Autumn Color Drive – Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
After postponing the Autumn Color Drive two consecutive Saturdays, that PERFECT day rolled around October 21 as over 2 dozen people gathered at Sawmill Inn to motor in 17 cars over the twisty roads surrounding Holy Hill. And it seems that the Fall foliage was at it’s color peak to lend a beautiful backdrop to the parade. Club members were notified using day-before messages with Go/No Go decisions, and this worked very well. Thanks go to Ken Rizzo for the timely e-mails. We had a complete post-war T-section (TC, TD, TF), modern Midgets, MGA, and dominating the line up, 10 MGBs. We were as colorful as the trees. The whimsical “Ghost Display” along the route had a NASCAR theme this year…see the photo section. The drive took 1 1/2 hours before the group arrived back at the Sawmill Inn, most staying for lunch. Interestingly, a couple from California stopped by during the start to introduce themselves, take a group picture, and see us off. They are members of the San Diego MG Club. The only known unfortunate incident happened on the ride home; Bob Balderson’s MGA was struck in the rear at a stoplight by a larger vehicle. Apparently, the driver was taking a picture of the MGA through the windshield of his own vehicle, but not paying attention to his driving. Bob is OK, but damage to the car will require bodywork. This drive was the best attended event of 2017. Thanks to all who waited for the weather to cooperate and came out for the finale. You sure looked good!
- Dave Jefferson—MG TC (lead car)
- Bob & Alice Wirth—MG TF
- John Westimayer & Kathy Parker—MG TD
- Dave & Anne Hanson—MGB
- Tom Hahn—MGB
- Dennis Flancher—MGB
- Al Luening—MBG
- Pete Probst—MGB
- Mike Schonfelder—MG Midget
- Wayne Radaj & Steve Stadler—MGB
- Patty Stoller—Triumph Spitfire (original owner & finish)
- Jim & Margaret Maslowski—MGB
- Cliff Muehlenberg—MGB (over 6,000 miles for the season)
- Bob & Amy Gehweiler—MGB
- Jerry & Bobbie Brown—MGB
- Ron & Lauren Willman—MG Midget
- Bob Balderson—MGA
- Dave & Anne Hanson—MGB
- Don & Carol Schuh—MGB
- Charlie & Anita Wojciechowski—MGB
- Fred & Meg Fleischmann (Racine)—MGB-GT
- Dave Jefferson—MGA
- Bob & Deb Jozwowski (Wautoma)—MGA
- Tom & Shirley Smith—Triumph TR6
- Rich Bogen & Dawn Farris—MGB
- Gene & Judy Davis—Lotus Elan
- Victor & Joy Soderstrom—Mercedes
- Dave & Nancy Spearing (meeting up only for lunch
B. One club displayed all MG 2-seat sports car types from the start up of post-WWII production (1945) thru the end of production at Abingdon (1980).
Pictures of the 2017 Lost Soul Rally Day taken by Dave Jefferson and Bernie Evans. These are unedited random pictures taken at the show. Place your cursor on the first picture/slide and click. The picture will enlarge. You can then move forward and backward through the pictures by clicking on arrows located just below the bottom corners of the picture.
2017 British Car Field Day
Final Score: British Car Field Day 100 vs Weather Forecasters 0
MG3 members gathered by the dozens in Sussex on Father’s Day, June 18 to celebrate a glorious day in the sun, with temps in the low to mid 70*s. Many described the day as perfect.
The 2 minutes of rain that fell did so AFTER the show during the club picnic. By then, we were sheltered at the pavilion. Ron Willman, treasurer, provided a variety of fresh sub sandwiches for all, a generous donation from Cousins Subs. Much thanks to him for arranging the treat. Participants also brought soda, water, chips, salsa, salads, cookies and pastries to share. What a great way to relax with “old timers” and brand new members as well.
Without crunching actual numbers, it appeared that MGs ruled the field, with the most of any name marque, especially MGBs, plus a strong showing of Midgets. Another good show was the half dozen in the MG T series section. Interestingly, a TC owned by none other than Joe Kramer, one of MG3’s 1972 founding members, took it’s place on the show line. After asking “Is there still an MG Club?”, Joe took & promised to fill out a club application to rejoin.
Great showing: 10 MG3 members garnered 12 awards, not all with MGs. The following won awards:
John Cline 1st Place MGA & 2nd Place TR3 Bob & Alice Wirth 1st Place MG TC & Peoples Choice Dave Jefferson 2nd Place MG TC / Paul Hundt 2nd Place MGB-GT Peter Probst 2nd Place MGB Wayne Radaj 3rd Place MGB Tom Pecus 2nd Place MGB Chrome Bumper Bart & Kristen Finnel 3rd Place MGB Chrome Bumper Ron Willman 1st Place MG Midget Ridge Howard 1st Place Triumph GT6
Volunteers are where it’s at! Thanks to those MG3 members who gave of their time and efforts to bring off this event: Bernie Evans, Tom Hahn, Ron Willman, Fred Anderson, Fred Fleischmann, Wayne Radaj.
