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Spend some time with Achim Anscheidt, Head of Design for Bugatti. Achim takes us for a drive around the streets of Berlin in his stripped down 911 while he shares his thoughts on minimalism in design and construction, and how he feels about personal design projects.

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October 6th Meeting Minutes

When: October 6th, 2016

Where: Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, North Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, John and Teri Bozzarello, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Daryl Shipman & Sherry Moore, Bob and Pat Tarrant (and their two grandsons), Tom Varallo, Ralf and Annie Wilms and Dave and Sue Woomer.

We shared the main room with other diners and it got pretty noisy. The restaurant was pretty busy with all the folks trying to evade hurricane Matthew. So we ordered our food and then went outside for a quick meeting. The food was good and service was too. Thanks to Bob and Pat Tarrant for planning this dinner.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1696.63, with $40.00 in income from dues payments and $44.84 in bank charges (over several months) for expenditures, the balance comes to $1691.79.

• Tom has some business cards with the club website; to give to people who own Miata’s that may be interested in joining. See Tom if you would like some.
• 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. The 3” window stickers have come in and are available now.
Coffee mugs available from http://www.cafepress.com/+masters-miata+mugs
Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.

Club Business:
• Dues for calendar year 2017 will be due on 1 Jan. Please make your payment by then. There is no penalty for pre-payment. Thank you for your support!
• It has been proposed that the club kick in $10.00 per person towards to cost of the Christmas party. So a vote of members is being taken via e-mail as to if you are in favor, or opposed to the club kicking in $10.00 per person. An ‘in person’ vote was taken at this meeting but everyone will have a chance to vote via e-mail if you haven’t voted already. Please only one vote per membership. For everyone (listed above) who attended this meeting – your vote has already been recorded please don’t vote again. Thank you!

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:
• Deals Gap weekend/drive is ON! Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway, are nearby and part of the plan. Please plan on coming along 4-6 November, you won’t regret it. See the Calendar for details.
• We are planning on doing Parade Laps at Road Atlanta 3-4 December, and maybe at Roebling Roads Jan-Feb.
• 2016 Christmas Party set for Friday, Dec 9th at Woodside Plantation Clubhouse. Thanks to Shirley Dyer for doing the planning and John and Kathy Ormerod for getting us in. ? This party will be here before we know it, so please put it on your calendars. There will be a buffet dinner with Pan Seared Sirloin, Salmon, Chicken Marsala, potatoes, Salad, Rolls, and desserts of Cheesecake and Red Velvet cake and a cash bar. The room charge and the charge for setting up the bar has been waived since John and Kathy are members. Still the cost is $42.00 per person.
• Tom is working with Don Boltz and Brian Borgardus to update the club by-laws.
• Officer elections will take place at the Christmas party; candidates will be proposed/nominated at the November meeting.
• Wanna Go Fast was a very cool weekend! Mustangs, Corvettes, Vipers, Dodge Hellcats, Lamborghinis, even a Bugatti. But the stars of the show were the many Nissan GTR’s and a couple of suped up Honda Civics.

The following events are anticipated:

15 October Breakfast – What’s Cookin’ in Aiken
****Shirley needs a head count no later than 11 October, so if you plan to attend please RSVP via the website.
Mike and Shirley Dyer
3 November Dinner meeting – TBD Don and Cheri Nesbit
4-6 November Tail of the Dragon Trip – Robinsville, NC Brian & Donna Bogardus
5 November 8am-11am Coffee and Cars Columbia County Exhibition
19 November Breakfast – TBD Dave and Sue Woomer

Elvis is Alive

Well his old BMW 507 is thanks to BMW Classics. When you are done with this video and want more a more in depth story of the car’s resurrection, here is a 40 minute documentary.

25 Years Ago – Fall 1991


By Barbara Beach


Any Miata history buff knows the story! There were thousands of different exhaust sounds, listened to over and over again until the Miata hum was born.

There is, however, another sound less publicized that any Miata spouse or partner can identify. That is… the Miata “whine.” Beginning prior to the car’s purchase, when visions of little red sports cars still dance in our heads, the words, “I WAAANAH MEEEAHTA” are formed. Often accompanied by promises, bribes, and offers way too personal for us to describe, the Miata-stricken partner drags the other for a test drive. Husbands promise wives that a Miata will return him to that newlywed turbo-charged guy she once knew. Wives convince husbands that a two-seat car is the best form of family planning imaginable. The test drive does the rest.

So there it is, in the driveway, grinning its Miata grin. Do we drive it or put it in the garage until it’s a classic? Top down, boot in place, baseball caps on, buckles buckled, let’s go!!! And that’s when you notice it again. It’s faint at first…he comments, “I wonder what it would be like with a little extra power.” She muses, “A tonneau cover would be nice.” The sound grows louder. He says, “I think new wheels and tires would really be the ticket.” She says, “Leather on sheepskin, mmmmmm!” Finally, the sound is deafening…He proclaims, “A roll bar, 5-point harness turbo con¬version.” She shrieks, “CD player with changer, wood dash kit, mirror bras, sill plates…!”

Well, you get the picture. The Miata whine, “I wanna…” is every after-market manufacturer’s dream. We are obsessed with buying our little car presents and pampering it with wax jobs and orthodontics (You did pull its front “teeth”, didn’t you?).

What then does one do when you have purchased every accessory avail¬able? I don’t know about your household, but my new husband Phil has the perfect answer…”I wanna British Racing Green.” Here we go again!

Copyright 1991, Miata Magazine. Reprinted without permission.