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  • Mark Gilbert 4:55pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wheels Across The Pond 

    The weather held out and it was a beautiful day at the Wheels Across The Pond car show in Jupiter today. We had 8 cars join us on the journey up to Carlin Park to see the beautiful cars on display. Hit the Square Grouper for lunch afterward and hung out on Jupiter Inlet all afternoon shooting the breeze. Great time was had by all.

    This video courtesy of Jeff Cooper sums up our day:  https://youtu.be/SLqtxiLC9EE

    Road Trip - Wheels Across The Pond

  • Mark Gilbert 6:11am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wheels Across The Pond 

    It appears the weather has cooperated for our trip to the Wheels Across The Pond event today. Just a slight chance of a sprinkle. Plan is to meet at Dunkin Donuts on Gateway Blvd. at 10:00 a.m.. Please check the event page of the website for complete details. Looking forward to a fun time seeing all those classic cars.


  • Mark Gilbert 2:32pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wednesday Breakfasts 

    Just a quick reminder that everyone is invited to join us for breakfast each Wednesday morning at 8:00a.m. at the Bagels & Restaurant which is located at Fountains of Boynton Shopping Center, 6613 W Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

    Good food and great conversation guaranteed each week.

    Wednesday Morning Miata Breakfast at Bagles &

  • Doug Quara 9:10am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Nelli turned over 100,000 miles last night! If I recall correctly, Nelli turned each 10k milestone (10, 20, 30 . . . 90) either going to an autocross or track day or Miata-club event, including last night.

    Nelli is my beloved 1994 Mazda Miata which I purchased new. Ordered April 12, born May 23, and delivered July 13.

    Nelli is mostly all original: original paint, interior, seat covers, top, and yes, even back window which is still clear after all these years. There have been some performance and appearance upgrades including Koni Yellow, Racing Beat front swaybar, Racing Beat cat-back exhaust (replacing a Leistritz which had rusted), VooDoo shift knob, and most recently, Pioneer head unit replacing the dead-and-no-longer-fixable MSSS.

    This has been one of the best, most fun car I have ever owned. It’s been quite reliable. In those 100,000 miles, besides consumables such as brakes and maintenance items such as timing belts and spark plug wires, failures have been limited to: slave cylinder (2), antenna mast, front hubs (many, many laps at Sebring are brutal!), rear diff / axle seal, battery (3) (each of the Mazda gel batteries lasted over 7 years each! Not bad!), headlight sealed beam, a couple of marking bulbs, airbag module, radiator (preemptively swapped out to avoid the aging cracking these suffer from when the tank’s black plastic turns green), crank angle sensor, front engine mount, and shifter bushings.

    There were the occasional bruises fixed by a number of paintless dent repairs. Ironically, most of these were incurred while tucked away in the garage.

    Oh, there was the replacement of the steering rack after sliding sideways into a curb, but we can’t count that against the car unless it’s to blame the car for being so much fun at autocross and time trials where this was inflicted on it.

    This car has not been abused but it has been driven hard. It has dozens of autocross events and dozens of track days under its belt. It has been enjoyed, top down, on countless beautiful South Florida days. It’s almost a part of the family.

    I so enjoy this car! It is one of the best examples ever of an automobile being true to its design criteria. The answer is always: Miata!

    • Mark Gilbert 10:27am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Doug! It is a well kept beauty for sure. Looks showroom new thanks to a very caring owner. Keep on enjoying her for many more fun miles. Zoom-Zoom!

    • Robert Burr 11:37am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on the milestone. I remember Roy Rogers had a ’46 Willys Jeep driven by sidekick Pat Brady named Nellybelle.

    • Doug Quara 12:59pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The name “nell” is a bit of a stretch, I will admit. I forget who said it, it might have been my wife Tammy, but on first sight commented “It’s looks like a white bean!” White bean? Cannellini? “nelli” for short? (OK, I told you it was a stretch.)

  • Mark Gilbert 7:15am on Saturday, March 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Wheels Across The Pond – Saturday, March 31 

    This great car show is coming up next Saturday at Carlin Park in Jupiter. Both European classics as well as new exotic cars will be on display at the show. See full details under the event page on our website.

