Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline October 2015

MGAguru is on the Prowl

MGA Guru is Gone Mobile

Looks like we did another 5,000 miles in the past month, just passed 60,000 miles since May 5, 2014. I think we were still in Washington State from last report, but flying around many states since then, like Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Nebraska. Driving this route was the desire to go through Wisconsin to change front shock absorbers at World Wide Auto Parts in Madison, then stopping in the Chicago area to rebuild the gearbox (again), then a long standing appointment in Fayetteville, Arkansas in early September. In the past couple of weeks, just hanging out in the Kansas area (give or take a state or so).

Sorry we missed everyone during the recent pass through Chicago. We killed two days rebuilding the gearbox, missed the Miata autocross, had the CMGC staff meeting cancelled due to Labor Day holiday, and had to head south in a rush due to more appointments. But we did finally get to visit George Goeppner to check out his nearly finished MGA Coupe restoration project.

In the past month we got to visit Inland Empire MG Classics in Spokane Valley WA, the British Iron Society in Fargo ND, an InterMarque Picnic with Minnesota MG Group (and other clubs) in St Paul MN, the Minnesota MGT Register in Richfield MN, and Lew Palmer in St Mary's Point MN who is Registrar for North America MMM Register. After passing through Chicago I had a brief meeting with the staff of Illinois Flatland British Car Club in Bloomington IL to discuss web site and management issues, followed by several hours drive for ice cream with Greater Ozarks British Motoring Club in Springfield MO (which was cancelled due to rain).
On Fri-Sat Sept 11-12 we were in Fayetteville, Arkansas for a Charity car show "Brits In The Ozarks" sponsored by British Iron Touring Club of NW Arkansas. I got to be the guest speaker at their awards banquet, and they subsequently raised nearly $20,000 for ALS charity. A week later (Sat 9/20) we were on tour with Her Majesty's Royal Nebraska Patrol in southwest Iowa. The following day we were with Lawrence All British Car Club for a car show in Lawrence, KS. On the 23rd we dropped in to crash a club meeting (and yard party) with Topeka British Car Club in Topeka KS. Tonight (Fri 9/25) we will be attending a dinner meeting with Flatwater Austin Healey Club in Nehawka NE. I just lost count of the car clubs.

On the business side we got to visit British Motor Works in Fargo ND, Bob's Auto Repair in Stillwater MN, BMC British Automobile in Stacy MN, Midwest Motor Sports in Sauk Rapids MN, and Dave Braun in Webster MN who rebuilds SU carburetors. We also visited Quality Coaches
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