Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline April 2011

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Third Monday, March 21, 2011

Victor L'Heureux

Attendance: 28 members.

The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:03 pm by Vice-President, Dino Perez. Dino recognized visitor David Newman. David owns a brg 1979 MGB and heard about the CMGC from a friend. Dino also welcomed fellow members Ken and Cindy James. They are from Westmont, IL and are attending their first CMGC meeting.

Past Events:
Swap Meet – The 15th Annual Swap Meet was staffed with 120 vendors – the highest vendor turnout in several years. The event was attended by over 764 shoppers. The proceeds to the club for this event were about $3,000 after all expenses. Thanks to Jim Evans for once again coordinating and managing this event.

Upcoming Events:
See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
Missouri Endurance Rally - 04/09/2011 – 15th Annual Missouri Endurance Rally & Mini Endurance Trial rally is sponsored by the MG Club of St. Louis is open to all pre-1981 built British vehicles; primarily a navigation challenge where teams will be given a set of locations around the region to reach within allotted time period. The full rally is given 24 hours and usually covers around 650 miles while the mini-trial is giving 12 hours and covers around 350. The goal is to cover the least number of miles while reaching each location using highways, byways, state roads, back-roads, farm roads, and non-roads. In past years, this rally has been attended by some of the CMGC members. If interested in attending, the entry application can be found at:

Spring Tune-up - 04/30/2011 – This event will again be at Quality Tire & Auto in Willowbrook, IL Owner, Mark Lueck, 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 2011 driving season. Bring your own oil, fluids, tools, etc. Mark’s shop website is:

Farewell Tour - 05/15/11 – Bob Hanselman will be leaving the Chicagoland area and has put together a ‘Farewell Tour’ with the Vintage MG Car Club covering about 80 miles of scenic Wisconsin roads. Bob offered an invitation to the CMGC to participate.

Spring Chicken Tour – 05/22/2011 – Mark your calendars for this popular event. We will start in the western suburbs and end up in the Lake Geneva area. Dave Peterson and Bill Reece are again sponsoring this event. More details to come.


CMGC Regalia Presentation
George Phariss walked through the ordering process of obtaining CMGC logo apparel and accessory items from our two (2) regalia vendors –
Fieldhouse ( and
Triple-C Motor Accessories (
Both sites are user-friendly and provide a secure method of purchasing CMGC regalia.

50/50 Raffle - Craig McCloud went home $12 richer after winning tonight’s raffle.Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

Respectfully submitted, Victor L’Heureux,
CMGC Secretary

Library Muse
As you have probably already know I will not be bringing the full library to the monthly meetings. I will have recent additions and requests. If you would like something, just let me know via Email a day or two before the meeting and I'll have it for you. Barney has the inventory on the club's web site.

If you have any materials currently out that you have had for awhile, please try to get them back. Some things have been out for over a year. And I am again soliciting suggestions for new materials, unless you are content with my choices of past and present F1 books.

Speaking of F1, you may have heard that in the next year or two the engine specs will be calling for 1.6 liter 4 cylinder turbos, moving down from the current 8 cylinders. That means that our MG engines will have more displacement than the gran prix cars. Jim Rencar has a green MGB. I was thinking that we could meet at his house this summer and do a few alterations on his car. Cut off the fenders to make it open-wheel, destroke the engine to get it down to 1.6 liters, add a couple of turbochargers, tweak the suspension a little and we should be able to sneak in with the green Lotus cars. We will just have to drive it backwards to make it rear engine, Bernie will be too busy counting his money to notice. We can definably score as many points as Lotus did this year. This will work! See you at Jim's.

-- Bill Mennell  

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