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October Dinner Meeting

Where: Boll Weevil, Augusta, GA
When: October 6, 2011
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Kurt, Karen & Lindsay Breitinger, Patti & Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.


    1. Upcoming Events:
      1. Breakfast – October 15th – Meet at the Circle K at Exit 1. We will leave there at 7:30 sharp for breakfast at an undisclosed location that will be vaugely aviation related in honor of the Boshears Air Show later that day.
      2. Next Dinner/Meeting – November 3rd – At Pickles on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, GA. They must be fans of the old Dick Van Dyke Show as Pickles was the name of Buddy Sorrel’s wife or maybe they just serve Fried Pickles as an appetizer.
      3. Deal’s Gap Trip – November 4,5 & 6 – We have 2 confirmed cars going and the earlier restriction of the 4 car min has been waived. There are still 2 or 3 cars on the fence, so you never know. Come on out and enjoy the roads your Miata was made for.
      4. Breakfast – November 19th – has not been locked down yet, so stay tuned.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Acting Club Secretary

October Breakfast

Plenty of cars pulled into the Circle K between 7:10 & 7:30, but none of them were Miatas, so we just walked across the street and ate.

Ten Years Ago This Month – October 2001

Fall Foliage Foray

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2001
Time: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Place: Western South Carolina
Members Attending: Barbara Battles, John Battles, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, John Bowles, Karen Breitinger, Kurt Breitinger, Donna Lloyd, Mark Lloyd, Carol Haff, John Haff, Cindy Timmerman, Stacey Timmerman and Rudy Wilmoth.
Guests Attending: Beverly

Eight cars gathered at Billy’s for the drive in search of chlorophyll challenged leaves, a very nice turn out considering the gloomy weather forecast. We had 2 silver, 2 red, 2 black, 1 green and a blue in our line-up. We also had 3 Johns and 2 Donnas. Only a couple cars left in the early morning cool with their tops down.

Zipped through Edgefield and a few other smaller towns before making our first scheduled stop in Abbeville. We lined up nicely on one side of the Burger King parking to the amazement of employees and customers alike. Some of us went inside to use the facilities or get some coffee or a biscuit, while still others took this opportunity to buy up some of the new Simpson’s toys available there. The mariner blue Miata of a local pulled into the lot wondering what was going on. He chatted with us for a while, but we couldn’t convince him to drop his Saturday plans and join us. The day was warming nicely and only a couple of cars still had their tops up as we left Abbeville behind.

The next leg of our journey to Anderson was mostly smooth; we all even managed to stay together through a detour on SC28 on the outskirts of town. At the Cracker Barrel everyone put the tops up as there were a few dark looking clouds in the sky and we were going to be there awhile. They told us we had a 40-minute wait, it wasn’t just because we were a group of 15 either, the place was hopping. They finally got us seated at a table for 5 and one for 10 right next to each other. Our waitress was only slightly less ditzy than her paint-splattered horn-rimmed glasses indicated. We couldn’t figure out if they came that way or were an art class project. It was now late enough that about half ordered lunch items, while the other half had breakfast fare. While we waited for our food to arrive, the Breitingers entertained us by solving that little triangle full of golf tees game that they have on all the tables. Kurt did it first time through while Karen got it after about 4 attempts. Me, I can get no closer than 4 left, which puts me in the Ig-no-ra-mus category. After brunch, everyone’s top came down and even some boots went on.

We headed north of Clemson on a two-lane road that would be beautiful when all the leaves really changed color. By the time we got to SC11 and headed west towards Caesar’s Head State Park the skies were clouding over again. Ugly clouds too. While the light rain and Donna’s common sense couldn’t convince Brian to pull over, a couple of really big fat wet drops on the windshield did. He herded our little conga line into a church parking lot so at least everyone could get his or her boots off to make for a quicker top raising later. Everybody but Rudy and the Bogardi went ahead and put the tops up. Chickens.

Brian missed the spot where we should have correctly made a left onto US176 to go to the park, but he quickly improvised a U-turn and got back on track without too much squealing of tires or mashing of brakes. Here is where the road turns twisty, but it was wet and full of slowpokes so we didn’t get to enjoy it at high speed, but at least the leaves looked like fall as our elevation increased. At least it looked like fall for a while; suddenly it got foggy, so foggy that our intrepid leader nearly missed the park entrance. After we parked, Donna B. brought out some brownies to share. Mmmmm. The fog was so bad in the parking lot we almost didn’t walk up to the overlook. Good thing we did. There the wind was such that it moved the fog out, leaving behind a fantastic view. Not calendar quality, but well worth the trip.

We all broke out the maps to pick a way home. The Battles decided to head further east before making their way back to Aiken. Rudy eyed the North Carolina map wistfully, trying to figure a way to the gap, he ended up going who knows where. The rest headed back for a photo op at a nifty looking, but abandoned building on Hwy 11, before heading back home mostly the way we had come.

Miata Service Advice

Any recommendation for a good miata service repair shop in augusta or aiken? I need a routine 120K miles service on my 2000 model. Should I take it to the dealer (~$800) or somewhere else better (and maybe cheaper)? Will want to have timing belt, water pump, oil, gaskets and seals replaced. Would love to have the engine steam cleaned to make it look great under the hood again, but not a need.

Thanks, T

I received this via the web page and I have the very same question, as the Emperor currently sits at 122,668 miles. I know a couple of you guys will pipe in with, it is not that hard a job, you can do it on a Saturday in your garage. For those of us who can’t tell the difference between a left-handed monkey wrench and it’s right-handed counterpart, a little help would be appreciated. So, who would you tell your Mom to take her Miata to, if you didn’t have the time to do it for her?