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  • Robert Burr 11:05am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boot Bag, luggage rack   

    Boot-Bag Vacation Mazda MX5 luggage rack 

    Antony Dixon, Managing Director of The Boot-bag Group in the UK has informed us that his company will be visiting Ft. Lauderdale from March 27 to April 4th to test a new product made for Mazda MX-5 ND and RF cars.

    The Boot Bag is an add-on accessory for strapping a durable luggage rack accessory on the trunk of the car.

    BootBag Luggage Rack

    Anthony needs to place the rack on an American model ND and a RF to check it fits without interfering with the Sirius satellite antennae, and take some photos, etc for his website. If any of our members would be willing to help, please let us know. They are happy to give the rack to the club in appreciation of the help (retail value $299) so we can auction it for charity or give it away as a raffle prize.


    • Mark Gilbert 5:24pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can see right off it’ll be an issue for U.S. cars as the Sirius radio antenna sits at the back of the trunk where the bag is sitting. U.K. cars do not have the Sirius antenna.

    • Robert Burr 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, the satellite antennae is an issue. They’ve developed a special version for the USA that takes that into account and they want to test it with our help.

  • Mark Gilbert 3:02pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gasoline Engine, Next-Generation   

    Next-Generation Clean Gasoline Engine 

    Mazda Says Its Next-Generation Gasoline Engine Will Run Cleaner Than an Electric Car


    • ebeeusa 4:18pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I would believe it if the news came from VW.

    • Robert Burr 5:59pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mazda is putting serious resources into engineering, not sitting back and leaving well enough alone. We all benefit from this maniacal devotion to solving problems through innovative engineering concepts.

    • Blas Rolando 5:49am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      …you’re good!

  • Mark Gilbert 1:14pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , lights   

    Sequential Turn Signals For The ND Models 

    Click the two links below for info:



  • Zachary Curran 6:01pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Oil leak   

    In need of mechanic to help diagnose? 

    I have a 93 Miata, and my oil poured out very quickly (I had a leak that I had been keeping up with regularly). A lot of it poured out unexpectedly while I was out one night; I believe I bent a rod. Any help with finding someone to help me diagnose the issue?

    Thanks – Zack

    • Robert Burr 6:44pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We usually have some sophisticated experts at the monthly meetings.

    • DJ 6:52am on Thursday, January 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I might be able to take a look.

  • Mark Gilbert 5:32am on Monday, January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Evergaldes, , ,   

    February Road Trip 

    Sending out an early reminder to save the date, February 10th, for our monthly road trip. We will be traveling across the state to the southwest coast to Everglades City for their annual Seafood Festival.

    If you like to eat, specifically seafood and Cajun type foods, this event is made just for you. Besides the mountains of various types of foods available, there will be arts and crafts vendors and live music throughout the day. It is definitely a fun day and an event not to be missed.

    Please refer to the event page on our web site for further information and to sign up to attend. We look forward to seeing all of you join us for this great trip.


    Everglades City Seafood Festival: Feb. 9-11, 2018

    Also, please take note. We are always searching out new and exciting venues for our monthly road trips. If you have any suggestions, please bring them up at our monthly meetings or share your thoughts on our web site on the home page/updates. We appreciate everyone’s input on this.

  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 12:26pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , pet walk, picnic   

    2 new events 

    U of M Life Alliance picnic at Lion Country Safari is February 24, 2018. Cost is $15.00, includes lunch if you get there by 12N and parking. If interested, contact Roz Scherf, 954-922-5828

    March 3, 2018 March for the Animals pet walk, if you get there by 9:00Am, free pancakes; Walk starts at 10A, it is an easy walk. Lots of freebies for pets and people.

    Call Roz or Robyn for more details.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:50pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Redland Riot Road Rallye 

    Thanks to Rob and Robin for putting on a great event today in the Redlands. It was a fun day for all who attended. And thanks to all our members who joined in on the fun. We had 11 cars show up for the good times. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a terrific day!

