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Driving Events

Driving Events Coordinator:  Reinout Vogt - 847.342.9804

For recently completed events, check the Competitive Driving Results page.

Driving Season and Events General Rules
Effective for 2015 - - Click for Rules page

Spring Brunch
Saturday, Apri 30, 2017

Brian and Rose Dubin

Spring Chicken Rally
May 7, 2017 - 10:00am

I hope you have saved the date of Sunday, May 7 for this years Spring Chicken Run. We are almost a month earlier this year, so we hope the global warming continues. We will be starting at the same place at the Deer Park Town Center shopping mall on the northwest corner of Rand Road, Hwy 12 and Deer Park Blvd. in the same lot as last year, next to the Starbucks. It is easy to see once you are at the strip mall. There is also a Panara Bakery just across from the Starbucks. The center of the mall where we meet is on the west side of Hwy 12 for the new-bees that will be joining us. We will start the Drivers Meeting at 10:00am. The drive will be approximately 1 1/2 hours and we will end up at the same local watering hole as 2015, where you can order lunch from the menu. Yes they have chicken along with other items. The spot is Cruisin, located in Gilberts. The address is 11 Galligan Rd, Gilberts, IL 60136, for those that just want to join us for lunch. Their web site is: There will also be a few challenging questions for the navigators to answer along the way. Jana and I look forward to seeing you at this years drive. Please let me know if you will be attending so we can provide the information to Cruisin.

George and Jana Phariss - - 847-566-5075 (h)

Lands End Rally
June 4, 2017
Dean Hickenlooper

Well, the Land’s End Rally has been finalized and with a few finishing touches it will be complete. The route isaround 50 miles or so, rolling along scenic roads through the wooded lake lands and some unlikely areas. There will be a few stops to test your driving skills and knowledge of MG tune-up specs.
We will begin at 515 Village Center Dr. in Burr Ridge, IL. Drivers meeting begins at 9:00 am. Come a little early to socialize and pick up a beverage.
The final destination will be Del Rays Chicken Basket at 645 Joliet Rd. in Willowbrook, IL. This will be a cash only venue and there is an ATM machine there. So, come on out June 4 for some great roads, challenging questions and games. Hope to see everyone there for my first attempt again rally.

Looking forward to seeing y’all !!
~~Dean Hickenlooper  

AHCA/CMGC Spring Gymkhana
Sunday, June 11, 2016
At Regal Cantera Theater
28250 Diehl Rd, Warrenville IL
- Click for map
Registration - 8 am -- First car off - 9 am

CMGC/Miata Autocross #1
Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg
Saturday, May 20, 2017

(Rained Out).
Dan Herman Memorial
Secrets of Jo Daviess County Tour

Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 2017

Back by popular demand, the Jo Daviess Tour is on the schedule for 2017. The fun starts Friday night with dinner. On Saturday, be ready for an amazing drive through the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County, hairpin turns into Potosi, Wisconsin and breathtaking views while cruising through Green County into Dodgeville. Dinner and the parking lot social time will wind up the first driving day of the tour. Sunday will include some new adventures and will end in the charming, popular town of Monroe, Wisconsin for some refreshments and farewells.

Hotel reservations are required. They do fill quickly. Below is the contact information for the hotels. Please be sure to tell them that you are with the Chicagoland MG Club. A block of rooms are on hold for the club until the cut-off dates listed.

To insure a restaurant reservation, please e-mail Jamie Schafer at Please include your cell phone number, number attending, and what days you will participate, Friday (dinner), Saturday (lunch and dinner), Sunday.

