Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2009

Monthly Garage Keeping

Starting in June, the club will conduct a monthly Tech Session on the first Saturday of each month through the driving season (except for July). The first session will be held at Jim Evans’ house starting at 10am on June 6. The topic will be a review of club tools available for bodywork activities. We will demo the use of the club welder, plasma cutter, spot welder, soda blaster and sand (spot) blaster and maybe even some more items. Map quest to 304 May Ave, Glen Ellyn 60137. This event will be cancelled if it rains, so call ahead to 630-858-8192 if you want an update on the weather.
June Meeting Program
Members sometimes wonder about what they should bring with them to handle roadside mechanical issues while on a road trip. Jake and Ann Synder will give a brief presentation concerning useful items to carry in your MG while on the road. If you are planning to attend one of the driving tours this summer, this will be helpful to you in planning your participation.

The “Even” Natter 'n' Noggin
The new Natter 'n Noggin concept is really catching on and it appears that we see more members joining us every time. Hopefully we'll have a good mix of regulars, ladies, and new members again this time at our South location. Yes, June is an even Month (the sixth) so on the second Tuesday we will be at Roundhead's Pizza Pub in Downers Grove. Please come and join us for a drink, a bite, and some MG tire kicking. We have reservations from 7:00 PM under the MG Club name. If the weather is good we'll have table outside on the patio. The restaurant knows that were are not coming all at the same time and that we like separate checks.

Even Month Natter 'n' Noggin on Tuesday June 9.
Roundhead's Pizza Pub

2001 63rd Street (on the corner of 63rd and Woodward, about one mile East of I355)
Downers Grove
Ph. 630 434 9999

If you have any questions about the menu or need directions, check their website at or call Reinout Vogt at 847 342 9804

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

Spring has finally sprung. Time for yard work, spring-cleaning, and all those projects that didn’t get finished. (or started) over winter. But it is also the time for three of my favorite hobbies: MGing, fishing, and outdoor grilling. Time is tight, but if you are good at multi-tasking, you can persevere. A small tackle box, can of worms, a couple of two piece rods, and a picnic lunch fit nicely into the boot of an MG. Why not take one of the kids (or grandkids) for a nice afternoon ride to the local fishing hole and wet a line while you wet a line. We may just got a convert to a couple of hobbies that are sorely lacking in youth.
Yes, there is another “quiz” in the above narrative. I’m going to keep doing this until some one gets it. Don’t be afraid, the prize is not a bunch of used MG parts.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
By By Garth Stein
2008, hardbound,
321 pages

OK, this novel has absolutely nothing to do with MGs, and next to nothing to do with sporstcars in general except for the fact that the protagonist of the book is an up and coming driver who has aspirations of driving in the Formula One circus. This is the story of his family while he tries to get there.
Not a lot of racing or car stuff, but what there is is credible. Did I mention that the narrator of this story is the hero’s dog, Enzo? Cat people may not get it. But then again they already have plenty of issues of their own. Have a hanky ready for the last couple of chapters.
- Wilbur

Steve's British Cnnection

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