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  • Mark Gilbert 4:58pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Show, Car Show, , ummer Crush,   

    Saturday: Summer Crush Car Show 

    This Saturday: Spring Cruise In Car & Art Show. Come out to the Cruise In and Art Show this Saturday from noon to 4pm at Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce at 4200 Johnston Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951.

    Enjoy music by the Doo Wop Guys Band with two food trucks: Georgia Boy & Ethel’s Famous Wings, and Taco Trap.

    Free to spectating public. Open to all classic and collectible cars and trucks (no off premise food or beverages allowed). Fan favorite popular voting with awards and prizes for top five car winners.

    Car entry $10. $2 goes to charity of the day: Family Meals, Inc.

  • John Morris 11:17am on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: historic, marker, Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign, Yehaw Junction   

    Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign 

    Ever wonder what was on the Desert Inn historic sign at Yeehaw Junction?

    Well your dream is about to come true 🙂

    The property is at the intersection of State Road 60, US 441 and the turnpike.

    Yeehaw Junction Wikipedia page:,_Florida

    According to town historians and several original newspaper articles that are displayed at the Desert Inn and Restaurant, the town was originally named “Jackass Junction” or “Jackass Crossing”. This name was given to the four-corner site back in the early 1930s, when local ranchers rode on burros to visit the Desert Inn (then the local brothel). As the 1950s approached, the Florida legislature felt that a name change was due in light of the construction of Florida’s Turnpike through the center of the community in 1957, resulting in renaming the town to its present-day name.

    • marcy 12:06am on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the “enlightenment”

  • John Morris 7:56pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bok Tower Gardens,   

    Bok Tower Gardens 

    On the way back from the Strawberry Festival. (Yum) Sallie and I stopped at Bok Tower Gardens. I have been past it many times and said I will stop there one day.

    Wow!!! all the azaleas were in full bloom.

    There is a lot of history there as well as rare and endangered plants.

    See the link below to view the pictures I took. There also is a great place to eat right there for lunch. There is also a Honey stop on the way in orange country. (The best ever)

    If someone would like to lead a road trip there it is only two and one half hours from the West Palm Beach rest stop on the turnpike.

    Contact me at

    Anyone can view this shared album at:

    • marcy n. 11:06pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply


  • John Morris 7:41pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction Palm Beach   

    Barrett Jackson Auction – Two for one Tickets 

    Miata Member Ron Nieporent has two-for-one tickets to the 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction held in Palm Beach on the weekend of April 12-13-14.

    If you would like to be put on the list for two-for-one tickets, please send your name and email to Ron Nieporent. His email is

    Thank you Ron!

  • John Morris 7:28pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: March's Monthly Meeting At Lester's Diner   

    March’s Monthly Meeting At Lesters Diner 

    Today’s monthly meeting was great. We had the perfect top-down weather coming and going.

    We were pleased to welcome Tom Stadthagen a new member with a beautiful 1996 Cobalt Blue M Edition with beautiful leather saddle color interior. (35,000) original miles.

    The good news is Shellie had her car repaired (she was rear ended coming to the last meeting). We are all happy she and her car are O.K.

    We said goodbye to Karl Johnson with a heavy heart as he is moving to Tennessee for a wonderful job opportunity. We wish he much success and we will miss him. I told him we will come up on a road trip for a nice barbecue. 🙂

    Andrew showed me his wonderful handy work installing car play and a rear view camera in his beautiful red RF. The factory could not have done a finer job. He also put in sound deadening material in his doors for a quieter ride.

    Just a reminder next months meeting will be at the 84 Diner. Please visit the event web page and make your RSVP online.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:39am on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank You All 

    I want to thank my Miata Club family for all your thoughts and prayers for my mom the past few months during her battle with leukemia. Unfortunately she lost her fight this week but I find solace in the fact she no longer is suffering and is in a better place now with the Lord. Thank you all again. Marisol and I appreciate all your friendships.

    • Robert Burr 12:25pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, condolences on your loss. Your dedication to family is admirable. You set a fine example of a caring son, father and friend.

    • Anonymous 7:14pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry for your loss.

    • Dave Colon 10:21pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, sorry to hear that. Our condolences go out to you and the family.

  • Andrew 7:50am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Another Modification 

    I love to build things like models, furniture, bikes, landscape, etc.. My Miata is no different and even somewhat special as I can enjoy the benefits of a modification every time I drive. Since owning the car, I have made many changes, mainly for safety reasons, some for esthetics, comfort and others for performance or maintenance. Generally most of the modifications are not immediately noticeable.

    Until the 2019 models, you could not get the Club specs along with the GT features; the 2019 gives you both in the GTS. I opted in 2016 for the GT figuring it would be cheaper to add the Club specs (Bilsteins, LSD and STB) improvements later as needed vs the other way.

    Between this past weekend and yesterday, I added the STB (shock tower bar) to the GT. There is no clear definitive answer on the forums as to whether it improves steering response (mostly vague “feelings”), but since Mazda includes it on its Club model and Long Road Racing list this modification as standard on its Ultimate MX-5 spec, there must be a performance reason.

