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  • Robert Burr 11:30am on Friday, October 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Orange Bowl, , Release   

    Junior Orange Bowl Parade – release form 

    Our December special event road trip — the annual Junior Orange Bowl Children’s Parade in Coral Gables — requires an individual release form for every participant.

    If you’re planning to be in the parade, click on the link below, print this form, fill it out and give it (or send it) to our event coordinator, Lou Marett. Thanks!

    Mandatory Waiver and Release Form

     
  • Robert Burr 8:37pm on Monday, October 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gardens, , , Vizcaya   

    This Weekend: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Rescheduled 

    Our road trip to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens originally scheduled for this weekend has been re-scheduled for April 27 next year.

    October 6 Road Trip – Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    Use the link above to learn more and rsvp.

     
  • Robert Burr 12:17pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Sebastian Beach Inn, Space Coast Miata Club   

    Space Coast Miata Club – Sep 15 – Sebastian Beach Inn on A1A 

    Our friends in the Space Coast Miata Club have invited us (if you’re not going to Naples for the Revs road trip) to join them for an event at the Sebastian Beach Inn on the beach on A1A in South Melbourne Beach with live music on the deck from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

    This is the old Coastal Watch Station used during World War II, so some history is included for free.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2224304781185563/

     
  • Robert Burr 11:07am on Thursday, August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , tour,   

    This weekend: Flagler Museum 

    Here’s a real treasure in South Florida, the home of railroad magnate Henry Flagler. Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibitions, and special programs.

    August 18 Road Trip – Flagler Museum

    Saturday, 9:30am – Meet-up at Dunkin Donuts off of I-95 and Gateway Blvd at 9:30Am to leave no later than 10am for our 30 minute drive to the museum.

    10:30am – Self Guided Tour will take place at 10:30AM.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the museum on the day of the tour.

    Lunch after the tour will be at E.R. Bradleys directly across the Intercoastal from the Museum.

    http://www.flaglermuseum.us/visiting/visiting

     
  • Robert Burr 11:49am on Sunday, August 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cars For Cancer, Journeys, , Road Rally   

    Cars For Cancer Journeys Road Rally 

    Here’s an interesting Miata them road trip: raising awareness of prostate cancer beginning on August 15, 2018.

    “My name is Robert Hess, I’m a 15-year prostate cancer survivor, and I’m reaching out to car clubs across the US and Europe about the 2018 Tour de USA road rally world record attempt beginning August 26th in Los Angeles.

    I’m donating 23 days this summer crossing the western United States and back for prostate cancer awareness. The goal save the lives of the 27,000 men who die every year from prostate cancer.”

    https://tourdeusa.events/2018-tour-de-usa-route/

    World Record Road Rally Attempt for Prostate Cancer Survivors

    The rally begins in Los Angeles on August 26th and goes to St. George, Utah, Durango, Colorado, Pikes Peak, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas, Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Little Big Horn, Montana, Boise, Idaho, Eugene, Oregon, Thunderhill Raceway at Willows, California, Santa Rosa, California, Laguna Seca, California, Santa Ynez, California, finishing in Manhattan Beach, California on September 19th.

    This is an all-volunteer project. Registration proceeds go to the Cancer Journeys Foundation (http://www.CancerJourneys.org) to support their free prostate cancer early detection system (prostatetrackerapp.com).

    We are after a dual world record: 1) the longest charity road rally (pretty much in the bag) and 2) the largest charity road rally – most participants (we really need support!!!) We’re reaching out to 452 auto enthusiast clubs with an estimated total membership of just over 12,000 members. So, we can do it.

     
  • Robert Burr 11:00am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dealerships, ,   

    Where did you buy your MX-5? 

    I purchased my last (of four) MX-5 Miatas at Ocean Mazda in Doral. Before that I had purchased or leased Mazda cars at Potemkin (deceased), then Grieco, then North Miami and Gunther.

