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  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Fellow members,
    Our club is at a crossroads. Over the past 3 months I have been unable to lead the charge in coordinating events due to illness in my family. John has reached out to everyone for help but other than Gary who planned some events, not a soul seems interested in stepping up to help. We have 175 members in this club. You signed up for a reason which I assume was to participate in the club yet no one now wants to give a hand. John and Rob sent out a note in this months newsletter imploring folks to step up. Sadly, if no one does I fear our club will go away. Certainly out of 175 people we can find 12 who are willing to handle the planning of one months event/road trip. Please take the time to get involved. It is a great club and would hate to see it disappear.

    • Doug Quara 8:02am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, Mark, I understand you are under a lot of stress in your personal life with your family illness, but I’ll be blunt: I call BS.

      We had discussions at meetings on getting people to volunteer to conduct events. We solicited and received many, many great ideas for road trips. I suggested and volunteered to organize trips to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and Corkscrew Sanctuary. We even discussed that the best month for the latter would be March. You yourself even suggested that we can combine it with another event in that area (I believe it was some sort of seafood event, or maybe the Strawberry Festival?). But there was never an official schedule of upcoming events that included this suggestion and confirmed “yes, Doug, please go ahead and make those arrangements”.

      The club never published an official event calendar. It might be a situation where the club is waiting for someone to say “This is the date for this event”, and the person chairing an event is waiting for word from the club “This is the month your event would best fit in the schedule.” That is certainly the case for my Corkscrew Sanctuary suggestion.

      (I’ll ignore the fact that you are regrettably not remembering that over the last few years I organized track days at Sebring, Homestead, and Palm Beach International Raceway, as well as encouraging participation in SCCA Track Night America events.)

      Please step back and take another objective view of this situation. Yes, we need people to chair individual events, but we look to the club leadership to orchestrate from month-to-month.

    • Robert Burr 9:11am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure we need to ring the bell of dire and doom. We have lots of members involved in planning and executing events. Yes, there are problems with Lester’s Diner so we’ll meet at 84 Diner again as we have in the past. They are welcoming and appreciate our business.

      • Mark Gilbert 10:50am on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Doug, Gary and whomever else I may have overlooked in making my statement, I sincerely apologize. I want the club to be the best it can be and that is why I pushed to a fault most of the time to try to bring new and exciting things to the table for our members to do. It just frustrates me that things seem to be backsliding some in my absence. I’m sure it will get all sorted out and things will be great. Sorry for my rant. I did not mean to upset anyone.

    • Robert Burr 2:42pm on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, you are a beloved and valuable member of this group. Your concerns are appreciated and respected. You don’t owe anyone an apology. Let’s find the best ways to move the club forward, develop great programming and have more fun.

      • DJ 5:01pm on Monday, February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Mark, first I want to thank you and everyone else that puts a ton of effort to volunteer your time to organize events. I would like say it again, thank you for volunteering. However, please keep in mind that you are volunteering and that you cannot force people to volunteer.

        That being said, I am also sorry that I cannot attend the meetings any longer as Sunday dinner is family time for us.

        Maybe with the change in venue, we can return to a lunch schedule and I may be able to attend the meetings again. I do not want to volunteer for stuff and make suggestions if I am not able to attend the meetings, as I do not want to step on toes or make waves.

    • Doug Quara 3:20pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have been a member of socially-oriented clubs, many of which were car-related. I was secretary of the Fort Lauderdale Mustang club back in the mid-80’s. I am a member of the NSX Club of America. I have participated in and volunteered for track and autocross not-for-profit clubs and and for-profit companies. Nearly universally, the successful ones had one thing in common: a benevolent dictator. A club such as ours needs such a person to steer the club, set the tenor, organize and follow through. Not saying he or she needs to do everything; quite the contrary. A good leader knows how, when, and what tasks to delegate. Lou and John shared this responsibility for as long as I have been involved, and it worked incredibly well. After expending much effort, Lou requested less involvement. John already is heavily involved in the local British car club. I understand that in the past Karl fulfilled this role. I don’t know the history prior to that, but from what I understand and have viewed myself, these three did a wonderful job. But maybe it’s time for a new person to fill this role.

  • Osvaldo Suarez 4:03pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , black, ,   

    2016 MX5 Club For Sale 

    Hi to all, and I hope I’m doing this correctly. I’ve been on a few meets with the club for the last year or so, and I just registered. I have something to offer to the members here.

    I’m selling my 2016 MX5 Black On Black Club edition with manual transmission.

    The car is very clean with only 5560 miles. I bought it brand new at Greico Mazda in May 2017. It now rides on 949 Racing 6UL wheels wrapped by Yokohama S drive 235 tires. It’s got a Willwood big brakes kit, and rides on a fully adjustable set of JRZ two coilovers with Karcepts sway bars. Plus a stainless muffler from road sport that I bought from another member here.

