Monthly Column of Driving Events
This is my last column before the 2015 Driving Season kicks of with the Spring Tune Up on April 26. See the details in this newsletter. Starting with the May column I’ll be using this column mainly to focus on the upcoming events. For now you should be getting ready for the Driving Season. Do you remember the suggestions I made in last month’s column? If your answer is “yes” than I am not worried, because you have probably also acted on some of it. However, if your answer is “let me see where last month’s newsletter is” or if you’re thinking “what is he talking about?”, I am a little worried. The March newsletters included the schedule of driving events and I suggested that you put some (or all) of the dates on your personal calendars. That way, you won’t forget and it helps in planning the things needed to participate; eliminate other obligations, find a dog sitter, or make sure the kids have no conflicting activities. By scheduling in advance, these things get done and you’ll be able to get the MG out and enjoy the ride. I also suggested that you take care of any MG problems now, before the season starts. Order the parts, read up in the manual or on the Internet, and get the work done so that, come May, the MG is ready to go.
The announcements for the May events should be in this newsletter. And if there is any problem, or if you have additional questions, or if the organizers don’t have all the details yet, please be a little bit patient. We’re all volunteers and sometimes things such as family and work get in the way. Always check the club web sites and Facebook for last minute updates or send me an email or give me a call.
And finally, did you hear John Twist’s talk at the club
meeting in March? Many of you were there and I wonder if your take-aways are similar to mine. And for those that couldn’t make it, I would just share what my take on John’s talk was. The first 20 minutes of Johns talk where hardly about the marque MG or about the cars themselves. No, John opened with the words “it is the people” and he talked about the friends, acquaintances, and club member that he knows. Yes, right here in Chicago, although he lives and operates his business in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why is that you may ask. Well, and he gave sort of the answer, that is because in the early years of the club they came out to Chicago events quite often. You don’t get to know the people unless you meet them. John recalled tours, rallies, and social events. But they were all events were they participated, with MGs, and got to enjoy the ride and know the people. It is actually that simple, isn’t it? So my take away was that if you come out and participate in the driving events of our clubs, you do what you probably bought your MG for in the first place, drive it. And in addition you get to know people that like MGs too. And then, even if you live in Grand Rapids, Michigan or elsewhere that makes regular participation a little impractical, you have friends forever.
Doesn’t that sound great? I hope it does and that we meet on the road at the 2015 Driving Events of the MG Clubs of Chicago. Please give me a call at 847 342 9804 or send me an email at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.
And don’t forget,
"The more you drive, the more you smile".
-- Reinout Vogt