Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline September-October 2010

Business Meeting Minutes
Third Monday, September 20, 2010

Victor L'Heureux Chicagoland MG Club
Monthly Meeting
– September 20, 2010

Attendance: 39 members and guests

The monthly meeting was called to order at8:00 pm by CMGC President, Dave Peterson.
Dave recognized new member Tom Lancaster in the meeting. Tom is the owner of a 1977 white MGB

Car projects:
Dan Herman expectantly had to address an electrical problem that affected the car’s high beams and horn. The problem was resolved by cleaning the fuse box assembly and connectors with ‘Barkeepers Friend’ cleaner. Dan noted that this procedure should be included in a 40-year maintenance program.
Dave Bralich replaced a front shock that had been leaking. The unit was disassembled exposing the worn seals and scored cylinder parts and available for viewing at the meeting.

Past Events:
Lucas Nite Rally – This annual event experienced a poor turnout this year. Discussions held to identify possible reasons for the lack of participation. Event location, calendar conflicts, older members not wanting to be out in their cars at night were some of the possible deterrents to the event. The Driving coordinator will be given this feedback.
Orphan Car Picnic – The CMGC along with the Vintage MG Car Club used this opportunity to share in the activities as a group fun get-together picnic officially sponsored by the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Yorkville, IL. The weather was perfect for a picnic. It was announced that next year, the event will highlight MG’s as the venue for the event.
British Car Festival – This popular event be held at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL hosted 549 cars and over 1,100 spectators. Kudos to Dean Swanson for coordinating the club’s marshaling duties during the opening of this event.
Wine, Cheese and Beer Tour – John Schroeder highlighted the events of this popular tour and noted that 44 members attended.

Upcoming Events:
See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members.
Fall Color Tour – TBD – Dan Herman is watching the weather to predict the best time to hold this event. Expect an email with schedule details.
Halloween Rally – 10/31 – This annual event will take place in the Barrington Hills area and will take in some ‘spooky’ events.
Tune-down/Chili Party -11/07 – Dave Bralich will again sponsor at his home the annual tune-down party complete with homemade chili.


Staff Reports:
Parts Program/Classifieds chairman Dave Evans is looking for a replacement for this position. The task is not difficult and Dave will train the replacement.
Regalia – Dave Ransom, after many years of successful management of the club regalia, will turn over the responsibility to George Phariss this month. Our thanks go to Dave for all his past efforts.

50/50 Raffle –Roger Goebbert went home $10 richer after winning tonight’s raffle.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm

Victor L‘Heureux

Auto Appraisal Group

Library Muse

I have had several requests for Top Gear videos. We now have a copy of both season 10 and season 11 in the library. Quite entertaining, but I'm not too sure that there is a lot of truth to the rumor that Jim Rencar is really the Stig.
This past spring on a trip across the pond I picked up three DVDs: The MG on Show, The History of MG, and Racing through Time-Lotus. Bad news, they are formatted for British equipment, not American, so they will not play on our DVDs. Good News, they play just fine on both our desk computer and lap-top.
You may have noticed that we have added a lot of videos to the library of late. Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not because I'm getting to old to carry a bunch of books up and down the stairs at Mack's. But I do have one of those milestone birthdays coming up before the year is over and my vision is not quite as good as it used to be. Still can watch TV just fine, but without my glasses reading is iffy. Just the other week we had some friends over who are not red meat eaters. Deb sent me to the store with a written grocery list but I forgot my glasses. She had written "get something vegetarian", but I thought it said veterinarian and picked up a can of Alpo. Let's just say the pâté was a little different that night.

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