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BMW Ultimate Drive

BMW Ultimate DriveIt is time again for the BMW Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a link to the event site: Ultimate Drive. You can reserve up to two cars and a time to drive them, but even if there is nothing left to reserve, if you just show up and hang around you should be able to drive something whenever there is a free car.

The tour will be at Taylor BMW in Augusta (30909) on Thursday, March 15th, and at Hancock BMW in Columbia (29201) on Thursday, March 29th. Donna and I are planning on taking the afternoon off both days to go drive BMWs for a good cause. If you don’t want to take time off from work to drive, you will also have a chance for a Saturday on the 17th, if you wouldn’t mind driving to Century BMW in Greenville, SC (29601).

Here is a link to pictures and a link to my long winded blog post about our last year’s drive.

February Breakfast Trip Photos

Parking Lot Shot Parking Lot Shot 2 Egg Tower Parking Lot Shot 3
A crowd gathers in the very chilly predawn darkness in the Food Lion parking lot. The Krispy Kreme doughnuts helped.
Our little Miatas looked slightly out of place in the parking lot of our breakfast spot. Don’t let the sun fool you, it wasn’t any warmer than at the start.
The giant compartmentalized egg shaped tower across the street from Bill & Fran’s keeps the place supplied with egs for scrambling, coffee and orange juice.
After breakfast we all went over to the post office to see if anyone we knew were on the wanted posters.
Parolees Closed Antique Store Open Hardware Store Opera House
Turns out we were all wanted for overeating, so we went across the street to register with our parole officer.
There were plenty of antique stores to shop at, if only they were open.
One place that was open was an old timey hardware store with it’s very own Nobel Prize in Physics.
The opera house wasn’t open either, but if we wanted to hang around for another 10 hours or so we could see the “Philip Myers Project Pet Benefit.”

Updated: February Miatas for Breakfast

Date: Saturday, February 17th.

Assembly time: 6:30 a.m.

Assembly location: The Food Lion parking lot at S.C. Exit #5 of I-20. (Just north of the interchange on the west side.)

Departure time: 6:45 a.m. firm

We will take a brisk drive up US-25 and SC-121 to NEWBERRY, S.C. where we will arrive around 8 a.m. for breakfast at “Bill and Fran’s Restaurant” just NE of the SC-34 and I-26 interchange. Afterwards, we’ll return to picturesque Newberry, stroll the quaint downtown area and pound on the shop windows wishing they would open before the rumoured 10:30 a.m., by which time we’ll be back on the road returning via a slightly different route to the Aiken area.

The restaurant is CASH ONLY. Figure $10/person iincluding tip. This is the only place open for breakfast, they will be busy even by 8 a.m. This is where the “sit where we fit” and “defer to regulars” comes in.

In the event of completely uncooperative weather, I have a closer alternative, but the assembly point and time remains unchanged; we’ll decide once we’re ready to roll.

Please bring your CBs, tuned to channel 5. On the way there, we can chat about the sights. On the way back, we can poll for Rolaids.

We should be back to the I-20 area by noon at the latest.

Breakfast Etiquette: Order Breakfast, Sit Where We Fit, Tip your Waitstaff, Defer to “Regulars.”

Game Night Photos

Meeting Prep Nobody's Paying Attention Bingo Dominoes
President Rudy and Secretary Dave prepare to hold the monthly meeting.
But nobody is paying them any attention (which is not unusual.)
Miller called numbers while 3 couples played for fabulous door prizes.
Dominoes dominated the evening though.
Payday Sadie
Secretary Dave brought a game that he discovered in his attic, no one played it though as we had left our LSD at home.
Sadie napped, neatly camouflaged and unconcerned, on the couch.

January 2007 Meeting Minutes

or Masters’ Miata Calendar Mania.

We the meeting members: Brian & Donna Bogardus, John Bowles, Kurt Breitinger, Miller & Gail Butler, John & Carol Haff, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman, Rudy & Patti Wi1moth, and Dave Winkler met to hassle out the 2007 calendar.

As the group gathered, some discussed the fun we had the past year and also some new ideas for the new year. First on the list of business we finalized the details for the annual dinner. Brian suggested the club pay $ l 5 dollars towards each member’s dinner. After a short discussion, his suggestion was approved.

Dave, set up a large white board and we got started on the calendar. As you may note below there are some changes since last year and one or two new activities. The new calendar will be posted on the new web site and changes can be made as the days get closer to each event. Here is a brief outline of things to come.

See the Event Listings and Calendar to the left or click on the Event Category to see further out in the year.

The calendar for the year will gain the details for each event as the sponsor provides information. We will continue to have meetings at various restaurants in an effort to establish a standard spot for the three primary locations of our members, Aiken, North Augusta, and August Metro.

If members hear of other activities sponsored by other Miata clubs or just a fun outing for the group, post it on the web site to let the other members have an optional activity for that occasional spare free day to enjoy a top down drive.