engines and heaters, and increasing at the tool lending program. There is also significant interest in car shows, which may be the flip side of falling interest in driving events.
Driving Events report – Seth Jones
This year was focused on development of a standard system for future Events Coordinators to follow that would allow participants to easily track their standings throughout the year. Different programs were considered. Competitive driving events have been gradually scaled back in 2008 and tour events will become part of the overall Driving Events for points.
Driveline report – Bill Reece
This has been a very exciting year with the Driveline. There have been many, many growing pains with this new process and the new printer. But each and every month things seem to move a little smoother. The new format allows us four pages of color photos. We have expanded the personal interest stories with articles spotlighting a member and their car inside the front cover.
eBay Parts report – Dave Evans
In June 2008 a new program was begun to sell used MG parts. The primary objective of this program is an effort to find a home for those good (and sometimes hard-to-find) parts. A secondary objective is to make some money for the club to fund club activities. To-date 19 items have been sold and generated $263.06 for the club.
Treasury report – Reinout Vogt
The overall Balance Sheet looks solid. The club had a total income of $20,728.78 with expenses of $16,150.95 in 2008.
Income from Membership Dues, Project Car Sale and Swap Meet revenue were $5,645.00, $5,000.00, and $5,690.00 respectively.
Major expenses were Driveline newsletter, Postage, Swap meet expenses and miscellaneous club expenses.
(A complete report can be obtained by contacting the Club Treasurer at Treasurer@chicagolandmgclub.com)
2008 Awards – Jim Evans
Trophies were presented to the following members in the following categories:
Safety Fast - Success in competitive driving - Scott Fohrman
Maintaining the Breed -Commendable efforts in restoration work – Tom Raddatz
Ambassador at Large - Promoting goodwill towards the club – Jack Feldman
New Member of the Year - Enthusiastic contribution from a new member – Leigh & Joanne Clark
Cream Crackers - Contribution to the MG community – Dave Lieb
Presidents Award - Special Appreciation – Dave Evans
Driving Events - Traveling Trophies
Driver of the Year – Barney Gaylord
Navigator of the Year – Liz Gor
50/50 Raffle – Oscar Gonzales went home $8 richer from the raffle. Vic L’Heureux received a Winner’s Circle Tee Shirt for his winning ticket.
Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm
Monthly Garage Keeping
Guest Speaker – March Meeting
Club member Dino Perez will help you get out of your shorts at our at our March meeting! Dino has spent many years working in the aftermarket automotive electronics area and is very familiar with issues surrounding stereo equipment, alarms, and the like. His presentation will help you avoid electrical problems such as “short circuits” that crop up regularly in MG’s and will help you perform safe electrical work on your car.
“MG Bucks” for 2009
The “MG Bucks” program will be continued for 2009. Club members can earn “MG Bucks” for participating in club sponsored or endorsed activities, and for also showing their “MG Spirit” by wearing MG related shirts to club meetings. Any club member who wears an “MG event” event shirt to the monthly club meeting will get “MG Bucks” for doing so. This program includes T-shirts, polos, jackets, and button down shirts but does not include any caps or any club regalia or any generic MG regalia: only items from an MG event such as a convention, party, rally, or similar event will be eligible. Remember, this is an “honor system” in that you can only claim credit one time in any one year for any particular shirt; also, club regalia and generic “MG” shirts and other clothing items do not count. The purpose is to get us all thinking about getting out and attending some events this year. Newer members might be surprised at the extent of events that club members have participated in over the years, and there are probably quite a few interesting stories and good memories to go along with many of those shirts for all of us. Events eligible for “MG Bucks” will be identified in the Driveline and at club meetings.
“MG Bucks” will also be awarded to club members who participate in club endorsed driving program events and club endorsed car shows, so be sure to locate the “MG Bucks” sign up sheet when you arrive.
Tool Lending Program – New Addition
The club recently benefited from the addition of a king pin reamer for Midgets. This valuable item was donated to the club by Moss Motors through the persuasive efforts of Barney Gaylord, and is available for club members’ use by contacting the Toolmaster. Our MGB sized king pin reamer has been one of the club’s most popular loaner tools over the years and this item will also be well appreciated by our Midget owners. Our thanks to both Moss and Barney for this addition.
13th Annual All British Car Swap Meet & Autojumble
This year’s edition of the Swap Meet was well attended in spite of threatening weather the day before the meet. Over 600 shoppers browsed through the wares at 95 vendor booths, with many bargains and rare items to be found throughout the day. Many well-known suppliers to the sportscar hobby were there, some traveling in from as far away as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas and Minneapolis. This event requires a lot of participation from club members to set up the area, manage the flow of people, and clean up at the end: a heart-felt thanks to all club members who contributed to making it successful.