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Will the Corvair Kill You?

The Corvair is sadly best known for the chapter dedicated to it in Ralph Nader’s pearl-clutching automotive safety tome Unsafe At Any Speed. Nader criticized the rear-wheel drive compact harshly, calling it a “one-car accident.” So, Hagerty’s Larry Webster set out to try to roll one on its roof. Did he die? Nope. It even looks like he had fun.

Cross Creek High School Car Show

Via our contact form:

Cross Creek High School is having its annual car show including bikes and trucks. We will be happy to have you and your members to come join us on November 18, 10-4pm to show off your Miata’s.

If you are so inclined after breakfast, maybe take a ride over there? – map

Fall Color Tour Wrap

Members Attending: Rita & Larry Garner, Trudy & Hal Scott and Donna & Brian Bogardus
Guest Attending: Matthew, AKA Wingman0

For a while I thought the title of this post was going to be “Fall Foggy Tour Wrap” because for the first two hours of driving we were traveling through fog, sometimes with slow-the-heck-down density. When we met up with our guest from Elberton he said it was pretty foggy for his whole trip from Dahlonega too.

For a while I thought the title of this post was going to be “Fall Failure to Find Color Tour Wrap” because the further north we went the fog disappeared and when the trees became visible they were green or already had dropped most of their leaves.

Finally, once we got onto the two lane GA246 just north of Dillard to make our way to Highlands did the colors appear. And. They. Were. Worth. The. Wait. This 14 mile stretch of road came through with large concentrations of hardwoods with blazing yellow, orange and (some) red leaves. It also got very twisty turning mild mannered Dr. Bruce Banner Brian into the Incredible Hulk Miata Driver. As a passing lane appeared on the first climb, he dropped down a gear and started weaving in and out of the trio of “performance” SUV’s to get a clear run at the road. He was followed quickly by Matthew who was right behind him. The 2 other cars were a little further back and didn’t get a chance to get by.

We regrouped just outside of town and drove into Highlands together to find parking and lunch. Brian who thought he knew where he was going promptly drove the group into the police station parking lot. In the ensuing fray for parking we lost the Scotts, but were happily reunited at the Sports Page Sandwich Shoppe. In a town full of folks drinking $50 bottles of wine with lunch, it is always a pleasure to dine with the locals on sandwiches, soups and sides and come away for about ten bucks each.

After lunch, the group broke up, the Scotts opted to find their own way home to Augusta and our guest did the same to Dahlonega. The Garners and Bogarduses agreed to meet back at the cars after some shopping in 45 minutes to drive back together. On the ride down the mountain, if anything, the colors were even better than on the way up.

The two of us gassed up in Walhalla for the long and ugly return trip along the dilapitated South Carolina back roads. At one last pit stop in McCormmick, the ugly gray clouds ahead, and Larry’s quick check of the radar, led us both to raise the tops for the last 40 miles home. Next year we are going up in Georgia and coming back through there too.

2 November Meeting Minutes

When: November 2nd, 2017

Where: Red Bowl, Aiken

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Hal and Trudy Scott, Darryl Shipman & Sherry Moore, Bob Tarrant, Tom and Susan Varallo, Richard and Evelyn Whitehurst, Ralf and Annie Wilms, and Dave and Sue Woomer and their daughter Laurie.

Thanks to Dave and Sue Woomer for planning tonight’s dinner location. Red Bowl has a nice separate room so we don’t disturb the other diners. Dinner was good but they really could have used another server. It was nice to be back in Aiken.

We also had some visitors in attendance; Leanne Shealy and Don Prince – Welcome!  We hope you join our little car club!

• A vote was taken as to whether everyone would prefer catered or potluck style dinner for the Christmas Party and catering won with a vote of 8 of 12 memberships voting in favor. Then Ralf Wilms asked why the club couldn’t pay for the whole thing? He asked “what are we saving the money for”? So, he made a motion for the club to pay for the whole amount for catering (instead of the $200 towards meats as voted previously). Motion carried by a vote of 7 of 12 memberships for the club to pay the $450.00 for catering the meal.
• Officer nominations closed at this meeting, and no other nominations have been submitted, so the same officers are up for re-election (unless there is a write in).

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1476.87, added $10 in dues payments from our new member Cory Peterson. Balance = $1486.87.

• See Larry or Tom for “Noticed your Miata” cards; to give to people who own Miata’s that may be interested in joining.
• See Dennis for name-tags……
• Club merchandise available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. The 3” window stickers are available; these are the ones that go on the outside. The cling ones for the inside of the glass are also newly available.
Coffee mugs and other items are available from http://www.cafepress.com/masters_miata
Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.

Club Business:
• We added one new member – Cory Peterson, welcome to the club Cory! Please visit the website for exciting new events. 😉
• Rudy and Patty have reserved the Clubhouse at Brookstone (1250 Brookstone Way) for the Christmas Party on December 9th. The plan has changed slightly; a traditional Christmas dinner will be delivered by Ryan’s Catering and the whole dinner will be paid for by the club. A buffet style dinner is planned; Ham, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing with Gravy, Green Beans, Garden Salad, Rolls, Tea & Bottled Water, with Pound Cake and Banana Pudding for dessert. No need to bring food, just ‘Bring Your Own’ for alcohol. It looks like we are expecting about 40 people. And we plan to start the party about 5:00pm because the gates close (gated community) at 6pm. So we hope most will arrive before then. Of course, after that we can get the gate opened for you. No dress code, so come enjoy yourselves.
• Don’t forget to bring your ‘White Elephant’ gift for the gift exchange! (no more than $15 per gift, and each person that wants to participate should bring a gift). Also, voting for Club Officers will take place at the Christmas party too.
• The January dinner meeting will be a planning meeting for next year’s events – so get those ideas together for what you would like to do!! And please show up, because we would like your input, but we also need your help – it’s always nice to have new ideas, and we would love to add a few more organizers. It really doesn’t take much time to plan a dinner meeting or club breakfast. And we appreciate everyone who takes the time to do it!
• Also, planning has not yet begun for the Clubs 25th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for February 3rd, but a few ideas have begun percolating.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

TBD Dinner Meeting and ‘get together’ with the Corvette Club Stacey Timmerman & Tom Varello
2 November Dinner Meeting – Red Bowl, Aiken

Don’t forget this is when officer nominations close  –

Dave & Sue Woomer
4 November Leaf Peeping  – Fall picnic drive (CHANGE – 1 day only!) Brian & Donna Bogardus
18 November Breakfast – TBD Daryl Shipman & Sherry Moore
9 December Club Christmas party – Brookstone Clubhouse (Entrance to subdivision is near Miyabi on Augusta West Parkway)

We will also be voting on 2018 officers!

Karol Mason/Patti Wilmoth/Rita Garner
4 January 2018 BJ’s Buffet at 611 Martintown Rd.,  North Augusta, SC

This will be a planning meeting for club events

Tom Varello
3 February 2018 Masters Miata Club 25th Anniversary – TBD Karol Mason/Rita Garner