Life in the Motor Cities Gruppe

Motor Cities Gruppe Annual Dinner Socializer at Leon & Lulu

January 2, 2019

Hello Friends, I have made arrangements for our annual dinner socializer at Leon & Lulu on Saturday February 16th, 2019. The events starts at 5 PM sharp!!!!


This years event will be entirely catered and served at Three Cats Café, located in the old Clawson Theater building at 116 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017 which is directly next door to Leon & Lulu. The event will be completely funded by the Gruppe. We ask that you bring no food or drinks to the event since the Three Cats Cafe has a full Food and Liquor license and bringing food and drinks is not allowed.


The menu includes beef tenderloin,  roasted salmon, salad, vegetable, au-gratin potatoes and desserts.  CASH bar.


The purpose of having the 356 Motor Cities Gruppe fund this event is to pay back those of us who have worked many volunteer hours over the years to put on successful events including the 4 Holidays we have hosted.


Please save this date on your calendars, and an RSVP is a must!  Please be considerate as I will have to know exactly how many to prepare food for. We are excited and grateful to provide this event to our 356 friends. Please RSVP HERE to Barbara!


Here is the menu:


           Brazilian cheese bread

           Dill cream cheese  and cucumber on pumpernickel rounds

           Dates w/gorgonzola serrano ham

           Petite hand pies: turkey, ham and steak

           Cheese and fruit tray w/cured meats and nuts

           Skewered Caprese



           Dressed Seasonally prepared field greens

           Poached salmon with dill sauce

           Rosemary garlic  beef tenderloin with horseradish aioli

           Roasted root vegetables

           Au gratin potatoes

           Fresh rolls and herbed butter



          Cookies such as caramel apple, cranberry walnut and

          Mini cupcakes, lemon or blueberry bar


Barbara and the entire 356 MCG Crew.


Gruppe Holiday Party is Sunday December 3rd, 2017

October 4, 2017

Main Dining Room 1


Greetings Gruppe Members!


Your Board of Directors has done it again. This year’s Holiday Party is being held at the beautiful Birmingham Athletic Club, pictures can be seen at the bottom of this post.


The dinner will be served with the following food stations:

  • Roasted Prime Rib with the proper condiments, roasted Salmon with sauce, smashed red skin potatoes. 
  • Risotto Station with your choice of additions, mushroom  mélange, parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, artichoke hearts.
  •  House Salad will be served at the table with a choice of their house dressings.
  •  Ice cream sundae bar, and fresh chocolate cookies.
  • Cash bar

We will have the room from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Please arrive on time or you will miss out on the hot Hors d’oeuvres!


Because of the change in venue, we ask that reservations be made and that payment for dinner be made in advance so as to let all Gruppe members enjoy the party.  The cost to you is $50 per person–the actual cost of the dinner per person is greater than $50 and is being subsidized by your club!


There are two payment methods offered. You can mail a check to Barb Skirmants or you can pay by credit card to Barb through 356 Enterprises and Barb will write a check to the Gruppe (Any credit card payments will have 4% added to cover credit card charges to the Skirmants’ account).



Gruppe Holiday Party 2017

Sunday December 3rd, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm

Birmingham Athletic Club located at 4033 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

You must RSVP and we ask that you pay in advance. You can RSVP HERE


To pay by credit card please call Barb at 810-688-2059

To pay by check, please print THIS FORM


This always a great gathering and this year’s venue will be one of the best yet. We look forward to celebrating the Holidays with all of our Gruppe friends.





Shades of Pink Foundation fundraiser at the Detroit Zoo

April 18, 2017

Hello friends, its that time of year again, to remember our lady friends who are no longer with us. Vic and I sponsored six “In Memory of” signs that will be placed in front of the Welcome tent at the Zoo. The date is April 29, 7 am. Please consider joining our 356MCG2017 team that Harry Kurrie set up for us while Vic and I were racing in FL.

Go online to
Walk at the zoo, click join a team, you will find our team close to the bottom of the page, they are sorted by $$ donated. Follow the pasted info below, and a heartfelt thank you from all of us. Last year I set a goal of $2000, and we raised a total of $4860.00 with helpful contributions from friends.
Welcome to the Team Page of the 356 MCG 2017


shades of pink

Join our team and help us support Shades of Pink Foundation!


