Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline May 2011

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Third Monday, April 18, 2011

Victor L'Heureux

Attendance: 31 members.

One guest visiting Barney for MG help, John Terschak, Kill Devil Hills, NC. Ric Maitzen, guest from VMGCC.

Current Member Projects:
Dave Peterson; his car started right up after a long lonely winter – George Phariss worked with Dino on some electrical issues with car

Dan Herman gave an update on the situation with Mary Bard. We certainly wish her a speedy and full recovery

Upcoming Events:
Spring Tune-up - 04/30/2011 – Cowboy gave an update on our26th event with Mark Leuck of Quality Tire.

Farewell Tour - 05/15/11 – The tour starts at Panera at the corner of Arlington Hts Road and rand Rd. The first car will pull away at 9:30. The tour will stop in Wauconda for a look at some private car collections. The tour will wind up in Brighton, WI around 12:30 for a buffet lunch. The cost for lunch will be $12.00 per person. Three car clubs are invited; CMGC, VMGCC and Model A Club.

Spring Chicken Tour – 05/22/2011 – The starting point this year will be, one block north of the intersection of Route 31 and Route 64 (North Ave.), there is a small parking lot on the right side of the road. The tour will begin at 9:00, it looks to be about a 2 ½ hour road to my cottage for our Spring Chicken Lunch. Please email Bill if you plan to attend. The cost will be $7.00 per person to cover the lunch expense.

Garage Tours - 6/11/11 - Beginning at Ray Hanson’s house there will be coffee and donuts. The tour will go from Libertyville to Lake in the Hills (6 stops total). More information will be forthcoming.

VMGCC made a very nice presentation for the upcoming GOF in 2012. They would like to open the opportunity for CMGC members to assist as they host this big event.

50/50 - sorry I can’t remember who won but we gave away some money as well as a cap.

Meeting adjourned around 8:45

Respectfully submitted, Bill Reece
(for Vic L’Heureux, CMGC Secretary)


Library Muse
There has been a change in plans.Jim Rencar and I have decided to opt out of joining the Formula1 circus as we discussed last month. What with races being cancelled in the Mideast due to political unrest, Japan being a nuclear hotspot, travel in Europe is expensive (plus there are just too many foreigners over there) and Bernie El Supremo not wanting to go to 4- cylinder engines, we just felt that it may not be worth the trouble.

But the main reason, the icing on the cake as it were, is the KEGS system currently in use. We felt that we certainly had a huge advantage, knowing our way around beer KEGS better than those 120 Lb light -weights that drive in F1. But a closer look at the rules reveals that KEGS is actually KERS, something to do with ‘kinetic energy recovery’. Now I don't like to expend much energy, so our advantage is really a disadvantage.

But there is a plan B. The American LeMans Series, ALMS. Its held here at home and no KERS. Plus we can still run front engine/rear wheel drive, the way God and Henry Ford decreed cars should be. Of course Mini’s are a notable exception, but I'm not too sure about those German rear porches.

And don't say that I didn't warn you about book selections. This month featured book is My Greatest Race, written in 1974 various drivers, mostly from F1.

Jim Rencar and Wilbur at ALMS

-- Bill Mennell  

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