    John’s pictures from our day………………https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145ztnmuGsjRqv;716647F1-29C8-44AC-98B9-BD4B807968E0

  • Antonio Borbolla 4:47pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    items for sale 

    2001 Passenger air bag for sale $25

    2001 Passenger air bag and module for sale $25

    2001 drivers air bag module $50

    2001 Nardi steering wheel for sale $50

    2001 Sun Visor set for sale $20

    2001 A pillar trim pass/driver and overhead trim for sale Pillar set $20.

    2001 cloth/Vinyl seat pair for sale $100

    2001 Rear mud guard set for sale $ 40

    • Orlando Cabrera 1:45pm on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I know this is a year old, but… Do you still have the steering wheel and airbag?

  • Amy Patterson 10:25am on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , traffic   

    Florida Nav-Map Helping Motorists 

    South Florida residents experience a variety of road conditions as they commute on major roads each day. For those who take great pride in keeping their vehicle in great shape, we strive to avoid  road conditions that might negatively impact the condition of our vehicles.

    From high traffic to busy construction work, we are faced with less than favorable road conditions; however, there is a useful traffic tool specific to Florida residents. This tool is capable of notifying motorists, in real-time, current traffic conditions in order to assist them in rerouting their destination.

    Take advantage of the Florida Nap-Map to stay ahead of the traffic in your local area.

    A Note on Safety

    This holiday season, be sure to travel with care. As you gather with friends and family, make note of any alcohol in-take and be sure to utilize ride-sharing services instead of getting behind the wheel. For more information on the benefits of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, check out:


  • Sheldon R. Reich 3:47pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Tow Eye Cap   

    Need assistance with a part repair 

    A couple of days ago I noticed part of my front bumper missing. 🙁 In case you are wondering, it is Tow Eye Cap Part #N243-50-A11-BB. The part costs $.79 but how can I get it painted to match without spending a boatload of bucks.

    Any ideas?

    • Mark Gilbert 3:54pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Call your dealers body shop and tell them your situation. Maybe if they have a repair/paint job in your color coming up they can do you the favor of painting your part too at the same time this way price would be negligible.

      • Sheldon R. Reich 4:04pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I called Greico in Delray first. What they said was they use a mobile paint service and that’s why it would be a fortune. I am looking for a local, reliable body shop (or hobbyist) who could guide me.

    • ebeeusa 3:56pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Steal one from a car of the same color.
      There are several at the Club to choose from. Even better, I would start with a red one, it may even look cool and you’ll start a trend. 😀

    • DJ 4:03pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Check with your local parts department. Those inserts usually have a Part number for pre-painted versions. They may not be available yet, however.

    • Mark Gilbert 4:09pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Call Gunther Mazda in Ft. Lauderdale. They have their own body shop and I’ve had work done there previously. Nice folks.

    • Doug Quara 7:47pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Duplicolor rattle can from an auto parts store. It’s a small part so you won’t have to worry too much about your painting expertise. That said, if you’re careful, and also use a clear coat layer on top of the color coat, you can very, very closely approximate the factory finish. You can do it just like a body shop: put on a color layer, color sand it (all the way to 2000 grit wet sand), clear coat it, then 2000 wet sand the clear coat. Two cans of Duplicolor, one for the color one for the clear, might cost you $15 total. I’ll even donate a few sheets of 800/1500/2000 sanding paper and some polish to get the shine on.

    • Blas Rolando 6:36am on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      …well, it’ll be cheaper than replacing a brand new windshield!
      Or maybe is time to replace the car, I hear the 2018’s are out.
      Me, I’m very happy with may new camera!!!

    • Andrew 6:54pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sheldon,

      I bought a couple of those parts and have an extra one. They come unpainted. The paint may not be that simple for the gray color because the red color is a 3 part paint. Cost about $50 for the paint: base coat, medium coat and clear coat.

      I was able to come close to matching the red; did it for a tow hook. If you are going to be at tomorrow’s trip, I’ll bring the part. Call me 954-612-3831

    • Sheldon R. Reich 1:13pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Andrew.

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