SoCal Club Members 2014 Car Control Clinic October 4th


The So Cal Viper Club will be returning back to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California to utilize their huge parking lot to stage our Member’s only Car Control Clinic sponsored by our Southern California Viper Club. This has always been a very popular event for new members as well as long time members. It is the ideal place to take your Viper out and push it to the limit to get a full understanding of what happens when you cross the threshold of tire traction and become a passenger trying to gain control of the Viper.

One again a huge Thanks to Randy Tribolet for getting us set up again with the Team manager of Megan Racing. Naoki Kobayashi. They will be bringing out 3 of their instructors to help us learn the basics of Car Control through the lessons of Drifting. ” I know some folks are a little reluctant to burn up their street tires and for $50 they will let you take out their drift car and smoke em all you want. I spoke to Naoki today and he said that they would try to bring two rental cars this time. Also, their cars are set up for the drifting and a bit easier to control in a drift. It’s a great way to get a feel for it. Last year, many of us rented the car first to get the feel and then took our vipers out afterward. I think that the best way to do it. They bring a truck load of tires and expect to go through some” Randy.

Whether your goal is to learn how to full on drift your Viper or simply get the “feel” of having the back end start to slide out and what to do to catch it, this is the ideal opportunity to come out and learn.

This year we will be focusing on Auto-x and this year it will likely have a few surprises in the course setup.

If you haven’t renewed your 2014 club membership now would be a great time.

$100.00/car and driver. Includes Lunch.
$35.00 for each additional driver or guest. Includes Lunch.
$50.00 per Driver. Drifting school

Attending: limit to the first paid 50 cars



Dukes Brunch

2014 Southern California Viper Club Group Photo Shoot
at Dana Strand Beach.
August 10, 2014

This year we will be starting our morning at Dana Strand beach for our 2014 club photo shoot.

Start arriving at 8:00 -8:15 a.m. We will line you up as you come in for the shoot.  We will have the photo shoot then depart at 8:30 as a group for a 45 minute cruise up PCH to Dukes for Brunch.  After we park and pay for parking we will enter at the side door by the patio on the North side and get preferred seating before the public.   Dukes is insisting there will only be one tab per table so you may want to bring cash.  Afterward we can stroll the Pier or have a sporting game of Volley Ball

Where: Strand Vista Park 8:00am
Selva Rd. Dana Point, Ca.

Brunch: Dukes Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 9264


Morning Octane and BBQ Lunch

Morning Octane
Join us for a Morning of Super Cars, Friends and Coffee
Pasadena Rose Bowl

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Rose Bowl- Parking Lot “i”  between Kidspace and the Aquatics Center
from 8:00 A.M. -10:00 A.M.


After Morning Octane we will be cruising over to SPT (Dan Cragin and Garry Wongs shop in Alhambra) for a BBQ lunch.

919 S Fremont Ave
Alhambra. CA, 91803
(626) 588-2882

Viper Shoot Out and Cruise Oak Tree Gun Club, Newhall Ca.

Back by popular demand.  Scott and Laura Hirko are going lead us on a great day of fun.  It’s been over two years since we got to go out and blast clay pigeons.  We will be starting the day at the famous Super Car Sunday in Woodland Hills.  Then a quick cruise to Newhall Ca. to the Oak Tree Gun Club followed by a killer lunch at the  Newhall Refinery       

Where:   Oak Tree Gun Club  

Date:   Sunday June 22, 2014

Time:   Start at 7-8:30 a.m. at Super Car Sunday depart at 9:00 a.m. to Oak Tree Gun Club    

Cost:    Gun range fees,  $25.00 per person covers two games of trap (50 clay pigeons)  Shot gun rental and ammo at additional cost if needed. ($10 per gun) guns can be shared by a few people.

Lunch:  Newhall Refinery brew pub. Old town (About 7 miles from the gun club) lunch is $15 includes one appetizer and one entree and regular drink. Beer and wine extra.

