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  • Mark Gilbert 3:37pm on Monday, January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Miata Tour of Italy 

    The Southwest Florida Miata Club is taking a driving tour of Italy this summer. They reached out to our club to see if there is anyone interested in joining them. Info as follows:

    Join Blue Strada Tours in 2020 for a driving journey into the heart of Italy. Six days driving the rolling backroads of Tuscany and Umbria, with time still to explore the quaint towns of Siena, Orvieto, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Chianti Region, Pienza, Civita di Bagnoregio, and more.
    The Miata Amore Tours include an overnight in the Eternal City of Rome, several nights in the ‘World Heritage” city of Siena, and 3 nights just a short distance from Orvieto in Collazzone. The scenic roads and rolling hills of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria are what connect these amazing cities for 8 days. Rest assured, it is an exhilarating driving experience. Enjoying lunches and Italian coffees in small villages along the way will endear you to the rural life and culture that Italy is so famous for.
    Andrea Mancini, an extraordinary Miata enthusiast and collector, welcomes us to Miataland—a classic Italian villa style inn that is home a personal collection of Miatas. Staying at Miataland is enjoyable in itself, but adding guests from around the world where the Miata has other enthusiastic owners makes it even more so.
    A 16th century Inn overlooking Siena will be home for additional nights while we explore more of Tuscany, including beautiful historic villages and some of the most famous regions for Italian wine.

    Blue Strada’s experienced Tour Leaders have spent many hours organizing the driving routes and hospitality to deliver a motoring excursion you will always remember with a smile. The Miata Amore Tour ends in Rome. Adding more days in Rome at the end of your tour is encouraged and our assistance will be available as needed.
    Blue Strada Tours ٠1277 Hamburg Ct. ٠ Waxhaw, NC 28173 ٠ 1 704 292 8801
    Amore! The 2020 Miata Tuscany Driving Tour s
    Presented by: Blue Strada Tours LLC

    What: 9-Day Miata Tour of Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

    Dates: April 18-26 ٠ June 6-14 ٠ October 10-18

    Tour Starts: Rome, Italy

    Hospitality: 4-Star Inns with all Breakfasts and Dinners included

    • Day 1: Arrival at Rome, usually in the A.M. from North America, with plenty of time to rendezvous with the Miataland van that will take you directly to Piedecolle in beautiful Umbria where Miataland is located. • Day 2: After breakfast and a tour of the museum, we will depart in mid-morning through lovely roads to a special destination for lunch, returning on alternate route. • Day 3: Our route for the day takes us to interesting sights and roads in Perugia to Castelluccia di Norcia for lunch, followed by more lovely roads back to Miataland. • Day 4: More winding roads, towards the wine country’s vistas and beautiful Sienna. • Day 5: Meet the spirals of San Gimignano and a visit to Siena’s Piazza del Campo—a medieval square in the center of Siena, famous for the Palio Horse Races held there twice each year. • Day 6: The views of Volterra, the renowned Super Tuscan red wines of Bolgheri and the Larderello geo-thermals are on our winding route as we return to Siena. • Day 7: More roads to love and a view of the volcano Amiata, while in Pienza. Pressing on to Orvieto, another beautiful hilltop Tuscan city. • Day 8: Our Miataland shuttle returns the group to Rome by mid-day, allowing guests time to see why Rome is so special. And, finally, our Tour Celebration dinner. • Day 9: Transport to Rome International airport will begin per guests’ flight schedule. ****At the end of your Tour, consider adding more days visiting Rome; our assistance will be available as needed.
    Blue Strada Tours ٠1277 Hamburg Ct. ٠ Waxhaw, NC 28173 ٠ 1 704 292 8801

    Amore! Miata 2020 Tuscany Tours
    April 18-26 ٠ June 6-14 ٠ October10-18

    Miata Tuscany Tour Includes:
    • A variety of Miata MX-5s with manual transmission • 8-night accommodations in 4 Star Inns or Hotels • Tour Support Vehicle • All Breakfasts • All Dinners • English-Speaking Tour Guides • Airport Transfers • All Taxes • Primary Insurance on Vehicles The Tour Does NOT Include: • Flights to Rome ٠ Lunches & ‘Adult’ Beverages • Fuel & Tolls ٠ Travel Insurance • Personal Expenses

    • There are 10 Miata’s and each day they are divided into 5 “Spirited Group” and 5 “Scenic Group”.
    • You get to switch between different generation Miata’s every half day. All four generations of Miata’s are represented.
    • Typical days are divided into four stints of 1.5 hours each with coffee breaks and a 1 hour lunch. About 6 hours of seat time. Should end the day by 4pm.
    • Will be staying in two Inn’s: Miataland and one in Siena.

     

    ____________________________________________________________________ TOUR PRICING
    2 Drivers/2 Cars/ 1 Room 2 people/ 1 car/1 Room 1 Driver/1 car/1 Room
    $3,875 per person                      $6,235                            $4,360
    For Reservations Contact: billk@bluestradatours.com , 1 704 292 8801

     
    • David M Brandt 8:18pm on Monday, January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks very interesting to Alice and I, either June or October. Anyone else thinking about it?

  • Mark Gilbert 12:48pm on Monday, January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Hangover Run 

    Started off the New Year with the Hangover Run. Beautiful day and great  ride to Lake Okeechobee and Martin Grade. John’s pics can be found here:

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145rTpqCSdL1f

     
  • Mark Gilbert 10:48am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Miata Reunion, Road Atlanta   

    Road Atlanta To Host Miata Reunion 2020 

    Here’s the Miata Reunion website where the dates were announced, and where future information will be posted. http://miatareunion.com/ There is also a Miata Reunion Facebook page where this is posted.

