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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline
by Larry Daniels

It is the journey, not the destination. Taking very scenic routes, including Rt. 26 and going through Starved Rock State Park, the caravan round its way to its final destination, but not without a lunch break at The Ranch Restaurant. Taking this route and then coming back to the Chicagoland area on route 34 is probably the ideal travel plan when going to Galesburg.

It is generally known that the attendance this year was approximately half of last year. This is probably attributed to the success of the St. Paul Odyssey MG show with people who might normally come not choosing to do so because of the closeness of the two events. Regardless, the numbers belie the enthusiasm. In many ways this was like the old Abingdon that some members miss. The whole week-end did have the low-key atmosphere that the committee strives to promote. The entire schedule of events went as planned.

Friday night’s dinner was hosted in the courtyard with “subs” as well as other edibles and of course, Old Speckled Hen beer. Thanks to the ladies of the club for providing some of the other goodies. It is much appreciated.

The Saturday car show was held down town Abingdon in the middle of the boulevard. In spite of the heat there were no car failures, and there were ample shade trees to find relief from the heat. Kudos to Ray Glorioso for his taking souvenir photographs of every car as it entered the show area. Ray handled the entire car show flawlessly. One comment that has justified the creation of the “Sterling Awards” was that some out of town guests said they had come down just for this particular judging.

As usual at these events, the Gymkhana was held on the main street of the town with a record number of car entries. A novice Gymkhanaer showed her metal by staying the course and proving gender is not a requirement.

The keynote speaker at the banquet was John Twist who regaled us with hilarious stories about his shop experiences. John had conducted his rolling technical sessions Friday and Saturday. Jumers came forward with a delicious meal and excellent service. As awards were given for the various categories it should be noted that a nice contingent from St. Louis reminded us that they would like some reciprocity for their upcoming event, September 15th to 17th. This banquet is another ideal time for club members and our guests to mingle and renew camaraderie. It was good seeing the Cooper Clan, long time participants at these events, from Minnesota. One new attendee from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who had a frustrating encounter with a damaged fuel line, which we helped solve with a proper jack, wound up getting an award for his beautiful brown MGB. This new and old mixing is creating the core that will propel this event to a successful future. Note the time in 2002 will shift towards the end of August. Post-awards saw us returning to the hospitality room.

Sunday morning brought a fare well buffet breakfast with a group of us stopping at Bishop Hill on the return trip home.

The planning for 2002 is already beginning with some old Twists and new twists. This year’s party again proved that Abingdon is really a family get together of like-minded enthusiasts rather than only a car show.

See you in 2002!

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