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EXTRA: Just found out old town Newhall is having a classic car show the same day as our gun club event. So when we are at lunch we will be in the middle of a huge classic car show. Should be great we can get some lunch and check out some classics!

Look forward to seeing everyone there. 8)


Drag event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday April 5th. Only $20 to run, $10 to spectate

Twenty bucks get’s you in to run all day. Spectators $10 for the day. Gates open at 7 a.m. for tech and registration. Track goes hot at 9 a.m till 5 p.m. :)

“If we get a group together and go right before they open, the tech guy said he will check us in separate from the others which he said will save us a bunch of time.” Ben

We are looking forward to getting back to the 1/4 mile. For those who have never run your car down the 1320, its quite a thrill to run flat out through the first 4 gears in a controlled, timed environment.

Lyle “lead foot” Larson will be running a quick Gen 1 car and Rick Hollis will be running the 1000hp “beast”. Dan Cragin

SPT Viper

Richard’s Run San Diego Area Cruise

Yes it’s back.  Richard and Charlene Palkovic have once again volunteered to host a day drive in the Hills of San Diego County.  Richard has been asked to mix it up a bit.  So there will be some rules to follow.  Absolutely no GPS.  Second all Vipers must have a visual Navigator,  And third all Drivers will be blindfolded,  no exceptions!   Just checking to see if anybody is reading this post. HA HA.  Actually this drive is one of the most scenic in the State.  So mark your calendar, this run always has a great turnout. ;)

Where:   Meet point :  We will meet at 9:30AM at the Shell Station on Temescal Canyon Rd, Corona.   This is at the TEMESCAL off ramp about 7 mi. south of Hwy 91; address: 23255 Temescal Canyon Rd,  Corona. Depart at 10:00AM

When:  March 29, 2014





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Palm Springs Auto Cross

Palm Springs Corvette vs. Vipers Auto-X March 15th

Palm Springs Auto-X
Corvette vs. Vipers

Bring your “A” game boys and girls!  Vipers are the defending champions of this Auto-X event and we have the Corvette guys’ trophy to prove it!  We’re not ready to give it back quite yet…we like keeping other peoples trophies…especially those who drive slower cars ;)

WHEN: :)
-Saturday  March 15th 2014
-Auto-X will start at 10:00 am till 2:00 pm
-Riverside County Fairgrounds
WHAT: 8)
-Palm Springs Corvette vs. Vipers Charity Auto-X
All money collected will go to the ALS Lou Gehrig’s and the Boys and Girls Club.
Drivers license and proof of insurance are required.
Helmets required for all Drivers and Passengers.For those who want to spend Friday or Saturday night

Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino
Reservations 1-760-342-5000    under SoCal Viper
We could only get ten rooms held for either night.
The cutoff is February 14th.  $189.00 + 15 resort fee per night.  Or you could call and try to get your own special rate.

Clarion Hotel  (760) 342-6344  (Which is located next door to the Fantasy Springs Resort)

Let’s plan on meeting up in the West parking lot outside
Fantasy Springs Resort at 9:00 am Saturday.
We will collect registration forms and get the racing numbers on our Vipers. This way we are ready to go when we attack the Auto-X

COST: ???
10 runs for $80 which includes the $20 entrance fee per Viper.
(remember all the proceeds goes to charity  )

Anthony and Wanda are opening their beautiful residence for a great time. We will have a catered TACO TRUCK BONANZA.
A small donation will be asked at the door to help with the payment of the food.  Time to be determined.

We are still working on a couple of thoughts
Cruise/breakfast or a tram ride/breakfast.

Hope to see you all there.

2014 Officers

The SoCal Viper Club has new officers for 2014!

Club Leadership

Glenn Izard

PRESIDENT: Glenn Izard

Glenn Izard is a California native born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He and his wife, Stephanie, have owned Nordic Nursery, a retail garden center in Thousand Oaks, for 35 years. Their son, Trevor, serves in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz and they are proud grandparents of three beautiful little girls.

