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  • Mark Gilbert 8:50am on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Possible May Road Trip 

    Here is an idea for a road trip in May.


    I visited Dolphin Island Care in Key Largo last week. They are a caring facility that does work with special needs families and also disabled veterans by using their dolphins as an interactive approach with these less fortunate folks. We can take a tour of the place for $18 per person and they also offer other up close and personal experiences with the dolphins for additional charge. You can read about everything they do and offer on their web site.

    Please reply with your thoughts on this trip and we can also discuss at Sunday’s meeting.




    • Robert Burr 9:24am on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A trip to the keys is always a blast for us. We’ve been to the dolphin experience several times over the past 30 years and it’s marvelous, especially in combination with a good place to eat. There are several great places only a few blocks away.

    • Mark Gilbert 1:18pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Was considering the Lazy Lobster since you previously recommended it and it is under the same ownership as Lazy Days where we had such a great meal on last years trip down there.

      • Robert Burr 7:17pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The pilot house on the water is also excellent and Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe are only a few blocks away.

    • Patrick S. 7:44pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Love the idea. We would definitely like to attend.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:28am on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Summer Crush Miata Cruise In 

    I am happy to announce that after the great success of the initial Florida Miata Club’s Cruise In to Summer Crush last year, it has been decided to make this an annual event.

    This years event will take place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.

    Further details as to meet up time and place for the drive north to the winery will be forthcoming as the time gets closer. Please be sure to mark the date on your calendar and RSVP on the calendar event page so you can join in the fun again this year. It should be a great day of camaraderie with our fellow Miata lovers from throughout the state.

    Miata Cruise-In at Summer Crush Winery


  • Mark Gilbert 8:25am on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Best Of Luck 

    I want to take the opportunity to wish Karl & Carol and Doug & Tammy the very best of luck on their impending moves out of the area in the coming weeks. They have been steadfast, loyal members of our club for many years and have always gone the extra mile to help out when called upon. Beyond that, their friendships have become very special to many of us and I know we will all be saddened to see them leave. Hopefully this isn’t farewell but till we meet again somewhere down the road. Best of luck on your new endeavors as you travel down the pathway of life. Take care and God bless.

    • Robert Burr 9:40am on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Long time active members are a rarity and a blessing to groups like ours. Kudos and great appreciation for all the effort and participation.

    • Doug Quara 2:39pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, all, it’s been a pleasure!

    • Don Merchberger 4:41pm on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Gone but not forgotten … You will be missed!

  • Mark Gilbert 7:44am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Possible Roadster Competition For The Miata 

    Not in the offing just yet, but Hyundai has the idea on the drawing board it appears.


    • Doug Quara 7:52am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Not bad looking. The article seems to be pure speculation. It also does not indicate whether it is expected to be FWD or RWD. If Front, it will not be accepted in the sports car community. If Rear, it might have a shot.

    • Blas Rolando 8:43am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The time to change our club name to “South Florida Roadster Club” may have come. 🙂

      • Anonymous 8:21am on Friday, March 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        And either lose a sponsor or gain another

  • Mark Gilbert 4:58pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday: Summer Crush Car Show 

    This Saturday: Spring Cruise In Car & Art Show. Come out to the Cruise In and Art Show this Saturday from noon to 4pm at Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce at 4200 Johnston Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951.

    Enjoy music by the Doo Wop Guys Band with two food trucks: Georgia Boy & Ethel’s Famous Wings, and Taco Trap.

    Free to spectating public. Open to all classic and collectible cars and trucks (no off premise food or beverages allowed). Fan favorite popular voting with awards and prizes for top five car winners.

    Car entry $10. $2 goes to charity of the day: Family Meals, Inc.


  • Mark Gilbert 11:39am on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank You All 

    I want to thank my Miata Club family for all your thoughts and prayers for my mom the past few months during her battle with leukemia. Unfortunately she lost her fight this week but I find solace in the fact she no longer is suffering and is in a better place now with the Lord. Thank you all again. Marisol and I appreciate all your friendships.

    • Robert Burr 12:25pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, condolences on your loss. Your dedication to family is admirable. You set a fine example of a caring son, father and friend.

    • Anonymous 7:14pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry for your loss.

    • Dave Colon 10:21pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, sorry to hear that. Our condolences go out to you and the family.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Fellow members,
    Our club is at a crossroads. Over the past 3 months I have been unable to lead the charge in coordinating events due to illness in my family. John has reached out to everyone for help but other than Gary who planned some events, not a soul seems interested in stepping up to help. We have 175 members in this club. You signed up for a reason which I assume was to participate in the club yet no one now wants to give a hand. John and Rob sent out a note in this months newsletter imploring folks to step up. Sadly, if no one does I fear our club will go away. Certainly out of 175 people we can find 12 who are willing to handle the planning of one months event/road trip. Please take the time to get involved. It is a great club and would hate to see it disappear.

    • Doug Quara 8:02am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, Mark, I understand you are under a lot of stress in your personal life with your family illness, but I’ll be blunt: I call BS.

      We had discussions at meetings on getting people to volunteer to conduct events. We solicited and received many, many great ideas for road trips. I suggested and volunteered to organize trips to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and Corkscrew Sanctuary. We even discussed that the best month for the latter would be March. You yourself even suggested that we can combine it with another event in that area (I believe it was some sort of seafood event, or maybe the Strawberry Festival?). But there was never an official schedule of upcoming events that included this suggestion and confirmed “yes, Doug, please go ahead and make those arrangements”.