Friday Night, June 9, 2017 -- Cut-off Date: May 15, 2017
Country Inn & Suites, 200 Dillon Avenue, Stockton, IL, 815/947-6060
Queen or King $95.00 (other rooms and rates available)

Saturday Night, June 10, 2017 -- Cut-off Date: May 10, 22017
Best Western, 1130 N. Johns Street, Dodgeville, WI, 608/935-7739
Queen $119.99, King $129.99 (other rooms and rates available)
AAA or AARP is accepted

Addendum 5/16/17:
Even though the block of rooms has expired at both hotels, you can still call the hotel numbers shown below for a room. Rooms may still be available. Listed below is an alternative hotel for each night. When making your room reservation, please tell them that you are with the Chicagoland MG Club.

The restaurants need an accurate count. So, to insure your restaurant reservation, please e-mail Jamie Schafer Please include your cell phone number, number attending, and for which meals you will need a reservation: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner. Continental breakfast is included at the hotels.

Friday Night, June 9, 2017
Country Inn & Suites, 200 Dillon Avenue, Stockton, IL, 815/947-6060
Queen or King $95.00 (other rooms and rates available)

*Alternate Hotel: Baymont Inn and Suites, 1060 N. Riverside Drive, Freeport, IL 815/599-8510

Saturday Night, June 10, 2017
Best Western, 1130 N. Johns Street, Dodgeville, WI, 608/935-7739
Queen $119.99, King $129.99 (other rooms and rates available)
AAA or AARP is accepted

*Alternate Hotel: Super 8 Dodgeville, 1308 N. Johns, Dodgeville, WI 608/935-3888

Drive-In Movie Night
Saturday, July 1, 2017
at Cascade Drive-In, West Chicago, IL

Dave Bralich

July 8, 2017

CMGC/Miata Autocross #2
Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Our next currently scheduled Autocross event is July 15th with the Windy City Miata Club. The first of this year’s driving season. Maybe Tim will have his Midget fixed by then.

REMEMBER to register early. They will close the registration a few days before the event or when they get 75 drivers registered. Registration opens July 2nd at

You can get there from the Windy City Miata Club Autocross schedule. Just click on the event date. Since we haven’t had an autocross yet this year here are some pictures of previous events. I hope to see you out there.

The “Old Man Racing Team”

Garage Tour and Ray’s Morris & MG Picnic
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM
211 E School Ln, Prospect Heights, IL
- Click for map

The garage tour out to Ray’s Picnic will start at 9:00 am from the garage 211 E School Ln, Prospect Heights, IL. Emma and the MGC works in progress are there for you viewing pleasure while were having a coffee and some early morning snacks.
The main stop will be at McCabe Auto Restoration on 860 Tower Rd, Mundelein, IL. The company is very well known for their fantastic work on Ferrari’s and other high-end cars. We’ll get a tour of the facility by Mr. Skip McCabe
From there we will continue Ray and Mardee Costa’s house at 4115 Bennett Ave, Gurnee, IL for Ray’s 4th Morris and MG picnic. Tables are set up, under a couple large canopies to provide shade, in their back yard (or in the garage in case of rain). The picnic is from 12:00 noon until 3:30 and hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken breasts, rolls, beer, soft drinks, etc. are served. Donations of side dishes and deserts are very much welcome. Although this is a picnic for MG and Morris cars, all British makes are welcome.

If you are coming, please RSVP to 224-399-9531 and leave a message.

41/51 Anniversary Tour
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:00 am

Drivers meeting at 9:30 am, departure at 9:45 am
Meet at at Market Square in Lake Forest, IL
(Starbucks Coffee and Einstein Bros Bagels)

