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Driving All 4 Generations Of Miatas?

Back in February, Larry Garner sent me a link to a video about a couple of fellows driving all four generations of Miatas back to back and comparing them. I put it up on the site in March. In April, Karl Splan and I got to talking and he said that he found the video interesting. His introduction to the Miata was through the NC and always wondered what the other generations were like. This got us thinking, could we recreate something like this with the Club? Sounded like my sort of hare-brained idea.

So, I’d like to propose a Club event that would hopefully bring together at least one of every generation Miata that would be available to let other Club members drive, so they can get a little feel of the 25+ years of Miata evolution. I imagine a mid-morning Saturday meet-up, two to three hours of driving followed by lunch and story telling. I have tentatively mapped out a 15 mile loop that includes several different types of roads and should take approximately 30 minutes to drive. The start area is off Exit 5 in North Augusta and is convenient to several restaurant choices (loop map). There are four upcoming open Saturdays that might work, May 13 & 27 and June 10 & 24.

The basic rules would be:

  1. The owner of the car can be the passenger on the drive or in a car following their car (if they so desire.)
  2. If something goes wrong
    • through the stupidity of the driver, they break it, they buy it.
    • through no fault of the driver, well, crap happens.

The owner may add additional rules as they see fit.

If you are interested in participating, leave a comment below including:

  1. generation of your car (NA, NB, NC or ND) you are willing to let people drive.
  2. generation of the car(s) you would like to drive.
  3. Saturdays you might be available.

Cruise-In / Power Cruise



Picked up this flyer at the Cruise-In at Hooters last Saturday in case anyone is interested. It is this weekend in the Kiokee Baptist Church, 5701 White Oak Rd, Appling, Georgia 30802

The Pao

It Isn’t A Sports car, Exotic, Or Pedigree Rich Racer, It’s Just Different. This week we squeeze into an unusual Japanese car: a 1989 Nissan Pao. The smitten owner of this adorable compact city car, Godis Sanchez, tells us what it was about the pastel teal retro-mobile that lured him.

Editor Note:
I have always had a soft spot for weird Japanese cars and while this car is so cute it is cool, I really love a Figaro which literally looks like it was snatched from a kids comic book and brought to life. When I saw this Petrolicious video I rekindled my desire to visit Japan Direct Motors. This time instead of email, I called. I didn’t get the owner (he was on vacation) but did speak to one of his sales guys who promised to pass along my request to him when he gets back. The owner in this video mentions how rare and special his poa is and while it may be special, it can’t be too rare as Japan Direct Motors has not only one, but two for sale (and a real live Figaro too.)

April Dinner Meeting Minutes

When: April 13, 2017, 2017

Where: Old McDonald Fish Camp, North Augusta, SC

Who: David and Ellie Brock, Brian and Donna Bogardus, John and Teri Bozzarello, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, John Haff, Dennis and Karol Mason, Daryl Shipman and Sherry Moore, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Tom Varallo, Rudy and Patti Wilmoth, Ralf and Annie Wilms, and Dave and Sue Woomer.

Old McDonald Fish Camp was a rustic, family owned restaurant that serves all types of fish, shrimp, and some unusual options like Gator, and some excellent Grits and Hush Puppies. All very good!

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1540.74, with no additions, nor subtractions.

  • Brian found an old Invoice for static cling Master’s Miata stickers (the ones that keep their colors), so a vote was taken to approve spending money from the treasury to purchase 100 clings. 13 votes to approve.
  • John Haff mentioned that Ms. Anita Wylds, who is a Master’s Miata founding member, is still in serious condition in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital after a nitrogen leak at Xytex where she worked. All present at this meeting agreed that we should send flowers as soon as she can receive them. John agreed to purchase ($50-$60) and have them sent to her and bill the club.


  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Two things will be going on tomorrow, Saturday 15 April:
    • Bob Tarrant will host the club breakfast at Ridgecrest Coffee Bar in Aiken at 8:30 am.
    • Hooters (on Washington Rd in Augusta) will have a “Cruze-in”, hosted by Road Angels, from 1-4 pm. Cars displayed (like Coffee and Cars), display yours too! No charge to display or view.
  • Parade Laps at Carolina Motor Sports 6-7 May hosted by John Haff. On Saturday, 6 May, we will meet at McDonalds at Exit 22 off I-20 and depart from there at 8:30 am. We must be at Carolina Motor Sports at 11:00 to line up and sign releases, etc. in order to do the Parade Laps. We will enjoy approx 8 laps on the 2.2 mile track with 14 turns. There will be no charge for the laps or to stay for the day, but you may, if you wish, donate $10.00 per car to the fund for children’s Christmas Toys, that National Auto Sport Association (NASA), supports. You are welcome to stay the day (also no charge); there will be concessions (to purchase lunch etc), and an evening BBQ (also no charge). All in all, sounds like a wonderful day!
  • If you have not paid your membership dues please make them. Of 80 members on the rolls we have 20 paid up. Please check with Mike Dyer if you are unsure if you’ve paid. Thank you for your support!

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

15 April Club Bkst/Brunch – Ridgecrest Coffee Bar, Aiken  8:30 Bob Tarrant
27-30 April Miata’s at Myrtle Beach XI More Info  
4 May Cinco de Mayo Dinner Meeting – Mi Rancho (8th & Reynolds) downtown Augusta  6:30 pm Dennis Mason
6-7 May Carolina Motor Sports (Parade Laps) John Haff
20 May Breakfast – TBD Victor Yu
31 May – 4 June Zoomin’ in the Mountains of E. Tennessee
ZTMOET  or Facebook
Tri-Cities Miata
1 June Dinner meeting – TBD Karol Mason
17 June Breakfast at Airport Grill, N. Augusta and drive to participate in the Trenton Peach Parade Stacey Timmerman
6 July No Dinner Meeting!  
15 July Breakfast – TBD Larry & Rita Garner
3 August Dinner Meeting and ‘get together’ with the Corvette Club Daryl Shipman & Tom Varello
19 August Breakfast – Sunrise Grill, North Augusta Tom Varello
21 August Total Eclipse of the Sun at approx. 2:25 pm, anyone interested will meet for a drive to Columbia, SC 
More info to come….
Larry Garner
TBD some Saturday in September ‘Gimmic (style) Rally’ – TBD John Bozzarello
7 September Dinner Meeting – TBD Shirley Dyer
16 September Breakfast – TBD Annie Wilms
16-17 September Wanna Go Fast – N. GA Mountains More info  
5 October Dinner – Variety, Aiken  
21 October Lunch picnic – Private Club BobTarrant
2 November Dinner Meeting – TBD Dave & Sue Woomer
3-5 November Leaf Peeping  – Deals Gap Brian & Donna Bogardus
18 November Breakfast – TBD Daryl Shipman & Sherry Moore
TBD December Club Christmas party Karol Mason/Patti Wilmoth/Rita Garner
3 February 2018 Masters Miata Club 25th Anniversary – TBD Karol Mason/Rita Garner

Club Breakfast/Brunch

This was a placeholder event notice. You can find the real info here: http://www.mastersmiataclub.com/2017/04/14/april-breakfast-3/

Where: TBA

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Event Coordinator: Bob Tarrant 803-270-4774

Breakfast Etiquette:
Order Breakfast
Sit Where We Fit
Tip your Waitstaff
Defer to Regulars