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  • Mark Gilbert 6:21pm on Monday, June 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Fathers Day Road Trip 

    Reminder, this Sunday is our road trip to Vizcaya. What better way to enjoy this special day than take a leisurely cruise in your roadster to tour a Miami landmark. Hope to see everyone join in.

    For those of you interested, a group of us will be meeting at 8am for breakfast at the 84 Diner ahead of our trip.


    • Chris Schmidt 11:18am on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mark,
      I live in Miami and am potentially interested in joining for some of the activities that are part of the Fathers Day Road Trip to Viscaya. I just visited Viscaya not too long ago so I am not interested in participating in the tour and lunch (as I don’t want to pay for it) but was wondering if there is some time on the trip where people will be hanging out in the parking lot, chatting about their miatas and such. If so, approximately at what time would this take place? Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Mark Gilbert 12:05pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Generally we meet up to caravan to the road trip destination 30 minutes in advance of our time to depart. We shoot the breeze with fellow members at that time. Since on this trip we will leave from the 84 Diner in Davie, it may be too far out of the way for you to come. We plan on touring Vizcaya at approximately 10am with lunch to follow. Can’t give you a specific time we will be done but I’d guess around 1:30-2:00. Hope that helps. Look forward to meeting you there.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:08pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30th Anniversary edition, ,   

    Anniversary Editions Hit U.S. Shores 

    The first boats with the 30th Anniversary Edition Orange MX-5’s have reached the U.S. . Thirty were off loaded in San Diego today. Pic of the first RF to be off loaded. Hopefully the 2 club members who were lucky enough to order theirs will be receiving them very soon.

    Video of the off loading here:  https://www.thephotobooth.net/Miata-Snapshots/30AE-at-San-Diego-Port/n-44qvcP/i-NZg6gGz/A

    Walk around video can be seen here:


    • Anonymous 10:06pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. . .like a piece of candy.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:04pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Island Dolphin Care Road Trip 

    Thank you to all our members who joined us for the road trip down to Key Largo today. Hope you all enjoyed the day learning about the dolphins. Beautiful weather, fun top down drive and good friends. What more can you ask for on a wonderful South Florida day. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

    John’s Pictures can be found here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145cq02a10SAk

    • Robert Burr 4:13pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry we missed it. Next weekend is Orchid Fest and Rum Fest.

  • Mark Gilbert 12:51pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Photos For Mazda Magazine 

    Here is a great opportunity to get your car on the pages of the Mazda magazine. Read below email from Mazda North America for pertinent info:

    To: MX-5 Miata clubs,

    Mazda is seeking photos of your MX-5 Miata in front of iconic United States landmarks for an upcoming project. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 14th. I encourage you to email your photo submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com.

    Submission instructions
    · Include photo(s) of your MX-5 Miata in front of an iconic United States landmark

    · Include a caption with the photo

    · Please email your submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com on or before Tuesday, May 14th

    If you have any questions, please email me at smalone4@mazdausa.com. Lastly, if your photo is selected, you will be notified by email.

    Thank you,




  • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , touch-up   

    Scuffed Rims 

    For those of you who own NDs in the Club model trim — which has the dark graphite wheels — I found a resource for touch up paint, in case your wheels get scuffed. It is Testors paint #1153. It can be found in any hobby/craft store for $2.00. The match is pretty close to perfect.

    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      great recommendation, inexpensive and does the trick.

    • efrida auston 3:20am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this hepful info.

    • Andrew 8:44am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

      Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb rash, brush painting would work. Curb rash will require filing/sanding down the damage surface and spray paint since you are going to cover a larger area where brush painting will most likely not turn out well.

  • Mark Gilbert 12:21pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Island Dolphin Care Additional Tour Info 

    For those of you who will be going on the Keys Trip on May 11th, our visit will include only the tour of the facility. If you want to do direct  interactions with the dolphins, you must contact Island Dolphin Care to reserve an additional spot for that specific individual interaction. Listed below are the additional offerings and the costs. Please call and ask for Joe Cianciolo and tell him you are with the South Florida Miata Club and he’ll take care of you.


    Guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Tours cost $18 per person. Reservations are required. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call to book. Tours are educational and informative. Guests learn about our history, the therapy programs that we offer, how we care for the dolphins, see the dolphins up close and visit the invertebrate touch tank and sensory garden.

    Educational dolphin experiences are daily at 10AM and 1:30PM. Reservations are required. The experiences are organized to teach guests how we care for the animals, and how they are incorporated into therapy programs with therapists. Participants learn about their anatomy and witness the various types of training that happen each day to maintain each animal’s health. The experience can include a kiss, feeding the dolphins, learning about behavior management and training as well as learning about each animal’s personality. Participants can ask the animal care staff questions while on the dock/platform and then will also have the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions after their session with the animal care staff.

    • Dolphin experience from the dock – $70 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the dock.
    • Dolphin experience from the lift – $120 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the lift where the guest will be lowered to knee deep water.
    • Both the dock and shallow water sessions will be the same length of time, however the lift may include different interactions.

    Yoga by candlelight – $75 per person

    Paint with a dolphin – $75 per person

    Dolphin Float – $110 per person (cost $350 for groups under 4 people).

    Dolphin Ambassador intensive program – spend a ½ day with animal care professionals. Help prepare meals for the dolphins, assist in daily animal care husbandry, and learn about IDC programs. Interact with our dolphins, help make a difference in their lives and all those that attend IDC programs $250 per person. Day begins at 7AM and ends at 12:30PM. Call for further details.

    All programs are based on availability and require reservations. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call (305) 451-5884

  • Mark Gilbert 11:37am on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , UK   

    This Is How You Zoom Zoom 

    Today nearly 2000 Miata’s got together at Elvington Airfield in York, UK in an attempt to break the world  record for the most Miata’s together in one place. Looks like they had a lot of fun.

    Great drone footage video of the event here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU8DFkokMtw&fbclid=IwAR0P9-H4A_cYNnPGaONu0jAk240GuhlCiGAtAkiyUfIEPMQFvU7uVHceyVc&app=desktop




  • Mark Gilbert 12:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    May 11th Keys Road Trip 

    Just a quick reminder that the deadline to sign up for our May 11th road trip to Key Largo is one week away, May 1st. If you plan on joining us, please sign up on our web site and make sure to fill out the form and bring it on the trip to save time once we get to Island Dolphin Care. Sign up page can be found here:


  • Mark Gilbert 1:06pm on Monday, April 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome New Members 

    It was very nice to see all the new members at our monthly meeting yesterday. We’d like to welcome you aboard and hope you will join us on future road trips and events. We have a great group of folks who love their cars and spending time together. We encourage all members to update your profile pages on our web site. It is another way to get to know one another. Attached are some members pages so you can get an idea of what the profile pages look like. Again, welcome everyone and hope to see you at future events.


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