    “We’re finally ready to make the official announcement of the date and location for Miata Reunion 2020. We apologize for the repeated delays but had to work out some details with the track first, so we didn’t want to tell anyone until things were 100% confirmed.

    Please save the date for the weekend of October 31st – November 1st at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

    Once we have all the activities worked out we’ll be publishing all the details via the Miata Reunion website. Please make sure to get on the event email list via the Miata Reunion website so you don’t miss any important announcements.

    Event Registration will open at 9am Pacific time on Saturday, June 20th.”

    https://www.roadatlanta.com/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 10:49am on Friday, January 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Documentary, , , Series   

    Mazda Miata Documentary Series 

    Mazda Miata Documentary Series links:
    Introduction- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpBc3K3aZgc&t=14s
    NA- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p41i9L0HOJw
    NB- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTAHDnvO748
    NC-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslB_4JIKs0
    ND- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38SE1-1hBlI&fbclid=IwAR2TovfTMZyDZjHnqGixwxtVM1cWbQxR4-uYRWERsyksONo5dReVnNMLOCw

     
  • Robert Burr 1:06pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Stick Shift   

    Mazda Miata Buyers Kept the Stick Shift Alive in 2019 

    Every day, we car enthusiasts are warned that the manual transmission is dying. Automatics shift quicker, accelerate faster, and deliver superior fuel economy. The stick-shift is old fashioned, out of date.

    Mazda Miata Stick Shift

    Well, it seems someone forgot to tell Miata buyers about the death of the manual transmission. In the 2019 model year, the majority of the delightful drop-tops that Mazda sold were equipped with three pedals, according to Autoblog.

    Turns out, between July 2018 and April 2019, 76 percent of soft-top Miatas were sold with a manual transmission. The number was a bit lower for the retractable-hardtop Miata RF, just 52 percent sold with a stick-shift. Still, that means the majority of Miatas were manuals.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a30359876/mazda-miata-stick-shift-manual-transmission-take-rate/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 7:40pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Lester's DIner,   

    Monthly Meeting This Sunday – 1/5/2020 – Lester’s Diner 

    Reminder, our first monthly meeting of the new year will be this Sunday at Lester’s Diner at 4pm. Hope to see everyone there. We will be discussing plans for the St. Augustine weekend road trip and future club events.

    Lester's Diner - Miata Meetings

     
  • Mark Gilbert 12:12pm on Saturday, December 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Happy New Year   

    Happy New Year! 

    The South Florida Miata Club would like to wish our Miata Club family and friends a very Happy New Year. Start off the new year right by joining us with a great breakfast at the Dune Deck and drive up A1A afterwards.  http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/new-years-day-hangover-run-2/

    See you all down the road in 2020. Zoom-zoom!

     
  • Mark Gilbert 6:04pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    St. Augustine Road Trip – March 14-15 

    Our first weekend overnight road trip of 2020 will be to St. Augustine on March 14-15. Details are being worked out now but if you plan on going, please sign up now so arrangements can be made for lodging. Arnie and John are working on this trip and would appreciate your cooperation in signing up as early as possible so they can plan accordingly.

    Further details to come once finalized. Should be a fun weekend!

    Sign up here to attend the road trip:  http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/st-augustine-march-14-15/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 1:05pm on Monday, December 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    PBIR Autocross League – January 10th 

    Palm Beach International Raceway Autocross League
    Sponsored by PBDC

    Test your driving skills, racing against the clock to post your fastest time on PBIR’s challenging 7/10-mile, 11-turn autocross circuit. It’s an incredible value, just $65 in advance and $75 at the gate, in an exciting competition among seven classes from four-cylinder normally aspirated to the Unlimited division. Passenger rides are available with approved SNELL helmet at no cost.

    We do have a cap on the number of cars we can have to make sure everyone can get as many runs as possible.

    Must be 18 years or older
    Valid Drivers License
    Must have a SNELL SA2010 or SA2015 certified helmet

    Online Pre-Registration is Now $65

    Save up to $15 by Purchasing NOW
    Dec. 13 Register now!

    Classes

    Four Cylinder NA (Normally Aspirated)
    Four Cylinder Super Charged or Turbo
    Six Cylinder NA
    Six Cylinder Super Charged or Turbo
    Eight Cylinder NA
    Eight Cylinder Super Charged or Turbo
    Unlimited Class

    Gates Open at 5:45 PM
    Track is Hot at 6:30 PM

    Online Pre-Registration now available!

    About Palm Beach International Raceway:
    Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is an acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility located in South Florida. The venue features a 2.2-mile road course and an all-concrete 1/4-mile drag strip sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA). The state-of-the-art facility hosts over 350 events year-round which includes sportsman and professional drag racing, driving schools, endurance races, autocross, car shows and special events.

    PBIR is home to the Palm Beach Driving Club™ (PBDC), a private members-only club for automotive enthusiasts and resident driving school Bertil Roos Racing School. IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a TPG Specialty Lending company, acquired PBIR in 2008. For more information on PBIR, please visit RacePBIR.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RacePBIR.

    RacePBIR.com

    call 561-622-1400


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    • David Brandt 11:29am on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This event was rained out and is now rescheduled for Friday, January 10.

  • Arnie Schwartz 3:19pm on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Rim, wheel   

    Rim and Wheel Repair 

    Got some ugly curb rash on my after market wheels. Banks are brutal. After some research found a company in Jupiter to do the work. Guy is a one man work-a-holic. Been in business 20 years and repairing and designing rims for 35. Powder coat if needed and balancing included in price.

    Will get rims Monday. Will post pics…

     
    • David M Brandt 11:10am on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      How did the wheels turn out?

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