MINUTES FOR MEETING 7/16/01
There were 49 members present, one guest - Howard Turek and new members Kathy & Gary Cook (MGB Roadster) and Steve Gorr. Dave Bralich called the meeting to order at 8:11pm and ended it at 9:12pm.
June Mid-summer Autocross - Cowboy reported on the autocross/funkhana held in Naperville at the DePaul University campus. Ten to fifteen cars participated in the event which included a reverse slalom and parking exercises. Everyone had a lot of fun and there were only two minor malfunctions having to do with a sticking distributor and a fuel float problem.
Minnesota All Register Meet - Kim Tonry, Oscar Gonzales and Jake Snyder regaled us with the doings at the all register meet in Minnesota. Fifteen couples from the CMGC attended the event which featured many pre-war MG including some very rare M types. There were many other seldom seen models from several collections on display and in the parking lots. Abingdon Village was replicated down to street signs and building fronts. The United Kingdom had brought both the ZT & ZTT (sedan and wagon) in for display and 43 US states, Europe and South Africa were represented at the event.
The event itself was well-organized, everything was done on site with 850 cars in attendance. Curt Bork and Pam Hansen placed 5th in the Endurance Rally and 2nd in the valve cover race - beaten by a Barbie Doll valve cover in a skirt! Hard to believe.
Mid-summer Rally - Run by Larry Czachor and given a resounding testimonial by Kelvin Palmer. Larry’s reputation for unexpected and wonderful rallies was well met according to Dave Lieb. The July 15th rally began in Bedford Park and ended at the Wolfs Head Inn on Joliet Road in Countryside. Unfortunately the event was only attended by 4 cars so a great many people missed out on a well run, well written rally over some great roads. There were no break downs,
everyone finished and had an excellent time.
Classifieds - George Geoppner has stepped down from the position which has been taken over by Dave Lieb who has information on 2 midgets for car parts. There is a ’69 which is in great shape from the firewall back and a ’74 that can be parted out. There are also several boxes of parts all of which need to be moved soon. Please contact Dave if you have an interest.
Tech Sessions - Maynard Hirsch reported on the overhaul of the MGA transmission last Saturday. Work was done on the rear bushing housing, second gear and the lay shaft. A MGB overdrive transmission was looked over as well as a speedometer and drive gear.
Maynard will be doing another overdrive session sometime later in the year, the date will be announced as soon as it is set.
Road America Camping Trip - Jake and Ann Snyder are coordinating the camping trip again this year and tell us that we have eight sites within a camping circle that will accomadate 32 adults. There are 5 vacancies left so contact either Ann or Jake if you still wish to attend. Saturday night is a group cookout at the campgrounds; the meat is provided and everyone contributes with a dish to pass.
Both Kelvin and ML will be racing this weekend and can be found in the South Paddock whenever they are not actually on the track. Please stop by to visit, to lend a hand or moral support.
Abingdon Summer Party - The party is scheduled for August 2nd through the 5th this year. The endurance rally begins Thursday night and continues into Friday; scheduled as 2 legs of 500 miles each. This weekend always has a large repeat of attendees and we are greeted with enthusiasm by the towns people. We received good reports of last years event and expect to meet and out-do ourselves this year especially with the autocross which is traditionally held on the main street in downtown Abingdon.
British Car Union Festival - As we have reported before, the event will be held on the same weekend in September but will be at a new location in Palos Hills at the Moraine Valley College. The Austin Healey rally has moved to this location as well and the usual gathering at the 94th Aero Squad has re-located to the White Fence Farm. Again, there will be no posters handed out this year. Instead there will be a very nice grill badge given to all who PRE-REGISTER and is well worth the few minutes it takes to drop a form in the mail.
There will be tech sessions and walk arounds planned. If you have an interest in helping or offering your car please contact Cowboy. This is for all British marques.
Regalia - Larry Daniels announced that he will be putting in a new order for name tags so please contact him if you need one. There are only a few of the anniversary fender cover left so don’t wait if you plan on getting one. The silver anniversary cars are available for purchase.
Late Summer Rally - Mike Hirsch is planning a late summer rally to be held on August 26th. This will consist of a 3 hour rally beginning in Algonquin and ending in Schaumberg on both open and driving roads. There will be more information as the event comes together.
Halloween Rally - This years rally will begin and end in Crystal Lake. It will be limited in number because Paul must know exactly how many cars will be running the event by the day of the rally. This year’s theme will be ‘Harry Houdini’ and costumes are strongly encouraged. Please contact Paul Urquardt with your reservation.
Lucas Night Rally - Dave Tucker has agreed to run the rally and tells us that it will be a 3 hour event beginning at 6:00pm in Oak Lawn. The Miada club will be invited. All the information is on the web site so please visit there soon.
Slot Car Race - Scott Forhman has agreed to let us come and play with his toys. He has a HO slot car track set up at his house and has invited the CMGC members to come over and do a little racing if there is an interest. Please contact Scott.
September Tour - Scott is also putting together a fall driving tour scheduled for the September 21 - 23 timeframe. More information will be forth coming.
Misc. - British Boot and Bonnets of Rockford recently has their show with Curt Bork reporting on several trophies going to members of this club - Jeff Powell, John Hubbard, Fred & Mary Dornbach and Curt himself from the many CMGC members present. It featured more than 100 vintage cars and planes and was held at the Belvidere Airport. It was so well attended that $500.00 was donated to the museum fund from the $1.00 admission charged. This is the 3rd year this event has been held and it is growing in both popularity and size. An event well worth attending.
Jim Evans left flyers for the 10th annual vintage and antique motorcycle show to be held at the College of DuPage on August 12th. This is open to all foreign and domestic motorcycles over 25 years old. Registration is $10.00 per bike and the gates open to the public at 9:00am.
Scott Fohrman told us about the Elkhart Fall Festival. This is a VSCDA event with the featured car the MG. There are 65 MGs registered with several joining in the all MG race.
Raffle - The 50/50 raffle was won by Fred Baker.
There was no program tonight