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  • Mark Gilbert 5:32pm on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Permalink |  

    August Road Trip Update 

    For those of you still considering attending the August Road Trip to Rev’s and participating in the docent lead tours, there are only 6 tickets remaining available for the 10am tour and 6 for the 10:30 tour as of today . Do not procrastinate and purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Once the docent lead tours are sold out, you can still attend but you’ll be on your own to tour the museum. All tickets must be purchased in advance!

    Here are John’s pictures from last years trip. Really an incredible collection of great sports cars.

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145ybXZHC826R

     
    • Mark Gilbert 7:07pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Permalink |
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      30AE Delivery Coming Soon 

      Release to dealers from the ports, coming July 8th. Can’t wait to see a 30th anniversary model in the flesh! A chap from Australia has taken delivery and posted photos. Enjoy the pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_corston/albums/72157709286949317?fbclid=IwAR31ZVrsEJo8mgq88kiR5T9oMaOCg8rRUiVQ3noUgiIcCmy9ZPnz5zp-60c

       
    • Arnie Schwartz 3:11pm on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink |  

      Name Tags 

      Will take orders for name tags at the July Lesters meeting. I don’t want to nickel dime it as I have to pay shipping. Name tags will be $11. I can give you a link on PayPal to me for the name tags or cash. See you soon.

       
    • Arnie Schwartz 3:09pm on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink |  

      Club Shirts 

      I received the new shirt trial. Because the company digitizes this the white shirt looks as if the ink faded. Called company in Dallas and they will come up with a better choice of shirt color and possibly change the text to another color to work with a darker shirt. Colors will pop. Having the logo front and back is really nice. I don’t like the billboard look. Keep you posted.

       
    • Arnie Schwartz 3:05pm on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink |  

      Road Trip Suggestions 

      OK.. I gave this some thought and have come up with 2 ideas for winter season.
      1. Fairchild Gardens just south of Miami. Heard some great things. Its like Longwood Gardens up north.
      2, Return to Vizcaya so we can tour the gardens..
      3. Everglades City. Airboats and Stone Crabs. Takes about 90 minutes or so going I75 to Route 29 south exit. Lots of fun.

       
      • Anonymous 3:16pm on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If you check at the top of the page there is a tab “road trip”. There are many choices on there that we came up with that are good possibilities also.

    • Arnie Schwartz 10:08pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Permalink |  

      Name Tags 

      Name tags are redesigned

      Name tag orders

       
      • Arnie Schwartz 12:42am on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Orders will be taken at Lester’s meeting in July. Cost for a
        tag will be $11. Get to know other members with a name tag.

    • John Morris 3:42pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Permalink |
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      Road & Track Article – Cars Are Nothing Without People 

      Short Opinion Piece From Motor Trend:

      Road & Track Article – Finding The Human Element /Cars Are Nothing Without People.

       
      • Mike 11:19am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Permalink |
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        2008 Manual Shift Miata for sale 

        Selling the 2008 MX-5 because I want to spring up to a brand new one. Brand new tires and new cloth roof with no leaks. Drives very well. Manual transmission. Well cared for car, perfect for that drop top beach fun. 97K miles.

        Serious buyers only please. If interested you can text me at 305-282-5682.

        Asking price: $6500

        Note: There is an AC leak which needs to be fixed.

         
        • John Morris 7:33pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink |
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          2019 Road trip to Vizcaya 

          A big thanks to Mark for organizing our trip to Vizcaya and a equally big thanks to Gary for leading us to all of our destinations call him Leader Of The Pack. It was wet but cool. We still had a great time.

          Old friends, new friends having fun. It was very wet! We are planning to do this trip again January 2020 so we can get a good look at the gardens.

          A link to all the pictures I took.

          https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14Ju4tqvJPamCs

           
          • Andrew 7:12pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink |
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            Mobile Tire Install 

            As an option for those who rather not take their car to a dealership or tire shop and wait, today I used a mobile tire installer associate with Tire Rack.

            Given that the front suspension on our Miatas is quite sensitive to wheel weight and balance, Goodwin Racing recommends that you have your tires balanced using a Road Force Tire Balancer. Road force balancers, in addition to performing a traditional spin balance, measure both the wheel and tire by pressing a large roller against the tread of the spinning tire. The roller applies 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of pressure to simulate the weight of the vehicle on the tire as it rolls down the road.