What better way to follow up on the very successful 4050 Anniversary Tour and lunch at the Burnham Park Yacht Club than to do a reprise! And in case you didn’t get a photo of your MG, on the lawn in front of the boats and with the beautiful skyline of Chicago in the back ground, here is a second chance.
Robert Weinstein and Chris Edmonds invite you for the 4151 Tour on Sunday, July 30.
Robert will start the tour at the Market Square in Lake Forest for a 40 mile, 2 hour, drive to the Burnham Park Yacht Club. We will be following Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive with a few side tours to visit some famous motion picture locations, the Coffee & Classics Car Show in Winnetka, and Graceland Cemetery on Irving Park and Clark in Chicago. We can get together at the square at 9:00 am, there is a Starbucks Coffee and an Einstein Bros. Bagels and there should be ample parking on a Sunday morning. Drivers mtg. will be at 9:30 am and departure at 9:45 am. The route instructions are in the Tulip format and should allow you to either drive the tour on your own or try to stay close together as a group.
Arrival at the Burnham Park Yacht Club is scheduled for 12:00 noon where Chris will host our buffet style lunch. The price for the lunch is $20 per person and includes burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, cookies for desert, pop, and bottled water. The price is with tax but tips should be added when you close out the check. Alcoholic drinks will be available from the bar in the club house.
To allow the kitchen at the Burnham Park Yacht Club to prepare the food, we hope that you will RSVP with Robert before Sunday the 23rd at 312-402-1765 or The RSVP should include the number of people attending the lunch, the MG model or car that you’ll be driving, and your cell phone number so that you can participate in the group text messages (see below)
For questions about the event, you can contact Robert Weinstein or Reinout Vogt at 847-342-9804 or
New this time will be a text message group. During the tour we will be able to text every participant when we’re regrouping to drive through the car show in Winnetka or when we need to relay last minute information about road conditions. It will also allow the participants to let the group know if they notice something interesting along the way (i.e. did you see that Triumph in the driveway, or we found so-and-so mausoleum at the cemetery). And, although it rarely happens, participants can let us know when they experience MG trouble or are running late.

Peds in the Weeds
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Starts at 11:30AM at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge, Park Ridge, IL 60068. Show up a bit early to organize.

CMGC/Miata Autocross #3
Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tally Ho Rally
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 11:00 am
105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington, IL

Registration is at 11:00 am, drivers meeting at 11:30 am, and the first car will be starting at 12:00 noon.

The starting point is the parking lot of the Lucky Monk Restaurant, 105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington, IL, which is just north of the I-90 Barrington Rd exit. When going northbound on Barrington Rd, turn left onto Studio Drive (first traffic light north of I-90), the left onto Hollywood with the restaurant in view.

The rally route is designed to provide a fun experience, with scenic and low traffic MG roads, taking you past open fields, horse pastures, amazing homes, and lovely gardens and landscaping.

The Rally end point is the Lucky Monk Restaurant and the rally length is less than 65 miles. Your rally car is an MG or any other car you have running. Equipment needed is a car, pencil, watch, and navigator.

Your rally master,
    Carl Vogel

CMGC/Miata Autocross #4
Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wine, Cheese and Beer Tour
September 22-24, 2017
Russ & Amy Mehaffee and Ralph & Sue Arata

A new route thru the scenic roads of Wisconsin stopping at each of the Tour's namesakes!!
A low key, highly social weekend of scenic and casual driving.

FRIDAY NIGHT Sept 22nd: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 7401 Walton St, Rockford, IL, 815-227-1300
Block is under Chicagoland MG Club @ $90
Dinner at JMK Nippon Restaurant

SATURDAY NIGHT Sept 23rd: Spring Green Motel in Spring Green WI, 608-588-2141.
Block is under Chicagoland Mg Club - rates vary depending on the room you want

SUNDAY Sept 24th: Final leg of the tour and then back to sweet home Chicago!
We already have 13 cars so PLEASE make your reservations now!

Ralph Arata -
Russ Mehaffee -

More to follow!

Shiek Raoul
Former Minister of Finance

Rob's BBQ Tour
October 4-8, 2017
Rob Martwick

Fall Tour ????
October 8, 2017

Halloween Rally
Sunday, October 29, 2016
Reinout & Henneke Vogt and Phil & Sandy Wydra

Cruise to the Rock
November 23, 2016
1651 Midway Plaisance Dr, Chicago, IL

Report from the 2016 event in
December 2016 Driveline


Sep 2016
10BCU-AHCA Donald M Healey Memorial Rally
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