Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline December 2008

Dean Swanson The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive

from our Vice - President

Well, here it is! Just about the end of the "ol' driving season." And except for those ridiculous gas prices during the summer, it has been a fun one. I for one, drove "ol' yeller" almost every day, all summer long, and had no troubles or screw ups at all. Just a good car and that never quit on me once! I'm thinking about putting the hard top on and continuing off and on throughout the winter, snow and ice accepted! Got a few little things to work on, wire wheels for new tires next spring for instance, fix the fuel gauge, clutch repair kit, etc., but all can be handled since I have plenty of time.
As you may know, I will not be your Vice-President next year, too many upcoming obligations to give this wonderful club its full due. I have enjoyed this past year and all the officers were a delight to work with and we got a hell of a lot done also! I don't intend to leave, so I will still be an active member of the club and continue to help out any way I can. So thanks to all for making my time on the Board so enjoyable and fulfilling! You are all a great bunch!
So, outside of maybe driving a little bit, how else does one spend the winter? Perusing the Moss, Vicky Brit catalogs, perhaps? Probably selling some stocks and bonds to buy those new parts you've been wanting for so long?? Actually, I wonder if the British pound falls, will some of those part's prices come down in dollars? Well maybe, but don't count on it! Anyway, we can dream can't we? And one final thing to all - Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hoping everyone has a safe holiday season and remember - keep the shiny side up and rubber side down.....
- Dean

Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 17, 2008

Chicagoland MG Club
Monthly Meeting – November 17, 2008

Attendance: 32 members

The meeting was called to order at 8:07 pm by President, Jim Evans.

Past Events – Jim noted the past events participated by club members.
Halloween Rally – will be held this year on Sunday October 26th starting in Elgin.
Fall ‘Tune-down‘ and Chili party – David Bralich again hosted a tech session on November 9th to prepare your car for the off-season. Safety checks were the focus. There were about 20 cars in all that attended the session. Going to need more chili next year!
Upcoming Events – See details in the Driveline or on the Web-


site of the many events available for club members in the near future. Below are two upcoming events happening before our next club meeting.
Cruise the Rock – An annual event for the hearty – Meet fellow CMGC members at the site of the first North American car race in downtown Chicago on Thanksgiving morning. More details in Driveline.
Holiday Party – Combined holiday party with Vintage MG Car Club members will be held on December 6th at Elmcrest Banquets, Elmwood Park, IL. Please make your reservations by filling out the form found in the Driveline or on the CMGC website.

Swap Meet –The 13th Annual All British Car Swap Meet & Autojumble will be held on Sunday February 22, 2009 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL from 8 AM to 3 PM. Since it’s beginning, this event has proven popular with British car enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest. Buyers and sellers alike travel in from a multi-state area in search of parts, services, regalia and memorabilia items. A sign-up sheet was passed around for club members to volunteer some time for the event.

CMGC Staff Elections –The second and final call for nominations for the 2009 officers took place. The officers willing to serve another year’s term are Jim Evans (President), Reinout Vogt (Treasurer) and Victor L’Heureux (Secretary). Stepping down will be Dean Swanson (Vice-President). All have accepted the nominations made for 2009. Election ballots will be inserted in the December issue of the Driveline.

Tools Report – Jim noted that the club now has a new tool added to the growing list of specialized tools for club members’ use. The recent addition is a King Pin Reamer for MG Midget. The tool was donated to the club by Moss Motors at the request of Barney Gaylord. (I make it sound so simple!) This tool is hard to come by and is a welcome addition to the tool inventory.

Finance Board report – The club is in good financial shape at this time with a balance of $2,744.29. Balance Report details are available from Reinout Vogt.

Tech Session – Dave Bralich demonstrated the method for recreating the bends and the flared connections for brake lines. A number of tools are available on the market and Dave demonstrated the easy and not-so-easy methods of creating replacement lines.

50/50 Raffle – Barney Gaylord went home $16 richer from the raffle.

Note: There will not be a December Club meeting – see you at the holiday party!

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm
Respectfully submitted, -- Victor L’Heureux
Safety Fast

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