Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline October 2012

Dino Perez The Steering Column
Left Hand Drive

from our President

I participated in the Meadowdale International Raceway Park car show in Carpentersville, IL. Lisa, Chris and I helped out the many volunteers trimming and cleaning paths along the historic raceway for the spectators. There was a good turnout of cars and a few real Shelby cobras and race cars from the past were on the field for viewing.

Event organizer Linda from MIRPA invited our club but only 9 MG's showed up. The weather was perfect and the gathering was good with all makes of cars and folks. Hopefully we will have a better turnout for next year. Thank you Linda for the invite.

The British Car Festival sponsored by the British Car Union experienced a great day for the new location in Palatine. This year I brought my MG limo so people can see it. It still runs after all there’s years. The weather cooperated and attendance was good. It was estimated to be about 530 cars out on the field. The CMGC assisted with marshaling in the cars to the show field – the best way to see all the neat cars as they enter. This year the Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago shared the CMGC tent - a mixture of folks and MG cars. Hopefully everyone had a good time.

Don't forget that we will be celebrating our Club anniversary at the October monthly meeting. We will have cake and champagne as part of the celebration. We usually have a good turnout of new and past members for this meeting.

It has been a great driving year despite the excessive heat. Best thing is that I don’t believe we had any major breakdowns during the scheduled events.

Safety Fast!
-- David Perez     

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George Phariss The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive

from our Vice-President

We have just finished up another great month of driving events. It is hard to believe that the summer is ending and winter is rapidly approaching and so is 2013. Prior to the Wine, Cheese, Beer, and Shakespeare Tour, I noticed that I had a tar buildup on my B and it just needed to go. I looked over different products and settled on the Turtle Wax tar removal product. I sprayed it on and waited the specified time and then went to wipe it off. Wow, almost nothing came off, what a bummer. I reread the directions and tried it again. Nothing seemed to be coming off. I looked at the internet and found lots of testimonials on what worked, but all seemed to involve lots of elbow grease, except gasoline, but I was reluctant to try gas. I finally watched a U tube video by the turtle wax people and I was not leaving the product on long enough, and was not rubbing enough. After several hours, I was able to get the tar off. And since the remover also removes the wax, I waxed the car for the first time since I bought it in 2007. It was a happy car and looked nice and shiny for the Wine, Cheese, Beer, and Shakespeare drive!

I want to thank John and Ann Schroeder for a wonderful drive and for their selection of great roads to drive!! Job well done. Everyone had a marvelous time and can't wait till next year!

Driving season is not over yet, as we have several more fun drives left to make. My B is looking forward to them before she is put it up for the winter. The Halloween drive is always a fun event!

The upcoming October club meeting will be a celebration of the club's birthday- 36 years - and it features our traditional cake and champagne. Not a meeting you want to miss.

Also it is the kick off for nominations of club officers. In addition to the elected positions, we have several other opportunities available, if you are interested, that are in need of someone to fill. All you need to do is be willing to spend a little time each month in helping in some capacity, such as selling parts from our storage room on eBay. That is just one example, there are several more. You might even have some idea of some new unfulfilled club need that hasn't been addressed that could be initiated. We will be discussing this at the meeting. Just talk to one of the officers and they can put you in touch with the right person to speak with.

-- George Phariss    

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