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  • 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.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:37am on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , UK   

    This Is How You Zoom Zoom 

    Today nearly 2000 Miata’s got together at Elvington Airfield in York, UK in an attempt to break the world  record for the most Miata’s together in one place. Looks like they had a lot of fun.

    Great drone footage video of the event here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU8DFkokMtw&fbclid=IwAR0P9-H4A_cYNnPGaONu0jAk240GuhlCiGAtAkiyUfIEPMQFvU7uVHceyVc&app=desktop

    https://www.facebook.com/mx5oc/videos/2197512723668653/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/420794321996986/

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 12:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    May 11th Keys Road Trip 

    Just a quick reminder that the deadline to sign up for our May 11th road trip to Key Largo is one week away, May 1st. If you plan on joining us, please sign up on our web site and make sure to fill out the form and bring it on the trip to save time once we get to Island Dolphin Care. Sign up page can be found here:

    http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/may-11th-road-trip-dolphin-island-care/

     
  • Robert Burr 2:09pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , West Palm Beach   

    Barrett-Jackson Auction in West Palm Beach 

    by Ron Nieporent  4/12/19

    I’m no dummy. but he is…

    sitting there while missing a unique experience at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach Auction.  Today was a great day as the South Florida Miatas Club met for a bagel breakfast and caravanned to the South Florida Fair Grounds.

    Barrett-Jackson puts on a first class auction and essentially a world class car and memorabilia show.  There were classics from the early days of Henry Ford to a modern day Ford Shelby GT500.

    There was even a 1993 Miata.

    And it sold for $5,500.  We need to hold on to our Miatas for the next 10-20 years.  Who knows what they’ll fetch?

    The atmosphere was electric.

    We want to send a THANK YOU to the staff at Barrett-Jackson for providing BOGO passes to our club members.  A great time was had and we look forward to being back next year!

    John’s photo’s from our day at the auction:  https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14GpiOKnhkdRP

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:28am on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Miata Cruise-in, November,   

    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 4:58pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Show, Car Show, , ummer Crush,   

    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.

    https://www.summercrushwine.com/our-concerts-events

     
  • Robert Burr 9:34am on Monday, February 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: February 10, , Railroad, ,   

    Sunday at the Railroad Museum 

    Let’s meet up for a Sunday drive to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum at the 84 Diner off 595 at 10am to convoy down for an 11am arrival.

    The museum is home to more than 40 historic railcars, including the “Ferdinand Magellan” Presidential Railcar, better known as U.S. Car No. 1. The museum also houses a model train room and numerous interactive displays.

    The address of the museum, next to Zoo Miami, is 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177.

    Gold Coast Railroad Museum

    RSVP on the event page: http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/gold-coast-rail-road-museum/

     
  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 2:04pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Outing   

    Lion Country Safari 

    It’s time for the Uof M organ donor picnic at Lion Country Safari on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Cost is $15.00 per person, children under 2 free, if you come as our guest. If interested, please contact Roz or Brian.

     
  • Robert Burr 8:53am on Monday, January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday – Redland Riot Road Rally 

    26th Annual Rob’s Redland Riot Road Rally – Saturday, January 19, 2019

    The annual Redland Riot Road Rallye, scheduled for Saturday January 19, is a fruity tropical history hunt through South Dade’s countryside in search of clues and delicious goodies.

    26th Annual Rob’s Redland Riot Road Rally

    Each car team receives a map and driving directions, along with a set of questions to be be answered along the route, vying for a prize package worth less than one million dollars.

    Along the way, participants enjoy fabulous goodies and tropical delights in this whimsical adventure through the Redland region. They might even learn some local history and meet some descendants of pioneer families.

    It all starts at Cauley Square at 10am. Each car team pays a $10 registration fee at the start, then heads out in search of treasure. The big finish happens at Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery at 5pm where the answer sheets are turned in and the winner(s) announced.

    Additional stops along the way include Burr’s Berry Farm, Redland Ranch, Phil’s Berry Farm, Knaus Berry Farm, the Fruit & Spice Park, R.F. Orchids, the Hotel Redland, the Florida Pioneer Museum, and Robert Is Here fruit stand.

    For more information, and to register your car team in advance, visit the web site at http://www.RedlandRiot.com

     
  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 2:55pm on Monday, January 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fun activity   

    Walk for the animals 

    Humane society walk, Saturday, March 2, 2019 32 East las olas Blvd. Get there at 9:00AM and get free pancakes; Walk starts at 10AM. You don’t have to have a dog to do the walk. Even cats are welcome.

     
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