September 2008
Chicagoland MG Club
P.O. Box 455 Addison, IL 60101
Monthly members’ web password: xxxxxxx

Jim Evans

Dean Swanson

Secretary / Membership
Victor L’Heureux

Reinout Vogt

Bill Reece

David Lieb

David L. Ransom

Bill & Deb Mennell

Driving Events
Seth Jones

Tech Coordinator
Dave “Cowboy” Bralich

Barney Gaylord

Ebay Program
David Evans
The Natter ‘n’ Noggin is held the second Tuesday of each month at alternating locations. Please check the Driveline or club website for the current location. The talking, eating and drinking starts about 7:30 p.m. Come and stay as long as you can.

The Monthly Club Meeting is held on the third Monday of each month (except no meeting in December). The meetings are from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at MACK’S GOLDEN PHEASANT in Elmhurst


Our First MG, the year was 1976
After college I served in the Dutch army for a year and a half and my first job, in the fall of 1975, was field service engineer so it came with a company car. What better circumstances to make a very old wish for an English sports car come true. It didn’t have to be brand new or even second-hand since we could always use the brand new company station wagon for reliability. So we started searching seriously with only a few pay checks in hand and we looked at Healey’s, Sunbeams, Triumphs, Jaguars, MG, and so on. We had no real favorite as long as it was a British Roadster. The first British Roadster that met the real requirement, costing not more than we had saved (and that wasn’t very much), was a gold’ish ‘65 MGB. Bang… that was it…we bought it and we became life-long MG aficionados!
It had an aftermarket luggage rack and after going around the block for a couple of times we packed for a weekend trip to the islands in the South West of Holland. Not very far away at all, not even a 100 miles. But “Appie” (we already had given him a name, see license plate) broke a motor mount which caused some other malfunctions with fuel lines etc., and had to be towed home! So here is the very first picture of our very first MG weekend: Appie jacked up on the side of the road and me under the hood! Little did we know back then? This would not be a single occurrence; this would not even be an exception. This would become a routine. Henneke claims that she knows every major highway in Holland, from the shoulders and the sides, that is. Waiting for me to fix Appie or the MGC that followed. However, I did learn to fix my MG’s pretty quickly and the towing part became the exception indeed.   Reinout Vogt


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