Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline May 2009

Monthly Garage Keeping

May Meeting
This month, we will have two programs at our monthly club meeting. First, Dan Herman will give a presentation about the upcoming “Secrets of Jo Daviess County” tour in June. Dan will review the weekend schedule and show some slides of areas that we will visit. This tour has become a favorite of members who enjoy driving their cars vigorously on some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful scenic back roads. Dan will be able to answer your questions on scheduling and accommodations. Following Dan will be a second presentation that we’re calling “Rally School”. We have found that some club members are unclear about the differences between Rallys, Autocrosses (aka Gymkhanas), and Tours. Driving events coordinator Seth Jones has arranged a presentation that will educate you about the basic differences between these types of events, and will also answer your questions about how to prepare yourself for each one and safety equipment needed (if any).

The “Odd” Natter 'n' Noggin

The alternating North and South location for the monthly Natter 'n' Noggin is working out really well. We had very good attendance last months at Roundhead's and in March at Finn McCool's. It looks like we are getting into the rhythm and we even noticed the comeback of another good thing. And that is that we also see a few of our spouses joining us for a bite and a drink. Let's try to continue with that as well. I know that Henneke will come to Finn McCool's in Schaumburg on May 12. Although the Schaumburg address may sound complicated, the restaurant is very easy to find. It is right at the Algonquin Road off-ramp from Route 53 (which is the I-355/290 extension) Coming from the North or the South, turn Right, West, on Algonquin and Finn McCool's is right there on the left side.
The reservation for 7:00 PM on May 12th is in the MG Club name. And they know that we are not all coming at the same time and like to have separate checks.
May 12th, starting at 7:00 PM
Finn McCool's

1941 E Algonquin Road
847.303.5100  (select the Schaumburg location)

Parts Program

CMGC has implemented a program to find good homes for its inventory of generously donated MG parts. The parts are located in Glen Ellyn or Wheaton. The classifieds for these parts will be active for about one week, so check the site often. Items that are not sold will be auctioned on eBay under the seller name of cmgc-parts. Please contact David Evans at for any questions or part requests. The current eBay items may be viewed here at


Library Muse

Again we had no winner for the quiz. The question was, what movie, other than Dr. No, featured a blue Sunbeam Alpine? The correct answer is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Ms. Kelly later became Princess Grace of Monaco, home of the Monte Carlo rallye and the Monaco Gran Prix, the most famous events of their type. I have no follow-up question for this month.
I do however have two additions for the library. Jack Feldman donated a copy of Crap Cars, and we picked up a copy of The Unfair Advantage. Both of these will be available at the May meeting, along with our usual fine selections.

The Unfair Advantage
By Mark Donohue
2000, softbound, 337 pages, color and b&w photos

We are probably all familiar with Mark Donohue and the Penske-Sunoco Trans –Am cars, so this book may not need an introduction. Originally published in 1975 shortly before his death, this is the 2nd edition published in 2000 with additional photos and text.
“In The Unfair Advantage, Donohue tells the story of his racing career, from his first street Corvette to the unbeatable Can-Am Porsche 917. As he describes his winning secrets he reveals the rare combination of engineering finesse, scrappy improvisation, dedication and humor that he brought to the world of motorsports.” If you have never read this book, or haven’t read it for a while, pick it up and see why it is a classic.

Crap Cars
By Richard Porter
2005, hardbound, 109 pages, color and b&w photos

The author picks 50 of what he feels are some of the worst cars made from the sixties on. With only one or two paragraphs and a couple of pictures for each entry, this book is a one trip to the bathroom read. How many of these cars have you had?
- Wilbur

Steve's British Cnnection

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