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11:00 am 2019 Fall Steeplechase @ Bruce's Field
2019 Fall Steeplechase @ Bruce's Field
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
I am offering the Club the use of my rail side spot for this year’s Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday, October 26th. My spot is #262 on the Outside Rail (see map) right at a[...]
8:00 am Tail of the Dragon Weekend @ The Gap
Tail of the Dragon Weekend @ The Gap
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – Nov 3 @ 8:00 am
The “event” hotel is the Quality Inn & Suites in Robbinsville, NC. The rooms are small and it is kind of pricey for what you get, but it is luxurious compared some of the other[...]

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We may debate Metric vs SAE but we can all agree that America is grade-8-est! If ol’ George weren’t busy chopping at cherry trees, we’re pretty sure he woulda been turning a wrench on a wagon wheel. So this President’s day, make our forefathers proud and go tighten some nuts in the garage!


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Happy 25th Anniversary Miata!

It was 25 years ago when the Miata was introduced to the world at the Chicago Auto Show. Mazda has created it’s own 25th Anniversary page. (Warning, once you go there you can’t stop the automatically started video.) There is also a cute little time line showing Miatas through the years that you might find interesting. But here is the video to watch right here if you want.

Jay Leno does Mazda one better by bringing in a couple of guys instrumental in the development of the car 25 years ago, Bob Hall & Tom Matano. We get some early history and then Jay goes for a drive around the California Coast effervescing about the Miata. (I could be wrong, but that may actually be Jay’s Miata. His brother owned one and I remember hearing that he had inherited it when his brother died.)


A personality test for your buddies: do they see the tank half full or half empty? Let’s see, at 6.2 lb/gal and your tank holds 18 gal, subtract that from the car weight, divide by the moment of inertia, multiply times the track length divided by the number of turns, carry the one… hmmm, it seems that either of those answers means you need new friends.


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10 Years Ago – February 2004


Date: Saturday, February 21, 2004
Place: Zaxby‘s, Evans, GA
Members Attending: Brian & Donna Bogardus, Lee & Beverly Casey, Ray Cullen, Carol Haff, Dave Harp, John & Jackie Nicholls and Earl Shimel.
Guests Attending: Charleen Luther.

We were blessed with actual spring-like (read normal) weather for a change today, so much so that a drive was called for. Because of where we were in Evans the easiest thing to do would be to just take the Bug Splat route and go up and over the dam and then zip back in to Georgia. This is a nice little drive and it would be totally different this time because, one, it would be light out so you could see the sights and two, no bugs to wipe off the front bumper at the finish.

At the end of the loop in the Dairy Queen parking lot, a movement was started by Donna to go get ribs at Tony Roma’s. Most folks agreed that this was a good idea. Dave headed home though as Shirlene had other plans for him. The Casey‘s also declined as they also had other plans. We tried calling ahead for reservations, but Tony Roma’s doesn’t do that on weekends. Of the five cars going no one could agree on the best route. Considering the time and our location we all agreed it wouldn’t be wise to try and caravan over, so we all headed off in different directions together.

When we did get there, we were told it was a 40 minute wait. Here is where Earl bailed on us, he is just now getting back to driving after hip surgery and it was starting to bother him. Turned out is was more like an hour wait, but us and the hundreds of other there felt it was worth it. Between the seven of us we consumed 4 appetizers, 3 garden salads, half a dozen small loaves of bread, 4 slabs of ribs, 8 sides and innumerable glasses of tea, water and Serria Mist. And to keep our trim youthful appearances intact we declined dessert.

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Hark, there be a crest beyond forty,
cut-eth should’st thou not, cousin.
Cunning tis the left, sirrah,
seventy, over yonder right,
methinks six.
Proceed thirty, take heed,
thou hast perchance a hazard of water!


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