Life in the Motor Cities Gruppe

Caravan to Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix this Saturday

June 22, 2016


I know this is short notice, but please join us for a one day trip to the Vintage races at the beautiful Mid-Ohio Race Course in Lexington Ohio this Saturday June 25th, 2016.We will take back roads most of the way to watch our local racers (including Vic Skirmants) run qualifiers on Saturday.


The open paddock alone is worth the trip if you’ve never been or have not attended for a while.


Of course there are plenty of Porsches in the paddock…

But also parked everywhere too…

Saturday is the best day to go if you only attend one day because of the infield parking by make. There is always something new to see.



I’ll be leaving at 7:00am from Ann Arbor, but if that is not convenient we can meet in Toledo/Perrysburg and go from there. We will arrive at the track around 10:00am and spend a few hours enjoying the entire experience before returning via back roads to Michigan.


Please RSVP to Sebastian at


June 22, 2016


This year’s Motor Cities Gruppe Picnic is Sunday July 10th from Noon until the last car leaves. It is being hosted once again at the fabulous home of Dave and Diane Burton.

We will have the same format as last year; the club will furnish the meat entrees (ribs & chicken) while the members will bring their choice of side dish, salad or dessert. Please RSVP and let us know what you are bringing so that we don’t end up with too many of one thing and none of another. Home made goods seem to be more popular than store-bought (judging by leftovers). Please call Diane at 248-698-3045 or email me at to RSVP

The club also furnishes water and soft drinks, anything else please bring your own. If anyone would like to swim in the lake, bring a swimsuit and towel


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Our address is:
10805 Oxbow Lakeshore Dr.
White Lake, MI 48386
(East off Teggerdine Rd., 2nd street South of M-59)

356’s come up the driveway and park on the lawn by the house, all others please park in the street. We will have the tables set up in the garage as before so the weather won’t affect the event

We look forward to another great picnic!

Dave and Diane



June 15, 2016

Many Gruppe members see the Stoddard swap meet as a tradition, many going back to the late 80’s when they held their first one at the original dealership location.

And you know what? Many of them still go. I was a late comer having gone to my first one in 1992, but I have not missed one since.

My running mates this year, as usual, were Bill Rohrer and Dan mazur. The Rennstatt Racing truck held plenty of stuff and served us well, just like at the Hershey swap in April.


So yeah, we had stuff on our table but Bill and Dan also towed down their Garage Find Karmann Hardtop. Do you think anyone was interested in my early A generator or really nice shift levers? Nope, mostly people just bumped into the table on their way to look at the car. It had 25 tear’s worth of garage dust on it until the ride home when the unforecasted rainstorm washed it away.

The other Gruppe members present were Dick Zarbo, Neil Goldberg, Ted Dunham (and his son Jim), Vic and Barb Skirmants and Vic & Lucy Rivera.



The vendors were plentiful and business was brisk, it just seems like there is no end in sight for the buying of 356 parts.


The evening before was the Literature meet also held at Stoddard’s HQ. Lot’s of neat stuff, both literature and car-wise shows up there as well.

Then a little dinner out after the lit meet solidifies the friendship between the Michigan and Ohio 356 fans.



But the day of the swap, Chuck Stoddard’s 912 powered VW Single Cab is always a hit.


Even if you don’t need anything for your car and have no parts to sell the easy trip to Cleveland is worth the camaraderie. Look for announcements next year and join your fellow Gruppe members in 2017!



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