The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m
In attendance were 34 members and two guests (Ross Finnelly – ’77 B and J-P Brossard – ’77 B & ’56 A).
The only car project / problem was Russ Mehaffey’s MGA – especially its voracious thirst for 20W 50.
On 8/25/06, three or four MGs were at the Downers Grove Cruise Night.
“Wilbur” said that 14 cars were at the 8/25/06 Autocross (and that his nephew likes driving his MG), and that the results are on the web site and in a Driveline article.
Dean Swanson recapped the 9/10/06 BCU Festival. He said about 400 cars were pre-registered, but not that many showed up because of the morning rain. He said the CMGC marshals did a good job. He said we might have six new members from the show in view of the fewer number of people who help, and of the apparent dwindling interest, he posed the question to the Club “should we bother with it?”
-the comment was made that the BCU Festival is facing more competition from other auto shows. Diana Gonzales said that Rey Navarro was told that a lot of vendors have seen a drop in attendance at these shows.
John Schroeder reported on the recently (i.e., yesterday’s) completed Wisconsin Wine, Cheese, & Beer (and Shakespeare) tour – from 9/16-9/17. Making the tour were 22 cars at dinner were 38 people. Bill Hedrick mentioned the “Wrong Way” award presented to John. John was rewarded with a heartfelt round of applause for organizing this highly
successful and enjoyable event for the second year in a row.
Jim Evans mentioned the following upcoming car shows: The inaugural Cantigny car show on 9/24. The 10/6-10/8 car auction at the Pheasant Run resort. A very large car show in Morris on 10/8 that is notable for the large numbers of cars that travel from points west and southwest of there (and thus that we don’t get a chance to see often at shows closer to Chicago).
Bob Schultz provided a preview of the activities of the Abingdon weekend (10/6-10/8), and mentioned that only 14 MGs had registered (but he stressed there’s still time).
On 10/10/06, the Natter N Noggin will again be at McNally’s, where routinely 18-20 Club members have attended.
The season’s last autocross will be on 10/15, at the Cantera Theatres in Warrenville.
The October meeting (10/16) will be the 30th CMGC anniversary meeting with cake and champagne. Oscar Gonzales suggested that the recognition plaque awarded at this year’s 5 Register MG Meet to the Club by the MG Car Club of England be on display during the meeting.The nomination of Club officers for 2007 will be made at the meeting.
Seth Jones provided a preview of the 10/21/06 fall color tour. We will meet at the Grosse Pointe Lighthouse in Evanston at 10:30 a.m.
A slide show of the route, along Sheridan Road to the Kenosha/Racine area, was shown.
Doug Clark said he was organizing this year’s Halloween rally. It will be on Sun., 10/29/06 (the day after the clocks are turned back an hour), with the first car off around 2:00 p.m. As he was still planning the route (and the meeting place), he advised Club members to check the web site for updates (and/or attend the next meeting, when the final details have been planned)
MEMBERS SHOULD REMEMBER TO CHECK THE CMGC WEB SITE FOR DETAILS AND UPDATES TO OUR CLUB’S AND OTHER LBC’S ACTIVITIES.
Wade gave an update on the Club’s project car, a ’77 B (being restored at his facility) and said that next weekend work will begin on the front suspension.
John said a new Driving Events Coordinator will be needed next year. A planning meeting will be held in February. Wade Keene was thanked for his efforts in this position during the past year (or two?)
with a round of applause.
Doug said “Click and Clack” (“The Tappet Brothers”) of National Public Radio fame were featured with their 1952 TD on a cooking program on public television on 9/17/06. Food (wrapped in foil) was placed on the exhaust manifold and valve cover and heated during a twenty minute drive. At the conclusion of the drive, the food was unwrapped and eaten, to much laughter. Doug mentioned that Barney, together with his navigator (who as it turned out, had not met him previously – and who, no doubt has heard all that he wants to know about his Alaska trip) finished in third place in the 9/9/06 Donald Healey Memorial Rally sponsored by the AHCA.
Doug produced an advertisement for a real estate development that showed the spitting image of an MG badge as its logo (could this be an intellectual property claim that’s waiting to happen?)
Regalia – David L. Ransom, Jr. Car badges are still for sale.Club business cards are being printed. More flyers containing the membership form will be printed.
Library – has an addition in the form of a Cobra book.
Webmaster – Barney he said he is nearly done scanning old newsletters. He’s missing 15 issues from the mid-1980’s, and asked that anyone who might think they have some or all of these to bring them to him.
At 9:05 we took a break, during which time Club members socialized and 50/50 raffle tickets were sold. After the break, the 50/50 raffle winners were drawn – Russ, who wanted the cash ($19), and “Cowboy”, who received a $20 Victoria British gift certificate.
The meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.