Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline July 2012

Dino Perez The Steering Column
Left Hand Drive

from our President

It was a bittersweet day at Bloomington. Lisa and I left the house at 5:00 am Sunday morning and took the long ride non-stop to the Champagne festival getting there in just 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Barney had a nice set up displaying his traveling encyclopedia and projector screen in front of the David Davis mansion and an Aston-Martin - the British marque of the day. The craziest thing Iíve seen was not just a classic 2012 Aston but the lady that was detailing the car. In her diligence, she was vacuuming the bottom of the tires while it was on the grass. Now thatís going to the extreme!

It was nice to see other members you don't normally see at other events. Turned out to be a nice day and we headed home with no problems except this was the first time in my life I sunburned my arms. What an uncomfortable feeling of the skin and trying not to scratch. (But better that then frost bite.)

It was ironic that it took us less time driving home with traffic than it did heading down to Champagne. Since the traffic was moving fast there was less of a chance of getting a ticket while staying in the middle of the pack.

I forgot to mention at the club meeting on Monday that the next day was my 47th birthday and that I've been with the MG club since 1985 and still own the first MG I bought. Now that MG is the front half of the MG limo and still runs fine. Iím so happy to be part of this MG family and sharing good times with all.

There are a lot of MG events come up so hope to see some great friends and make some new ones. Letís get out and drive our cars.

-- David Perez     
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George Phariss The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive

from our Vice-President

Happy Birthday to the USA!!! I hope you have or had a happy 4th! This year is already half over and it seems as if we are just getting started. But just think, we have already had a summers worth of warm weather, an eclipse of the sun and Venus passed between us and the sun and that will not happen again in our lifetime, so I hope you didn't miss that.

Jana and I just got back from Disney World in Orlando with our son Kirk and his wife Jen and their two boys age 5 and 7. It truly is a magical place for the kids and they had a ball! Of course we did also, but it is not an inexpensive place, but wow what a place. I told Jana that I thought that it was a Las Vegas for kids. Not sure how that went over. Glad to be back home however and I am getting the B ready for the Jo Daviess drive. I just love the roads that Dan selects. On our drive down to Orlando we went via Memphis and we drove a couple of back roads and would have loved to have had the B along for those parts, it's just not the same in our SUV when you take those turns. We did see several classic cars and hot rods on the drive, but I must admit that we did not see an MG on the drive and that makes me sad.

Our timing was not right for Atlanta, as it would have been fun to make it to the NAMGBR show in Dillard. Congratulations to Oscar and Diana Gonzales for being named NAMGBR enthusiasts of the year and for receiving the Thornley Award and thanks to John Schroeder for keeping us informed.

I also want to thank Barney for the fast response in updating the Chicagoland MG web page as it relates to regalia and I hope that there is no confusion to what has been done to the web page. If so, please let me know.

-- George Phariss    

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