Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline August 2009

Orphan Auto Picnic
August 23, 2009
Kendall County Fairgrounds, Yorkville, IL

Our club has again been invited by the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts to attend their long running “Orphan Car Picnic”. This year, the picnic has been moved to the Kendall County Fairgrounds, just west of IL Rt 47 on IL Rt 71, near Yorkville. Plan to arrive between 10 AM and 2 PM; our club will provide picnic-type food for our members and the Corvair club provides beverages. We will congregate in an assigned area on the field as directed by the organizers. This is strictly a social event, with no trophies or judging, and it is completely free. This event is restricted to “Orphan” cars i.e. those marques that are no longer manufactured; consequently, you can expect to see a variety of cars such as Hudson, Studebaker, Nash, and other discontinued marques. For further info, check the link on our website calendar.
Additional information is available at
Lucas Memorial Night Rally
August 29th

Our nighttime rally will start at 8 PM in the parking lot of the Patio Restaurant, on Highland Ave, just north of IL Rt 56 (west side of Yorktown shopping center).
This is a very unique event and has been quite popular over the years. Entrants will participate in a traditional gimmick rally during the twilight hours, driving along suburban roads while answering rally questions. This rally is confined to low speed roads in populated areas with no need to exit your car; all rally clues involve brightly lit signage along the rally route. Total driving time under two hours, with an opportunity for a snack or meal at the ending point.
A navigator is highly recommended for writing answers and reading the questions. If you don’t have a navigator there are bound to be other singles there you could hook up with.
This is an official club event, qualifying for both MG Bucks and Driving Program points.

British Car Festival
September 13, 2009

It’s time to think about the 23rd Annual British Car Union; September 13th returning to Oakton College. This is a party for the British cars and their humans!
There is plenty more information available at the BCU website, .
If you have any questions feel free to contact CMGC member Jack Feldman at

Wine Cheese and Beer Tour 2009 –
Lights and Libations
September 18-20th

Hi everyone. The route is planned, the reservations are made, and it is just a little more than seven weeks until we meet in Michigan for our LIGHTS AND LIBATIONS TOUR, WCB 2009. The dates are September 18th – 20th. 
  We will meet in Stevensville, Michigan Friday and Saturday. Ann and I have reserved a block of rooms for both evenings at the Baymont Inn. The phone number is 269-428-9111. Please call the hotel and make your reservations under the Chicagoland MG Club’s block or group number 577-981684. The block expires August 16th. Friday evening dinner will be early at a local winery and restaurant. The food and the wines are excellent. Our dinner reservations are for 5:30. Don’t forget Michigan is an hour ahead of Chicago. The tour will begin at 8 AM Saturday (Eastern Time) from the Baymont’s parking lot. We will be visiting a winery/brewery/distillery and some of the Lighthouses along the Lake Michigan shore and enjoying a scenic drive. On Sunday, we will stop for lunch at a brewery in Indiana by the Old Michigan City Lighthouse. Nearby are both a lighthouse museum and Ragg Tops auto museum. You can choose one or both museums to tour. We expect another fun weekend of driving, sampling some fine foods and wines, and socializing. 
  If you are attending this event, please let us know your plans and send your email address as soon as possible. 

Hope you all can join us!
John and Ann
630 244-4930

Please note the August 16th deadline for our group rate at the hotels. The hotel room blocks are reserved under the Chicagoland MG Club
-- John and Ann Schroeder

Halloween Rally
October 25, 2009

On Sunday October 25 we will have kind of a new Halloween event. A very simple rally, maybe so simple that we can also call it a Halloween Run. And because Halloween is the perfect time to see a few ghosts, we thought is would be a good idea to go and find the ghosts of some longtime Chicagoland MG Club members. Members whose name you may see in the membership directory or hear about occasionally, but who you only very rarely get to meet.
  The Halloween Run does not include any competitive driving. There are no trick questions and there will be no confusing instructions. You just follow the general directions and chase a few ghosts. There will be no need for special tuning, no helmets are required, no penalties will be assessed, and encyclopedic knowledge about MG will not be a competitive advantage. It will be that simple! And the additional bene-

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