I say...."UNBELIEVABLE???!!!!"

    Ray was kind enough to stop his busy day and have his mechanic 'review' my Viper, offer suggestions and fix a few things on the SPOT....then hooked me up with a shop to remove my cats;) Ray is DA MAN!!!!

    Everywhere I turned walking around his garage there was a Viper! Here's a few sneak pics for those attending this amazing day on Sat., May 19th:



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    Thanks for the pics, Leslie...should be a GREAT event !!!
     
  9. Brian E

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    Looks like this is shaping up to be a great event!I look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new ones.If anyone needs any help finding a hotel, or has a question about the area, just let me know and I would be happy to help.
     
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    Brian, while Ray is "tracking his Asp off" this weekend...it's up to you and me to GET THE VIPERS THERE Saturday !!! E-mail on this event sent to ALL IN/KY Members last PM.
     
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    This sounds like a great event however we will not be able to attend. I will be at Indianapolis Raceway Park taking care of the #2 Banjo USAC Silver Crown car. If any of you are not going on this trip and want something to do that evening come out to IRP and take in a Sliver Crown race.

    Brent
     
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    I am caravaning over with MoreBeer from Chicago Sat. morning, if anybody wants to join us send me a PM!
     
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    Dropped by Putnam Park today...the Sweers Brothers are giving the NASA crowd a good show. Could not stay long...but fun to see so many interesting cars there.

    I'm sure there will be much routine maintenance work going on in the shop this coming week !!
     
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    Webby.

    I live in Granger, a couple miles north of Toll Road exit 83. If you or anyone else wants to meet up at exit 83, and continue the caravan over to Rays, just let me know what time. Rays shop is really easy to find. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
     
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    PLEASE NOTE:

    For those in the Indy area...(and southern
    parts of our Region)...we will gather at the Starbucks located on the SOUTHEAST
    corner of US 31 and 126th St (also called West Carmel Dr.) between 7:30 and 8:00
    AM EDT on Saturday, May 19, 2012. This area is in Carmel, IN...about 2 miles
    north of the I-465 beltway.

    The "convoy" will
    depart this Starbucks at 8:00 AM EDT...heading NORTH on US 31.


    Please note that there is ALWAYS plenty of "Police Protection" along US 31 !!!!!

    We will travel NORTH on US 31 through Kokomo, then on TOWARD
    South Bend, then taking the US 31 Bypass EAST to Elkhart (also marked US 20
    E and Ind 331) for 20 miles...exiting at Elkhart Road and taking County Road 17
    N, proceeding NORTH for 2 miles to Beck Dr....turn LEFT on Beck Dr. and
    continuing on to Roske Dr...then turn RIGHT on to Wyland Dr.

    Ray Sweers' Shop address is 4717 Wyland Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516

    Here is the map link: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address...&zipcode=46516

    ALL VIPER OWNERS are invited to join in on the fun.

    Plan to fuel BEFORE the gathering at Starbucks !!!

    Questions??? CALL ME !!!


    Steve Fess, Membership Coordinator, VCA IN/KY Region, Inc.
     
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    Weather is looking PERFECT ! Plenty of sunshine and 80 degrees...
     
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    For all Chicago members


    MoreBeer and I are driving over together and you are welcome to join us.

    Meeting at the Chicago Skyway McDonalds on Saturday at 8 am CST (I will be going at 7:30 to eat breakfast)
    The address is 8871 South Kingston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
    but for those who are unfamiliar, just have to head east on I-90 and you will see it at a toll booth.


    Then we are meeting Brian E at exit 83 near Granger at 10:30 EST
     
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    Yah, some IL members are driving over!

    Viperless, but I will be there.

    Viper in shop:(
     
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    Weather forecast for Saturday: Elkhart...Sunny, high temp of 86 degrees; Indy...Sunny, high temp of 87 degrees.

    Great day for a Viper outing !!!
     
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    Ray...THANKS for the GREAT event...and thanks to all of the Viper Owners who brought their fine rides today!! The "Northern Folks" really turned out in numbers..and Andrew came over from Chicago !! The weather really cooperated today as well.

    Also THANKS to Accererators for their hospitality !!

    Will be interested in seeing the group photo taken from "on high".
     
  21. DThrash_Gen2RT10

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    I would absolutely agree.. Definitely a good time!! It was a pleasure getting the opportunity to put a face with the name. And most importantly enjoying the variety of Vipers. 2thumbs UP
     
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    Had a great time, thank you Ray and Brian for putting everything together!I am still amazed how many Vipers are right by me!!!
     
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    What a great day to meet up with all my old and new Viper friends! I want to thank Ray and Dewey for their hospitality. They put a lot of effort into this event and it showed. Where else can you go and be treated to lunch, door prizes, a hand car wash by Ray himself, and to top it all off, a police escorted cruise through the city and country side. I am already looking forward to next years event!
     
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    Great day for all.

    And, I must add that your 2010 Blue/white Coupe is STUNNING, Brian !!
     
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    Thanks for having us Ray & thanks for giving my car a bath!

    Steve good to see you again and nice to meet Brian, John, and Al, and I'm sure I'll get to know more of you over time

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    Thanks for coming, webby...and, YES...your Viper looked GREAT!!

    I ran into a bunch of your ILL VCA Brothers and Sisters last PM...about 30 Vipers here in Indy. Smoking hot Vipers and a fine bunch of folks. I think that you will really enjoy getting to know them !!
     
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    I took a TON of photos and put them up here, let me know if you want an original

    http://www.midwestscc.com/gallery/albums/260/vca-ray-sweers-garage

    here are some highlights

    the Chicago crew

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    lost the red one and found a blue one

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    and then lost the black one

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    lots of tires

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    this will probably be really fast in the near future

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    and finally, possibly the best picture ever? :)

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    Hey Andrew: Nice pictures. Something tells me this wasn't your first time behind the camera ! Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

    I want to thank everyone for joining us in what I hope we will refer to as our first annual Elkhart gathering. Next year in mid May I plan to do it again. I also want to thank Todd Hines and his crew at Accelerators for the fine dyno pulls they did all day. And, of course, I want to thank the city of Elkhart for the perfectly guided tour through downtown and the river area. They did a great job of stopping traffic and keeping us all together. I'm sure that lots of folks here in the Elkhart area got a big kick out of seeing a stream of multi colored Vipers moving throught the streets. I know I did !
     
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    My son and I had a great time, and Ray, your hospitality was absolutely unmatched. Mucho thanks to the Accelerator's guys for opening up the shop on a Saturday and great to get my car dyno'd! We really had a blast and it was great to meet some of the IN VCA.

    One huge factor of when I was looking at Vipers was the culture. I've never really been involved in a car club before, and I have seen nothing but friendliness and open arms at every event.

    Andrew, thanks for taking all your pics... I do think the above is the best one ever, but I'm a little biased ;)

    We also hit a couple Wisconsin-bound IL members in Schaumburg on the way home Sunday and ran with them for a bit. good times all around!

    -mb
     
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    Wow! Amazing pictures!

    Yeh I would have to agree that last one makes your heart skip a beat.
     

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