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10 Years Ago This Month – December 2000

MGW Open House

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2000
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Georgia Welcome Center
Members Attending: Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Theron Brown, Tony Cappucci, Jim Creer, John Haff, Ron Kaufman and Rudy Wilmoth.

George Ciamillo, Vice President of MGW Precision, Ltd., a CNC shop in south Augusta and makers of aluminum billet parts for Mustangs & Vipers was adding a line of Miata parts, called Brian Bogardus to ask him if our Club would be interested in coming out to their place and checking out their new parts. As an added enticement George offered to supply us with soft-drinks and pizza. A rally was born.

Brian thought with the short notice and holiday season he would be lucky if he attracted 3 other cars, boy was he in for a surprise. When Brian and Donna arrived at the Georgia Welcome Center there were four other cars waiting. While the usual chat session was in progress, 2 more cars rolled in. Apparently going to a manufacturing facility is considered a guy thing, because the only female in sight was Donna Bogardus. Every other car was filled with a representative of the male of the species.

Considering the weather was rainy, and surprise, COLD, they probably should have gone the direct route, I-20 to Bobby Jones but Brian abhors an Interstate. The route he had planned was down Riverwatch to Gordon Hwy before heading south on GA 56. Naturally, he lost Rudy off the tail end somewhere on Broad Street. We hadn’t started any CBs so John called Carol at home on his cell phone, she looked up Rudy’s cell phone number and then John called Rudy. He was out near Bush Field. We were on Gordon Hwy past the turn for the Airport, so Brian hung the next left to wind his way towards Rudy. Unfortunately this was a very bumpy road and we then had to wait on the last half of a freight train. Soon we were back together, but not for long. Less than a mile after we hooked Rudy onto the back of our train we were split apart again. The Bogardi and Theron made it across the tracks, but the rest of the group remained on the other side as the same train that the group had waited on earlier, trundled south and east.

We were a little late, but it was perfect timing as the pizza delivery guy had just left. George had his 2000 Black base sitting on the shop floor with the shifter, e-brake handle and lighter in the polished chrome finish installed, it looked really sharp. He also had a nice little display of MGW’s three (so far) parts available for Miatas in both finishes for us to look at and touch. While ignoring the pizza and drinks we set upon these parts in piranha-like fashion. “Ooh, can I try that?” “Let me see!” “That’ll look good in my car.” “Eject?!?”

As the afternoon wore on, members left one by one to go home, but George had to force the final three folks out the door at 3:30 because he had a commitment.

It was a mutually beneficial afternoon. MGW accomplished their objective. They got their new stuff in the hands of a few Miata nuts for evaluation and some word of mouth advertisement, plus they picked our brains for possible other items we might want to see them make. As an added bonus they sold quite a bit of stuff. We accomplished our objectives as well. We went for a drive, we bought some cool goodies and we ate some warm pizza.

Check out their website at: www.mgwltd.com

Ed. Note: They no longer make Miata accessories, guess we weren’t a big enough market. I still have the Eject Cigarette lighter in the car and I have a Gripper Shift Knob in a cabinet in the garage.