    Over the past 13 years, I have been servicing my Mazdas at Potemkin (deceased), Mazda South (deceased), Ocean and Gunther. Each has done a good job with service.

    Let’s share info on the popular dealerships and service centers among our members. Please reply with a comment to share from which dealer you purchased you car and where you most often go for service. Or, if you bought from a non-dealer or prefer service at a favorite shop, or do it yourself.

     

     
    • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2008 & 2010 PRHT – Gunther Mazda
      2017 RF – Grieco Mazda
      All service done with Gunther Mazda

    • Karl Johnson 12:21pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2016 Club, Lou Bachrodt, Coconut Creek, Gary is my service manager and Mark is the only one that works on it.

    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 1:52pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2015 Mazda 3s GT – Greico of Delray, didn’t have a great experience

      2016 Club – Royal Palm Mazda (defunct), much better that Greico, but pretty far away

      Service: Palm Beach Mazda in North Palm Beach, cause it’s close to work. Honestly mostly only use them for warranty work. Usually don’t use a dealer for non-warranty work.

      I do most of routine service myself either because I want better quality parts (Track level brake pads, AmsOil, Mobil 1), or I just find it quicker to do an Oil Change and Filter myself instead of the whole drop off at dealer routine.

      Up until Frank retired a few years ago, all of my non-warranty work went to Goodman Auto in Delray, or German Car Depot (Audi) in Hollywood. Have had ok luck with Japanese Auto Care in Boca Raton, limited experience there.

    • Andrew 9:24pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Brought it at Gunther Mazda. I have brought two cars and leased one from them. I usually do my own maintenance servicing while tires are generally ordered from Tire Rack and sent to a local tire shop for install. Warranty work, at the dealer and specialized modification like BBK and, pro spec alignment and front sways-bars at Mazda Pros in Hollywood.

    • Don Merchberger 9:11am on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I purchased a brand new 1993 Mazda Miata from Eddie Accardi in Pompano Beach back in 1993. One hundred fifty thousand miles later and the car is still going strong. No matter what I do, it just won’t wear out! At this rate, I’ll never get to buy another new car! Shoulda bought a Yugo!

    • Robert Burr 9:14am on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love these comments. Lots of range here. Good advice and interesting perspectives. Keep them coming.

    • Russell Dennert 2:45pm on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I purchased my RF online “pre-launch” and chose the nearest dealership to me to pick it up. In this case it was Ocean Mazda. I just showed up to buy the car, no negotiations. I am not satisfied with Ocean Mazda, I will not be returning there.

  • Robert Burr 10:35am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fontana Village Resort, gathering, , ,   

    Miatas At The Gap – Aug 2-5 

    Miatas At The Gap 2018The annual gathering of hundreds of Miata enthusiasts at Fontana Village Resort, celebrating the Tail of The Dragon, takes place August 2 to 5 this summer.

    I attended the event during a week-long mountain road cruising adventure and was truly amazed at the experience.

    http://gapmiatas.com/

     

     
  • Robert Burr 11:26am on Friday, July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: SOuthern Palms Mazda, ,   

    Our Club Sponsor Dealership: Southern Palms Mazda 

    The South Florida Miata Club is privileged to have one of the best Mazda dealers in South Florida as the underwriter of our web site and email communications: Southern Palms Mazda.

    Southern Palms Mazda logoPlease join me in showing our appreciation to John Lovelett, general manager of Southern Palms Mazda of West Palm Beach for their generous support — allowing us to post our events, share our ideas and enjoy the benefits of a well-functioning web site at the heart of our organization.

    August is the month when the annual sponsorship comes due, so we’re only weeks away from the time when we hope our sponsor will renew their commitment to our club.

    It’s only right and proper that we express our thanks and show our appreciation for their generosity, and tell them we hope they will continue being our sponsor for another year.

    Please join me in sending a short message to Southern Palms Mazda general manager John Lovelett to let him know we appreciate their generous support as our web site sponsor.