Pictures of the 2017 British Car Field Day taken by Ken Rizzo. These are unedited random pictures taken at the show. Place your cursor on the first picture/slide and click. The picture will enlarge. You can then move forward and backward through the pictures by clicking on arrows located just below the bottom corners of the picture.
Ken Hollub Memorial Car Show
Heavy Rain greeted participants early Saturday morning June 3, 2017. But the show carried on in good spirit after the rain ended. Good food and great classic cars provided a backdrop to this memorial event in support of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Congrats for a fine show to club members Brandon Butler and his parents who spearheaded this effort. Never thought that the MGs that participated would be “TDs”. Don and Carol Schuh’s MG TD won the best Foreign Car category of the show. Below are a few pictures from the show.
Pictures of the 2017 Ken Hollub Memorial Car Show taken by Ken Rizzo. Place your cursor on the first picture/slide and click. The picture will enlarge. You can then move forward and backward through the pictures by clicking on arrows located just below the bottom corners of the picture.
Joint MG3/Austin-Healey Club Spring Tour Drive
The Spring Tour, June 27, combining the Austin Healey Club with MG3 (for greater than a dozen cars) took off from Whitefish Bay’s Klode Park on a day of ideal weather. Tops came down and sunblock went on for the start at 10:00 AM. The drive went very well as the group divided in two with separate lead cars for for each group. This worked well and the speeds were higher… to keep up with the Healeys!! Lunch at the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton topped off the day with pub style food. Bring on the rest of the Summer!
The Sun Shines on Drive Your MGA Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 was one of those lovely days that seemed to make the long winter wait worthwhile! Days before, the weather forecasts looked good with 0% chance or precipitation. The temp was a little cool, but many of the 14 vehicles had their tops dropped, including the lead MGA. At least 3 new club members gathered with the tour group that met at the Delafield McDonalds for the start. The other MGA Register car represented was Bob & Joan Houillon’s award-winning Magnette. There were 2 MG TDs, 2 MG Midgets, a gaggle of MGBs, a Triumph GT-6, and a modern SUV running chase to pick up falling parts. The scenery was spectacular with leafing out of trees arriving earlier than some previous Wisconsin Springs.The longest distance driven to start point was most likely new club members Mike & Sue Harrington from Cedarburg in their MGB. After an on-time start, the caravan drove 2 equal legs with an intermediate rest stop at Kettle Moraine Golf Course, then a photo stop on the last leg where cars were actually arranged for the shoot, with the club banner displayed. There were 3 complaints heard that the drive was too slow, and 1 complaint that the drive was too fast! The destination was LeDuc’s Frozen Custard near Wales where most stopped and stayed for lunch and car talk. Meeting up at the finish were members Bruce & Brandon Butler in their Ford Model A. What a great day, and drive, to begin the motoring season!!
Pictures of the 2017 Drive Your MGA Day taken by Ken Rizzo and Bernie Evans Jr. Place your cursor on the first picture/slide and click. The picture will enlarge. You can then move forward and backward through the pictures by clicking on arrows located just below the bottom corners of the picture.
Chicagoland MG Club Swap Meet
The Chicagoland MG Club Swap Meet was held on Sunday, March 19th , at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. It is always a great way to get excited about a new driving season. Pleasant weather and temperatures appeared to boost attendance from the previous year as well as a few more vendors. There were tables of parts, both new and used, everywhere with lots of treasures to be discovered.
MG Limited was there with a booth as well as John Twist. Club members Bruce and Brandon Butler as well as Charlie Wojciechowski and myself had booths also. Unfortunately I had only one club member that expressed an interest in carpooling this year. Will try to coordinate that again next year and hopefully have a few more takers. – Dave Hanson
2017 Gala Dinner & Annual Business Meeting
Saturday, January 21 saw 40-something MG3ers gather at the Mayfair Radisson for the AGM and Gala Dinner. Some newer members were welcomed to their first Gala meeting. We bantered at the reception for over an hour before serving ourselves at the buffet line. I thought the selections were wonderful and well prepared. At the meeting, Ron Willman was elected Treasurer, and Dave Hanson VP-Tech, both to 2-year terms. Bernie Evans displayed the 2017 calendar of events, and the evening was backdropped by a “slide show” of last year’s gatherings (thanks to Bernie, Ken Rizzo & Rich Bogen for the pics). For the first time, the club debit card was used to square up with the Radisson for payment of our bill. A free drawing saw some members awarded really nice prizes by Chris Christensen, assisted by Anita Wojciechowski. A sale by Anne-Marie Hanson of club regalia items followed. A huge thank you to Joan Houillon and Sue Donahue for planning & coordinating the dinner, and serving as hostesses at the “check-in” table.
Pictures of the 2017 Gala Dinner taken by Dave Jefferson. Place your cursor on the first picture/slide and click. The picture will enlarge. You can then move forward and backward through the pictures by clicking on arrows located just below the bottom corners of the picture.