Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline October 2008

Dean Swanson The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive

from our Vice - President

Well folks, Fall has Fell! Yup, its here again, looking forward to beautiful drives down leafy lanes, looking at all the colors in the trees. It really is a pretty time of year so everyone should take advantage of it. All you roadsters out there, throw the top down and take a ride!
We needed a little rain for lawn and flowers, but Holy Toledo - WHO KNEW.....? That was one heck of a lot of water to come down at one time, and a lot of people are suffering. I suppose everyone should be aware of all the used cars that will be popping up for sale! Most of them "JUST SLIGHTLY DAMP."
Last Friday evening we went up to Roselle for a Friday Night Car Show. The ISOA boys were there with Spinal Tappets Band (of which our son, Daniel is the keyboard man and the “Mick Jagger” singer!). The kid is really good. Anyway, even though the lighting (I don't see what's wrong with street lights) was bad, there were some absolutely fabulous American customs at this show, a few sports cars, mostly 50's & 60's Detroit lead sleds but really well done. Its so nostalgic looking at those BIG cars, takes one lovingly back to those times before bank failures, market crashes and inflation and when gasoline was 35 cents a gallon. The Triumphs were out in full force with their "TR's" and while they may be "the dark side", they sure have a good time! Oh, and one lonely MGB parked at the end of the row - in the dark!
I do want to thank all you great people who helped with the traffic at the British Car Festival. It is our club's responsibility to do the marshalling every year and this year you all came through with flying colors. I thought we had a really good time with a beautiful day thrown in to boot! Next year we will move the festival back to the north side and be at Oakland Community College in Des Plaines. So all you guys who live on the North Side will have a little easier trip, while us Southsiders will have a little further to go. Well, fair is fair and so it goes.....It is always a good time to get together with other British Car nuts, no matter where we are. OK, so remember - do some fall driving just for the color of it all and keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up!!!!

- Dean
Meeting Minutes
Monday, September 15, 2008

New Members

The officers and members of the Chicagoland MG Club extend a cordial “MG Welcome” to these new members who have joined our club in recent months. We wish each and every one of you “Safety Fast” and hope you will avail yourself to as many club activities as you can.
Dick & Mary Anderson - Oak Park IL - 1970 orange MGB
Mark Cannon - Kenilworth IL - 1965 MGB
Dianne Johnson - Chicago IL - 1969 red MG Midget
Jessica Swank - Romeoville IL - 1973 MGB
Eddy Ulm - Geneva IL - 1963 MG Midget
Mead Killion (Welcome back!) - Elk Grove Village IL - 1974 MGB

Note: To any member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, call our Secretary, Victor L’Heureux at (847) 516-3592 to verify.

Library Muse

Every month when I write these pearls of wisdom I am never sure if anyone actually reads them. So to encourage you to pay close attention I am running a little quiz between this and next month’s Muse. It will not be mentioned in the November issue. If you care to enter the ‘contest’ submit your entry via E-Mail or hand deliver to me at the November meeting. As always, bribing or buttering up the judge (me) with free libations will be acceptable, but most likely not helpful. In the event of multiple correct answers, the winner will be drawn by lot.
This month’s addition to the library is The Austin by Barney Sharratt. I haven’t finished reading it yet so the review from
A story rich in historical detail, experience and social history, Men and Motors of ‘The Austin’ covers the history of the Longbridge factory from the inception by Herbert Austin in 1905 through to present ownership by BMW. Sharratt details the many famous car designs that have emerged from the Longbridge works, the factory’s wartime production, and describes life in a major car production plant, from shop floor to design, development, and management. Based on interviews with those who designed, developed, and built the cars.

-- Wilbur
Men and Motors of
‘The Austin’

By Barney Sharratt,
hardbound, 267 pages,
color and b&w photos

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