July 29, 2016
Due to exclusive popularity and village limitations, Coffee & Classics® Winnetka parking will be for current Fuelfed members displaying their blue 2016 C&C parking pass. A limited number of paid Fuelfed Modern European members will be admitted as space allows by showing your 2016 membership card. New Fuelfed members who have not yet received their packets in the mail, will have their names on the list at the entry gate.
Numbered Guest Day Passes may be purchased for $5 at the entry point on Lincoln by non-members driving European Classics ONLY. The $5 will be credited to membership dues if you join the club within 7 days of attending the event.
SORRY ALL OTHER NON-MEMBER CARS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SHOW.
Parking starts at 9:00am.
We ask that participants use our official display cards to allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. Click on image below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out.
2016 C&C Display Card
2016 C&C Parking Map. Click it to enlarge.
Finally, Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for our members and those interested in joining. The public is welcome spectate. However, those caught soliciting our members for services, products or activities outside Fuelfed authorization will be escorted out.
July 23, 2016
Submitted by Jonathan A. Stein
With almost 400,000 MGBs built over the course of 18 years, you’d think that there would be very little left that the entire world didn’t know about MG’s most prolific model.
Of course there’s no secret when it comes to the engine, transmission and suspension, which were heavily based on those of the MGA. And, it’s equally well known that unlike the MGA, the MGB used unibody construction. But, here are a few things you probably didn’t know.
- One of the reasons the engine bay of the MGB was so wide was to accommodate the Twin Cam cylinder head of the MGA Twin Cam. But many development and reliability problems sent BMC scurry away from the powerful, but problematic engine.
- The MGA coupe works development car, registered KMO 326, served as a high-speed test bed for the MGB’s revised front suspension and disc brakes.
- A disproportionate number of early MGBs destined for North America were finished in Iris blue, a light blue shade carried over from the MGA.
- Although the MGB/GT design was prepared by Pininfarina, the original concept for the car came from MG General Manager John Thornley, who conceived the fastback as a poor man’s Aston Martin.
- Although North American-bound MGBs received a new padded dashboard without a glove box beginning with the 1968 model year, UK market cars continued on with the less-yielding metal dashboard.
There are plenty other little bits of trivia about the MGB that might not necessarily be considered secrets. For the North American market, 1969 was the first year of reclining seats and the last year of leather seating surfaces. In 1973 and 1974, US market B/GTs received fabric upholstery, while roadsters used vinyl. And, of course, there were those unsightly rubber bumpers that were introduced in mid-year 1974 as the most expedient way to meet new five miles-per-hour crash regulations. The solution to meeting the new Federal headlight requirement was even less elegant: raise the ride height until the lights were legal. It didn’t do much for the handling, but the car continued to sell until the bitter end in 1980.
July 22, 2016
Any true vintage car enthusiast knows that the Road America Historics and Friday & Saturday night street parties are the highlight of the driving season for us in the midwest. The RA Historics? Isn’t it the The WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America you ask? We stick with RA Historics for efficiencies.
Anyway, anyone who couldn’t make it up to Elkhart Lake for the weekend always asks; How was it this year? Well, there’s one Fuelfed member who lives (literally) and breaths Elkhart: collector, historian, writer & Lake St. party host: Bill Hall. And who better to give his perspective on the annual event. Read Bill’s excellent recap on the weekend at Hemmings. Even Fuelfed gets some electronic ink.
We will throw in that the top Saturday Concours winners were Fuelfed members. Love Mike’s Doretti!
July 21, 2016
Despite the sweltering heat, RetroMoto is a great success. Great turn out, people, bikes and beautiful ambience. Special thanks to John for keeping drinks flowing at Prairie Espresso.
July 18, 2016
We are pleased to announce our Fuelfed affiliate RetroMoto is hosting its first vintage European motorcycle evening in Lake Bluff, IL. Like Fuelfed, RetroMoto is not interested in being everything to everybody. RetroMoto is a focused event open to vintage European motorcycles manufactured before 1980.
RetroMoto serves to bring together discerning riders who enjoy vintage mechanical connectivity with a unique dose of camaraderie.
The new event will be held on the third Wednesday of the month, from April to September from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Seattle transplant and vintage bike enthusiast John Davis, owner of Prairie Espresso, will be hosting the first event on Wednesday, July 20th. John will have available wine, beer, light-fare and of course stunning coffee in his charming brick courtyard.
Wednesday July 20th, 2016
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Prairie Espresso in Scranton Alley
91 E. Scranton Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
July 15, 2016
Just a quick brake bleed and we’re off!
Definitely our favorite non-club event of the summer. Looking forward to see which Fuelfed member wins the concours again this year.
July 14, 2016
Tonight’s private member Spontaneous Combustion gathering will be in Glencoe from 7:00 to 8:30.
Check your email for exact location.
July 13, 2016
Among the many challenges facing drivers on the Fuelfed MotorGearo 250 besides perfect weather & bug splatter was the omni-presence of Amish culture. Learning to pass on the left when the horse zigs right was a skill they don’t teach in PCA DE.
July 10, 2016
Submitted by Andrew Newton
The U.K.’s referendum on European Union membership saw British voters voting to leave the E.U. by a 52.1 percent to 48.9 percent margin. What immediately followed was financial turmoil. The pound sterling fell to a 30-year low against the dollar and markets around the world saw some of their biggest single-day drops in years. In addition to the U.K.’s financial instability there’s also political confusion. PM David Cameron is resigning and no other British politicians seem to want to take his place, Scottish independence is back on the table and nobody knows what a British exit from the E.U. will actually look like or how long it will take.
All this uncertainty has led people to question what it means for the classic car market. Thanks to very unfortunate scheduling, Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale was held hours after the results were announced and at the height of the panic and shock that the “Leave” campaign actually won. Total value of vehicles sold added up to £7,630,475, way down from the almost £17.8 million in 2015. Looking further to the future, will a weaker pound and a British economy in recession mean easy pickings for foreign buyers as British enthusiasts sell off their cars? Or will global economic uncertainty mean that people throughout the world invest in collectibles and drive prices up? That much is still unclear, but it is worth noting that the collector car auction market in the U.K. was slowing well before last week.
As the euro has weakened relative to the dollar over the past couple of years, European buyers have been less active on the auction scene both in the U.S. and the U.K. British and American buyers remain fairly active, but the pound has weakened as well and as that has occurred, the total value of vehicles sold at auction in the UK has also decreased. For example, last September’s U.K. auctions featuring three big sales were down significantly from previous years, so while what happened at the Goodwood sale was surely affected by the Brexit vote, it also continues a trend predating the E.U. referendum.
July 7, 2016
We just love this shot by Fred Teifeld of a members’ Lola T70 from June’s Coffee & Classics-Barrington. Let’s see if it shows up again this Sunday morning July 10th at the Foundry.
9:00am to 11:00am, July 10th, 2016
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)
Ambrosia served the coffee & pastry crowd, while Epicure Bistro offered full-on brunch options like the seasoned pros they are.
View Parking Map.
We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t nearby to chat. Click on image below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out.