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Original Owner Honors His Original Honda CRX

At the young age of fourteen, Christopher Hoffman helped convince his mother to buy a ’77 Honda Civic wagon. That was just a small, first step in what would become a life-long infatuation with Hondas.

This one is sort of personal. Donna’s and my first car we bought together was a 1977 Honda Accord similar to the car on the left in the garage during the first few seconds of this video (ours was a light metallic blue instead of brown though.) Over the next several years we owned a 1978 Accord, a couple of 89/90 Civics and a ’83 Prelude. In late May of 1989 when we moved to Aiken I was ready for another new car and was seriously leaning towards a CRX, but then the July issue of Motor Trend showed up with a red Miata on the cover.

25 Years Ago – Spring 1991

Then & Now

1956 Porsche 356/1500S Speedster & 1991 Mazda Miata
The Second in a series of wheel-to-wheel comparisons

In purely technical terms, a comparison of the Porsche 356 Speedster and the Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn’t compute. How can you relate a horizontally-opposed, air-cooled, rear-engine car of the Fifties with a front-engine, twin-cam, 16-valve machine of the Nineties, one that we currently accept as the state of the sports car art? You can’t.

So forget the specifications for a minute and consider the generally accepted definition of a sports car: a small, two-seat roadster built for just one purpose, driving pleasure. Now, in that context, put yourself back in the Fifties, and into the Porsche.

For that time the Speedster was very light and simple but also extremely sophisticated, neatly detailed and well finished. Just like the Miata today. The Speedster had a tight structure, supple suspension and precise steering. Just like the Miata today. The Speedster had a very reliable engine, developed from a high-volume production unit to give substantially more power and brisk if not exactly neck-snapping acceleration. Just like the Miata today.

Continue reading: 25 Years Ago – Spring 1991

This Porsche 914-6 Is Forgotten Only by Those Who Don’t Know

Here is another vid from Petrolicious1 and also related to the Club’s visit to Mini Tec last month. A more vaguely related though, because they had a bright yellow what looked like race prepped one on the side of the shop and shell of one back in the junkyard-slash-used parts are.

Mr. Jack Griffin has owned this 1970 Porsche 914-6 for thirty-eight years. Even though he’d been looking for a 911 (and has since owned several), he has completely fallen for its light, quick manner and very predictable, solid handling. And while he doesn’t consider the Porsche beautiful, Jack does think it looks “interesting” and loves the rarity. It may not be as popular as the 911, but this 914-6 ensures that the model, far from forgotten, will grow in prestige.

1. Probably quite a bit of the Drive In Movies will be be from Petrolicious collection as they do some marvelous short movies about some marvelous cars.

March 3rd Meeting Minutes

Where: Mi Rancho in Aiken

Who: David Adcock, Brian and Donna Borgardus, Kurt Breitinger, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Dennis and Karol Mason, John and Kathy Ormerod, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Stacey Timmerman, Tom Varallo. Ralf and Ann Wilms, and Dave and Sue Woomer.

We all ordered our food then Tom called the meeting to order while we waited for our food to be cooked and delivered. We had a good turnout and good conversations during and after dinner. Thanks to Dave and Sue Woomer for arranging this dinner.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1441.63. After dues payments of $140.00 and no expenditures, the balance comes to $1581.63.

Old Business:
• See Larry for “Join Us” cards with our website, to give to people who own Miatas that may be interested in joining.
• See Dennis for name-tags
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. Coffee mugs available from http://www.cafepress.com/+masters-miata+mugs
We will have window stickers soon (approx 3”). Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.
• 2016 Christmas Party set for Dec 9th at Woodside Plantation Clubhouse. Thanks to Shirley Dyer and John and Kathy Omerod for setting this up. A suggestion has been made for the club to chip in for part of the cost. This can be discussed at a future meeting.
• We will need to set a date to plan the schedule for the second half of the year.
• Thanks to Brian and Donna Bogardus for putting together the drive to Mini-Tec.
• Most have paid their dues – Thank you for your support!

New Business:
• 5 March – Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast. If you want to drive together, meet at Greg’s Gas Plus at Exit 1, N. Augusta, SC at 8:00am. Otherwise we can meet you at the Holy Trinity Church in N. Augusta. If you’re really hungry they start serving at 7:00. See the website for additional details. Thanks to Stacey Timmerman for bringing tickets to dinner last night and for rounding us all up for the drive.
• 5 March – Coffee & Cars, Augusta is tomorrow also. 8-11am. New Location! At the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown. 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown. It’s behind the Walmart, just off I-20, on Lewiston Rd./Horizon South Parkway.
• 19 March – Saturday Breakfast, 8:30 am
• 26 March – Aiken Steeplechase. So far we have Karol and Dennis, Brian and Donna, Dave and Sue Woomer, and a maybe from Mike and Shirley. Anyone else interested in attending? – Tix are $25 in advance, $40 at the gate. Please let Dennis or Karol know if you are going to attend so we can arrange enough food. Tom has generously donated his Rail Spot and there is room for many.

The following events have been planned or are anticipated:

2 April      Coffee & Cars, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown
7 April       No meeting
9 April       Food Lion Auto Fair, Charlotte NC (7-11 April)     http://www.charlotte-autofair.com/calendar/
21 April     Miata’s at Myrtle Beach, SC (21-24 April)               http://www.miatasatmyrtlebeach.org

10 Years Ago – March 2006

Tech Day

Date: Saturday, March 11th
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Breitinger’s Speed Shop
Attending: Brian Bogardus, James & Kurt Breitinger, John Haff, Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.
Guest Attending: Chuck? John? Bud?

My stuffing Club newsletters under unsuspecting Miatas in parking lots paid off as someone I had hit twice, popped in for a while and visited. He is in town until the end of the year working at SRP and whose name I forgot already. He bought a used 99 with some tasteful mods for a fun get around car and showed up to talk Miatas with us. Might turn out to be a member, might not. (Probably not after he reads that I forgot his name.)

We had a whopping 2 cars get worked on. I did the swap of the slightly stripped lug stud and President Dave had his throttle body cleaned and a remote oil filter mount installed. We had one person come to do some wrenching on others cars, Clunk. His partner Thunk showed up a couple times through out the day to help or hinder as needed.

Further inside the newsletter I find this:

Welcome New Members
Kevan & Cate McCaslin from Aiken. They drive a Silver & Black ’99.

Hey, wait a minute, that name (and car) sound familiar, I bet Kevan is the fellow who came to Tech Day…