Cruise to the Rock
November 23, 2011
The show started earlier than 9 A.M., judging from the Ferrari that was leaving and from the line of Corvettes waiting for their turn with Bill Wildt (Motorsports Unlimited, www.msutv.com). The MG folk greeted each other, noted who had and had not driven MGs with the tops down, and commented on the cooperation of the 3rd and 21st Chicago Police Districts, who had been phoned prior to the event to ask for a parking courtesy along the street. Two cars from the University of Chicago Police rolled by and the officers waved to us. All was well.
The Chicagoland MG Club was well represented with cars and members: Dean Swanson (MGB roadster), Jim Renkar (MGB at home), Fred Baker and son Chris (MGB roadster), Dino and Lisa Perez (MG RV8), Barney Gaylord (MGA), Tom Palmisano (MGB roadster), Rick Schnittker and
son Rick (MGA), Seth Jones and brother Nathanael (MG Midget), Reinout and Henneke Vogt (M-type at home, but brought the VRY YLW Corvette), Doug Clark (MGTF), Dave Bralich and Dee (MGB roadster) and us (MGB roadster). John Kearns (MGB LE) made it to the restaurant a little later.
Although this was among the warmest of the weather for observances of the first automobile (actually, “motocycle” in the original promotion of 1895) race, the cold did seep in, and we were relieved to be grouped around The Rock. Although not that big a rock, really, it probably weighs several tons and has the brass commemoration plaque fixed to the front that denotes the start/finish line for the 1895 race that was won by J. Frank Duryea in his hand built car and the centennial of the race, which was celebrated on Thanksgiving 1995.
Bill Wildt noted that this was the 16th observance of the race following the centennial. Many club members have
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