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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline

There were 41 members present with no new members or guests at tonights meeting. Dave Bralich called the meeting to order at 8:04pm and ended it at 8:50pm.


Debora Mennell Champagne British Car Show - The show was held, as always, over the Memorial Day weekend in Champagne, Illinois. Curt Bork gave a report for the eleven CMGC members that attended. It rained, as always, for the tour, the picnic, and the pub crawl on Saturday night. Although the day of the show was sunny and clear. Curt won second place with his fabulous TD and Bill Mennell won the 50/50 raffle.

Lands End Rally - Tom Josefek reported that 10 cars participated in this years rally. The weather was perfect, the roads were good and there was a picnic lunch buffet at Argyll featuring ice cream sundaes. The rally ended at the courthouse Inn in Dodgeville, Wisconsin with our youngest navigator, Jim, turning in the shortest time and least milage. Tom has agreed to run the rally next year, possibly with some changes to the destination.

Cart Night - Elliot Gaylord gave us a brief summary of the go-carting event held the previous week. There were about a dozen people at the track prior to the natter ‘n noggin. A Gran Prix start began the “race” which, at times, contained some NASCAR style shoving and some passing. It was a great time for all who attended.

VSCDA Blackhawk Races - Cowboy gave us a description of the races which contained every make and model of vintage and classic cars with the exception of MGAs.

Tech Sessions - The swap out of the 3.9 MGA differential on June 3rd was attended by several people. There is a scheduled trans re-build for July 14, 2001. Steve Merical requested that anyone who has a planned (or unplanned) maintenance to their cars in view to volunteer the work as a possible tech session for others to learn. Please contact Steve Merical.
    The June issues of Grass Roots Magazine has a very good article on an ignition modification on an MGB for anyone interested in doing this type of work.


Minnesota All Register Meet - Kim Tonry reported that it will run the entire first week of July. The rooms are going quickly so if you are planning to attend and haven’t made reservations do so very soon. This event is similar to the 1996 gathering and involves all MG registers with many different tours, events and activities planned for your amusement during the week. They are expecting about 1000 cars to attend and currently have over 500 registered.
    Curt Bork told us that he will be participating in an endurance rally of approximately 700 miles, with about 10 check points. The drive will start on Sunday beginning at Monroe, Wisconsin and ending in St. Paul. Please contact Curt for information if you would like to make the run with them.

June Mid-summer Autocross - There will be an autocross/gymkhana held in Naperville at the DePaul University campus on Warrenville Road. It will begin at 10:00am - there will be no bathroom facilities available until noon when the school opens, so go easy on the morning coffee. This will be a low speed, non-gimmicky drive in a small parking lot. There will be some reverse gear work necessary and does apply to the club championship points for the year. There are plans to meet afterwards at the Rock Bottom Brewery for food, drinks and the usual story hour.

Mid-summer Rally - This rally is being run by Larry Czachor and was given a resounding testimonial by Kelvin Palmer. Larry has a reputation for running wonderful and unexpected rallies that keep everyone looking forward to his next event. The July 15th rally will begin at the libary in Bedford Park at 65th. The drivers meeting will be at 11:30am and the rally will end at the Wolfs Head Inn on Joliet Road in Wolf. Barney, of course, has the information on the web site already.

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 9 vacancies left so contact either Ann or Jake if you still wish to attend; although you will need to call the campsite and register in person as the campground will no longer allow group registrations. The warm-ups begin on Thursday although most people arrive on Friday night. There is a group dinner at a restaurant on Friday night. Saturday night is a group cookout at the circle where the meat is provided and everyone contributes with a dish to pass. Later several people go into Elkhart to attend the concours and have a drink in town. There is also an auction on Friday and Saturdays where a few of our members have bid on and purchased cars before or you can just laze around the circle in front of the bonfire. It is always an excellent weekend.

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 with a scheduled 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.

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.

Regalia - Larry Daniels announced that the silver anniversary fender covers have arrived and are ready for purchase. The first batch of silver plated model cars have been received and several have been purchased already. Don Anderson will be getting more to Larry very soon. Larry also reports that the MG grill badges are running low, so if you were thinking of buying one do it soon.

Misc. - Reinout gave us a summary of the LeMan race. Neither of the MGs finished since it rained most of the race but did show as expected.
    Barney has photos on the web site of a 500hp MGF that was announced by the factory at LeMan.
    George Geoppner is looking for someone to step in and take the reins for the classified ads position. You would be working closely with Barney as the ads are placed in the back of the Driveline and making contact with many people with both parts and cars for sale. George stated that the board will need to make a decision regarding the outer boundaries for acceptance of a car for sale advertisement. Is it worth it for us to accept ads for cars in Florida or Montana?

Raffle - The 50/50 raffle was won by Zack Baker.

Tonight’s program was a video.

Respectufully submitted,
Deb Mennell

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