Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline March 2017


As posted in the coming events calendar the first Miata Autocross will be Saturday May 20th at the Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumberg. The cost to participate is anticipated to be the same as last year-$35. Setup and registration starts at 8 am with the first car on the track by 10 am.

The auto cross runs the entire day. There is a morning session and an afternoon session. During a session you will drive, work and rest. The sequence will depend on which run group youíre in. New drivers are usually in the first run group so that some of the coaches are able to ride with you and help with pointers.

Our cars are generally the oldest out on the track. This causes much interest. We have been asked for rides by other participants. Many of these folks have never ridden in an MG. So come on out, share your love of LBCís and have fun.

If you have any questions call or email me.
Jim Compton

2017 Chicagoland MG Autocross Participation Schedule
May 20, 2017 Miata Autocross I
Boomers Stadium , Schaumburg, IL

June 11, 2017 Austin Healey Autocross
Winfield IL

July 15, 2017 Miata Autocross II
Boomers Stadium , Schaumburg, IL
August 13, 2017 Miata Autocr oss III
Boomers Stadium , Schaumburg, IL

September 2, 2016 Miata Autocr oss IV
Boomers Stadium , Schaumburg, IL

Mark your calendar!!
~~Jim Compton  

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Photo 6: This is a close view of the latest brake LED (red). Note the lens in the center. It is 60% brighter than the original bulb and consumes only 1/4 of the power.


Photo 7: This is a close view of the LED that replaces the Type 1157 bulb in the front turn signal. It has the same light output (with the brakes applied) as the latest turn signal LED discussed earlier.

I have seen recommendations that the LED color should match the color of the lens, i.e. the brake light LED color should be red. Quite often, the light output for red or amber LEDís is not as high as the white LEDís. I personally prefer to use the white LEDís with the significantly higher light output for most applications. When the turn signals are upgraded to LEDís, it will be necessary to replace the standard turn signal flasher and emergency flasher units with readily available electronic units due to the vastly reduced power consumption. The above upgrades are relatively easy but are not cheap. I have also upgraded most other bulbs on my MGB including the console light, instrument lights, backup lights, side marker lights and license plate lights.

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