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  • John Morris 3:42pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Motor Trend Story   

    Road & Track Article – Finding The Human Element /Cars Are Nothing Without People. 

    Short Story From Motor Trend

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  • John Morris 7:33pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    2019 Road trip to Vizcaya 

    A big thanks to Mark for organizing our trip to Vizcaya and a equally big thanks to Gary for leading us to all of our destinations call him Leader Of The Pack. It was wet but cool. We still had a great time.

    Old friends, new friends having fun. It was very wet! We are planning to do this trip again January 2020 so we can get a good look at the gardens.

    A link to all the pictures I took.

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14Ju4tqvJPamCs

     
  • Andrew 7:12pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Tire Install 

    As an option for those who rather not take their car to a dealership or tire shop and wait, today I used a mobile tire installer associate with Tire Rack.

    Given that the front suspension on our Miatas is quite sensitive to wheel weight and balance, Goodwin Racing recommends that you have your tires balanced using a Road Force Tire Balancer. Road force balancers, in addition to performing a traditional spin balance, measure both the wheel and tire by pressing a large roller against the tread of the spinning tire. The roller applies 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of pressure to simulate the weight of the vehicle on the tire as it rolls down the road.

    There are not many places that have this machine typically your premium cars dealerships. According to Tire Rack, there were only a small number of installers using this machine. For any other car this is probably an overkill, but for a small extra cost I think its well worth it for the Miatas.

    So, I ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in 215/45 17″ size, the suggested limit for a the stock 7″ wide wheel. Tires were delivered to the MobileTireExperts.com in 2 days, Tire Rack even called up last week to ask if I would prefer delaying the order as Michelin was starting a $70 rebate this week (which dealer would tell you to wait on buying so you can get an additional $70 off?). This mobile installer was the highest rated installer in the area, but being skeptical, I called Tire Rack and confirm the company’s quality installs and reviews.

    Once delivered the mobile installer called me and set a next day appointment. As you can see from the photos, they did the work on my driveway. A peek inside the trailer shows all of the needed equipment. Everything was operated via a quiet generator. The tires were installed to my pressure specifications and hand torqued. They used care in manually removing my McGard lugnuts.

    Overall very pleased, will use them from now on.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:41am on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Will be needing tires soon too as I reached 25,000 miles on my original set. Going to opt for the new Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS I think. Always have had good luck with that brand and the tread width on their 215’s is the widest I’ve found.

    • Andrew 7:10pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      GOOP – After the tire install, the removal of the old tire weights left quite a bit of gummy adhesive on the wheel. The installer advised me to use GOOP. I did not fully believe him as I use it for oil, grease and paint removal from my hand, but after trying adhesive removal liquid with limited result, I tried GOOP.

      I should have trusted the installer, its works. Although you still need some elbow grease with a paper towel to rub the adhesive off, each wheel took about 5-10 minutes minutes to do as each wheel had about 3 inches of thick sticky residue. The GOOP is also good for clothing stains as reed on the packaging; never would have thought.

  • Roger Duff 3:26pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Tail of the Dragon 

    I am towing my 01 Miata up from Marathon, is anyone else going? Aug 1-4

     
    • Anonymous 7:09pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If you check the event page, 2 other members have signed up so far.

    • Anonymous 10:35pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      How are you towing it up? Been interested in the option of towing my car at some point in the future once I replace my existing SUV with something larger and capable of towing the weight.

  • 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.

    http://vizcaya.org/virtualtour/index.html

     
    • 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!
      -Chris

    • 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.

  • Arnie Schwartz 7:30pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Body Work on Miata 

    Members…

    I had PALM BEACH COACHWORKS in West Palm Beach do work on my Audi. Minor damage and cleanup. They worked on my girlfriends Jaguar and it came out beautiful.

    I decided to bring them my Miata (love of my life … in addition to my girlfriend) to repair scratches, and dings from stones. Also needed the car buffed out to bring back the color. OMG! The car is spectacular. They removed the pin striping (I hated from day 1). See pics below. All I can say is this is the place for any restoration work on the body. They work on high end cars from dealers but will take your car.

    See you at the next meeting. Contact grandpaarnie@comcast.net if needed.

     
    • Andrew 9:52pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Its looks beautiful, excellent and a great to know for when I need work.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:08pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzeFFP0Bjmo&feature=youtu.be

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

      Awesome. . .like a piece of candy.

  • John Morris 9:34pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    2019 South Florida Miata Club’s June Monthly Meeting 

    It stayed dry right to the end and then the heavens opened up on the way home. We had a chance to welcome our new member Warren Lee with his beautiful new pearl white 2019 Grand Touring.
    He drove all the way up from Homestead. We all WELCOME!!! you.

     
    • Robin Burr 7:18am on Monday, June 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      YAY! Another member from down our way. Good to hear someone else from Homestead is joining the club.

  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 8:24pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Dolphin Photo 

    Robyn enjoyed her time with the dolphin at the cove.

     
  • Andrew 12:24pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Autocrosser, , Gulfcoast,   

    Gulfcoast Autocrosser and Performance Driving 

    UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUqDWvjsx9c&feature=youtu.be

    The hard part is learning where the imaginary rod lies in relations to the cones. As for the car, it handles very well with stock tires. My swaybars were upgraded to GWR RoadsterSport brand, a medium upgrade for swaybars. Its helps to reduce, but not eliminated the strong roll of the car.

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    For anyone interested, I will be out at the training ground this coming Saturday, June 1st for another round of novice training. Its a great learning experience, well worth the drive there and nominal cost for about 2-3 hours of driving practice through cones on a safe airfield. You can drive the car as hard or soft as you like. For me its about learning the feel of the car, its handling, braking and threshold of grip.

    Preregistration is going on now: http://rollbase.gulfcoastcloud.com/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=142720&p=144437&g=211172 You pay the $25 at the event, helmets are available for free use.

    This is the last session for the summer and the program resumes in September. Pretty much everything you need is on site for nominal cost: food, drinks/water, paper signage for your car. Do bring lots of sunscreen, hat, proper clothing for direct sunlight as there is no shade.

    The novice program starts at 9:30 AM sharp, I expect to be there around 8AM.

    Your car will need to be inspected (tires, brakes, engine for loose battery and anything loose) and cleared by the officials at the site. The facility is broken down into two parts for Saturday use: novice school and 1/2 mile test/tune track. Novice school is in the morning then they break for lunch around noon and give you 3 runs (tokens) for the test track. You can earn more tokens (more runs) by working the cones (people stationed to reset the knocked down cones). On Sunday the entire field becomes a 1 mile race track.

    Contact me for any other questions.

     
    • Robert Burr 2:52pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds great!

    • Anonymous 3:23pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Where is this held…Google map?

    • Andrew 5:15pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

      Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

      Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

    • Frank Falcone 11:09am on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

      Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

    • Anonymous 12:25pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Andrew, i can’t make it this Saturday but would like to do the event in September. Please keep me informed.

      BTW, I’ve done two of the Equipe-Rapide autocross events at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds this year. They won’t start back up until October but I’ll post the date when it becomes available.

    • Andrew 5:24pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Frank,

      Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

      That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

      As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

      As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

      I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

    • Frank Falcone 10:14am on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

    • Anonymous 4:49pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Frank,

      For purpose of novice training, I don’t think it matters as you are not competing. If you were to race on Sunday, then it would make a big difference.

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