Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2013

New Directions
Monthly Column of Driving Events

The 2013 Driving Season is in full swing. We have already had several events with a great selection of MG's and members from both clubs. And I hope that the editors found space to print the reviews of the events so that those of you who weren't able to attend can read about it.

June promises to be another busy MG month with events just about every week. Russ and Amy Mehaffey will present their second Land's End Rally. This is the oldest rally in the Chicagoland MG Club and it got the name from the historic trial with the same name in England. In 1925, Cecil Kimber put his MG Car Company on the map of serious sports cars with his win in Old Number One. In June 1981, 19 MG's participated in the Chicagoland MG Club's first Land's End Rally. I know that we missed one year, maybe a couple more, so this could very well be the 30th edition of our rally. And when there were 19 cars in 1981, from less than half the membership of the two clubs today, we should easily be able to beat that in 2013. How about 30 MG's for the (about) 30th Land's End Rally?

Dave Bralich will be presenting a new event, a Drive In Movie Night on Saturday evening the 22nd. If you are not able to participate in the rallies and tours this month, this might be the type of night that you'll like to attend. Just a drive to the theater and relax for a movie. When was the last time that you went to a drive in movie? For me the answer is never, and we'll


certainly be there!

The midweek experiment for the Jo Daviess Tour turns out to be a great success. More participants than ever already registered. Please call Dan Herman if you're planning to go to this event.

June also has two Auto Cross events. Our Auto Cross coordinator Joel Brossard is moving out of the area and our most enthusiastic racer, Seth Jones, not able to be involved as much as he likes this year. Therefore we're looking for someone to pick up the racing gloves and continue where Joel and Seth took the program. 

Because there are so many new participants, and members from the Vintage group that are not familiar with the Tulip system for directions in driving events, there is a separate article in this issue. I'll explain the history and how to use the instructions. I hope that you agree with us that it is very simple and just about bullet proof in preventing getting lost.

Please contact me at 847.342.9804 or with any questions or suggestions. We like to hear from you.

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

-- Reinout Vogt

books The Library Muse

Below are a couple of new additions to our club library. Enjoy!

Motor Works’ MG Repairs and Restorations
Marty Fay, 2013, computer discs, notebook

Marty Fay of Motor Works (DeKalb IL) was our guest speaker at the April meeting. At the conclusion of his talk he presented the Club with computer discs copies and a beautiful notebook expanded version of his talk, highlighting examples of his shop’s work. Also includes some winterizing and maintenance tips. (CD Version is also available)

BMC ‘A’ Series Tuning Manual
J.H. Haynes, circa 1965, 122 pages, paper back

Donated by Seth Jones, this book is an older version of the Hayes manuals that we all know and love. Paperback in size, not the current larger format. It would be interesting to compare to a more modern edition to see how tuning techniques and theories may, or may not, have changed over the years.
~~Bill Mennell

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