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Blipshift Out – Drive In Movies In

I’ve removed the M + W + F  T-SHIRT, AKA: Bliphsift, Widget from the top of the right sidebar. Just another step in the devaluation of those t-shirts on the site. I will still post any shirt that is Miata related on the front page (which is fairly infrequent) so that members can take advantage of them if they so desire.

In its place I’ve added a Drive In Widget which will show a car related short movie I have found on the web. There has always been a Drive In page, but I haven’t really been looking for new content. That changes now. My plan is to put one up every week on Friday or Saturday. Suggestions are welcome, if you find something car related that you’d like to see there, drop me an email at bogardus@gforcecable.com. First up this week, in honor of last Saturday’s Mini Tec visit, a Petrolicious video about a 1979 Mini Cooper.

The Mini Cooper Has Rockstar Status

From Petrolicious:
There are certain cars that define a place and time. Cars that are so part of the culture that they helped to define it. The Mini is one of them. But why is that? Well, as Mr. Sumner Norman explains, it’s because the Mini was ubiquitous–everyone bought one, be it moms shopping for groceries or international recording stars like the Beatles who recognized its universal appeal. And just like Beetles (the VWs mind you, not the boys from Liverpool) and Ford Model Ts, people began modifying Minis for racing almost as soon as they hit the marketplace…

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Mini Tec Visit

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM
Place: One of the 38 quadrillion Waffle Houses in the CSRA
Attending: David Adcock, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Don & Kay Boltz, Larry Garner, Karol & Dennis Mason, Trudy & Hal Scott, Tom Varallo and guest Jacques Fournier.

We had ten people and seven cars converge on the breakfast spot to partake in their morning vittles. After everyone settled their bills we gathered for the drivers meeting in the parking lot. It was here that we learned the Boltzes were not going to eat breakfast with us, but were supposed to be coming for the drive. Dennis dragged out a copy of the roster and Tom gave them a call to ask what their ETA was. They told him 8 minutes and he requested 7 because everyone was ready to get rolling.

Everyone wasn’t really ready though. At this point Larry decided to ride with David instead of both driving separate cars, so they drove across the street to drop Larry’s car off. Tom and Jacques thought that sounded cool too, but neither wanted to not drive nor wanted to decide by playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock, so both drove themselves. Then Tom decided he needed some money, so he drove across the street to use the ATM in the Circle K. Not long after Tom returned, and 15 minutes after the call, the Boltzes arrived and the caravan departed.

Brian had 2 different routes planned, one more or less directly to Mini Tec, the other with a slight detour that allowed for a visit to “Georgia’s Stonehenge”, which one we took depended on how well we did on time getting to Elberton, GA. About half the group had never been the Guidestones and were interested in seeing them, so knowing that, we didn’t lollygag as much as usual at the two intermediate stops which allowed us to make the additional stop there. Most times when we have made a visit to the Georgia Guidestones we have the place to ourselves, but today the parking area and beyond was full. There were a couple of families in rental cars and a Boy Scout Troop also wandering the grounds reading the engravings on tall slabs of granite. After about 15 minutes of trying to read Sanskrit we had had our fill of mystical messages and high-tailed it the last 20 miles to the day’s real destination.

Thirteen years ago a sorcerer and his apprentice thought the 1500 lb. original Mini Cooper needed more than 60HP and figured out a way to put an 180HP VTEC motor in the front. A couple years ago they thought that maybe some of that Honda wizardry, in the form of the 250 HP V-6, would be a good fit for the Miata.

A half mile down a non-descript road in a non-descript small north Georgia town, horsepower magic happens. Norm and BJ welcomed our group with open arms. They had a couple of Miatas sitting there with the hoods up, revealing the goodness that is a more than twice the stock horsepower in a very nicely put together package. Right next to the NB Miata in the shop was a display of most of the components of the kit that will convert your Miata into a Super Fast Miata. And maybe even more importantly, they had cookies and soft drinks for us.

We spent the next hour or so wandering the shop and grounds looking at everything from rusty Mini body shells in the back to fiberglass Mini flip up front clips that accommodate the Honda VTEC motors. A full machine shop that fabricates the all the custom kit parts to Norm’s Miata bottom pan with a full welded roll cage and V-6 motor that is in the process of becoming a dune buggy/sand rail thing.

BJ offered up rides in their NA Miata with a 280HP Acura CLS motor. Dennis was the only one brave enough to take him up on it. Not brave in the sense that BJ was a bad driver, but more in the way of once you tasted that power you might have to open up your wallet for the several grand it will take to acquire it. After we had sucked them dry of stories of builds pasts and builds to come we asked for a lunch recommendation. Well, we were told, if you have to eat in Royston, the Bar H BBQ was the only place to do it and it was only about a mile away.

Not only to the guys at Mini Tec stand behind their engine conversion kits 100%, they also stand behind their restaurant recommendations too, we know, because as our group was finishing up our meal, who should walk in, but…


In the need for a little boost? How about starting the day with a couple fried eggs. Sunny side up, please. Wash that down with some nice cool water. Yeah, that would be egg-cellent!


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