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  • 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.

  • Robert Burr 3:27pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Thank You   

    A Big Thank You for all the effort 

    Thank You

    Special Thanks go to John Morris, Mark Gilbert, Gary Koester and all the active and dedicated members who help plan the upcoming road trips and monthly meetings, and post these exciting adventures on the web site. Please let them know that you really appreciate their dedication to our sports car club. They deserve our sincere gratitude.

     

     

     
    • Robert Burr 3:29pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, very impressed with all the effort that goes into the planning and execution of these monthly meetings and fabulous road trips.

  • 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.

    Enjoy!

     
  • 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.

    https://www.wired.com/story/porsche-919-hybrid-evo?mbid=nl_041118_daily_list3_p2&CNDID=26078846

     
  • Robert Burr 6:07pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    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.

    • Ben Ethridge 10:18am on Friday, October 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Looks like a great place! I’ve been meaning to visit Islamorada. I’ve never been.

    • Robert Burr 11:07am on Friday, October 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Snooks is in the heart of Key Largo, hidden just off the main road on the bay side, down a little alley.

  • Robert Burr 10:57am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , 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.

    https://www.boot-bag.com/mx5.htm

     
    • 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.

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