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January Breakfast Wrap Up

A lonely sight.
Rudy, Patti, Rita and I. That’s our (new to us) GT, PRHT.

Beauty & The Beach

Matt Jacobson is a simple man with specific tastes. He spent years tracking this car down, and we recently sat down with him to hear the full story:

I always loved the car. It’s so elegant, it has this look of an Italian sports car of the era with all the VW underpinnings, and that extra foot, or however little bit longer it is than the regular Karmann Ghia platform. It’s very well-proportioned. The rear end is evocative of a round tail light BMW 2002. And, it has this bubble top roof that sits on very narrow B pillars that make it look like the hard top of a Mercedes 300SL Roadster.

Read the rest of the story on YouTube.

A Classic Purchased Without Regret

Typically 2+2 body styles are less desirable to two-seaters—that’s true of the Datsun 240Z and the Lotus Elan. But with the Lotus the Plus 2 wears the larger size with elegance, and at a still-attainable price point. While not enjoying the valuation of the lighter drophead coupe, the 10 inches of additional width and two feet of length give the classic a character of its own.

Brieuc like other Elan enthusiasts was initially looking for a convertible, but fell in love when he saw this 1972 +2 coupe in Lotus Yellow with matching numbers. Beautifully maintained on the outside with not even a hint of a crack in its fiberglass body, the Elan delights on the inside with its burl wood dash.

“I’m an idiot but I love it. I love this car,” said Brieuc. Seeing the lithe, 2000-pound coupe in motion, we can see why.

Drive Tastefully®


Meeting Minutes for 5 January 2017

Wow it’s 2017 already!!

When: January 5th, 2017

Where: BJ’s country buffet, North Augusta

Who: John and Teri Bozzarello, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Jacques Fournier, Dick Larson, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Stacey Timmerman, Tom Varallo, Ralf Wilms and Victor Yu.

We all grabbed a bite to eat at the buffet then Tom got the meeting started with “THE BELL” ;-). He turned the meeting over to Dennis to run.

Treasurer’s Report: SStarted at $1340.74 from December 9th and $80.00 in dues collected at the Christmas party and since, the balance comes to $1420.74.

• 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…..Dennis has or will be making tags for Dick Larson, Don & Cheri Bozzarello.
• 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 and other items are 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 are due now. In fact they were due on 1 Jan, so if you have not paid your membership dues please make them. Thank you for your support!
• Rita’s suggestion that membership has already voted on the issue of Karol and Dennis both being officers when we voted them in office was agreed upon.
• Those in attendance voted to waive 2 person integrity for Treasurer/President, when signing checks or contracts. There were 9 votes to waive. Voting began tonight and remaining members can vote online. Voting will run through next week. Please get your votes to Tom, Dennis & Karol. Thank you!

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:
• This meeting was a planning meeting, so the following items were planned:

The following events are anticipated:

14 January Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
21 January Breakfast – Steak & Shake (I-20 & Belair Rd.) Ralf Wilms
2 February Dinner Meeting – TBD Don and Cheri Nesbit
18 February Breakfast – TBD Tom Varallo
2 March Dinner Meeting – TBD Mike and Shirley Dyer
TBD March Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast – N. Augusta Stacey Timmerman
6 April Dinner Meeting – TBD Karol Mason
15 April Club Outing TBD and Bkst/Brunch Bob Tarrant
End of April or first part of May is Miata’s at Myrtle Beach – Keep an eye out for dates TBA
4 May Cinco de Mayo Dinner Meeting – TBD Dennis Mason
6-7 May Carolina Motor Sports (Parade Laps) John Haff
20 May Breakfast – TBD Victor Yu
31 May – 4 June Zoomin of the Mountains of E. Tennessee Tri-Cities Miata
1 June Dinner meeting – TBD Karol Mason
17 June Breakfast at Airport Grille and Drive Trenton Peach Parade Stacey Timmerman
16-17 September Wanna Go Fast – N. GA Mountains TBD

Christmas Party & December meeting

When: December 9th 2016
Where: Woodside Plantation Clubhouse

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Don and Kay Boltz, John and Teri Bozzarello, John and Pat Clark, Ed and Shirley Mauney, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Jacques Fournier, Larry and Rita Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, John and Kathy Omerod, Kirill and Emilie Skliar, Rudy and Patti Wilmoth, Dave and Sue Woomer, and Victor Yu.

Thank you so much to Shirley Dyer for all the planning and to John and Kathy Omerod for getting us into this clubhouse.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1590.74, with $30.00 in income from dues payments and $896.00 Member Party Payments equals $2516.74. Minus $280.00 in expenditures ($10 each for those attending tonight’s party, )and minus $896.00 payment for a total check of $1176.00 (total payment for tonight Christmas Party), the balance comes to $1340.74.

Then we got started with the business of partying!
As usual the White Elephant gift exchange was a hit. Hopefully, everyone had a good time!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!