Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline March 2015
New Directions
Monthly Column of Driving Events

This will be the third year that the VMGCC and the CMGC share the driving events. I hope that it is now just as familiar for you as it has been for me. The idea was that it gets more fun when more MG friends and more MG models participate in the driving events. And that’s exactly what happened. Last year we had 102 different teams that came to at least one of the driving events: 32 of them belonged to the VMGCC and 83 to the CMGC. If you’re good at math you may notice that 32 and 83 doesn’t add up to 102, and that’s right, because 13 of the 102 teams are members of both clubs. --in total there 331 entries in the 21 driving events. Not all of the 331 entries drove MG’s, sometimes I am guilty of that too. However, with 6 Triple M’s, 53 T Types, 10 MGA’s, 174 MGB’s (and derivatives), 14 Midgets, and 6 other MG’s  the variety of MG’s that our clubs put on the road was fantastic.

In this issue you will find the calendar for 2015 and it is even more packed than the first two seasons. I hope that you are already putting some of the dates on your personal calendars; on the refrigerator, at work, in the garage, on your smart phone, and on your computer. Our clubs have so much to offer that there should be no reason to leave your MG in the garage this driving season. 

You may notice that there are a few dates with questions marks, like this ???. What that means is that these dates are open for an event. Maybe you’re new in the club and haven’t had a chance to organize


something. Maybe you’ve been an active participant and think that it would be nice to put on an event. These dates are an opportunity for an easy event. A garage tour, a Lake Shore Tour (because Ray and Sue Hansen have volunteered to do the Secrets of Jo Daviess County Tour while Dan Herman’s recovery continues), or any new idea that you may have. Are you interested but hesitant because you’ve never done it before? No worries, there are experienced organizers to give you a hand and to make sure that your first event becomes a success. Please let me know if you are interested, so that we can put it on the calendar.

One more thing that you should consider to prepare for the start of the driving season and that is get your MG ready. When the first nice weekend comes around it may be too late to get all the things on your list done in time for the first events. The Spring Tune-Up on the last Saturday in April is a possibility for small repairs, but you must bring the parts. It will also be a good idea to let Dave Bralich know about your plans. You’ll find the details in this newsletter. Then comes May with more events: Spring Brunch, Spring Tour, and Spring Chicken Rally. Make sure that you’re ready! (These May events may not have a detailed announcement in this issue already, but the dates are set)

Please let me know if you would like to organize an event on the open dates; or, if you have any suggestions, questions, or ideas for driving events. As always, 847 342 9804 is the telephone number is the email address.

"The more you drive, the more you smile".

-- Reinout Vogt

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Sunday February 23rd, found four of us spent 3 hours pulling the engine & gearbox out of Bob Simon’s 1975 MGB. Bob is going to clean up his engine bay & get it painted. While that’s going on he will do some cosmetics on the engine, check the clutch etc. Thanks to Bill Hedrick and John Schroeder for helping Bob and I with the work. Another club member dropped by and I was able to find him an accelerator linkage for the twin HS2 on his MG Midget and another Bob picked up an old Sears dwell meter to add to his tool collection.

So that rounded out a pretty successful month. The ‘Fix-it’ garage will be closed March 1 & 2nd since I’m heading West (young man) for my race. Normal Service will be resumed on March 7 & 8th when I have an MGA and Spitfire penciled in for some attention & hope to be doing the spring fluid changes & greasing on my Minis. See you then!

~~Steve Skegg

Editor’s Note: The TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is a time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who

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