    John’s pictures from last years event: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0WGAfJVYGbwC9L

  • Robert Burr 6:07pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Remember, No Meeting April 1 

    The next monthly meeting is Sunday, April 8 to avoid Easter, and more importantly, April Fool’s Day. 🤭

    Please RSVP. http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/april-8-monthly-meeting/

  • Roger Koll 7:43pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    My 2017 RF 

    I bought my ‘17 Miata RF with 7500 miles on it. I noticed that the towing hook was missing and the jack and lug wrench were too. I went to the Mazda dealership here in Stuart to order a replacement to make it ‘correct’ and then peeked inside the trunk of a new ‘18 Miata on the showroom floor. The salesman said the MX-5s are being shipped without the jacks. The parts dude said if a spare tire is not included then a jack is not necessary although my ‘17 VIN number indicated that it’s standard equipment.

    I should have a towing hook in case I would need to pull the car up on a tow trailer rather than pulling it up by suspension. Do I really need a jack? Where is a good mechanic shop to have work done on it?

    Where did Karl have his supercharger work done? That is so cool. One day maybe.

    I live in Martin County but I grew up in Broward County in the ‘60s driving an MG-B and a TR-3 and then a BMW 1600 and a 2002.

    I’m looking forward to participating in events but I’ve been out of town recently and missed several meet-ups.

    Thanks, Roger

    • Robert Burr 10:33am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting or special event soon, Roger.

    • Mark Gilbert 10:36am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Buy a tire plug kit for your car. We have an air compressor and in the event of a flat, you can put a temporary plug in the tire till you can have it fixed properly. Also, Mazmart sells jacks and tow hooks if you want to purchase one.


    • Karl Johnson 11:21am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did the same thing with mine, where’s my jack!? Can of Fix-a-Flat is all you get, plus the pump. TR/3 Performance did the Supercharger install and new clutch. As far as mechanics go, good question. Warranty so far.

    • Mark Gilbert 3:38pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wheels Across The Pond event is next Saturday up in your neck of the woods. Some members will be heading up for that. It’s a great car show at Carlin Park in Jupiter.

  • Robin Burr 7:56pm on Monday, March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Bonnet House Museum & Gardens – March Road Trip 

    Our road trip for March was to the beautiful historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale on  the beach and intercostal waterway. It is a hidden treasure preserved in the heart of the city. This is truly old Florida and such a gem.

    Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a native barrier island ecosystem. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families. Here, you can walk where ancient Tequesta Indians, early European settlers, and shipwrecked sailors once roamed. See one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S. and catch a glimpse of wading birds and an occasional manatee.

    Much of the natural environment of barrier islands has been lost today to commercial development. A walk along the Nature Trail allows you to step back in time and experience a rare piece of old South Florida. Thanks to Evelyn Bartlett who had the vision to keep the property as it was.


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  • bart corredera 7:38pm on Monday, March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    thought to offer it up here first before… 

    thought to offer it up here first before hitting up Craigslist or eBay. I can bring it by at next months lunch. Check it out and will take any fair offer.

    1) 95 OEM brace (runs behind seats). It’s in perfect condition coming off my NA that has 35,000 miles. I’ve gone roll bar.

    2) NB OEM wind screen. I bought this used and while its for a NB, I think they look great on a NA. It does deaden the air space in the cabin but only below your shoulders due to its height. Selling because roll bar will not permit.

    3) pair of NA 95 OEM seats. Excellent condition. Little fuzz on drivers bolster but other than that perfect. Foam ectomy on drivers seat. The seats do not come with the seat belt buckel. Sliders included. Selling because I went with after markets.

    Sorry no pic but can provide.

    Here is a pic of the items installed

    So if interested and I will bring the part and you can check it out.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:56am on Friday, March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Sebring Pace Car… Zoom Zoom 

    Look what led the pace lap today at the 12 Hours of Sebring ……. MX-5 RF of course.

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