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Meeting Report, February
Dennis Trowbridge
Welcome New Members
11th All Brit Swap Meet
The Witch is Dead
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Spring Tune-Up Party
MG Bucks at Meetings
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Nanjing - dates for MG
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A to Z of Sports Cars
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Amtrak Road Trip 2007
Regalia Items Available
Regalia Order
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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline
11th Annual All British Car Swap Meet: Where's Global Warming When You Need It?

The club conducted the 11th edition of the All British Car Swap Meet and Autojumble on February 25. In spite of very nasty weather conditions over the weekend, turnout was still pretty good. An initial forecast of “low 40’s and clear” early in the week steadily deteriorated to the eventual reality of sleet, freezing rain, and several inches of accumulated snow by Saturday evening. Only 4 vendors either cancelled or failed to show up, including some from central Wisconsin who had already experienced about a foot of snow by Saturday evening. Other vendors were able to make it in from as far as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Gate attendance was also down this year because of the weather: many enthusiasts attend this event from surrounding states so the storm held some of them back, too. However, in typical British fashion, a “stiff upper lip” was kept by all who did attend; one intrepid group made it in from Omaha by Saturday evening in spite of a challenging drive and were seen perusing the vendor stalls with enthusiasm on Sunday morning. This is the first time since its inception 10 years ago that bad weather has landed in Chicago on top of the Swap Meet. Given the actual outcome this year, it’s probably fair to say that the “half full” take on this year’s Swap Meet is that the event is clearly well established and strong enough to draw both vendors and shoppers in spite of very bad weather. Hopefully, that assessment won’t be put to the test anytime soon. Thanks to all club members who came out to help with Swap Meet; it wouldn’t be possible without their contribution.

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