Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline April 2010

Dave Peterson The Steering Column
Left Hand Drive

from our President

As I mentioned before, we need a new editor for the Driveline. If you have some computer skills, ability to organize information you could have the satisfaction of playing an important role in the club. Bill has done a great job of bringing us the new format for the Driveline and keeping us up to date on activities and other pertinent information. He will work with the new editor to bring him (or her) up to speed and make the transition as smooth as possible. Bill deserves our thanks for all the work he has done.
I'll be back in Illinois in early April and hopefully the weather will cooperate with my plan to drive my MG regularly this year. The spring tune up is the 24th of April so be sure to be there and get your MG ready for the driving season. Last year I attended the tune up party without my MG because heavy rain made me reluctant to trust my questionable wipers and headlights. There has been some progress in those departments so those obstacles won't stop me this year. I plan to change my oil and lube ahead of the tune up party so that I can use my time on the lift to do a general inspection and make sure the things that are hard to see and access are ready for the season.
The winter driving season didn't develop in AZ as I thought it might. The nagging common sense about dollars and cents combined with near record amounts of rain and cooler than normal temperatures to dampen my enthusiasm for seeking another MG to keep here. Judi asked if our Land Cruiser would pull a trailer that would carry an MG down here. It certainly would. So if there's enough progress on the GT this year there may be a trailer transfer or possibly an MG road trip in the fall.
I didn't get to the Tucson British Car Register's show this year, but on a Garden Railway Tour I ran into a TBCR member I'd met last year. He has a TD and MGA and a London Taxi. The latter is not just any London Taxi however. Somewhere in its past it was sent to Rolls Royce for upgrading to limo standards (not stretched, Dino). It's black paint gave way to a soft chocolate brown with a luxurious leather interior. The heavy underpowered diesel gave way to a more reliable Toyota 4 cylinder with Toyota trans. The TD is apart for an engine rebuild that started out as a water pump replacement. The climate may be different, but the car stuff seems to be similar. Hope to see you on the road soon!
Safety Fast, -- Dave Peterson 

Steve's British Connection


Dino Perez The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive

from our Vice - President

Once again we gathered at Finn McCool's for natter noggin with about 16 attending and the weather was finally ok. After a good dinner and drinks, there were more than a few questions about our cars and gatherings. Tom and Judy Josefek arrived to join our congregation. The craziest appetizer that Tom ordered was a McNachos Grande for himself. It happened to be big enough to feed six people. As silly as it looked he only ate a portion of it and took the rest home for breakfast and lunch the next day. That was not the only entertainment for the evening; it was also Judy’s birthday. Lisa and l surprised her with a cake dressed up with a crown and wand with just a couple of candles so we don’t have to reveal her true age. But l think she is in her 30’s ha ha so now l have to go and hibernate in the cave before she comes after me.
Once Well time has gone by and the weather here has finally started getting warmer for us. It was time to pull out the drop top. Sure enough, l took it out for a run. l was thinking that l was nuts for taking it out for a drive. But then l saw other convertibles, a few motorcycles and jeeps with their tops down. Now l don’t feel so silly for taking the MG for a stroll in March (just before it started to snow all over again). But be still my friends, spring its just around the corner so we all can start to drive our cars and have some fun. That’s why l haven’t even touched my project clone.
Until next time, -- Dino
-- Dino Perez 

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.

Eugene Blum - Skokie, IL - 1968 red MGBGT, 1975 MGB
Rene DeSantiago - Dyer, IL - 1969 MGB
William Manfredi - Algonquin, IL - 1965 brg MG Midget
Darryl E Mayo - Des Plaines, IL - 1977 white MGB
Anthony Shaneen - St. Charles, IL - 1959 brg MGA twin-cam
Keith Ux - Hobart, IN - 1973 black MG Midget, 1975 red MGB
Marty Vanderkarr - Glenview, IL - 1977 MGB

Note: Any new member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, please call our Secretary, Victor L’Heureux at (847) 516-3093 to verify.

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