            There are not many places that have this machine typically your premium cars dealerships. According to Tire Rack, there were only a small number of installers using this machine. For any other car this is probably an overkill, but for a small extra cost I think its well worth it for the Miatas.

            So, I ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in 215/45 17″ size, the suggested limit for a the stock 7″ wide wheel. Tires were delivered to the MobileTireExperts.com in 2 days, Tire Rack even called up last week to ask if I would prefer delaying the order as Michelin was starting a $70 rebate this week (which dealer would tell you to wait on buying so you can get an additional $70 off?). This mobile installer was the highest rated installer in the area, but being skeptical, I called Tire Rack and confirm the company’s quality installs and reviews.

            Once delivered the mobile installer called me and set a next day appointment. As you can see from the photos, they did the work on my driveway. A peek inside the trailer shows all of the needed equipment. Everything was operated via a quiet generator. The tires were installed to my pressure specifications and hand torqued. They used care in manually removing my McGard lugnuts.

            Overall very pleased, will use them from now on.

             
            • Mark Gilbert 5:41am on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              Will be needing tires soon too as I reached 25,000 miles on my original set. Going to opt for the new Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS I think. Always have had good luck with that brand and the tread width on their 215’s is the widest I’ve found.

            • Andrew 7:10pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              GOOP – After the tire install, the removal of the old tire weights left quite a bit of gummy adhesive on the wheel. The installer advised me to use GOOP. I did not fully believe him as I use it for oil, grease and paint removal from my hand, but after trying adhesive removal liquid with limited result, I tried GOOP.

              I should have trusted the installer, its works. Although you still need some elbow grease with a paper towel to rub the adhesive off, each wheel took about 5-10 minutes minutes to do as each wheel had about 3 inches of thick sticky residue. The GOOP is also good for clothing stains as reed on the packaging; never would have thought.

            • Steve and Tracy Dillon 9:02am on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              I’ve had great experience with TireRack. Having done a TrackNightInAmerica i get $70 for that. My last set of tires I received 3-$70 rebates (SCCA Member, Factory Rebate, TNIA Rebate).
              Between the 2 Miatas with track use, I’m ordering 2-3 sets of tires a year.

              When ordering some autox tires (245/40-17) I had tire track call and say “That is listed as ExtremeTrack Fitment” and ask if I was sure.

              I also had an issue with a TireKingdom install. They were listed as HunterRoad Force but did a terrible job balancing and they charged more than the RateCard listed at TireRack. TireRack called TireKingdom, got me a refund, they then called another shop, Firestone Complete in Coconut Creek, verified Hunter Road Force Availability, and setup an appointment for a re-balance.

              For the 17×7 standard wheel and Street/Track use I really like the Continental ECS (Extreme Contact Sport) , They come in 205/45-17 and 215/45-17 are priced well and currently have a $70 rebate through end of month.

              I had Mixed feelings about MobileTireExperts, I used them once, After tire delivery, it took 4 days to get an install appointment. They day of the appointment he was running a couple hours late (he texted and so not that bad of deal), but he was late because ‘a bunch of people had their tires arrive yesterday and wanted them installed today’. What about me and my appointment?

              He’s a little more expensive but convenient. I’m at a point where I have multiple sets of wheels for the Miatas and now just throw wheels in the back of the truck, take it to firestone, and come back later.

            • Andrew 7:27am on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              Originally I was going to use the Firestone dealer (a Tire Rack recommended installer) in Pembroke Pines who had the Hunter Road Force balancer. However, when they tried to convince me to buy the tires from them (would match Tire Rack prices), that put me off and decided to try the mobile installer given the excellent ratings (Firestone did not have any ratings, but I had dealings with them years ago). Plus I was concerned that unless I watched them do the install they would damage either or both the painted wheels cap I have and the McGard lugnuts which could be damage with an impact driver.

              My experience with the mobile installer was with the weather to which I canceled the initial appointment due to heavy rain and lightening. He was gracious to come the following day on Saturday morning. According to the owner, he puts in 10-12 hours daily and works 6 days weekly. I believe him as his phone kept ringing during the install. He normally works with his son during the weekdays and alone on Saturdays. He had expanded and franchised to various locations in Florida and plans on selling his business and retiring off the royalties. All of this started one day at the Homestead race track (he competed) when a bunch of drivers were lined up with a guy and his beat up truck to swap out tire; no balancer. He thought he could do it better.

              Like everything else in life, your mileage will vary. I plan on having a second set of tires/wheels primarily to deal with colder weather, have as a backup and facilitate installation.

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