Monthly Column of Driving Events
That was it, Yes, the 2015 driving events of your MG Clubs of Chicago are over (assuming that this issue arrives after Thanksgiving Day). No more points to accumulate for the Moss Motors Trophy and the Victoria British Trophy. The cups will go to Rich Meservey and Sundy Mead (overall championship) and Jim Compton and Bob Dorley (competition championship). The trophies will be presented at the annual Holiday Party along with several other awards and a complete overview will be published in the January issue.†
Now comes the time to make some notes of all the things that you are planning to do over the winter; replace parts, upgrade some things, fix a little noise and leak etc. Keep an eye on the parts suppliers who offer substantial discounts for the holidays as well is over the winter months. Spring will be there before you know and you don't want to be caught with surprise in the first driving event in 2016 when you realize that all these little quirks and nuisances that you notice were actually already there in the last driving event of 2015. (or, am I the only who has experienced that feeling?)
And now that weíre talking about 2016, I havenít had too much response on my call for a successor. As I said in my November column, I would like to find someone that will take over coordination of the driving events. It is not that difficult, but it will take a little bit of your time. It is a great way to get involved in the best part of our clubs; driving. All it takes is a little bit of coordination and planning of the events between the two organizations, publishing the calendar, and keep the
records for the annual championships. Writing this column is not really mandatory, but offers a nice way to promote upcoming events. Please let me know if you have any questions or want to have some more information about the job. I was the first coordinator for the MG Clubs of Chicago and you have experienced my take on it. But the really nice thing that there is no cook book. The job is not defined in bylaws or by history, you can make it anything you want, as long as it is about driving our MGs. You can reach me at email@example.com†or 847 342 9804.
With this, I wish you all the very best for the Holidays and a Mighty Great driving year 2016.
"The more you drive, the more you smile".
-- Reinout Vogt
The Library Muse
The holiday season has taken hold of me so this month there will be no rants about weird traffic patterns or inappropriate driving habits. Iíll just wish everyone a happy and safe holiday, and welcome in the winter season with a new addition to the library that I am sure that youíll enjoy.
Behind the Wheel
The Great Automobile Aficionados
By Robert Puyal, 2010, hardbound, 235 pages, photos
This book is large, 12 Ĺ by 10 inches, with numerous full page photographs, so it almost rates as a coffee table book. In our house we donít have a coffee table, but we do have several end tables, although they usually hold martinis or negronis. But I digress. There are eighty brief sketches (dare I say Ďautoí biographies) of international motoring personalities or aficionados, including Steve McQueen, Henry Ford, Pat Moss, and others that I was not familiar with, such as Michele Mouton. Curiously missing is a chapter on Jim Renkar. The book was originally written in French then translated into English, so some of the phrasing is interesting.
-- ~~ Bill Mennell