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  • Roger Koll 4:33pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Classic, , , Sportscar, Vintage   

    SVRA Sebring Vintage Classic 

    I’m going to take my new ‘17 Miata RF to the 2018 Vintage Car Classic at Sebring, Florida this Saturday March 3rd, hosted by Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.

    This will be my first road trip and I don’t really know what to expect. I was inspired by the Documentary, “Steve McQeen: The Man & Le Mans.”

    Roger K


    Sportscar Vintage Racing AssociationAs one of the oldest organizations in vintage racing, and the only one with a national presence, SVRA is committed to presenting the best possible experience for our competitors and fans. From 200 MPH Indy and Formula 1 cars to classic Jaguars and Porsches, our events provide a rolling history of motorsport where the cars are the stars at legendary tracks across the country such as Watkins Glen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, The Circuit of the Americas, and Portland International Raceway.

    http://www.svra.com

    For competitors, SVRA provides a complete weekend of events and activities with lots of track time and a full slate of sprint and endurance races, as well as off-track activities.

    For spectators, the paddock area is all always “open” at no cost beyond admission, offering a level of access to cars and drivers not available in most other forms of motorsport.

     
  • Robert Burr 5:13pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bayside, happy hour, Key Largo, Snook's, sunset   

    Snook’s Bayside for Happy Hour in Key Largo 

    Here’s an idea for a little road trip to a cool little place on the water in Key Largo.

    good drinks and good seafood

    Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Tiki Bar is a great little place I know in Key Largo that’s hidden in plain sight. Located on the water, it’s the perfect place for a tiki drink and some seafood bites as the sun goes down.

    Snook’s offers unique waterfront ledge seating facing the water, perfect for an unobstructed view of the sunset.

    The Happy Hour menu, from 4 to 6pm, is a great deal, with domestic beers for $2.75, with well drinks and house wine for $4.50.

    For $6 you get specialty drinks like the Snooks Sunset, Margarita, Huckleberry and Moscow Mule. Also only $6 during happy hour: a range of appetizers from pork dumplings and conch fritters to buffalo cauliflower, jalapeño bombers and fresh fish dip.

    it’s all about the sunsets

    unobstructed views of the sun going down

    Other cool stuff in the neighborhood:

    I never miss an opportunity to visit Key Largo and Islamorada. There’s so many cool things to do and places to go, like the Florida Keys Brewing Company on Morada Way. I like Outdoor World, the Islamorada Fish House and Morada Bay Beach Restaurant on the bay. The historic Green Turtle Inn or Chef Michael’s for the hogfish. The famous Marker 88 Restaurant. A cool pint at the Islamorada Beer Company. A visit to the History of Diving Museum, Theater Of The Sea, Islamorada Founder’s Park, Old Settler’s Park in Tavernier, Harry Harris Beach Park, Pennecamp Marine Park. The Caribbean Club, Gilbert’s Resort, Jules Undersea Lodge, shopping for gifts at The Shell Man… just to name a few.

    Whenever you’re ready for a pleasant drive to the keys, say the word and I’m in.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:20pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great minds think alike Rob. I contacted Rio at the Florida Keys Brewery today to discuss a road trip for the club. They will offer us a tour of the brewery for $15 per person which includes 5 four ounce flights of different beers to try along the way. Live music on Sunday afternoons too.

    • Robert Burr 5:24pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The brewery tour is a good idea, combined with a meal and a sunset.

  • Mark Gilbert 10:08am on Thursday, February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Recommendations   

    Miata.net TSB Archive 

    As a point of reference, this link will take you to the Miata.net archives concerning Technical Service Bulletins and recalls on Miatas. It will be now located in the Recommendations Portal.

    https://www.miata.net/garage/tsb/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 1:37pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Recommendations Portal 

    Please take note, we have added a link for recommendations to the header line above. This will allow members to offer insight on businesses or web sites they have used that can be helpful to our Miata community, whether it be a good mechanic, aftermarket parts, Mazda TSB’s, anything of interest to our members in relation to our cars. When posting your comment on the home page that you want to be saved in the recommendations portal, you need to look under the “tag it” line to the drop down box and click on recommendations. This way your post will be saved there.
    In this way we have a specific area where we can look for answers to questions or other helpful information about our cars.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 3:35pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Karl Johnson’s Supercharger Install 

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  • Karl Johnson 1:19pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick trip to the grocery store 

    Short Video: Karl tests out his new Super-Charger.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 1:43pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      0 to 90 mph in nothing flat……………………..ZOOM-ZOOM!!!!!