    I have all the original parts which go with the car as well. This car is still under the 36 month bumper to bumper warranty for one more year. This car rides like a proper sports car which has been garage kept and babied.

    I don’t know how to post pictures, but I can text or email anyone interested any pictures they want.

    I’m asking $23K and can be reached at 305-898-0163

    • DJ 5:26pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is a REALLY clean car. It is basically brand new with so few miles. I have driven this car, wish I was in the market for a ND.

      Good luck with the sale, you porcupine!

  • John Morris 7:13pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: May Event or Road Trip ?   

    May event or Road Trip ? 

    There is no event planned for May if anyone who would like to lead an event of interest to the club. Please let me know or post it on our web site.

    • Anonymous 8:41am on Thursday, February 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Folks need to step up and help out by hosting one event/road trip each year. This club should be more than just eating dinner at Lester’s.

  • Andrew 10:14pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Back Up Camera and CarPlay Install 

    If anyone is interested, today I installed both Carplay and the OEM backup camera in my 2016 GT. Overall it took about a few hours requiring only fours screws and two 10mm bolts to be removed. The rest of the dash comes apart like a Lego set. The bumper requires cutting with a utility knife and drilling of the dense foam to make space for the camera.

    The two scariest parts was doing the firmware update (could brick the CMU) and cutting the rear bumper for the camera. Note, the OEM camera requires a much larger hole than the Ventura camera.

    Saved myself a bit of money as the dealer wanted $400 plus tax for the Carplay and probably another $200-$300 in labor for the camera. If you do the Carplay, you really should do the backup camera since you have already removed all the parts you need. To me, that was the easiest thing to do.

    Ordered Carplay parts from Ebay (Mazda OEM parts) for $155 including shipping and the camera and cables from Amayama for around $326, although is could have been $16 cheaper had I waited another week or two. Both arrived within 2 weeks.

    Last weekend, I added sound proofing material to the trunk and rear bulkhead wall. About a five to seven pounds of material yet it makes a significant difference in reducing noise in the cabin with the top up, about 5-7 dB per my meter. That doesn’t sound like much, but it is quite noticeable. Planning on doing the floor boards and doors soon.


    • Robert Burr 10:45pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, what difference to use google maps and waze rather than the MX-5 built-in navigation system. And, the upgraded USB port charges the phone much faster. I’d like to see it at the next meeting.

    • John Morris 7:32pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Andrew that sounds like some precision work. I hope you can be at the next meeting and tell us all about your installation. Looking forward to seeing it. I also installed a new radio unit in my NC. I put in a Pioneer with car play,siriusXM radio and a backup camera. I did not install it myself. I have a great radio installer if someone is not as brave as you.

    • Andrew 2:08pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi John,

      I plan on being at the March 10 meeting and willing to go over the procedure for anyone interested. The install of both items was fairly easy to do, just requiring a bit of care and taking your time. Its mainly plug and play. I held off on both items as I was weighing the difficulty of self install vs dealer cost.

      I could not justify paying the dealer and with the help of many on the forums who have posted videos and detailed instructions, I took the shot. I think the videos and instruction come across being more difficult than it really is. Don’t get me wrong, one can easily make a mistake and break or scratch a part due to the wrong tool, being impatient, etc..

      I actually wasted over an hour trying to figure out why the camera was not displaying, taking things a parts and rechecking everything. Had to walk away to check the forums and found out that the CMU had to be reset by holding down three buttons on the center console for 20 secs, not the 3-5 seconds I was doing. Others had to disconnect and reconnect the battery cables for the same thing.

      So, live and learn from other people’s experiences.

  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 3:49pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abandoned Pet Rescue, Fun Furry Festival, Sanctuary Church   

    Come join us at the Fun Furry Festival 

    Come join us at the Fun Furry Festival on March 10th, before the Miata monthly meeting, from noon to 4pm on the grounds of Sanctuary Church, 1400 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale FL 33304.

    There are crafts, things for the children to do, and pets up for adoption, all benefiting Abandoned Pet Rescue.

    Is that one time a year event that connects Animals For Adoption, Animal Rescue or Rocks, Artisan Battle Live Children’s Paint, Children’s Bounce Houses, Art Jewelry and Crafts, Mobile Groomers pet Photo Booth and Pet Fashion Show.


  • Scott 12:46pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fender roll, recomendation   

    Recommendations for fender roll? 

    Looking for a company or someone that does fender rolling. Preferably in south or central Palm Beach county.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    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.

  • 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

  • Robert Burr 9:49am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automatic transmission, , recall   

    Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Transmission Recall 

    Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

    More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

    Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

    The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

    The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

    NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

    • Anonymous 6:27am on Thursday, February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mazda’s way of telling you this car is meant to be driven with a manual transmission.

    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply


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