Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline November 2010

Directions - Continued

loose their home because of temporary unfavorable circumstances but can retain their car, some have a car as their only place to be and store a few possessions, and many need transportation to go to jobs and rely on it to get around on their way back to more secure living circumstances. And of course, the dependency on the vehicles becomes more important in the winter time. Journeys from PADS to HOPE is an Arlington Heights based organization that serves individuals in northwest suburban Cook County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are working with Journeys to help their clients with an oil change and some winter preparation. What I am asking you is to donate a few hours of your time on November 20th. I have also invited our friends from the Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago to joins us as we need lots of help, and not only to do the actual oil changes. We need help with the logistics: lining cars up, checking tire pressures and topping of antifreeze and windshield fluid, running errands to get oil filters or other small supplies, and making sure that everything is safe and secure in the premises of our host Dave's Auto Clinic. Dave's normally closes at noon on Saturday, but owner Dave graciously promised to keep his doors open and make his three lifts available to us for servicing the cars of the Journeys clients. Details about times and location are in a separate announcement in this Driveline. If you think like I do; that it is a cool idea to close our recreational driving season by helping others with the start of their most challenging driving season, this will be the day to give that thought some real content. And please note that I have changed my slogan this time to reflect this idea. Hope to see many of you for Oil Change Day.

“The more you drive, the more you smile”
-- Reinout Vogt

Fall Tune-Down Party
Sunday November 7, 2010 -- 10am - 4pm
82 King Drive - Streamwood, IL

This has been a big hit the last several years, so don't miss it. Cowboy has a low lift drive-over hoist so we can do some underbody inspection, maybe a few oil changes, some tune-up work or minor repairs. Bring your own parts, oil and a jug for oil disposal (and yes, you will take your own away). Chili and drinks will be provided. Pictures and such from a past year’s event can be seen at
There is also a map link at

Cruise to the Rock
November 26, 2010

To be driving our cars after most everyone else as stopped driving theirs, we have our traditional tops down cruise to celebrate the first automobile race in America on Thanksgiving day in 1895.
We meet at 9:00 AM at the historical race monument (the rock) at the west side of the Museum of Science and Industry in historic Hyde Park. Click for map and directions. Expect local cable TV coverage.
Lunch afterward at Stage's Restaurant - 657 W 31st Street, Chicago, several blocks west of the Dan Ryan expressway.
1895 - The first automobile race in America began, as six cars traveled from Jackson Park in Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois. J. Frank Dureyea was the winner, traveling at a blazing speed of 7 and 1/2 miles per hour! It took him 7 hrs. 53 minutes to make the trek (bathroom stops not included). He won $2,000 for the effort.

Club Officer Elections

The club election cycle has started with the October meeting. It is where nominations were accepted for the 2011 offices of: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations will continue with the November meeting as well. Then members will receive a ballot with their December Driveline (along with the dues envelope as well). All members are encouraged to consider running for office. This is your opportunity to give back to the club, to make a difference. At the last meeting, Victor, Dino and Ralph will be running for their current offices. The office of President is still open and we would love to have nominations for that position at the November meeting. If you are interested in running, feel free to call any current officer to learn the requirements of that particular office. Or speak with any of the officers before or after a club meeting.
-- Bill Reece

Steve's British Connection

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