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COLD Vette

As we continue our exploration of Icelandic car culture, our next stop is with a very special friend of Petrolicious, Sigfús B. Sverrisson. To call Sigfús a “fixer” is an understatement. He was a tour guide. A Sherpa. A Chef. An Innkeeper. To say that our filming expedition to Iceland would not have been possible without Sigfús is a massive understatement. We profiled his stunning C3 Corvette in all its glory, and we interviewed him about how it found him.

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The disappearing stick shift

A good article on the transmission ‘shift’ to auto. Reading the article, you see that the Miata is still running 60% of sales with a manual.

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Postcards From The Gap

Trudy & Hall Scott

Unbelievable week-end !!! Donna & Brian, we missed you but Ed & Shirley did a magnificent job of leading us on more twisty turney roads than I would ever have thought to exist – Thank you Ed & Shirley. It was an amazing trip and even though I thought it unnecessary to get up so early on Saturday – it proved to be most rewarding Thanks Tom ! We started in the dark but how wonderful to wake up with the mountains. I saw sights that were truly breathtaking. I wish Mike could have enjoyed all the scenery that was provided. Thank you, Lord ! The colors were still there and leaves falling all around us made it almost magical. The food and fun we had was great but the best part was being with our group – truly, we had a great time !
Shirley Dyer

On our first run with the MMC as new members, we had a GREAT weekend. As old hands attending the area, we were appointed “lead car”, but did not mind and hope we gave everyone the best. Our first visit to the Tellicp Plains Bakery was so enjoyable and will certainly go back when in the area. We wrapped a great weekend eating at Fat Buddies’ in Franklin with the best bar-b-que in the area.
It would have been nice to have had more car, but maybe next time.
Ed & Shirley Mauney

As a neophyte in the Miata world I am constantly amazed at what great benefits come from what others might consider the purchase of “just another sporty car”. That I should become a part of a special group of people who find joy in camaraderie centered on a driving experience in a special place on a perfect weekend has left me with reflections of satisfaction. The weekend in Robbinsville was great, do in large part to our Smokey Mountain Sherpa guides, Ed and Shirley Mauney. From before dawn on Saturday, till well after sunset, the group of four Miatas and a big brother BMW traversed one challenging stretch of mountain road after another. It is amazing how many tight turns can be packed into a single day while still taking time to consume so many well chosen calories. Look forward to doing this again next year.
Karl Splan

November 3rd Meeting Minutes

When: November 3rd, 2016

Where: AnShu Aisian Café, Aiken

Who: John and Pat Clark, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Ed and Shirley Mauney (new members), Tom and Susan Varallo, Ralf and Annie Wilms.

We had a large, quiet room to ourselves so it was ideal for a dinner meeting. We ordered our food and held the meeting. The food was good and service was too. Thanks to Don and Cheri Nesbitt for planning this dinner!

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1691.79, with $10.00 in income from dues payments, the balance comes to $1701.79. There will be a charge of $111.05 for 1 year’s website hosting paid during November. Thanks to Brian for keeping it going.

• Tom has some business cards with the club website; to give to people who own Miatas 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 CafePress
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!
Christmas Party, December 9th at Woodside CC in Aiken – The proposal for the Club to subsidize the Christmas party at $10.00 per attendee was approved – total cost per person will be $32.00. The vote going into the meeting was 14 to approve, 6 to not approve. Three additional approval votes were received at the meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in the vote! Shirley Dyer will spam the Club with details within the next few days.
• 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 NOT planning to do Parade Laps at Road Atlanta 3-4 December. John Haff has advised that the costs would be about $2,500.00 to pay the emergency responders and track staff for their time. Roebling Road may be possible in January or February – stay tuned.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:
Welcome New Members – Please welcome new members Ed and Shirley Mauney, of the Low Country Miata Club, based in Charleston, SC. They met some of our Club members at Zoomin The Mountains this past June, and were so positively impressed with us (pun intended) that they decided to join our Club also. Ed & Shirley will join us tomorrow on our Deal’s Gap weekend trek.
Updated Club ByLaws – Tom emailed the updated Club Bylaws, drafted by Don Boltz, Brian Borgardus, and Tom prior to the meeting. The rationale behind the updates was discussed, as well as some formatting errors pointed out by Ralf Wilms. Five of the 6 Membership votes present at the meeting voted to approve, one postponed their vote until they could perform a more thorough review.
Nominations for 2017 Officer Positions – Nominations of Don Boltz for VP, Dennis Mason for P, Shirley Dyer for Secretary, and Mike Dyer for Treasurer were received by email and all but Mike declined the nomination. Nominations for the current slate of officers in their current positions were received at the meeting, and all agreed to serve if elected. Six of 6 membership votes at the meeting voted to elect the slate of candidates to the positions they currently hold. Voting will continue by email until the close of the Christmas Party, at which time the candidates will be elected. Their term will run from Jan 1, 2017 through Dec 31, 2017.

The following events are anticipated:

5 November Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
19 November Breakfast – Golden Corral in Aiken Dave and Sue Woomer
3 December Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
9 December Christmas Party – Woodside Plantation CC, Aiken Dyers, Scotts & Omerods
5 January 2017 Events Planning Meeting & Dinner – TBD Susan & Tom Varallo
21 January Breakfast & Drive – TBD TBD

Masters Miata Club At The Gap

OK, this past weekend Donna and I were supposed to lead 5 cars up to western North Carolina to enjoy some twisty roads and one really, really twisty one. Well, I’ve got to stop watching the news and reading the news on the internet, because I convinced myself that the Alabama gas pipeline’s second accident, earlier in the week, would cause shortages stranding us in the mountains. So Donna and I didn’t lead a group to NC, we handed them our maps and wished them well.

Of course the shortages never materialized and we probably missed an epic weekend of Miata fun. I sent an email to all the folks who went last night, asking for a few words about the trip, but as of yet I have no replies back so I have no idea of what they did. Well, that’s not exactly true, I know they drove through the famous Deals Gap at around 9:30 AM on Saturday morning. Killboy caught them in the act: