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Happy Birthday Cosmo

The Mazda Cosmo Sport, the company’s first sports car and the world’s first two-rotor Wankel automobile, debuted in 1964, with president Tsuneji Matsuda driving it himself into the Tokyo Motor show. After the debut, Hsu says, it took the 47 Samurai three years and 80 test cars to “hammer out the rotary’s gremlins,” after which the Cosmo went on sale in Japan on May 30, 1967. And even though fewer than 1,200 were ever built, the engineering that went into that car changed Mazda forever.

If you would rather look at a video of the car without Jay Leno talking, just some trippy jazz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq8Iv_0zAO8 (I’m really partial to those floor mats.)

Or if you would really rather just 3 minutes of Cosmo Kramer entering apartment 5A – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZP8ff8yvKw

Zoom Zoom Box Giveaways

If you were at our May Meeting we talked about getting ZOOM ZOOM Boxes from MAZDA and we did. The plan was to distribute the gifts in Trenton on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Peach Festival..

In order to avoid confusion we have decided (with the help of our President Tom Varallo) to distribute the Mazda Zoom Zoom items at our June meeting. There is a bag for each of our paid members and a lot of other items to be distributed via of a drawing – So hope to see you all at our June meeting:

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6 PM
Antonio’s Italian Eatery
336 Georgia Ave Ste 103
North Augusta, SC

Road Trip MX-5 Miata – Corse 2016

Here is another family adventure, two brothers take a ferry to Corsica and drive their MX-5 around on the island.

Oh, and I’m sorry, I just realized when posting this, that I somehow inadvertently pasted a photo instead of the video in last week’s Drive-In feature. It’s fixed now, so if you are interested…An Endless Family Adventure

Alternative Plan for Zooming Weekend

Here is my alternative plan to doing the Zooming event on June 1 thru 3. As much as I would like to do the Bristol Motors event again, I could not justify spending 2 nights in a motel for a one day event in Johnson City (area), and then spending 2 nights in a motel for a one day event in Petersburg, VA. So this is what I plan to do. If any would like to caravan with me just let me know. Since at this point I am going alone, my plans are loose, but if others are going to join in, then we need to firm things up a bit.

Rather than go north on Wednesday, which would be necessary to be fully involved in the Thursday event at Johnson City, wait until Thursday to leave. Check weather in the morning to verify good visibility and high ceilings in the mountains. If okay, leave around 9:00 am and drive north on 19 and 25 to intersect the Blue Ridge Parkway. Spend the remaining day driving the Parkway to Roanoke, VA. Spend the night in Roanoke, lodgings not yet determined. Leave on Friday morning for Petersburg. Spend Friday night and Saturday night in Petersburg. Attend the Moss Motofest on Saturday. Have verified that there is no need to register or pay for attending this event provided you are not showing a vehicle. Drive home Sunday. About a 400+ mile drive but almost all freeway.

If the weather does not cooperate, hold off on leaving for Petersburg until Friday and not attempt the mountains. Still considering alternate plan to the alternate plan if the weather is not super for a mountain drive.

So, if anyone is interested, let me know.

Karl Splan

Another Miata T From Blipshift

PCH-Pattern –
No other place in the world is quite like California. The miles of tarmac that twist and turn their way through the canyons and along the golden coast. It’s the perfect setting for a roadster and three pedals.

There is a Miata on it, so I’m passing it along, but it seems kind of like a limited appeal style shirt. To buy this you have to own a Miata and:

  1. it is gold colored or
  2. live in California or
  3. need a white t-shirt or
  4. have a Blipshift addiction or
  5. a combination of several or all of the above.

If this is you, go to Blipshift and order one. You have until midnight on Tuesday the 16th, so get spending.