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  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 1:22pm on Monday, December 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas gifts   

    Happy New Year – thanks for donations 

    Happy New Year to everyone and a Blessed and healthy one.

    Setting up the Christmas table at Jubilee.

    Thank you all so much for all the donations you gave for the homeless. Our club collected over 150 pairs of socks and many toiletries.

    Between Christmas Day and the following Saturday, we saw about 200 people, who were very thankful and happy. Again, thank you.

    Rosalyn and Karen

     
  • Robert Burr 3:15pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ciderworks, fundraiser, SHARE   

    Fundraiser at the Ciderworks on January 20 

    Karl Johnson is inviting all Miata Club members to come help support “Shepherd Help And Rescue Effort” — SHARE — with a special event at the Ciderworks on Sunday, January 20 from 2 to 5pm. Featuring the Olive Onion Food Truck.

    Detail on the event page: s-h-a-r-e-a-miata

    SHARE fundraiser at Ciderworks

     
  • Andrew 3:07pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , repair   

    Dr. ColorChip Review 

    With all the fun we had driving the Tail of the Dragon, my car came home almost without any insult from the road. The PPF did its magic, but since there is no film on the doors, I did sustain three very small scratches; I heard the rock hit (graze was more like it) while on the highway).

    Anyway, the point of this post is to demonstrate the value of Dr. ColorChip. From what I have read and viewed on YouTube, its only designed to color in the chip/scratch and not give you a blemish free repair. For that you will need to sand/fill and spray paint the area.

    The primer coat of the Soul Red paint is white as you can see in the photo. I did 3 applications of the paint in an attempt to fill in the scratches. its goes on very easily and a bit scary when you first put in on as you essentially smear small dots of paint around and over the damage area. You end up over painting quite a bit. That is how it is applied, without any precision and minimum skill. Then after a 2-5 minutes to dry, you wipe over the area with the sealant to remove all the access paint using the enclosed lint free towel and using a flat light wiping action. You wipe with light pressure to remove the extra paint while not pulling the paint from the scratches.

    The process worked as instructed and took the access paint off while leaving the damaged area painted. Afterward letting it dry some more I applied my detailing spray to remove any remaining sealant and leave a high gloss.

    I had a hard time finding the scratches afterwards to take a picture. Although the shot is a closeup where you can still see the edges of the scratch, once you step back a foot or more, you can’t see it. The high gloss on the door creates enough reflections that makes the scratches invisible; it filled in the white primer paint.

    I plan on doing another 2-3 applications in a month or so and see if I can do a better job. Overall, I am very pleased with the product. I bought the basic kit and added the small squeegee, approximate $49 with shipping/sales tax. There was a 15% holiday discount that helped.

     
    • Anonymous 3:18pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I also used Dr. Colorchip on my RF. It works great. Like Andrew said, it doesn’t fill the chip completely but covers it so the chip is almost unrecognizable. Great product!

    • Robert M 7:37am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you buy it. I have chips on my reflex blue, only black shows thru on the rear bumper

      • Anonymous 11:56am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Online via their website. Google them. You will need the color code found on the label located on the driver’s side door frame.

  • Mark Gilbert 2:11pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Holidays! 

    Wishing all of our Miata Club friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

     
    • Lou Marett 2:17pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Mark. Same to you and many more.

    • John Morris 5:15pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Mark the same to you and your family.
      The same sentiments to our Miata family. See everyone next year!!!

    • Don Merchberger 6:20pm on Sunday, December 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas to you and yours Mark … and to Lou and John as well … B C N U next year!

  • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30th, , , , New Cars   

    Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Model Coming 

    30th Anniversary Edition ND for the United States

    Status: Confirmed
    Release: Most likely Spring of 2019
    Model year: Unknown at this time (might be 2020, or, might not)
    Limited Edition: Only 3,000 worldwide, only 500 in the USA
    New or different features: Unknown at this time
    Color: Orange

     

    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary will be available for pre-order with a starting MSRP[1]of $34,995

    This special edition MX-5 Miata is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine rated to deliver 181 horsepower

    Exclusive features include Racing Orange exterior paint and interior accents, special serial number badging, RAYS 17-inch forged alloy wheels and RECARO sports seats with Alcantara seating surface

    CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

    Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of one millionth units in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

    The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

    To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

    Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

    No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

    Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at http://www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 10:59am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Holiday Party This Sunday – Please Sign Up ASAP 

    Please note that anyone planning on attending the Holiday Party, you must sign up by this Thursday, December 6th, so Karl can make the reservations with LaBamba accordingly.

    Seating is limited so please use the online RSVP on the event page as early as possible to secure your seat for dinner and the party. Thank you for your cooperation. Looking forward to another fun time celebrating the Holiday Season together.

    Please join us for our Holiday Party at LaBamba Restaurant on December 9th at 4pm.
    Celebrate the holiday season with a few adult beverages (coquito), a gift exchange and a wonderful dinner followed by a top down drive through Tradewinds Park to see the Christmas lights show.

    We will finish off our holiday celebration going to Cherry Smash Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy some great home made ice cream.

    Please bring a wrapped gift with a value of $15-$20 for our gift exchange at the party. One gift per couple. Also, please remember to bring unwrapped supplies for the Homeless Shelter such as toiletries, socks, deodorants etc.. It is greatly appreciated by those less fortunate than us.

    Hope to see everyone joining us for this year end celebration!

     
  • Mark Gilbert 9:31am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Personnal Commentary 

    This commentary in no way is approved or reflects the feelings of the club presidents or hierarchy. It is my opinion only. It is very sad to me that in a time of the year when comradery should be at it’s highest levels because of the holiday season, that we could only muster 3 cars to join in the parade yesterday. I know it must be upsetting to those of us other than myself who strive to make this a great club day in and day out to only have 3 cars out of 150 plus members take the time to join in the holiday spirit and show up. Hopefully more folks will decide to join us next year. Hope everyone enjoys their holidays.

     
    • Robert Burr 9:39am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We’ve had a much better presence at this event in the past. I know it’s a busy holiday season, and we all have to make choices about how we schedule our time and resources. This event is different from a simple road trip. It reflects on our group’s standing and reputation in the community. Let’s brainstorm on how to better approach this event, how to instill some enthusiasm and how to help each other decorate the cars. The club has a long history of participating in children’s parades. If the decision is made to continue this tradition, it must with with broad support of the members and we must respect that commitment. If not, let’s look for other avenues of engagement.

    • Doug Quara 9:51am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry you feel that way Mark. Maybe it’s not a statement on our holiday spirit. Maybe it’s an indication that club members simply don’t think that particular event is worth attending. It’s possible you are projecting your own enthusiasm for this event onto the membership as a whole. It’s entirely possible the event itself is not as attractive to the membership as you may otherwise think. Actions speak loudly. And yes, I am one of the 147 members who chose not to participate.

    • Anonymous 10:46am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Since all the commentary is from people who didn’t show up, I as one of the 3 cars that did had a great time! The club was therre with signs and decorations and while more would have been better it was fine. Will do it again next year. Many thanks to Lou for getting it set up. See you all the Christmas dinner next weekend; Jim

    • Robin Burr 8:06am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love this event. It is a true “hometown parade.” I was not able to attend this year due to my schedule, not because I did not want to be there. I think like all events – you put them out there. Those who want to will go and others who choose not to will participate in something else instead. The parade is great publicity for the club and unlike the parade we used to participate in Key West, a lot easier to get to! No need for negativity! Think positive and do the things you like to do? We have a lot of events going on and not everyone can do all of them! Thank you to those who did go and participate and so glad you had fun! Did you go to Fritz and Franz again afterwards?

  • Mark Gilbert 9:54am on Sunday, December 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Tradewinds Park Discount Coupon 

    For those of you attending next weeks Holiday Party and Tradewinds Park Light Show, attached is a discount coupon for the light show. Enjoy the event. Also , please remember to bring items for the homeless shelter such as socks and deodorant to help the less fortunate during this season of giving.

     
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