    If you have the ND GT and thought about adding this, it is an easy install only requiring hand tools. The cowl bracket has to be changed since the GT bracket does not have the two bolts needed to secure the brace. That part cost about $60 and up plus shipping depending on where you get it. I got mine from Amazon for $60 shipped and that was the cheapest I could find by at least $30. Its an OEM part from Mazda and uses the existing bolts from the old cowl bracket. Install is around 30-45 minutes.

    Adding the bar takes another 15-30 minutes. You need to know the torque specifications to avoid breaking the two cowl bolts. Note: If you have a Club, you can easily just change out the bar for another one.

    The brace (bar) comes in many flavors and price ranging from $90 to over $500 for the LRR brand. I did not bother with the OEM bar. They vary in materials and construction. In the end I choose the cheaper one from Mega Racing (out of CA and Japan) mainly on price. Picked it up from Ebay for $90 including shipping.; normally list for $120. Its well made, light (aluminum) and fits perfectly. There are several positive reviews on regarding this model, but nothing that stands out. Other reviews on STB in general tend to state it reduces NVH in the ND (noise, vibrations and harmonic sound) front end, but they could not notice if it improved handling. All the more reason that I went with the lower cost option. I am betting that the construction of the Megan bar provides at least the same benefits as the OEM stock bar but with a nicer appearance in the engine bay.

    See attached photos.

  • John Morris 3:03pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Plant City,   

    Strawberry Festival 

    Join me Saturday at 8AM at the Lantana Turnpike Rest Area if you wish to convoy up to Plant City with me

    • Robert Burr 6:36pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      John, text me 305-439-1376 when you arrive. I may be there earlier.

    • DJ 11:15am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My wife say every year that we want to go to this, but we always have a conflict. This year, picking up some furniture Saturday morning. GRRRRR.

    • DJ 11:20am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t look like I can edit my previous post….

      My wife and I say every year that we want to go to this, but we always have a conflict. This year, picking up some furniture Saturday morning. GRRRRR.

  • Robin Burr 8:13pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: meetings road trips   

    Denise and Jim just put together the Railroad… 

    Denise and Jim just put together the Railroad Museum Road Trip. I think all of our members contribute in one way or another. Not every event is for everyone, and I think it is nice whether we get a large or small turn out. I think everyone should throw things they are doing out there and if someone wants to go, they will! But certainly no one should be offended if you end up going by yourself.

    I know for Rob and I it is very difficult to drive 90 minutes to go to a meeting and then another 90 minutes home – unless we are just up for a drive and feel like doing that. Personally I would like to see the meetings rotate around so we have one towards the south once-in-a-while. Honestly, you are never going to make everyone happy!

  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 2:53pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    I have suggested many events to attend and about 99% of the time, no one attends. This past Saturday, I invited members to come as my guest to the U of M donor family picnic at Lion Country Safari. It was a nice long ride to get there. The cost was $15.00 which included park admission, parking, and all-you-can eat for lunch if you arrived there by 12:30PM. We had a great day at the park, the animals were awake and doing all sorts of things, saw baby giraffe’s, and then went out to dinner at the Texas Longhorn restaurant and had a really good meal. Only 2 people from the Miata Club came. In November, when I hosted the reception at Anne Kolb nature center, I did a lot to prepare for a nice buffet dinner and not even one representative came from the club. So please don’t say we aren’t trying to schedule things. I know not everyone can come to all events and John shouldn’t have been held accountable for the low turn-out in February. He can’t control who comes and who doesn’t. Now on March 10th, there is a Fun, Furry, Festival for Abandoned Pet Rescue. It is 12N to 4PM. I will be there. So if anyone wants to stop by before you go to the Miata meeting, you are very welcome to come. Rosalyn

    • Doug Quara 3:07pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate your comments, Rosalyn. Unfortunately, you may be a victim of scheduling. I know at least one of your events was on the same day as a scheduled Miata club event. And again the FFFestival you mention above is in conflict with the monthly meeting. Bad timing? Maybe more club members would attend if your suggestions were considered the “official” non-meeting event for the month. In the past, we had two events: the monthly meeting, and a “road trip” event. I don’t recall exactly, but I don’t remember any of your suggestions being the “road trip” event. Maybe it doesn’t need to be that formal, but two events per month is more than enough for Tammy and me. I am also a member of another car club, and we both have numerous interests, usually limiting us to less than one Miata club event per month.

    • Robert Burr 3:43pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Karl also posted an animal rescue event. Although we are a car club, anyone is welcome to post a somewhat related event if club members might reasonably be interested.

      Some of the most successful events require a bit of extra organizing. Don’t be discouraged by the process. If you have an idea, see if others are interested, but don’t cross the line to being frustrated if you don’t get the expected response. If three people attend a nice event, that’s just fine.

    • jim 6:03pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps the club would like to participate in the parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Wilton Manors. The date is June 16th. If you would like more details, contact me via email.

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