7/20/98 MEETING REPORT
Maynard Hirsch, Diana Gonzales, Steven Selan and Sharon Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:09 P.M. 49 members were present plus one guest. 2 new members attended the meeting.
Working On Our Cars: Numerous members of the club reported on their ongoing efforts to maintain the breed.
Regalia: Curt Bork reported that name badge orders are being taken and that he has a new supply of decals, shirts, and hats. For orders call him at (815) 522-6145 or talk to him at the next club meeting.
NAMGBR Convention: Reported by Shirley Goebbert was a highly successful national convention, which was well attended with over 360 cars on the field. 24 members of our club attended, and all that attended gave kudos to the MGers from Maryland for their efforts. Next years convention is scheduled to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Several members of the club are hard at work making plans to have their cars shipped across the continent. More info will be available at later meetings.
Utica Autocross: Reinout Vogt conducted a highly attended autocross event. The results were published in the July newsletter.
Northshore Rally: Joanne Trowbridge and Barb McCutcheon were sad to report that they gave a party, but no one showed up. After many hours of hard work mapping out routes, writing questions, and putting together a TSD leg, only four cars participated. Club members expressed their appreciation for the work done. Clearly this event conflicted with the Fourth of July plans of many club members. Otherwise, it would have been well attended.
Road America: Reported by Ann Snyder, a spectacular car show and excellent weather marked the weekend of the Chicago Historic Car Races in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In the evening after the race, club members gathered around the campfire for a bonding experience and cookout. Many promised to return next year. Local club member and newsletter editor Kelvin Palmer raced his MGB in Group 8 against more powerful Porsches and 240 Zs. He finished respectably.
Siemens Autocross: Now scheduled for Sunday August 2nd, it will be hosted by Reinout Vogt. Since Reinout was unable to obtain cones for free, the club authorized buying up to 100 rubber cones for no more than 550 dollars. The vote was unanimously in favor of the purchase.
>University Motors Summer Party: Numerous members will be attending the event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Several convoys will be leaving during the week. Call Maynard Hirsch or Kim Tonry for further info. Maynard will be participating in the Around the Lake Rally. He has invited Chicago Tribune auto-columnist Jim Mateja to join him as his co-driver. Jim's response will be found elsewhere in this issue.
Around the Lake Rally: August 13-14. To be organized and run by Don Anderson and his son, Scott. It will be a 1000-mile endurance rally. Contact Don for rules, if you are interested. He promises that it will be a challenging event.
Secretary's Report: Club secretary Steve Selan sadly reported that only one member bothered to submit an entry to the June contest published in Driveline. Although every answer was correct, it was submitted in the wrong format, so no prize was awarded. Answers are published elsewhere in this issue.
Club Website: The club officers appointed Scott Anderson as the Homepage editor. He has already applied for a domain name www.chicagolandmgclub.com. Work has begun on the homepage which is currently under construction. Hopefully Scott will be writing articles keeping us advised as to his progress. Anyone wishing to assist him can contact him at home.
Membership Roster: Club Secretary Steve Selan has reported that work is well underway in the production of a new, improved, and expanded membership roster. In order to help offset the cost of production, ad pages will be solicited and sold for car and car-related businesses. Maynard Hirsch will handle all requests for ads. Contact him directly if you wish to place an ad.
Librarian: Dave Bralich has taken the reigns from Don Anderson. It appears that we needed a younger body to lug all those books around.
Abingdon Weekend: September 25-27. As reported by event organizer, Jim Evans, this year's Abingdon Weekend will be a special event which will include the first running of the Abingdon Trials, i.e., 500-mile double-12 endurance rally organized by Bill Hedrick and Kim Tonry. For the first time in several years, the city of Abingdon will close off their "downtown" area to allow us to run an autocross on the streets for the amusement of the locals. If you've never participated in this type of event, you have a treat awaiting you! Additional information will be given out later, but mark your calendar now.
50-50 Raffle was won by Reinout Vogt.
Evening Program: Due to the length of the business meeting, no special program was conducted.