Monday, March 15, 2010
Attendance: 36 members
The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm by Vice President, Dino Perez.
Dino presented awards to recipients that were not available during last month’s Business Meeting.
Safety Fast - Success in competitive driving – John Schroeder
New Member of the Year - Enthusiastic contribution from a new member – George Phariss
Swap Meet – The 14th Annual Swap Meet was open to all European sportscars and motorcycles. Dino noted vendor participation entries were higher this year with 78 vendors occupying 107 spaces and a turnout of 756 shoppers – higher than previous years.
Upcoming Events– See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
04/24/10 - Spring Tune-up – This event will again be at Quality Tire & Auto in Darien, IL Owner, Mark Leuck, is again graciously opening up his shop for changing you oil, making safety checks, lube jobs and other light work to get your car ready for the 2010 driving season. Bring your own oil, fluids, tools, etc.
05/23/10 – Spring Chicken tour – This popular event will be a little different this year. We will start in the western suburbs and end up in the Lake Geneva area. More details to come.
06/06/10 – Champagne British Car Festival – Bloomington, IL. It is not too early to plan for this big event. The theme this year is “Movin’ on Down the Road”. Get additional information at the website http://www.champagnebritishcarfestival.com.
Driving Events report – Reinout Vogt noted that this year will be filled with tours, rallies and other fun activities. Dash plaques will be prepared for all events and trophies awarded. Reinout recognized this year’s sponsors for the Lucas Nite Rally – Dave Tucker – and a new Rally designed by Paul Urquhart dealing with Trains, Planes and Automobiles.
Treasury report – Ralph Arata reported that the net profit for the Swap Meet was $3,066.66. We expect to utilize some of the money to subsidize this year’s Driving Events and purchase a new Club Banner. The current banner has been around for many years and is getting worn from use.
50/50 Raffle – Large framed picture of an antique roadster was selected by Tom Josefek, while Nick Nichols took the cash and went home $19 richer.
Meeting adjourned at 9:01 pm
-- Victor L’Heureux
As I sit writing this, watching the snow fall, it’s hard
to believe that this is the first day of spring. But the robins and red-wings are back, spring peepers (frogs) have been singing, F1 season is underway, and the Cubs are tied for first; if only because the baseball season hasn’t yet begun. The weather this weekend is hopefully only a temporary set back to getting our LBCs out of winter storage. Let’s get ‘em on the road.
The library will be closed during the April meeting,
but we will be back in May with several member requested new videos, Inside the Octagon Pt2 and MIG Welding Automotive Sheetmetal, which will be reviewed in the next Driveline. We also have more member requested additions coming up in future. If you have any suggestions for new material, please let me know. But remember that we do have a limited budget, so that autographed first edition may be a bit much.
-- Wilbur Mennell
Monthly Column of Driving Events
It's here! Spring has arrived and the first Driving Events are about to happen. Please see the advertisements for the Spring Tune-up Party and the Spring Chicken Tour elsewhere in this issue. There is really no better way to get your MG ready for the season than to come out to the Spring Tune-up on Saturday April 24th. Mark Leuck's shop has several lifts which probably offer you the only time that you can inspect the MG, change the oil, and get the friendly help of all your fellow MG colleagues, while walking under the car instead of crawling over your garage floor or driveway at home. Plus, Spring Tune-up master Dave 'Cowboy' Brahlich will have specialists on most MG models at hand to help you in case you have questions or need some expert advise. To make the afternoon even more fun we'll do a parts contest and go for a drink and a bite to the Roundhead's afterwards. Addresses, times and details can be found in the advertisement.
“Old Number One” on the move