Calendar of Upcoming Events

2018

Saturday, February 17

Monthly breakfast meeting, 9:00 AM, at Cantigny Park, 27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton, Illinois.  (NOTE: Access to the Red Oak Room, where our breakfast will be served, is via the Mack Road entrance at the south end of the park, not the main entrance on Winfield Road.)  Click here for a map to the site.

Breakfast will be followed by a pair of presentations by Club members on the subject of the Porsche factory in the 356 era and in the present day.  Gene Gully took factory delivery of his C Coupe in 1965 and will take us through a photo journey of his experience.  In those days, photography was permitted and Gene has these to share with us.  His stunning 356 C still in original condition continues to win Concours awards.

The second presentation, by Pat Yanahan, will cover his dozen-plus visits to the factory and museum in Zuffenhausen.  Pat has official photos to show the state-of-the-art manufacturing and Just-In-Time processes used by Porsche.  The economics of the adoption of new manufacturing systems will also be discussed.


Saturday, March 17

Monthly breakfast meeting, at the Elmhurst Family Restaurant, 441 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL, 9:00 AM.


Saturday, April 7

Tech session at 356 Works, 2103 Johns Ct, Glenview, IL.  Bring your 356 for a free start-of-the-season safety and mechanical inspection, performed by volunteer Midwest 356 Club members.   We will have teams to check Tires, Suspension, Brakes, Lights, etc.  If you cannot start or drive your car, let us know (in advance) and we will determine a plan to get you going.  You are welcome to join in the fun with or without your 356.
Mark your calendar for April 7, 9AM to Noon at 356 Works.  Please RSVP to Paul Masanek (events@midwest356.org) so we can set up a schedule.


Saturday, April 21

Monthly breakfast meeting, at the Elmhurst Family Restaurant, 441 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL, 9:00 AM.


Saturday, May 12

Speaker Presentation at WeatherTech headquarters in Bolingbrook.  Bob White, professor emeritus of automotive engineering at the University of Illinois and Kirt Shore, Regional After Sales Manager at Porsche Cars North America, will discuss the evolution of the Porsche factory.  More details to come.


Saturday, May 19

A walking tour of Chicago's Historic Motor Row.

Take a trip back onto the Golden Age of the early automobile industry and explore what remains of the most intact historic automotive district in the United States.  The Landmarked Motor Row Historic District contains more than 50 buildings related to the early 20th century automotive history.  Hear stories of Chicago's rich architectural and automotive history prompted by significant building and visualize what this incomparable area was, and what revitalization and change can bring.  We will showcase a living museum of buildings concentrated in a 2 block area on South Michigan Ave. between Cermak (22nd St.) and 24th.

This event will include brunch at a South Loop restaurant.  Watch this space for further details.


Saturday, June 23

Studebaker Museum tour.  A drive to South Bend and tour of the Studebaker Museum.  More details to come.


Saturday, July 14

Gilmore Museum tour.  A drive to Hickory Corners, Michigan and a tour of the Gilmore Museum.  More details to come.


Saturday, August 11

Club vice president Paul Masanek is extending an invitation to club members again this year to take a scenic drive to Lauderdale Lakes, Wisconsin, for a picnic and boat ride at his summer place.


Sunday, August 26

Geneva Councours, Geneva, IL.  This year we will again have the full block of Campbell Street between 3rd and 4th as a place to show off our 356s.

As always, our plan is to display the cars in a historical sequence that will let the public see how the 356 evolved over the course of its 15-year production run, and as always that means we need to know ahead of time which cars will be there.  And yes, rarer 356 models, especially pre-1962 Coupes and Cabriolets, will be expecially welcome.

Watch this space for registration details as the date approaches.  And yes, the club will be reaching out to members to ensure that we have as complete a display of 356 models as possible.


Sunday, September 9

Our third visit to a site along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in southern Wisconsin.  Starting in Wilmette, we will take a leisurely drive up Sheridan Road to Racine, where we will go on a free 1-hour guided tour of Wingspread, the home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for H.F. Johnson, Jr.  Along the way we will stop for Sunday brunch at the Mangia Wine Bar in Kenosha.

The drive along Sheridan Road will be scenic and relaxed, a world away from the traffic and noise of Interstate 94.  The total drive time is less than 2 hours.  Our starting point will be the Starbucks in the Plaza del Lago shopping center in Wilmette. 


September 14-16

VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America, with featured marques Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget,


Saturday, October 6

A backroads drive through Southwest Michigan.  We will tour the beautiful dunes country and the historic cradle of Michigan’s winemaking region.  More details to come.


Saturday, November 17

Monthly breakfast meeting, 9:00 AM, at Cantigny Park, 27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton, Illinois.  (NOTE: Access to the Red Oak Room, where our breakfast will be served, is via the Mack Road entrance at the south end of the park, not the main entrance on Winfield Road.)  Click here for a map to the site.

Breakfast will be followed by a presentations by Club events co-chair Leo Dreisilker, who will tell us about driving his 356 from Illinios to Alaska.


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