  • Robert Maurer 2:41pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Does anyone know of a local Mazda dealer… 

    Does anyone know of a local Mazda dealer that can install a backup camera on a 2017 NDRF? Several people have posted on line that they have had them installed by their dealer.

     
    • Robert Burr 3:24pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to know the answer also.

    • Mark Gilbert 3:26pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Jeff installed his camera himself. He said it was surprisingly easy to do.

    • Anonymous 3:30pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      After watching installation video on utube, she who must be obeyed (wife),
      says NO WAY.

    • Sheldon R. Reich 9:34am on Thursday, February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Me, too. Would love a dealer to take the responsibility and not void the warranty.

    • Mark Gilbert 1:13pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If I remember correctly, when Bruce Winter bought his RF from Mazda of North Miami, they put a backup camera in for him at his request. Try calling them.

    • Robert Maurer 7:44pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I contacted four Mazda dealers in Broward county, same answer from all four NOT Available. Try company that installs audio and security systems in autos.

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 5:11pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    My New 1993 Miata makes it’s track Debut. 


    I had my 1993 LE out on the track for the first time. I have autocrossed it a few times at GultCoast autocrossers near Ft Myers where you can usually find Doug Jr on a Saturday.

    It needed some basic work before heading to the track. In the last couple of months I’ve replaced most of the brake system: Master cylinder (leaking fluid down the vacuum booster), font calipers (not sliding so well, pistons crusty), Front brake lines (just because I was doing calipers), high temp brake fluid, and rotors and pads on all corners.
    Hard Dog Roll Bar because you can’t get an older Miata on the track without one, and Doug Sr scolded me 🙂

    After the safety upgrades, for fun I’ve added: Big sway bar up front, sticky 200TW Dunlop tires put on.
    Also the 25 year old rubber bits on the shocks were shot, so new TopHats and Bump Stops all around.

    After all of that, I have a car that doesn’t crash so hard on RR tracks, and will actually stop faster than my 1995 S-10 Pickup now.

    On Feb 13 I went to PBIR TrackNight in America, where I ran into Bruce Winter from the Club. There were lots of Miatae and a big contingency from Treasure Coast Miata.

    I was playing with a new app on the phone (Harry’s Lap Timer) and sorry that my big phone blocks the view of the track.
    So net result: I (just me, at my experience level) am 3 seconds a lap slower in the 1993 than in the 2016 Club. It feels as fast in the corners, and the sticky tires are probably a lot of that. The 1993 tops out at just under 100mph on the straight, whereas the 2016 i’m about 10-15mph faster. I save over a $100 a track day in the 1993, because I don’t need to buy track insurance for it.

     
  • John Morris 11:04am on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Supercharger 

    The Wednesday Breakfast Club met this morning. We had 8 cars present one of which was Karl Johnson’s newly installed Edelbrock super charger.

    Everyone got a ride. It went like a scared cat.

    When you look under the hood it appeared stock. Very neat like a jewel.

    Good luck Karl. Wishing you many happy miles.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 11:17am on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      240 horsepower…..Now we really know what ZOOM – ZOOM in a Miata means…………..

    • Robert Burr 10:28am on Friday, February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      For a guy who fixes jet engines for a living, he needed more thrust.

    • Karl Johnson 6:28pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      See how long it takes to burn up my clutch…

    • Bart 5:20pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the boosted world. Can’t wait to see the car.

  • John Morris 5:40pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , monthly   

    February Monthly Meeting 2/11/18 

    Good food, good friends and a good time at the 84 Diner again.

     
    • Anonymous 9:50am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice photo John!

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