To make a general team donation:

Shades of Pink form 2017


Your support is greatly appreciated!
We’ve recruited 4 members out of our recruitment goal of 8 Team members!


Team Members/Total Raised

General Team Donation
Harry Kurrie
Rev. Ronald Roland
Barbara Skirmants
Richard Zarbo



Motor Cities Gruppe Annual Pot Luck Dinner

January 23, 2017

Hello friends,  I secured the date of February 11, 2017 for our annual pot luck at Leon & Lulu, starts at 5 pm sharp.

 The Clawson Theater
14 . West 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI
1 mile West of I-75 on 14 Mile Road


This years pot luck will take place at their new venue next door, The Clawson Theater.  Park on the West side of the Theater building, enter via the side entrance.  This new venue is a lunch room café and tea room.  It has seating and room for all our dishes with plenty of shopping on hand also. 
Please RSVP to me and let me know what you can contribute for dinner.
Pick one or more of the following so I can fill in the blanks before I arrive: Entrée, salad, potato, pasta, appetizer, dessert.
Please bring your own wine or beer, I will bring water and some varieties of soda.
Check out the new venue before hand, and go to their web site
See you there!
Barbara and your 356 MCG friends.



March 24, 2015

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March 3, 2015 – For Immediate Release

2015 PIB Road Races Reunion To Feature Two Days of Racing On Improved and Expanded Racing Surface

The 7th annual Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion — Monday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 2, 2015 — will feature an expanded race program this year with racing at the historic Put-in-Bay airport on two days rather than one, as in the past. 

Much more than just a vintage race, the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion (PIBRRR) also welcomes owner-drivers of non-racing vintage sports cars of all types to come and participate in various events and activities.  Featured marques this year include MG and Turner, with healthy turnouts of both types of cars expected as the PIBRRR is featured on the 2015 “Featured events calendar” of the MG Vintage Racers and is once again the official venue for the annual USA Turner Reunion.

Jack Woehrle, race director of the event since the founding of PIBRRR in 2009, says he is excited not only to be able to expand the amount of track time for the racers but to also offer a significantly upgraded racing surface thanks to recent repaving and an added taxiway. “Besides the airport upgrades, we are also very fortunate that the entire Put-in-Bay community has embraced this event and are making things happen that will help ensure its continued success in the future as well as add to the enjoyment for all participants,” said Woehrle.

Beginning with a small event in 2009, the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion celebrates sports car races that were held at Put-in-Bay on Ohio’s South Bass Island from 1952 to 1959 and in 1963. The steadily growing, three-day reunion engages participants in an event that reaches back in time to capture the history and re-create the atmosphere of sports car racing of that era in a uniquely beautiful setting. So wrapped around a day and a half of small-bore sports car racing at the island’s airport is a balanced mix of events honoring the island’s racing history, a few social gatherings, a car show, original course and airport-track touring, rocker cover races and plenty of unstructured time as well. 

Put-in-Bay is a nostalgic island enclave and a short ferry ride off the shore of Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio. A summer resort community little changed from the ‘50s, it is one of the very few places in North America where post-war sports cars raced through towns and countryside on public roads and where those roads exist today virtually unchanged.

For PIBRRR details see the racecar eligibility form, registration form, general race rules & regulations, preliminary event schedule and other information under the registration section at  Note: $100 discount for registrations received before May 1, 2015!  $50 discount for entries received between May 2 and August 1.

PIBRRR 2015 Provisional Overall Event Schedule:

Sunday, August 30 – Registration opens. Welcome party.

Monday, August 31 – Morning focuses on PIB Road Races History featuring historic PIB racing presentations and guests. In the afternoon on-your-own island touring is available for all while racing orientation and practice sessions commence at the airport after lunch, followed by late afternoon laps of the original course.  Hangar party follows racing and original course tour.

Tuesday, August 26 – Race Day 2 at the Put-in-Bay airport! Featuring several classes of race cars and track touring for non-race participants. Racing awards party following.

Wednesday, August 27 – Car Show Day, followed by farewell luncheon and car show awards presentation including presentation of The Paul Henry Award.

Contact information:

Event Coordinator, Media Contact: Manley Ford 734-502 2435

Race Director: Jack Woehrle:  803 463 5388

Car Show: Rich Hahn:  216 226 2323


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