Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline December 2011

Bill Reece The Steering
Left Hand Drive

It’s kind of a bleak day as I sit here to write my final article for this year. The holidays are upon us and it seems that people are bustling around quite a bit. I guess that I have a serious case of writers block at the moment since not much is coming to me. I think that I will just blame it on the weather.

After I had taken the position of president I had some serious changes take place in my life. Needless to say, I did not accomplish the things that I had hoped to in my role of president. But I would like to thank all of the officers for their support and all of the hard work throughout the year to make us such a successful club. Once again, Reinout gave us a fantastic venue of driving events. Vic not only did a great job as secretary and membership but also took on the role of editor for Driveline. Barney has always been on top of the website which keeps us as the number one MG website in the country! Wilbur not only maintains the club library but consistently gets new acquisitions and does some very in-depth reviews each month. What would our club be without regalia? George has not only set us up online for regalia ordering but he has been promoting bags and other items at the meetings. Our beloved Minister of Finance not only kept the books in order but has had an official audit done by a CPA so we are certain to be in line.

I want to thank all of these people for such support and a job well done. I’d like to send a special thank you to Dino Perez (and Lisa) for all of their hard work and commitment to the club. Dino has covered for me several times at the meetings when I had commitments elsewhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you. One last thank you and then I am done… Thanks to former president Dave Peterson for his guidance, knowledge and support this past year.

-- Bill Reese 
I wish each member a joyous and safe holiday season.


Dino Perez The Steering
Right Hand Drive

This was a great driving season this year with little to no major breakdowns. Now it is time to prepare for the winter.

A little preventative maintenance now could save you next driving season. Don’t assume that when you insert your key and start up next season things will work perfectly. A simple check list of tasks that were performed for tune-down can be reviewed for a spring tune-up. If you unplugged something or disconnected something, having this written down will save you frustrations in the spring.

Tip: Before you disconnect your battery for winter storage, start your engine and grab the cables near your fuse box and wiggle them a little to simulate a Chicago city street bump. If it sputters it means you have to clean or repair a loose connector. Better to do it now than while you’re on the road. And don't forget to check your battery terminals - both positive and negative. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to give me a buzz or ask another member, maybe they had or know someone who had that similar problem.

Since the 2012 calendar has a full summer events I will try to have a couple of tech sessions during our club meetings. Please, if you have any ‘show-and-tell’ sessions you would like to present, let me know.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day - it turned out to be a great day. Yea! It’s late November and my battery is still connected in my MG. We were able to ‘Cruise to the Rock’ this year and had a wonderful time.

Happy Holidays to our MG family see you on the road in 2012.

-- Dino Perez

New Illinois Law to Expand Use of Antique Vehicle Registration Class

Legislation (H.B. 3256) to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1 through October 31) was recently signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. Under the new law, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration during the colder months (November 1 through March 31). Regular antique vehicle registration is still available for a lower fee to hobbyists who would prefer only operating their vehicle on a limited-use basis throughout the year. The law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

The expanded-use antique registration plate will be available at an annual fee of $45. The limited-use antique plate (travel to and from car shows, exhibitions, for servicing or demonstration) remains available at a fee of $13 for a two-year registration. A standard registration plate, with no use limitations, is available for an annual $98 registration fee. In Illinois, an antique vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle that is more than 25 years of age, a bonafide replica or a fire-fighting vehicle more than 20 years old which is not used as fire- fighting equipment.

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