Over the years, they’ve enjoyed many adrenalin filled activities such as speedboats, water skiing and off-road ATVs. They purchased their first Viper, a 2004 SRT-10 convertible, in the spring of 2006 and joined the Southern California Viper Club shortly thereafter. The love of the car led them to purchase their 2nd Viper, a 2008 SRT-10 coupe and in 2010 they were blessed to win their 3rd Viper, the #1 Special Edition VoooDoo ACR raffle car!

Glenn is honored to serve as your president. He and Steph truly enjoy the camaraderie of all the great people they have met in the So Cal Viper club and look forward to continuing the tradition of having the best Viper Club in the nation.

Gary Belvedere

VICE PRESIDENT: Gary Belvedere

My name is Gary Belvedere, I’m 56 years young, married to my loving wife Melissa for 32 years. We have a soon to be 30 year old daughter, Shawnae, and a 27 year old son, Jake. I’ve been an Electrician for 38 years and enjoy traveling with my wife, hunting, motorcycle riding, off-roading, and boating at our vacation home in Lake Havasu Arizona.

Melissa and I have been members of the Southern California Viper Club since 2003. We’ve enjoyed many great events and activities of the club, met and enjoyed the company of Viper members from all over the world, and now find the time to give back a little by serving as your Club V.P.

Daniel Olszko

SECRETARY: Daniel Olszko

Daniel Olszko is the owner and president of DIY BBQ,LLC. He and his wife, Rachel King, started the business after Dan returned from a one-year deployment to Iraq, serving as a Combat Medic in the Army. Dan is currently getting his BA in Management Information Systems. Rachel also served in the Army and has her BA in Literature and Writing, with an emphasis on writing. She is currently finishing the last semester of Law School and plans to take the California Bar Exam in July.

Dan and Rachel have 3 children, Kaya (8), Adam (2) and Abigail (7 months). They joined the Southern California Viper Club in August 2013, shortly after Dan purchased his 1996 GTS. They are enjoying the club immensely and say being a part of it gives them the excuse “to take the car out and leave the kids at home.” They are excited about being officers because “the people are great and this will give us the opportunity to get to know everyone involved personally. We will do everything we can to keep this club great!”

Michael Hu


Hi, my name is Michael and I’m honored to serve as your next club treasurer. I was asked, why a Viper? Well, we all know… drive one and you’ll get the feeling.

I’m a proud father of an almost 3 year old who cracks me up daily, and a husband to a wife that challenges me to be a better person. To add to the excitement of our 2014 upcoming club events, we’re expecting another son come mid-April!

When I’m not donning my ’96 GTS cape, I tend to clients’ financial plans as their CFP. I’m looking forward to serving along with the other club officers and continuing the journey with SoCal Viper! I hope to see more and more Gen 5’s on the roads!

Ben Kawata


Hello, my name is Ben Kawata and I was born and raised in West Los Angeles. I’ve been a practicing General Dentist in West LA for 25 years now. I did my undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University and received my DDS degree from USC School of Dentistry.

I caught the Viper bug with my first Viper, a yellow 2001 GTS ACR. I moved on to an orange 2008 SRT10 ACR and currently have a green 1999 GTS racecar that I track. I also have a yellow 2005 SRT10 Ram Viper truck that I use as a tow vehicle.

I started tracking in 2002 after taking a few driving schools at Willow Springs, Spring Mountain and Buttonwillow Raceways. Since then I’ve been attending several open track events every year. I also do a little auto crossing and own a couple of shifter karts that I take out regularly. I’m by no means an expert driver but consider myself to be an experienced amateur driver who can offer some guidance to the novice track driver.

I’m honored that Glenn and Steph asked me to help out with track events and hopefully we can get more members interested in tracking their Vipers. I believe that driving instruction and tracking can improve driving skills, which lead to a safer and more enjoyable Viper experience. I think the track is where these Vipers are really the most exciting to drive! Hope to see you at the track!