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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 12:51pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Photos For Mazda Magazine 

    Here is a great opportunity to get your car on the pages of the Mazda magazine. Read below email from Mazda North America for pertinent info:

    To: MX-5 Miata clubs,

    Mazda is seeking photos of your MX-5 Miata in front of iconic United States landmarks for an upcoming project. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 14th. I encourage you to email your photo submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com.

    Submission instructions
    · Include photo(s) of your MX-5 Miata in front of an iconic United States landmark

    · Include a caption with the photo

    · Please email your submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com on or before Tuesday, May 14th

    If you have any questions, please email me at smalone4@mazdausa.com. Lastly, if your photo is selected, you will be notified by email.

    Thank you,
    Shannon

     

     

     

     
  • 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/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Congrats to Bruce Winter – 30th Anniversary MX-5 

    South Florida Miata Club member Bruce Winter was able to secure one of only 500 of the 30th Anniversary Edition cars. Can’t wait to see it.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 6:35am on Saturday, February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    New Colors Coming On Future NDs 

    You’re too late to get a 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata, unless you were one of the 500 Miata fans who raced to Mazda’s special website to order one of the 500 special Racing Orange convertibles or RF coupes being made available to Americans. Still, after studying the car and conducting interviews with Mazda North America operations president Masahiro Moro and MX-5 chief designer Masashi Nakayama, we uncovered some tasty tidbits about the Miata and the company’s mainstream SUVs and sedans that make it possible. Here’s what we learned.

    Keep your eye on the special wheels.
    The Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels save mass on the famously Colin Chapman-esque lightweight sports car, though Nakayama, who spoke Japanese through an interpreter, would not say how much weight. It makes sense that this new wheel will find its way onto the more track-focused Miata Club models, at least as an accessory option, by the 2020 model year or later. They won’t have the cool “30th Anniversary” etching on the rim, of course.

    Don’t expect yearly special editions.
    Through the NA, NB, and NC generations of the Miata, Mazda regularly introduced special-edition models at the Chicago Auto Show, the event where car was first unveiled in February 1989. But Nakayama and Moro would not commit to future special editions like those old models, which often had special wheels, Momo steering wheels and shift knobs, and the like. Do expect new and special paint colors, and continuous engineering improvement as was done for 2019, since the MX-5, like all sports cars, must have a long lifecycle.

    Do expect more new paint colors.
    Racing Orange was one of three special colors proposed for the 30th Anniversary Miata after Nakayama’s team began working on the special edition about two years ago. (And here it seems like we were just celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary.) The other two colors will likely show up in future model years, he hinted.

    https://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-30th-anniversary-suvs-diesel/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:41pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    30th Anniversary Unveiling Tomorrow 

    Log on to Mazda USA website tomorrow at 12:30pm to see the official unveiling of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5.

    It will be offered in the new Racing Orange color, in both soft top and RF models but only 500 will be available for sale in the U.S., so have your credit cards ready.

    30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30th, , , , New Cars   

    Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Model Coming 

    30th Anniversary Edition ND for the United States

    Status: Confirmed
    Release: Most likely Spring of 2019
    Model year: Unknown at this time (might be 2020, or, might not)
    Limited Edition: Only 3,000 worldwide, only 500 in the USA
    New or different features: Unknown at this time
    Color: Orange

     

    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary will be available for pre-order with a starting MSRP[1]of $34,995

    This special edition MX-5 Miata is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine rated to deliver 181 horsepower

    Exclusive features include Racing Orange exterior paint and interior accents, special serial number badging, RAYS 17-inch forged alloy wheels and RECARO sports seats with Alcantara seating surface

    CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

    Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of one millionth units in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

    The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

    To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

    Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

    No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

    Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at http://www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 10:07am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Summer Crush Cruise In 

    Here is an update on the November 10 cruise in to the Summer Crush Winery. I have invited all the Miata Clubs in the state to join us — with overwhelming response. So far 50 cars have signed up to be going among the clubs.

    The following clubs confirmed that they will be having members joining us there:

      • South Florida Miata Club
      • South Florida Miata’s Owners Group
      • Space Coast Miata Club
      • Treasure Coast Miata Club
      • Daytona Area Miata Club
      • Florida Miata Cruise Club
      • Tampa Bay Miatas
      • Southwest Florida Miata Club
      • Central Florida Miata Club
      • The Villages Miata Club
      • First Coast Miata Club
      • Sunriders Miata Club

    Looks to be a great event so please save the date on your calendars — and share this link to our event page: http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/florida-miatas-cruise-in-to-the-summer-crush-winery/

    Miata Cruise-In Summer Crush Winery - November 10, 2018

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

     
  • Doug Quara 11:39am on Monday, August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    More good reviews of 2019 MX-5 

    https://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-first-drive-goldilocks-choice


    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-review/

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/first-drives/a22713193/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-first-drive/

    https://www.motortrend.com/cars/mazda/miata/2019/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-first-test-review/

    https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-review-first-drive/

    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-pricing-msrp/

    https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/full-review-and-driving-impressions-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-nd2/

     
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