Calendar of Upcoming Events


Friday, June 15

Downers Grove Cruise Night, 6-9 pm, Main Street, Downers Grove, IL.  This popular Friday night gathering of car enthusiasts has a different theme each week, and June 15 is Air-Cooled Night.  Click here for a map to the event location.

Saturday, June 16

Monthly breakfast meeting at the Windhill Pancake Parlor, 3307 West Elm St., McHenry, IL (click here for a map to the restaurant), 8:30 AM.

After breakfast, you will have the option to join us for a drive to Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, IL (about an hour and a half west of McHenry), to take in the 26th annual VSCDA Blackhawk Vintage Classic.  Blackhawk is a small track where you are always close to the action, and its amenities include Café Fastee for lunch, the Pit Stop for souvenirs, and the Hawk's View lookout tower for spectacular views.

Saturday, June 23

Spring into Summer New Buffalo Drive.  Our first drive of the year will take us through the backroads of Northwest Indiana as we make our way to the beach resort town of New Buffalo, Michigan.  We’ll begin the drive in Dyer, Indiana, at the start of the Seedling Mile on historic US 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway.   From there we will head out of town in pursuit of horse country and twisty roads.

Our lunch destination is New Buffalo Bill’s Wood-Fired BBQ, well-regarded for their fresh ingredients, slow-cooked meats and vegan menu options.

Hit the highway and head home after lunch, or better yet, stay awhile to visit a few shops, see the lake, and enjoy the first weekend of summer.  A stop at Oink’s Ice Cream is quite nearly a requirement when visiting New Buffalo.  For those who choose to linger, we will drive the Red Arrow Highway through the dunes country, avoiding the Interstate, as we parallel the renowned South Shore electric line on our way home.

To register, please reply to by end of day Friday, 6/15.  Include cell phone number and passenger name. 

 Meeting place -

 8:30 A.M., Wendy’s Parking Lot – 790 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN (9:00 A.M. departure)

 Here’s a link to an interactive map

Please be sure to have a full tank upon arrival

For those who arrive early, coffee and pastries are available at Starbucks on the north side of Joliet Street, just across from Wendy’s.


 Please wear a nametag. There are always a few new faces.
Consider bringing a spouse or friend.  This is a fun social event.

 New to the club? This is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted and find out what we're all about!

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, September 22

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

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.

Sunday, October 14, at noon

Annual fall picnic at the Van Nortwicks' home in Geneva. Jane and Bill will be hosting the Fall Midwest 356 Club picnic at thier home again this year.  The town of Geneva is always a nice destination as the leaves turn in October and this year should be no exception.  The picnic kicks off at noon and they will have some delightful food and drink that the Club treasury will be glad to pay for.  Drive your 356 and park in the front yard, alongside the other Porsches!  Bring a guest or spouse to share the afternoon.  Be sure to dress appropriately for this outdoor event.

RSVP to Bill at 630-639-6879, or, by Thursday, October 11.

Saturday, November 3

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.

Saturday, December 8

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

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