Monthly Garage Keeping
Dues are Due
Club dues cycle on the calendar year for all members, so get your payment in if your haven’t already. If you joined the club in the last few months of 2008, your payment at that time covers you for the 2009 calendar year. If you are uncertain of your particular status and dues obligation, please contact the club Secretary, Victor L’Heureux at
All British Car Swap Meet &. Autojumble
Plans for this event are moving ahead. This will be the 13th year that our club has conducted this popular event and all members are encouraged to attend. The Swap Meet will be held on February 22 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. Club members who volunteer to assist in set up, ticket taking, and clean up will all receive free admission to the Swap. You can sign up at the club meeting in January and February, or contact Jim Evans (630-858-8192) for a work assignment.
Annual Awards and Business Meeting
We will conduct our annual business meeting (required of all Illinois not-for-profit corporations) at our February club meeting. This is your opportunity to question the club officers about club topics, put forth suggestions or criticisms, and get full reports on all club management activities such as membership, banking, newsletter, etc. We will also distribute the annual club achievement awards at this meeting.
Amtrak Road Trip (continued)
“Chicagoland MG Club” for the $86 per night rate (only $2 per night more than last year). The hotel will shuttle us to and from the Ford Museum at no extra charge. Entrance to the Henry Ford Museum is $14.
The hotel has a swimming pool, lounge, restaurant and several miles of automotive art on the corridor walls.
Questions: Ann or Jake Snyder at 847-295-2753.
Thanksgiving at the Rock
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Within sight of the Museum of Science and Industry and just a little west of Lake Shore Drive is a small rock placed in a park in 1995 that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first automobile race in the United States. That commemoration was a large affair with quite a few automobiles from approximately 1900 and reinacted the route to Wilmette and back.
This was the 13th informal commemoration of that 100th anniversary. This year’s attendees from our Club included Mark and Kyle Gannon in a MGA MKII Deluxe, Bob Hanselman and his guest from California in a MGTD, Barney Gaylord with his MGA, Doug Clark with his MGTF and us with our MGBGT. And the roadsters were driven there with the tops down, for the most part. There were about fifty other cars including street rods, three Lamborghinis, a Ferrari, restored and modified cars from the 1950’s, a lowered early model Chevy pickup and even a Panoz. The original race in 1895 was run with foot-deep snow and several of us commiserated over the number of past events when we had to take the batteries out of the cameras to warm them inside our coats, but the weather this year was extremely mild compared to some years and the camera batteries worked perfectly.
Bill Wildt of Motorsports Unlimited was there filming in front of the Rock. He reminded his viewers of the importance of the original 1895 race and carefully interviewed everyone who was willing to be taped.
In keeping with the past Thanksgiving at the Rock events, we went to Stages on 31st Street for an early lunch before heading back home.
-- Jake and Ann Snyder