Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline July 2011

Bill Reece The Steering
Left Hand Drive

I hope all members are busy enjoying this great MG weather! I have had my Midget out several times. Yes, I know, several times is kind of sad. My son John has taken over the Midget since he has returned from college. It has become his daily driver for work and his preferred mode of transportation for “frisbee golf” outings. He just looks for any excuse to be out driving it. He has become very helpful for things like, “sure mom, I’ll be glad to go and get some fresh bread for dinner”. Anything for a top-down drive.

I have to say that it is very cool getting a younger generation into the MG’s. Before each outing he checks oil and other fluids, he wipes off the valve cover from any splatter that accumulates, the windscreen is always spotless and is freshly coated with Rain-X and it gets vacuumed out every other day. I don’t think this car has ever had that kind of love.

The only downside to this is that my daughter Jordan believes that the Midget is her car. But she is living in the city and comes home on some weekends just to MG drive. There have been a couple of conflicts with MG scheduling but overall it has worked well and this little car is enjoying the love.

Now if only I can get my other daughter Lauren into MG’s. But alas, she is my Corvette girl and I certainly can’t fault her for that!

Happy Motoring,
-- Bill Reese

Welcome New Members
The officers and members of the Chicagoland MG Club extend a cordial “MG Welcome” to these new members who have joined our club in recent months. We wish you “Safety Fast” and hope you will avail yourself of as many club activities as you can.

Bernie Simmons  Evanston, IL  1974 orange MGB
Colin Simmons  Oak Park, IL   1960 red MGA 1600
Don Kreienbrink   Batavia, IL  1959 red MGA,
1972 Triumph Spitfire
Randall Castro  Chicago, IL  1974 chartreuse MGB

Note: To any member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, call our Membership Chair, Victor L’Heureux at (847) 516-3093 to verify.


Dino Perez The Steering
Right Hand Drive

Well for the time a progressive garage tour it was a great time by all. I'd like to sat a big thanks to the Hansen’s, Kiederlen's, Phariss's, Bard's, Mehaffey’s and especially Lisa for hosting the garage tour in their homes.

It was a beautiful London misty day. After starting with a breakfast brunch, off we go for a ride. Everyone did a nice job keeping the group together while admiring every MG resting place. As it turned out, we also enjoyed the inside of the homes visited as much as the garages! My goal was to just take your car out for a ride and it worked out.

Well, I’m going to try to do a similar tour on the south side of our membership area to even it out the spread. We hope that everyone had a good time and they had enough food to eat. And once again thanks everyone, I had a blast....

I took a ride to Warrenville and checked out the autocross. I counted about 19 cars that took part in the event. Everyone had a good time and the weather was perfect. Plus no harm done on any cars - just egos! (Ha ha) It's just about having fun. Thanks to the Austin-Healy club for sponsoring this event.

Saftey Fast
-- Dino Perez

Library Muse

My Greatest Race
Edited by Adrian Ball
1974, hardbound, 139 pages,
b&w photos

Twenty vignettes written by famous race drivers of the past about what they considered to be their greatest race. Examples include Mario Andretti with his 1969 Indy race, Count Giovanni Lurani with a class win in the 1933 Mille Miglia in an MG, and my favorite driver, Graham Hill winning his 3rd Monaco in a row. Some of the drivers felt that their greatest race wasn't even a win at all. Stirling Moss, Fangio, Hulme, Stewart; they're all here. Plenty of period photos.
This book was compiled as a fund raiser for the Jim Clark Foundation, "promoting and assisting research into auto safety both on the highway and racing track"

-- Bill Mennell 

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