Calendar of Upcoming Events

2018

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.

Porsche experts will present an historical and future look at Porsche sports cars, entitled Porsche Sports Cars from 1948 to 2020.  This special event will address the early technology of the first Porsche sports cars followed by a summary of the latest 911 variants, hybrid and electric technologies.  Robert White, Professor emeritus of the University of Illinois, and Kirt Shore of Porsche Cars North America will be the main speakers.  Professor White has worked at the Weissach R&D Center of Porsche in his noted career; Mr. Shore will represent Porsche Cars North America, where he has worked since 2005.

Organized by the Midwest 356 Club, this seminar will be held at WeatherTech’s new World Headquarters / Marketing Facility in Bolingbrook.  David MacNeil, Founder and CEO of WeatherTech, will host a special German-themed luncheon for us in the new facility.  He will also have a few of his own 356s and race cars on display.

Check-in and coffee begin at 9:30 A.M.  The seminar will start promptly at 10:00, and will last until 3:15 P.M.  The cost is just $15.  A printed ticket or smartphone mobile ticket is required for admittance.  No exceptions!  Click here to register.

WeatherTech’s Headquarters / Marketing Facility is located at 881 Remington Boulevard, Bolingbrook, IL.  Click here for a map of the facility and designated parking.


Saturday, May 19

A walking tour of Chicago's Historic Motor Row, guided by archecture and automotive expert Bob Joynt.

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.

Paid on-street parking with a 3-hour maximum and Pay Parking boxes is available on Michigan Ave. between 24th and Cermak (22nd) and on Cermak west of Michigan.  Parking east of Michigan on Cermak is prohibited.  Free parking is available on 23rd and 24th Streets both east and west of Michigan.  There is also a paid self-park garage at 2101 S. Michigan.

The tour will begin at 10 AM at the corner of Michigan Avenue and 22nd Street and take about 75 minutes. Afterward we will walk up Michigan to Kroll's South Loop restaurant for brunch.  We will need to give a head count to the restaurant, so if you plan to attend the brunch, please RSVP to events@midwest356.org no later than May 14.


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.


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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), 9:00 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 Drive.  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, 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 events@midwest356.org, 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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