    His email address is: jlovelett@wpbmazda.com

     
  • Robert Burr 8:40pm on Monday, July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: membership   

    Active Members on the Email List 

    We currently have 173 registered members on our web site, of which about 80 regularly open and read the email messages several times per month. From time to time, we eliminate users who have moved on or no longer wish to remain active members.

    If, for any reason at all, you wish to be removed from the membership roles, please let us know so we can stop sending messages your way.

    On the other hand, if you wish to remain an active member of the South Florida Miata Club, please make the effort to open the newsletter email, click on a link, visit the web site from time to time, interact with your fellow members, suggest a road trip or otherwise let us know that you remain interested.

    I think we can surmise that anyone who has not opened or read a message, clicked on a link or attended a meeting for the past six months, is no longer interested in being an active member. And, it’s easy for anyone to re-register and re-activate their membership if they change their mind.

    So, this is just a reminder to stay active, read the newsletter, click on a link, come to meetings, let us know you care — or not. Thank you.

    Robert Burr
    webmaster
    rob@quantumleap.net

     

     
  • Robert Burr 7:47am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Other car   

    What Is Your Other Car? 

    MX5 sports car enthusiasts share the love of our sports cars, we enjoy road trips and gatherings, talking about our cars and gaining greater appreciation and knowledge of the subject.

    But, many of us also have another car or two in the family. A two seater convertible is a great ride, but it’s not practical for every purpose under the sun.

    So, what is your other car?

    In our case, we need a car than can carry more luggage, scuba gear, Home Depot supplies, a few extra passengers, etc. I just turned in our second Mazda CX-5 for a new Kia Niro hybrid that gets more than 50 miles to the gallon, with a good aerodynamic design, good cargo space, lots of techie features and — again, about 600 miles on a small tank full of gas. When you start it up, there’s no noise. It rolls down the road very efficiently, it has very large batteries and an electric motor that delivers 29hp in addition to the efficient 1.6 liter 110 hp gas engine (total 195 ft lb torque) that comes on when you need power, or to recharge the battery bank. Once the car is rolling, it takes very little power to maintain speed. And, there is no drive shaft. Looking forward to taking it on a road trip up to Weeki Wachee to see the mermaids for a gathering of friends in a few weeks time to really test the roadworthiness.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/niro

     
    • Mark Gilbert 10:03am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We have a Toyota Rav4 SUV. For a couple of years, 2010 -11, Toyota offered the Rav4 with 3 row seating on a limited basis and I was lucky enough to order one so we have seating for 7 in a small SUV. Works out great when the family is in town.

    • Blas Rolando 12:25pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      As seen on TV!
      My other car is a 1995 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer.

    • Doug Quara 6:57pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1991 Acura NSX
      2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum
      2014 Acura RLX

      Love ‘em all.

    • Andrew 10:55pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Last November we we leased (for the first time), a 2018 CX-5. We had a Subaru Forester for 7 years prior to that. When the lease is up, who knows what will be the next car, but most likely another SUV.

    • John Morris 4:33am on Sunday, July 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Rob & Robin, Good luck with your New Do Everything Car. Wishing you many Happy Healthy & Fun miles.

    • Keith & Mary Parker 7:21pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The 2001 Miata is one of nine vehicles we have, and only two of them are projects! My everyday driver, other than the Miata, is a 2005 Subaru Baja pickup. Mary’s everyday driver is a 2012 Honda Odyssey. So we have the Japanese market covered. The others are a mix of vintage British, German and American classics.
      A word of caaution: one of my fellow driving instructors, who is also an EMT, cautioned me that in his line of work KIA stands for Killed In Automobile….

    • Robert Burr 9:15pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve heard the KIA abbreviation. To be fair, the model we’re driving scored the highest in its class in the latest crash tests.

    • Russell Kimkaran 7:40am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My other car is a BMW X3. Need it when family come from the island of Trinidad to visit and shop.

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