The Chicagoland MG Club again sponsored their popular swap meet and autojumble at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. The Illinois Flat Land British Car Club (IFLBCC) members have made the pilgrimage north for many years, searching for those rare and parts and accessories to complete their project cars and to promote the club. This year, members departed the central Illinois area around 6:00 am insuring that we would arrive when the doors opened to the public around 8:00. Many notable celebrities in the British car community, like John Twist, author Burt Levy and MGA Guru, Barney Gaylord were present. As a club, our goal was to promote the June 4th, Champagne British Car Festival’s Car Show and weekend activities to all of the Chicagoland car clubs and attract possible vendors. We were able to reconnect with several members of the Austin Healey Club and subsequently agreed to create a co-promotion of their British Car Union car show and our CBCF weekend.
This year the entire show was packed into a single building which made navigating the stacks, tables and boxes a little challenging but always worth the effort! So many of the vendors are experts in their marque so even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you’ll certainly learn a few things along the way. Each of the Flatlander’s were looking for a few specific items so as a team we were able to spread out and “bird-dog” for each other. Need a TR3 gauge, a shop manual, some British wiring? If it’s there . . . we’ll find it! After a half-dozen trips up and down the aisles and loaded down with bargains, we packed up the car to head home but not before a stop for some natter and noggin at The Seven Dwarfs.