Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline July 2009

Business Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 15, 2009

Attendance: 26 members

The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:05 pm by President, Jim Evans.

Current Car Projects – Russ Mehaffey is having an engine rebuild after blowing a valve in #4 piston. He anticipates having the car back together again within the next few weeks.

Past Events– See details in the Driveline or on the Website for additional details of these events.
AACA Car Show, Sandwich, ILJim Evans attended this event and shared some photos of the event during tonight’s meeting. Many unique vintage cars were on display.
AHCA/CMGC Spring Gymkhana – This event sponsored jointly with the Austin Healey Club was attended by three of our members in a pack of 28 cars. The MG’s placed in high ranks in the competition.
Secrets of Jo Daviess County Tour – What a fantastic weekend for an outing – weather was great for a drive in the country and the food plentiful. Thanks again to our hosts, Dan and Nancy Herman for a wonderful event.

Upcoming Events – See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.

Monthly Tech Sessions – will start in August on the 1st Saturday of the month and continue for the remainder of the year. Session topic and location will be announced in the Driveline and on the Website.

Guest Speakers - Dan Herman fabricated a video camera mount for his MG and filmed sections of the Jo Daviess County tour. He shared this exciting footage during the meeting. The weather was excellent for the event and the video images were spectacular.
Jake & Ann Snyder presented a guide of what spare parts to have available on road trips. They shared their experience of on–the–road repairs and items that should be part of a cars’ carry-on baggage. Jake noted there are excellent reference lists located on the CMGC Website (search for ‘the complete boot’) and in John Twist’s 2007.07 edition University Motors Ltd. Technical Book (

50/50 Raffle – Barney Gaylord had the winning ticket for the $9 pot and Bill Reece went home with a Tee shirt.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm

-Victor L’Heureux


Library Muse
Not much to report this month. Because the library will be closed at the July meeting there will be no book review this month. Please hold on to your books until the August meeting, at which time we will be back in full service.
Last month’s little puzzle was the line in my article, “time is tight.” That was the title of the hit song recorded by Booker T and the MGs. Yes, they took their name from our favorite car company. The band’s producer had earlier belonged to a group called the Triumphs, and he had owned both brands of LBCs.
- Wilbur

The “Odd” Natter 'n' Noggin
By now you have probably recognized the pattern. The odd Months (January, March, May, July, September, and November) are at Finn McCool's in Schaumburg and the even Months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) are at Roundhead's in Downers Grove. Based on the increasing attendance, this pattern seems to work really well. The last few Months we have seen around 20 people joining us for a drink, a bite, and a casual conversation. And we also see some spouse's getting interested. Let's hope for some nice weather on July 14th so that we can enjoy Finn McCool's outdoor patio. Otherwise we'll be in our usual corner of the restaurant.

  Finn McCool's 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 July 14th 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.

Natter 'n' Noggin
July 14th, starting at 7:00 PM
Finn McCool's
1941 E Algonquin Road
847 303 5100 (select the Schaumburg location)
Please call Reinout Vogt at 847 342 9804 for any questions.

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

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