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  • Robert Burr 10:53pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Suggestions   

    Road Trip Suggestions – let’s hear them 

    South Florida Miata Club - Road ripOur club is all about Road Trips – cruising round, meeting up with friends, enjoying the best of South Florida with the top down.

    Now we have a dedicated page for sharing your suggestions for future road trips.

    Check it out: Road Trips

    Peruse the many fine suggestions and share your comments. Use the form to submit your own ideas for future road trips.


  • Robert Burr 10:10am on Thursday, April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 919, Evo, hybrid, Porchse   

    Porche Evo’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine sets record at Spa 

    Porsche 919 Evo

    not bad for a 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine

    In most motorsports, the engineer’s cruelest foe isn’t the rules of physics or the driver’s inability to wring every crumb of power from their vehicle. It’s the rules. Rules laid down by overbearing governing bodies, imposing limits on weight, dimensions, power output, tire choices, aerodynamics, braking, and whatever else they can think to control. Usually the point is to keep the drivers safe or make racing more entertaining with evenly matched machines, but that doesn’t mean the engineers like it.

    So when Porsche gave its people the chance to break free and show what their machines can do, they overdelivered. They started with the 919 Hybrid, the car Porsche used to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans the past three years. Then they did everything that could make the car faster, the things that would break the rules for the rest of the time. They call the result the 919 Evo.

    And then they took it to Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, the legendary Formula 1 track that’s home to what may be the toughest corner in motorsports. The Evo lapped the course in 1:41.77 minutes, 12 seconds faster than the race-legal 919. In a sport measured by the millisecond, that’s a stupendous improvement. It even beat the all-time track record, set by Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, by 0.783 seconds.

    “The 919 Evo is brutally impressive,” says Neel Jani, the driver who lapped Spa. “It is definitely the fastest car I ever drove, the grip level is at a fully new dimension for me, I couldn’t imagine this amount beforehand.”

    Turns out, when you get to ignore the rules that govern the World Endurance Championship (which includes Le Mans), there’s a lot you can do to go faster. Porsche’s engineers cut the weight of the carbon fiber and aluminum car by 86 pounds, to 1872 pounds, by dropping useless frills like the windshield wipers, lights, air conditioner, electronic race controls, and the pneumatic jack. They also tweaked the exterior aerodynamics, generating 53 percent more downforce, the all-important stuff that keeps the car stuck to the pavement when it’s clocking jumbo jet takeoff speeds. They upgraded the suspension and tires to deal with the extra loads.

    The Evo carries the same two-liter, turbocharged V4 engine as the Le Mans-winning car, minus the fuel flow meter that limits how much gasoline goes kaboom. Combined with a software tweak, that upped its output from 500 horsepower to 720 horsepower. The car uses two energy recovery systems, generating electricity from braking and the exhaust. That’s stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery, and then used to drive an electric motor on the front axle while the engine drives the rear, for maximum all-wheel-drive acceleration. Without imposed limits, that motor now adds another 440 horsepower (as much as the total power of a BMW M3), up 10 percent.


  • 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/

  • Robert Burr 5:13pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bayside, happy hour, Key Largo, Snook's, sunset   

    Snook’s Bayside for Happy Hour in Key Largo 

    Here’s an idea for a little road trip to a cool little place on the water in Key Largo.

    good drinks and good seafood

    Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Tiki Bar is a great little place I know in Key Largo that’s hidden in plain sight. Located on the water, it’s the perfect place for a tiki drink and some seafood bites as the sun goes down.

    Snook’s offers unique waterfront ledge seating facing the water, perfect for an unobstructed view of the sunset.

    The Happy Hour menu, from 4 to 6pm, is a great deal, with domestic beers for $2.75, with well drinks and house wine for $4.50.

    For $6 you get specialty drinks like the Snooks Sunset, Margarita, Huckleberry and Moscow Mule. Also only $6 during happy hour: a range of appetizers from pork dumplings and conch fritters to buffalo cauliflower, jalapeño bombers and fresh fish dip.

    it’s all about the sunsets

    unobstructed views of the sun going down

    Other cool stuff in the neighborhood:

    I never miss an opportunity to visit Key Largo and Islamorada. There’s so many cool things to do and places to go, like the Florida Keys Brewing Company on Morada Way. I like Outdoor World, the Islamorada Fish House and Morada Bay Beach Restaurant on the bay. The historic Green Turtle Inn or Chef Michael’s for the hogfish. The famous Marker 88 Restaurant. A cool pint at the Islamorada Beer Company. A visit to the History of Diving Museum, Theater Of The Sea, Islamorada Founder’s Park, Old Settler’s Park in Tavernier, Harry Harris Beach Park, Pennecamp Marine Park. The Caribbean Club, Gilbert’s Resort, Jules Undersea Lodge, shopping for gifts at The Shell Man… just to name a few.

    Whenever you’re ready for a pleasant drive to the keys, say the word and I’m in.

    • Mark Gilbert 5:20pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great minds think alike Rob. I contacted Rio at the Florida Keys Brewery today to discuss a road trip for the club. They will offer us a tour of the brewery for $15 per person which includes 5 four ounce flights of different beers to try along the way. Live music on Sunday afternoons too.

