Calendar of Upcoming Events

Midwest 356 Club events are planned and put on for the benefit of the club's members.  That being said, we do invite prospective members who want to learn about the club to join us for events.  If you are not a member and would like to participate in one of our events, please send an email to our Events Coordinator at .


Saturday, April 18

NOTE: Due to the danger of exposure to the corona virus, this event has been cancelled.  Charles Navarro hopes to host it after the crisis has passed.

Spring Tech Session at LN Engineering, 125 Gladiolus St., Momence, IL , 8:30 am.

LN Engineering was founded by one of our members, Charles Navarro, in 2002.  His first product was a billet aluminum Nikasil cylinder for VW and Porsche engines, including the 356.  Charles developed the first larger than 86mm big bore kits to reliably build a 356 engine to 1.8 or 1.9 liters.  Since then, he has developed and patented many of the fixes for the infamous IMS bearing problems found in water cooled Porsches.  All these parts are made in Momence, IL.

Charles is opening his door to us to see his facility and will also be giving a tech talk on fuels and lubricants.  Donuts and coffee will be served.

After the presentation, we will tour the nearby microcar collection owned by Charles' father-in-law, Ian Hellings.  This is a very eclectic collection of vehicles, specifically invalid carriages and microcars.  It has been featured in the New York Times .

The morning will conclude with a lunch at Brickstone Brew Pub, in Bourbonnais at 557 William R. Latham Sr. Dr.

Saturday, May 16

Starved Rock Drive.  Travel the Illinois River valley from Channahon to Utica, Illinois.  Our route will parallel the historic I & M canal, and take us through prairie, farmland, river bluffs, and several noteworthy river towns, where we will cruise past architecturally significant homes built in the 1870s.  Along the way we will visit the historic canal locks, stand on the canal towpath, and see a lockkeeper’s home.  Of course, we will also drive many fun and twisty roads with some interesting elevation changes as we approach Starved Rock State Park.

Our lunch destination is the Starved Rock Lodge, 50 miles from our starting place.  This event is one of our club’s favorite drives, and is intended as a quick getaway, so that you can go about the rest of your day.  After lunch, you can head home on the Interstate, or stay with the group to drive back to Channahon by a new and different backroads route.

To register, please reply to by the end of day Tuesday, 5/12.  Include cell phone number and passenger name.

Fueling Place - Stop at Thornton’s for fuel and a clean restroom before the drive.  24144 Eames Street, Channahon, IL [ link to map ].

Meeting place - 9:00 A.M., I & M Canal State Trail (Channahon State Park) – 25314 S. Canal Street, Channahon, IL (9:30 A.M. departure) [ link to map ].  Note: No flush toilets.

Other- 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!

Friday, June 12

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 12 is Air-Cooled Night.  Click here for a map to the event location.

Saturday, June 13

Visit to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford, Wisconsin.  (Map.)   Details to follow.

Friday, July 10-Sunday, July 12

Door County weekend.  Details to follow.

Saturday, July 11

Show your 356 at DeutscheMarques, an all-German car show at the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan (see map), where the featured vehicle will be the 21-window VW Microbus belonging to Midwest 356 Club member George Connell.

Saturday, July 18

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

Saturday, August 8

Galena drive.  Details to follow.

Saturday, August 15

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

Sunday, August 23

Geneva Concours.  Details to follow.

Saturday, September 12

Sheridan Road drive.  Details to follow.

Sunday, September 20

Annual Fall picnic.  Details to follow.

Saturday, October 10

Annual Fall drive.  This year's destination will be the House on the Rock Resort .  Details to follow.

Saturday, October 17

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

Saturday, November 14

Monthly breakfast meeting, at Cantigny Park , 27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton, Illinois, 9:00 AM.  (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.

Saturday, December 5

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


Saturday, January 9

Annual social dinner, location TBD.

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