Life in the Motor Cities Gruppe

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.





2017 Gruppe Picnic Canceled, Festivities move to Waterford Hills

July 26, 2017

Hello friends, 
As of today I only had 4 people signed up for the picnic scheduled to be here on August 13.  After talking to Dave Burton this morning, we have decided to CANCEL the picnic here on August 13, and invite all of you out to Waterford Hills on Saturday August 5th to see Vic race and attend the Saturday evening dinner at a small fee.
We have reserved a 20 x 20 tent with tables and chairs at Waterford, end of the straight, same location we had the 1998 Holiday tent.   Bring your cooler and beverages and snacks, food is available to purchase at the race track.  This change in venue will save the club about $2,000, plus the wear and tear on us. 
Please try to make it out to the race track and cheer Vic on.

If you want to stay for dinner, I need your confirmation asap HERE

You can just pay at the event. Let’s turn this into a big celebration for Vic and the Motor Cities Gruppe. See the blog post below for more info or Click Here.


Weekend at Vic’s and the Waterford Hills Vintage Races 2017

July 8, 2017

Waterford Hills July Aug 2017

Please drive out to Waterford Hills the first weekend of August, especially Saturday August 5, 2017. That night there is a dinner banquet where Vic will be honored. There is a small cost for the banquet, but well worth it to honor our dear friend.


From the Waterford Hills Website:


“As per what WE think of as tradition, we honor every other year or so, a Prodigal Son Of Waterford Hills. This year, it’s Vic Skirmants’ time in the spotlight. Rest assured, long tales and true stories are sure to be shared. Mark your calendars and spread the gossip. It’s Weekend @ VIC’S (think Weekend at Bernie’s, we can be a silly lot you know)”


We look forward to seeing the Gruppe well represented in the spectator area!







Barb's 70th

Spring Tour 2017

April 25, 2017

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



Pot Luck 2017

February 20, 2017

New Venue for and Old and Well Loved Event


Mary Liz Curtin Stephen Scannel have always been gracious hosts for our Winter Pot Luck Dinner. Over the years it has been held in their wonderful shop Leon and Lulu but this year we moved next door to their newest venture, the Clawson Theater and what a great venue to hold not just our event, but any kind of indoor event, really. Be sure to stop in when in the area.



We had about 50 people this year, a good sign that we are ready for spring and the advent of the driving season. Be sure to look for an announcement soon about the 2017 Spring Tour, entering its 25th year!





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.


Motor Cities Gruppe Holiday Party

November 3, 2016



1401 Club Drive Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Forest Lake Country Club is located just off of Square Lake Road, West of Telegraph. The party starts at 3 pm for appetizers, cash bar and socializing. Dinner will be served at 4pm and is a station buffet style with a very nice variety. The actual menu will be posted here soon, but last year we had a fabulous salad bar, prime rib, salmon, and a hot station risotto bar with condiments that you could add to your risotto like spinach and several cheeses.
There is a charge of $60.00 each this year and is well worth the price.  The setting is beautiful, the view over the lake at sunset was peaceful and relaxing,  NO work for anyone in the club, just arrive and enjoy.
Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to Barb Skirmants
Also, please send checks ahead of time for the event made out to The Motor Cities Gruppe to Barb at:

Motor Cities Gruppe

3359 Kings Mill Road

North Branch, MI 48461

This always a terrific party and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sebastian’s Open House at ArborMotion

August 21, 2016

All Gruppe members are sincerely invited to attend!


Saturday August 27th, 2016

4pm to 8 pm


669 State Circle

Ann Arbor, MI 48108



The open house is less than a week away and some of you have not yet opened the emailed invitation so I wanted to get the word out. I would love for you all to attend. Details are below, and if you have not already sent me an RSVP you can do so at


Directions are HERE


I look forward to seeing everybody there!


ArborMotion Sebastian Invite



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