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June meeting

Where: River House in North Augusta.

River House, formerly Davenports, is located at 301 Georgia Avenue in beautiful downtown North Augusta. Come out and have dinner with some Miata enthusiasts. There will be a short meeting after entrée ordering to discuss old business and/or new business. Plus…

Per ARTICLE VIII, Paragraph C of the Club Bylaws: Election and installation of officers shall occur at the June meeting. Election shall be determined by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership.

Event Coordinator: John Nicholls 803-278-6724

May Miata’s for Breakfast

When:May 16, 2009, 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Where: Cracker Barrel, Augusta, GA – map

We will leave the Cracker Barrel parking lot at approx 7:30 for a short drive to The Acorn Restaurant in Red Oak Manor at 410 North Louisville Street in Harlem, GA map (706-556-8222). Join your fellow Miata Club members for some coffee, a bit of gossip, more coffee, a morning meal, maybe one more refill of coffee and if you are very lucky, a drive afterward.

Event Coordinator: The Wilmoth’s 706-840-2877

10 Years Ago This Month

Double Drive In

Date: May 22, 1999
Time: 6:45 PM
Place: Sonic Drive-In, Belvedere, SC
Members Present: Nicholas Arrowood, Shawn Arrowood, Zachary Arrowood, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Karen Breitinger, Kurt Breitinger, David Brock, Noel Brock, Jim Creer, Judy Creer, Jill Dobson, Wes Garin, Carol Haff, John Haff, Sean Kelly, Andrea Thorton, Cindy Timmerman, Stacey Timmerman, Cheryl Van Horn, Ernest Van Horn, Rudy Wilmoth, Anita Wylds and Brian Wynne.

It took a while to get our caravan all in a row because of the left turn leaving the Sonic. Fortunately the first few miles of US 25 North is four-lane divided highway which made it relatively easy to get all the cars lined up. The route was probably familiar to some, as it is the same way we headed to Columbia a couple of months back, but the drive was still gorgeous due to just a hint of chill in the air and to the slowing setting sun.

The weekend before the event Donna and I went up to the Big-Mo to iron out the last few details. We talked to somebody who was outside putting up the letters to spell the movie titles and he told us that we should get to the drive-in around 8:30, so this is what we aimed for. Obviously he must have meant 7:30. Our merry band arrived at about 8:40 and when we pulled in, the place was already packed. We did find a place to put our 12 cars in a line, in the sixth row on the left end.
When you pull in to a parking spot there is the familiar metal pole to park next to, but it looks empty, what gives? There are no speakers. Nothing to hang on your window/door, nothing to forget about as you drive off, ripping the cord off and breaking your window, no tinny sound. Isn’t modern technology great? You now turn your FM radio to 89.4 and the movie sound comes out of your car speakers, cool.

Some of the non-Miata folks had brought boom boxes so as not to wear down their car batteries. That set a few of the members to worrying about running down their expensive little gel batteries. If you had a high power amp hooked to a sub-woofer and turned up the volume so everyone within a ½ mile could hear it, maybe. Fortunately the Miata is really light making it easy to push start if this did happen.

The movies for tonight were, first, “The Mummy” and second, “Life.” At around 9:00, after several 50’s style concession stand enticements, the show began, no previews, right into ancient Egypt.
I don’t know if it was because the screen looked smaller than my TV or what, but I just couldn’t get into the movie. Maybe it would have been a lot better if it took place in the present day and added some Miata car chases.

Donna and I, as well as some others, left after the first feature, as it was getting well past our bedtime. More stayed than left, I think. We may try this again in the fall, but if we do we will be sure and get there earlier so as to get a better spot.

May Meeting Minutes

Where: Formosa II in Augusta
When: May 7, 2009
Who: Donna & Brian Bogardus, Kurt & James Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, Larry & Rita Garner (and Michael their offspring), Carol & John Haff, John & Jackie Nicholls, Dave & Autumn Schumacher, Stacey Timmerman, Patti & Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.
Special Guest: Former Member Ray Cullen

Treasurer’s Report: $1,062.98.

Past Events :

  1. April’s meeting was at Ferrando’s in Aiken and was a bit noisy for a meeting.
  2. Sunrise Grill in Augusta lived up to the reputation of its South Carolina namesake.
  3. Six members in three cars made the trip to the Abbeville Opera House and it went a littl like this: eat, drive, eat, drive, eat, play.
  4. The rally was a big success Six cars participated and the Wilmoths snagged first place. The Winklers finished in second and also won the most improved prize. The only one disappointed was one of the rally masters who felt they must of made it too easy as everyone finished without opening the emergency envelope.

Future Events:

  1. The Wilmoths are the planners for the May breakfast on the 16th.
  2. Dave Winkler let us know that on the same day there is a big Military Appreciation Day in downtown Augusta that includes a big car show and fireworks at dark.

Actual Business:

  1. Nominations of Officers for the following year were solicited and a hush went over the crowd. Finally the President broke the silence by volunteering to be nominated again and soon the the other three officers agreed to do the same. Be sure and come to next month’s meeting for always exciting elections.

June’s meeting will be at the Riverhouse (formerly Davenport’s) in North Augusta, SC.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

TSD Rally

Brian and Donna Drive The RouteThis is the GPS track from our running of the rally. The GPS told us that we went 70.8 miles in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 56 seconds for an average speed of 33 MPH. I don’t remember what the actual figures were supposed to be, but you can bet these numbers are way off because we finished tied for fifth in a six car contest.

Here is a larger and clearer image – Rally Route Taken – you can right click and save to your PC if you want to.

Here are the few photos I took at the Rally finish, which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, both figuratively an literally, but the food was good and there was a steady lunch crowd the whole tim we were there.

  Obligatory Car Line Up Photo   Obligatory People Line Up Photo  
Obligatory Car Line Up Photo
Obligatory People Line Up Photo
  Country Boy's   Rally Dog  
Country Boy’s
Rally Dog