      The club never published an official event calendar. It might be a situation where the club is waiting for someone to say “This is the date for this event”, and the person chairing an event is waiting for word from the club “This is the month your event would best fit in the schedule.” That is certainly the case for my Corkscrew Sanctuary suggestion.

      (I’ll ignore the fact that you are regrettably not remembering that over the last few years I organized track days at Sebring, Homestead, and Palm Beach International Raceway, as well as encouraging participation in SCCA Track Night America events.)

      Please step back and take another objective view of this situation. Yes, we need people to chair individual events, but we look to the club leadership to orchestrate from month-to-month.

    • Robert Burr 9:11am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure we need to ring the bell of dire and doom. We have lots of members involved in planning and executing events. Yes, there are problems with Lester’s Diner so we’ll meet at 84 Diner again as we have in the past. They are welcoming and appreciate our business.

      • Mark Gilbert 10:50am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Doug, Gary and whomever else I may have overlooked in making my statement, I sincerely apologize. I want the club to be the best it can be and that is why I pushed to a fault most of the time to try to bring new and exciting things to the table for our members to do. It just frustrates me that things seem to be backsliding some in my absence. I’m sure it will get all sorted out and things will be great. Sorry for my rant. I did not mean to upset anyone.

    • Robert Burr 2:42pm on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, you are a beloved and valuable member of this group. Your concerns are appreciated and respected. You don’t owe anyone an apology. Let’s find the best ways to move the club forward, develop great programming and have more fun.

      • DJ 5:01pm on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Mark, first I want to thank you and everyone else that puts a ton of effort to volunteer your time to organize events. I would like say it again, thank you for volunteering. However, please keep in mind that you are volunteering and that you cannot force people to volunteer.

        That being said, I am also sorry that I cannot attend the meetings any longer as Sunday dinner is family time for us.

        Maybe with the change in venue, we can return to a lunch schedule and I may be able to attend the meetings again. I do not want to volunteer for stuff and make suggestions if I am not able to attend the meetings, as I do not want to step on toes or make waves.

    • Doug Quara 3:20pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have been a member of socially-oriented clubs, many of which were car-related. I was secretary of the Fort Lauderdale Mustang club back in the mid-80’s. I am a member of the NSX Club of America. I have participated in and volunteered for track and autocross not-for-profit clubs and and for-profit companies. Nearly universally, the successful ones had one thing in common: a benevolent dictator. A club such as ours needs such a person to steer the club, set the tenor, organize and follow through. Not saying he or she needs to do everything; quite the contrary. A good leader knows how, when, and what tasks to delegate. Lou and John shared this responsibility for as long as I have been involved, and it worked incredibly well. After expending much effort, Lou requested less involvement. John already is heavily involved in the local British car club. I understand that in the past Karl fulfilled this role. I don’t know the history prior to that, but from what I understand and have viewed myself, these three did a wonderful job. But maybe it’s time for a new person to fill this role.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Congrats to Bruce Winter – 30th Anniversary MX-5 

    South Florida Miata Club member Bruce Winter was able to secure one of only 500 of the 30th Anniversary Edition cars. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Mark Gilbert 6:35am on Saturday, February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    New Colors Coming On Future NDs 

    You’re too late to get a 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata, unless you were one of the 500 Miata fans who raced to Mazda’s special website to order one of the 500 special Racing Orange convertibles or RF coupes being made available to Americans. Still, after studying the car and conducting interviews with Mazda North America operations president Masahiro Moro and MX-5 chief designer Masashi Nakayama, we uncovered some tasty tidbits about the Miata and the company’s mainstream SUVs and sedans that make it possible. Here’s what we learned.

    Keep your eye on the special wheels.
    The Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels save mass on the famously Colin Chapman-esque lightweight sports car, though Nakayama, who spoke Japanese through an interpreter, would not say how much weight. It makes sense that this new wheel will find its way onto the more track-focused Miata Club models, at least as an accessory option, by the 2020 model year or later. They won’t have the cool “30th Anniversary” etching on the rim, of course.

    Don’t expect yearly special editions.
    Through the NA, NB, and NC generations of the Miata, Mazda regularly introduced special-edition models at the Chicago Auto Show, the event where car was first unveiled in February 1989. But Nakayama and Moro would not commit to future special editions like those old models, which often had special wheels, Momo steering wheels and shift knobs, and the like. Do expect new and special paint colors, and continuous engineering improvement as was done for 2019, since the MX-5, like all sports cars, must have a long lifecycle.

    Do expect more new paint colors.
    Racing Orange was one of three special colors proposed for the 30th Anniversary Miata after Nakayama’s team began working on the special edition about two years ago. (And here it seems like we were just celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary.) The other two colors will likely show up in future model years, he hinted.


  • Mark Gilbert 8:41pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    30th Anniversary Unveiling Tomorrow 

    Log on to Mazda USA website tomorrow at 12:30pm to see the official unveiling of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5.

    It will be offered in the new Racing Orange color, in both soft top and RF models but only 500 will be available for sale in the U.S., so have your credit cards ready.

    30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata

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