Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline November 2015

New Directions
Monthly Column of Driving Events

Two more events separate us from the end of the 2015 driving season. The score, after the Lucas Memorial Rally and going into the Halloween Rally, has Rich Meserve and Sundy Mead in 1st place for the overall standing and the Moss Motors Trophy†with a comfortable lead over Jim Compton and Bob Dorley, who are in 2nd place. Third is still wide open and Bill Kalafut & Jean Heasley, Ric & Nancy Maitzen, Steve & Beth Gorr, and Bob Lee with Mike Mraz all having a chance.

TheVictoria British Trophy for the competitive events is almost for Jim and Bobís, unless Rich and Sundy, who are in 2nd, win the Halloween Rally and Jim and Bob finish 4th or lower. If that happens, I will have to break the tie. Bill and Jean, Steve and Beth, and Gary Maves with his grandson Nathan all still have a shot at third place.

After that, there are only two more single point events, the Fall Tune Down and the Cruise to the Rock, and weíll have the awards presentation at the Christmas Party on December 5th.†

And lastly, the Oil Change Day for the homeless clients of Journeys, the Road Home is on for Saturday, November 21st. same place, Daveís Auto Clinic in Prospect Heights. This year, we are not making appointments. The people are invited for the free oil change and check-up of their vehicle between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. If, and you never know, weíre not done at 2:00 p.m., weíll finish everybody in line before we really close the door. This seems to be a better solution than sitting and waiting for the gaps between the


appointments and no-shows that we had to deal with in previous years. Please let me know if youíre able to help. We need about 6 volunteers for the entire one and a half hour duration, no shifts needed this year.

I hope to see many of you for the few remaining driving events and at the Christmas Party and awards presentation. And as always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. What would you like to see next year and what would you change for 2016? And speaking of 2016, I would like to hand over my position next year. If you would like to contribute to the MG Clubs of Chicago, this might be a good time to think about Driving Events Coordinator. Iíd be happy to tell you all about it and help you to get settled before the season starts and be your back-up during the driving season. As always you can reach me at and 847.342.9804.

"The more you drive, the more you smile".

-- Reinout Vogt

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I hope that everyone has been enjoying the great top down cruising weather that we have had over the end of September thru the later part of October. Iím writing this on October 20th, a little earlier in the month than usual, because Iím off tomorrow on a road trip to the North Woods to try to get that muskey. The construction company has promised that the bridge and roadway in front of my house will be open by November 1st, so on my return I should have time to burn a tank or two of gas in the B before the snow comes.

On a recent Saturday morning I had the occasion to travel south on Rt. I-355. Traffic was extremely light and the weather was clear. I was in the middle of three lanes cruising along at the posted speed limit. Well, OK maybe slightly above. Between 75th St and Rt. 6 I was passed eleven times, which was fine except that eight times it was on the right, clearly NOT the proper maneuver. Therefor I have concluded that 72.7% of the driverís on the tollway are turkeys.

And speaking of turkeys, (nice segue) try not to eat too much on Thanksgiving Day or you may feel ill while you watch the Pack kick the stuffing out of Da Bears. Iím giving odds if youíre interested.

-- ~~ Bill Mennell

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