Minutes of the May Meetings will be posted in a future issue. Here’s April’s minutes. (Ed.)
The meeting was called to order at 8:03 p.m. by Co-Chairman Russ Mehaffey.
Present were 33 members and three guests – Randall Castro (father has a ’74 B) and Peter & Kama Shattock of the MG Car Club Victoria of Australia (F, B, & TC – in parts).
Victor L’Heureux said three new members joined last month, which makes twelve in total so far this year.
Brief reports were given on car projects. -Seth Jones (aka Jones, S.) has his own web site with the five repairs/improvements to his ’71 Midget. -Russ has done an alternator conversion to his MGA, with a kit from Moss Motors, and with help from Bob Schultz & Barney. -Tom Sotomayor has been making improvements to his B in preparation next month of a long road trip to Calif. & back with his son. -Barney said that his MGA needed repairs to the light switch and rocker arm during the trip to Holland, Mich. for the Eclectic Motors sheet metal clinic.
It was announced that Barney has won this year’s Cecil Kimber Enthusiast Award given by the MG Drivers Club for his technical help and Internet mastery. The Club recognized Barney for earning this prestigious award with congratulations and applause.
Only six cars were present at yesterday’s spring tune-up clinic.
Members were reminded they’re invited to the Alfa club’s 5/5-5/6 driving event.
Dave Lieb and other members of the Miata Club (wonder whether he goes “N.S.” – no socks – to their meetings, too) will host the Rambling Road to Roscoe Rally on 5/5/07.
The Miata Club’s autocross on 5/20/07 is another of their events to which we’re invited.
The Champagne British Car Festival is 5/25/07-5/27/07.
Reinout Vogt passed around the MG Bucks shirt sign-up sheet, and explained its purpose for the benefit of the Club’s newer members.
Reinout gave the lst quarter treasury report. -the savings account has been changed for more interest (approx. balance $10,200)
-the checking account (approx. balance $3,300) had expenses for the project car and brochure and proceeds from the Swap Meet (only $800-$900)
Russ said the NAMGAR approval process of us becoming a chapter is progressing.
MEMBERS SHOULD REMEMBER TO CHECK THE CMGC WEB SITE FOR DETAILS AND UPDATES TO OUR CLUB’S AND OTHER LBS’C ACTIVITIES.
Ann & Jake Snyder – “How to Have a Happy Sunday Drive” (or, how you can try to make it less miserable). They provided everyone with a handout with useful road trip preparation tips, as well as suggested tools & spare parts. (Omitted were books containing prayers and cuss words.) Ann & Jake went through their (Chicagoland MG Club) magic tool bag that contained these essentials.
Peter Shattock, the Treasurer of the MG Car Club Victoria. Peter and his wife Kama saw our web site and wanted to visit us as part of their trip to see their daughter Emily who lives in Chicago (Lincoln Park). Peter reviewed the history of his club and the types of activities. The club was founded in 1958 and has approx. 1,250 members (and about the same number of MGs – most of them Bs, but good representations of T-types, As, and the new Fs). It is the largest single car marque club in the country. His club is very active, with one event per weekend – year round. (He said he will take back the idea of the tune-up & tune-down events to his club – even though the driving season there is truly year-round.) He also explained how the MG registers are organized there, esp. for driving & touring events. He acquired his first MG (a ’48 TC), which he still has – albeit in bits – in 1968. He will work on it in retirement. Peter and Kama also have a ’67 B (which his dad bought new), and a ’98 F.
He was glad to have attended last week’s Natter & Noggin, yesterday’s tune-up clinic, and the meeting tonight. He thanked Reinout for very kindly driving him to the tune-up clinic, and he thanked Doug Clark for bringing Kama & him to the meeting tonight (thank God for once he didn’t screw up and show up late – as usual), as their daughter lives just a few blocks from him. He thanked the CMGC for their wonderful MG hospitality and friendliness.
He left with us some MG magazines, programs, and objet d’art (mostly pins & key rings). We, in turn, gave Peter & Kama CMGC memorabilia – pins, beer glasses, shop towels, caps, and – a (limited edition) car badge.
It was announced that the 50/50 raffle couldn’t be held because there weren’t any tickets. (Rumor has it that since the tax filing deadline was tonight, the IRS had planned to conduct a surprise audit – to catch us in the act – so this might have been intentional on our part.) The Secretary thought maybe we all “could pretend”, anyway (but then that would mean we all would have to pretend he wasn’t an idiot). So, no one had to pull out their billfolds and shake loose the cobwebs and let the moths fly out.
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Doug Clark - CMGC Secretary