Chicagoland MG Club:Photos
Miata-MG Autocross
Alexian Field, Schaumburg, IL - April 29, 2012

Here's some photos of the 4 of us who showed up. I'm the Green B #469.
Other members are David Novak, Seth Jones and Raj Sandhu. -- Joel-Paul Brossard

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It’s 7 a.m. The 30 minute drive from my home in Western Springs to Alexian Field via 294, 290, and Elgin O’Hare expressway was chilly and overcast and I wished I had gloves and a coffee. Uneventful drive. By 0800 hrs, a small handful of earlybird Miata faithfull were starting the registration. Within an hour, almost the full complement of 75 registrants were there, along with CGMC members David Novak (74 “B”), Seth Jones (71 Midget), Raj Sandhij (Midget), and yours truly in my 77”B”. Dino also showed up to say hi and take a few photos. Lots of conversation and visiting and checking out cars. Some of them pretty serious…

I’ll tell you folks, the Windy City Miata Club was really well organized for this event. Tip o’ the Hat to WCMC…the entire elected WCMC officers were there to kick off their season, along with Events Coordinators Pat Marcus and Autocross Coordinator Frank Rogers who were working registration (they don’t take debit or credit cards for the $35 registration fee as Seth Jones discovered).

Driver’s meeting was held for all entrants… rules and regs. This is how they work it: cars are assigned to one of three groups. One group drives 5 races, one group mans the stations around the course, and one group is on rest time. This is repeated in the afternoon. Each driver has 10 runs during the day’s event, and your best time is the one that counts. Awards are held at the end of the afternoon. Most cars were Miatas/MX-5s, but there was a SAAB 9.3, a Mustang, a New Mini, a couple of Subarus, Hondas and a very entertaining older Hyundai which spent most of his runs with either one or the other of his rear wheels in the air. If I ever see him again, I’ll buy him a beer. A few entertaining spin outs, and lots of screaming engines and squealing tires.

I had to bug out early before the afternoon runs, so I don’t know how our CGMC club members scored, but we sure had a blast and met lots of new people. One nice touch for novices (like me), is that experienced autocrossers from the Miata Club will ride along for a run or so with you to familiarize you with the track and help keep you on course (literally). You can also ride along as passenger with the more experienced. I took advantage of both offers, and it was much appreciated.

That’s about it for now folks, I’ll certainly be doing more of these with WCMC, and encourage more CMGC members to join us.

Happy Trails and Safety Fast, and remember, a squealing tire is a happy tire.

Joel-Paul Brossard

Photos above by Dino Perez

There were four CMGC member MGs in competition, and a couple more CMGC members present. The MGs competed in class T (engines under 2-liter).

Results: - (only the fastest runs are shown here). CMGC Members: Driver Car Time David Novak 1974 MGB 0:57.342 Seth Jones 1971 MG Midget 1:00.756 Joel-Paul Brossard 1977 MGB 1:06.848 Rajbinder Sandhu 1973 MG Midget 1:07.421

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