MINUTES FOR MEETING
March 21, 2005
The meeting was called to order at 8:05 by John Schroeder. In attendance were 35 members and 2 guests:
- Bret Bartland of the Ill./Wisc. Border (a ’60 MGA project car)
- Dick Saylor of Buffalo Grove (a “B” 66 body with a Buick V8).
These members have worked / will work on the following projects:
- John Schroeder (floor pans in his “B”)
- Russ Mehaffey (changed rod bearings in his MGA, improved oil pressure to over 60 psi
- Seth Jones (a proud owner of a ’71 Midget - that’s in pieces)
Jim Evans reported on another successful Swap Meet (2/27/05). -101 vendors (vs. 103 in 2004) -860 visitors (vs. 900 in 2004) -some out-of-state vendors (incl. the Ohio & K.C., Mo. MG clubs) -financially beneficial for the Club - $4,000 in proceeds.
Dean Swanson & “Cowboy” reported on the 3/13/05 tech session “What to look (or look out) for when buying an MG” hosted by Club member Paul Watts at United Classic Motors. -approx. 15-20 were in attendance. -cars reviewed/evaluated were 2 “B”s, an “A” (Barney’s) & a “TD” for the mechanicals, engine, interior, & frame/chassis that were unique to each model. -this tech session may be repeated in the future (in 2 or 3 years)
John Schroeder reported on the 3/19-20 Mo. Endurance Rally. -John & his son drove, as did Wade & his dad. -the rally was 762 miles & took 22 hours. -in the rally, 18 cars participated (9 in the mini-rally)
Russ Mehaffey & Barney reported on the 3/20/05 tech session where Barney’s ’58 MGA received new seats. -10-12 Club members were present. -the seat kits were bought from Moss Motors
Doug Clark said on 4/9/05 a model show (mostly 1/43 scale) will be held in Countryside - he brought flyers on it.
“Cowboy” reminded everyone that the Spring Tune-up Party will be on Sun., 4/17/05 in Darien. -please let him know in advance of any non-routine work to be done on cars - for time planning purposes. -MGs only, please (that means no Jaguars)
Wade reminded everyone that the season’s first autocross will be at Cantera Theatres on Sun., 4/24/05 (9:00 a.m.).
Wade said the Spring Tour will be on Sat., 4/30/05, starting on the West side of Aurora - heading out toward Starved Rock.
Russ said that he & Bill Hedrick will be organizing the Spring Chicken Rally (to be held on Sun., 5/15/05).
Members were reminded of the Champagne Car Festival (5/27-29).
Members were urged to drive their cars as much as possible during British Car Week, which starts on 5/28/05.
Dave Lieb suggested checking on the status of the 5/29/05 Austin Healey autocross, since that’s the featured marque at this year’s Champagne Car Festival.
Dean Swanson mentioned that on Sat. 6/4/05, a “Woodward Ave.” style cruise will be held in Chgo on the outer drive, with antique or collectible cars (plus a car show will be held near Soldier Field - details on the cruise & the show will become available through the Chgo automotive media).
Blackhawk Farms will host vintage racing 6/19/05 (Father’s Day).
Doug Clark reminded everyone of the GOF (Central) hosted by the VMGCC at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale (7/6-7/9).
NAMGBR will be held in Olympia, Wash., from 7/6-7/10. -it’s likely two or three Club members’ cars will make the trip. -Dean Swanson said that David Deutsch is planning to drive there from N.Y. state - and other MG drivers may join him en route.
Bob Schultz, who has kindly agreed to spearhead the planning for the Abingdon Weekend, gave an initial report. -the chosen weekend will be Fri.-Sun. 10/7/05-10/9/05. -a color tour likely will be organized.
Doug Clark announced that the MG marque will be featured on the television series Great Cars, on WYCC Ch. 20 on (Easter) Sun., 3/27 (1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.). -Dave Lieb said that the Club library has a DVD of this episode - and he warned of some inaccuracies in it. -still, set your VCRs to record it in case you can’t watch it
Fees for rallys will reduce to $10, and fees for autocrosses will remain at $15 (because of the effort to run them).
Trophies for the first, second, & third place finishers this year in the rallys & autocrosses will be replaced with framed photos of drivers (& navigators) and cars.
Wade mentioned that if anyone hasn’t received the Driveline, it is because that person hasn’t paid dues.
John announced that those members who didn’t pick up a roster at the All British Swap Meet last month will have their’s mailed.
Dave Lieb said that an addition to the library is a British Leyland Tuning manual for Midgets (not sure if for round wheel arches).
“Cowboy” said that the Club is looking for an additional member to serve as a representative with him to the British Car Union (for which the likely time requirement will be one night/month).
Setb Jones indicated that he’d be willing to host a tech session (rebuilding Midget doors) sometime in 2005.
“Cowboy” reminded everyone that in 2005, fewer tech sessions during the driving season (Apr. - Nov.) will be planned, but if anyone will be working on a car project anyway that might good for a tech session, it could be considered.
At 8:55 the business portion of the meeting ended and the 50/50 raffle tickets were sold, with the winners being Maynard Hirsch ($21), Amy Mehaffey (2004 Ill. Vehicle Code - yawn), and Russ Mehaffey (MG signs).
At 9:20 our guest speaker of Associated Tire and Battery Co. Inc. addressed the Club.
-Erik Stolzer’s presentation covered tire safety and tire care.
-those in the audience asked many questions which were answered by Erik or his Goodyear sales representative
-we showed our appreciation to our visitors with a round of applause at the conclusion of their enlightening presentation
The program and meeting ended at 9:55 p.m.