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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 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 4:04pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Island Dolphin Care Road Trip 

    Thank you to all our members who joined us for the road trip down to Key Largo today. Hope you all enjoyed the day learning about the dolphins. Beautiful weather, fun top down drive and good friends. What more can you ask for on a wonderful South Florida day. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

    John’s Pictures can be found here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145cq02a10SAk

     
    • Robert Burr 4:13pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry we missed it. Next weekend is Orchid Fest and Rum Fest.

  • Mark Gilbert 12:21pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Island Dolphin Care Additional Tour Info 

    For those of you who will be going on the Keys Trip on May 11th, our visit will include only the tour of the facility. If you want to do direct  interactions with the dolphins, you must contact Island Dolphin Care to reserve an additional spot for that specific individual interaction. Listed below are the additional offerings and the costs. Please call and ask for Joe Cianciolo and tell him you are with the South Florida Miata Club and he’ll take care of you.

    ISLAND DOLPHIN CARE TOURS

    Guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Tours cost $18 per person. Reservations are required. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call to book. Tours are educational and informative. Guests learn about our history, the therapy programs that we offer, how we care for the dolphins, see the dolphins up close and visit the invertebrate touch tank and sensory garden.

    Educational dolphin experiences are daily at 10AM and 1:30PM. Reservations are required. The experiences are organized to teach guests how we care for the animals, and how they are incorporated into therapy programs with therapists. Participants learn about their anatomy and witness the various types of training that happen each day to maintain each animal’s health. The experience can include a kiss, feeding the dolphins, learning about behavior management and training as well as learning about each animal’s personality. Participants can ask the animal care staff questions while on the dock/platform and then will also have the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions after their session with the animal care staff.

    • Dolphin experience from the dock – $70 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the dock.
    • Dolphin experience from the lift – $120 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the lift where the guest will be lowered to knee deep water.
    • Both the dock and shallow water sessions will be the same length of time, however the lift may include different interactions.

    Yoga by candlelight – $75 per person

    Paint with a dolphin – $75 per person

    Dolphin Float – $110 per person (cost $350 for groups under 4 people).

    Dolphin Ambassador intensive program – spend a ½ day with animal care professionals. Help prepare meals for the dolphins, assist in daily animal care husbandry, and learn about IDC programs. Interact with our dolphins, help make a difference in their lives and all those that attend IDC programs $250 per person. Day begins at 7AM and ends at 12:30PM. Call for further details.

    All programs are based on availability and require reservations. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call (305) 451-5884

     
  • 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
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    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 8:50am on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Possible May Road Trip 

    Here is an idea for a road trip in May.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osDvTNCeEWA

    I visited Dolphin Island Care in Key Largo last week. They are a caring facility that does work with special needs families and also disabled veterans by using their dolphins as an interactive approach with these less fortunate folks. We can take a tour of the place for $18 per person and they also offer other up close and personal experiences with the dolphins for additional charge. You can read about everything they do and offer on their web site.

    Please reply with your thoughts on this trip and we can also discuss at Sunday’s meeting.

    https://islanddolphincare.org/

     

     

     
    • Robert Burr 9:24am on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A trip to the keys is always a blast for us. We’ve been to the dolphin experience several times over the past 30 years and it’s marvelous, especially in combination with a good place to eat. There are several great places only a few blocks away.

    • Mark Gilbert 1:18pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Was considering the Lazy Lobster since you previously recommended it and it is under the same ownership as Lazy Days where we had such a great meal on last years trip down there.

      • Robert Burr 7:17pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The pilot house on the water is also excellent and Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe are only a few blocks away.

    • Patrick S. 7:44pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Love the idea. We would definitely like to attend.

  • 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

     
  • John Morris 7:56pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bok Tower Gardens,   

    Bok Tower Gardens 

    On the way back from the Strawberry Festival. (Yum) Sallie and I stopped at Bok Tower Gardens. I have been past it many times and said I will stop there one day.

    Wow!!! all the azaleas were in full bloom.

    There is a lot of history there as well as rare and endangered plants.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bok_Tower_Gardens

    See the link below to view the pictures I took. There also is a great place to eat right there for lunch. There is also a Honey stop on the way in orange country. (The best ever)

    If someone would like to lead a road trip there it is only two and one half hours from the West Palm Beach rest stop on the turnpike.

    Contact me at jmo3449456@aol.com.

    Anyone can view this shared album at:

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145MDIj1DUPcw

     
    • marcy n. 11:06pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      VERY BEAUTIFUL PPICTURES. THANKS JOHN!

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