    • Robert Burr 5:24pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The brewery tour is a good idea, combined with a meal and a sunset.

  • Robert Burr 10:57am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Everglades City, , seafood festival   

    Easy Route to Rod and Gun Club 

    For those attending the annual Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City Saturday morning, we’re going to attempt to park together in front of — or near — the Everglades Rod and Gun Club property.

    When you reach Everglades City, take a right on Begonia Street to avoid the traffic congestion on Collier Avenue. This will take you to the west side of the town, then south to the Rod and Gun Club. The map shows the best route.

    The diagonal Begonia Street becomes Copeland Avenue. You’ll find Storter Avenue just west of Copeland Avenue. Take it south to the Rod and Gun Club, which will be on your right.

    Don’t park inside the Rod and Gun Club parking lot, but rather just outside the property on the side of the street.

    Everglades City route map to Rod and Gun Club


    • John Morris 11:11am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Rob

  • Robert Burr 11:05am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boot Bag, luggage rack   

    Boot-Bag Vacation Mazda MX5 luggage rack 

    Antony Dixon, Managing Director of The Boot-bag Group in the UK has informed us that his company will be visiting Ft. Lauderdale from March 27 to April 4th to test a new product made for Mazda MX-5 ND and RF cars.

    The Boot Bag is an add-on accessory for strapping a durable luggage rack accessory on the trunk of the car.

    BootBag Luggage Rack

    Anthony needs to place the rack on an American model ND and a RF to check it fits without interfering with the Sirius satellite antennae, and take some photos, etc for his website. If any of our members would be willing to help, please let us know. They are happy to give the rack to the club in appreciation of the help (retail value $299) so we can auction it for charity or give it away as a raffle prize.


    • Mark Gilbert 5:24pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can see right off it’ll be an issue for U.S. cars as the Sirius radio antenna sits at the back of the trunk where the bag is sitting. U.K. cars do not have the Sirius antenna.

    • Robert Burr 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, the satellite antennae is an issue. They’ve developed a special version for the USA that takes that into account and they want to test it with our help.

  • Robert Burr 5:00am on Thursday, January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Redland Riot Road Rallye set for Saturday, Jan 20 

    Redland Riot Road RallyePut the top down, bring some cash and head out to the Redland farming region on Saturday, January 20th for the annual Redland Riot Road Rally.

    Initiated by Robert Burr in 1992, the whimsical Redland Riot Road Rallye is described as a fruity tropical history tour of South Florida’s Redland farming region.

    It’s a time-honored, delightful diversion for the whole family, held on the third Saturday in January.

    A trip to the countryside searching for goodies brings Redland Rioters to a number of wonderful locations that represent the off-the-beaten-history-path of South Florida.

    Families and friends participate as teams in their cars, gathering at Cauley Square at 10am. Each registered team ($10 team admission) receives a map and driving directions, along with some cryptic questions to answer along the way. It’s a type of scavenger hunt for clues, while discovering all these unique places in Miami’s bountiful countryside.

    Along the way, there are plenty of goodies to enjoy while learning a bit about local history. After Cauley Square, teams visit Burr’s Berry Farm, Redland Ranch, Phil’s Berry Farm, Knaus Berry Farm, Redland Country Market, Fruit & Spice Park, R.F. Orchids, Curbside Market, Hotel Redland, Florida Pioneer Museum and Robert Is Here fruit stand. The road rally ends at Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery at 5pm.

    The winning team with the most correct answers wins a prize package worth less than one million dollars!

    To get started on your whimsical Redland adventure, sign your team up for the Redland Riot Road Rallye at http://www.redlandriot.com/Rallye.html

  • Robert Burr 3:28pm on Friday, December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: custom luggage, ,   

    Custom Made Luggage for RF 

    Geri’s Bazaar has been making custom luggage that fits perfectly in the trunk of the MX-5 for many years. I purchased a five piece set back in August and found them to be very well made. These bags are water repellent and machine washable.

    5 Piece Travel Bags for 2017 RF

    The set sells for $160. The cost for custom embroidery is $6.

    web page: http://shop.geris-bazaar.com/product.sc?productId=22&categoryId=1

    email: geri@geris-bazaar.com

    phone: (843) 754-8815‬

    Of course, she also makes custom luggage for all models: NA, NB, NC and ND MX-5s.

  • Robert Burr 1:40pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Junior Orange Bowl Parade Video   

    Junior Orange Bowl Parade Video 

    Found the video of the complete parade on You Tube. We can be seen at the 45:10 mark of the video. We all look GREAT!

    -Mark Gilbert

  • Robert Burr 11:34am on Thursday, December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bookmark, events page   

    Bookmark the Events Page 

    South Florida Miata Club - Events

    Miata Friends,

    Save the following link as a bookmark in your web browser so you can easily check the South Florida Miata Club events page, RSVP for upcoming events and stay informed of club activities. In many respects, this is the most important page on the web site.


    Our calendar is updated regularly to feature monthly meetings and special events. Don’t forget to check it on a regular basis.

    Zoom Zoom!

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