Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2012

Monthly Column of Driving Events

In this issue of your favorite MG literature you'll find announcements for many driving events. This is the time of the year to use your MG and get on the road. June and July are filled with local club events including the GOF in St. Charles that is run by our colleagues of the Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago.  And there are the long distance events, Champaign British Fest in Bloomington, IL and the conventions of the North American MGB Register in Dillon, GA and the North American MGA Register in Dayton OH.

Although we had only 4 or 5 driving events so far this year, there are already a few interesting observations to be made. First the Auto Cross program which was sort of forgotten for a few years. Joel Brossard has picked up the baton and appears to be on a mission, talking at meetings and writing articles in the Driveline. If you have never done an Auto Cross I encourage you to give it a try. There is no other way to get your MG adrenaline going in such a safe and controlled manner. MG engine rev'ing high in second gear on an enclosed course, marked with cones on a large parking lot. No other cars and no obstacles to hit. Just you and your MG. Safety Fast, as it was meant to be when they put our sportscars together back in the factory in Abingdon, England. Feel free to call Joel at 708 784 0789 if you have questions about the Auto Cross program.

The second observation is that I've seen new members and new MG's at every event I visited. And the good thing was that the new Midgets and MGB's and their drivers seem to fit right in. No problem at all and everybody got along just fine.  The NATO guys and the protesters can learn a lesson from us. We should've taken them in our MG's for a little tour and


some lunch with a few beers before they started. Maybe the MG friendships would have made the heated discussions inside and protests outside McCormick Place obsolete.

And thirdly, the driving instruction for the Garage Tour and the Chicken Tour. Both followed the so-called Tulip System. Little sketches of each situation where you have to take a turn. The system originated in the Tulip Rally in the Netherlands in the late 50's. And it is still the system that is used by every major rally in the world. Pictures say more than words and are the same in all languages. We hope that it will become the standard in our club so that you, the participants, will never get lost again. No more missing a turn, no more back tracking, no more u-turns, no more guessing what the rally master means, and most importantly, no more driver-navigator arguments. Please let me know what you think after you tried it, we love to hear your feedback.

Before I close this column two short notes on the calendar. The Orphan Auto Picnic is the same weekend as the University Motors Summer Party. We would like to see as many club member in Grand Rapids as possible and therefore we will skip the Orphan Picnic as a club event this year. And, related to the Summer Party, is the Grand Lake Tour. There is absolutely nothing like driving your MG, through the UP with the top down in the middle of a warm August night, in a non-stop trip of around 1,000 miles around Lake Michigan. Give Mike Michalak a call at 773 858 6968 if you have any questions about this very special challenge.

And of course, please feel free to call me at 847 342 9804 or with suggestions, concerns, and questions.

"The more you drive, the more you smile".

-- Reinout Vogt

MGB Windscreen Replacement

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
13625 Hale Road, Plano, IL

I am hosting a tech session to install a new windscreen on my 1972 MGB. I purchased the windscreen and all accessories from Victoria British so we should have everything needed. I understand in talking to some members that have done this before if all goes well it can be done in four hours (maybe). And if not, bring your tent. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Bring a lawn chair if you can.

Most direct route is to take Route 34 from Yorkville going west to Plano about 4 miles then turn left at the Dempsey Dodge dealership onto Needham Road (going south) and take it about 1.5 miles where it dead ends into Hale Road. Then turn left again, and at the top of the hill you will see a hobby horse ranch and log cabin on the left hand side. It's okay to park on the grass on the right side of the driveway in front of the metal pole building which is the car shed. -- Thanks, Don Haag.
Don Haag - - 630.244.8990
-- Don Haag

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