Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline September 2013
Feature Article
Indianapolis, IN
August 10-14, 2013

From the 10th to the 14th of July, in Speedway, Indiana, the American MGC Register (AMGCR) staged its annual gathering - "The C' Event of Brutal Aggressives" (#33). This meeting is so named because when first reviewed in a British motoring publication, the MGC was described - when compared with its predecessor, the B - as "brutally aggressive".

Masterfully planned and organized by downstate AMGCR member Rick Ingram (ably assisted by wife Jean), there was something for everyone during the full three days (Thursday through Saturday), especially for those with their '68 & '69 MGCs, which numbered 18. In addition, two Bs were registered, including the souped-up V8 partly owned by Rick that is driven to auto-shop classes and schools as a demonstrator of what can be done with/to an MGB.

On Thursday, country road driving tours were available downstate to the town of Columbus, as well as to the covered bridges in the eastern part of the state. In the late afternoon, and into the evening, everyone gathered for food and drink on the outdoor deck of a local establishment appropriately named The Union Jack - which had an assortment of British amber-colored liquid for our imbibing pleasure. (I ordered one such beverage - and didn't think it tasted quite like Budweiser - so I had four more glasses just to be sure).

After breakfast on Friday, we caravanned on the interstate to the southern suburb of Greenwood to the Skillman Classic Car Museum. This priceless private collection of an under-the-radar car aficionado features dozens of impeccable cars from the '50s through the '80s, with accompanying period memorabilia.

Saturday morning we drove the short distance to the speedway itself, where upon proceeding on the down, and then up, ramp, we gathered on the grounds for our car show, with voting for the best tourer and GT. Many chose to go into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum which included a lap around the track in a coach. We could leave the coach at the finish line, to kiss same, if so desired (but without the milk shampoo), and could go into the press room, and the media center in "The Pagoda". We saw Gasoline Alley, the garages, a go-cart track where youngsters were racing, and a few holes of the golf course within the grounds. At noon we left for lunch at an Italian fast-food eatery at the nearby Dalarra Museum and Indy car Factory. This has been open for only about a year. The museum has a collection of Indy cars in a glassy rotunda, Indy car and stock car simulators, as well as displays and exhibits on the science, aerodynamics, and physics of auto racing. A guided tour was given of the factory where super-expensive, super-strong, and super-light carbon fiber body components (e.g., wings, spoilers) are fabricated. Blueprints, in Italian, were also on display. The floors, walls, and high ceiling of the factory were spotless. At one end of the factory, a simulator was in the process of being built. Due to the sensitive proprietary nature of the work there, no picture taking was allowed - even though no one was working while we went through it. Anyone willing to pay $30 could take a ride on the streets in the back seat of a two seat Indy car waiting in front of the museum.

The banquet itself was attended by 35-40, and was held at the motel. Rick Ingram, the aforementioned organizer, thanked everyone for their support and participation, and the
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