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2018 Spring Steeplechase

Once again President Tom is inviting any Masters Miata Club members who would like to attend the Aiken Spring Steeplechase on Saturday, March 24th, to share his rail spot, #471. The space can accommodate many people. There is one vehicle space already taken, but there is a second spot open for another MMC vehicle. There is plenty of FREE parking at the Bogardus house, which is a mere mile away from the track.

This is just an interest posting because as it stands Donna & I are the only ones possibly going. We don’t want Tom to do any preparation or set up of the site unless we have at least 3 or 4 additional people who would like to go.

So, please email Donna or myself, or comment on this post, by noon next Monday, March 12th if you would like to witness something like this:

And as tradition with any Club event, food will be involved. Perhaps even an adult beverage or two. 🙂

March Meeting Minutes

When: March 1st, 2018

Where: Boll Weevil Café, Augusta

Who: Don and Kay Boltz, John and Teri Bozzerello, David and Ellie Brock, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Dennis and Karol Mason and Ralf and Annie Wilms.

Thanks to Ralf and Annie for making arrangements for tonight’s meeting! Boll Weevil Café, as before, provided excellent food and, especially, dessert.

Treasurer’s Report: The club account started at $1139.80, added $10.00 in dues, makes a balance of $1149.80.

• Tom and Larry have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• See Dennis for name tags…
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets are $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 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:
Dues for calendar year 2018 are due now. In fact they were due on 1 Jan, so please see Mike Dyer or any officer at your next meeting to get caught up. Thank you for your support!

Don Boltz has volunteered to plan a drive to Asheville and New Belguim Brewery in April in place of the dinner meeting (that won’t happen because of Masters). With an overnight on your own, if you choose. The brewery tour is a 90 min tour, tasting is free but requires a reservation. They open for tours at 11:30 Mon-Sat. He is thinking of leaving Friday, Apr 6th or Saturday, the 7th at 8am in order to arrive in time for the first tour. He’s planned a tentative route through Trenton, Johnston, Saluda, then I-26 to Asheville. It would be approximately a 3 hour drive. In Asheville near the brewery is an Artists Row, & Restaurants, of course the Biltmore House and Winery ($65-$70), the Wildlife Zoo, a Trolley Tour thru downtown Asheville, and the Blueridge Parkway.  Plenty to do.  If you decide to spend the night, accommodations are pricey in Asheville, but more reasonable outside Asheville.  If you are interested you must let Don & Kay know, so they have a count for the brewery tour.  Thanks Don for planning this!!

David Brock has planned the route for the Road Rally on April 21st.  This time it will be an urban/suburban drive and a slower pace and will take about an hour.  He has created a Facebook event page for this.  Search for Masters Miata.  We will start at Greg’s Gas Plus at SC Exit 1.

Last, Please remember to RSVP to our events – it makes it difficult for the planner if we don’t know how many will show – especially for smaller venues. Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, so please don’t forget.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:
• Dennis is going to check into a better more professional looking name tag, worthy of our club, and will present his findings to the members for approval.

Upcoming calendar events:

10-Mar Coffee and Cars – Jackson Speedway


17 March Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast – N. Augusta  $7 for a good cause Stacey Timmerman
5-Apr No Dinner Meeting Masters Week – but plan a drive to Asheville & New Belgium Brewery Don Boltz
7-Apr Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center (??) You
21-Apr Road Rally & Breakfast David Brock
26-29 Apr Miata’s at Myrtle Beach – registration has begun at  http://miatasatmyrtlebeach.org/2.html On your own
3-May Mi Rancho, Augusta Dennis Mason
5-May Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
TBD May Carolina Motor Sports (Parade Laps) John Haff
19-May Breakfast – Golden Corral, Aiken Dennis & Karol Mason
1 – 4 June Zoomin of the Mountains of E. Tennessee Tri-Cities Miata
2-Jun Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
7-Jun Dinner meeting – Metro Diner, Augusta Dennis Mason
16-Jun Breakfast at Airport Grille and Drive Trenton Peach Parade Stacey Timmerman

Master’s Miata Photo Scavenger Hunt / Road Rally

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018
9:00 amto11:00 am

The Brocks will once again host a photo scavenger hunt/road rally. The event is be suitable for beginners and experts alike. Any Miata may be entered and is free for members in good standing (have you paid your dues?). Gather at 9:00. Cars will leave the start at 3 minute intervals starting at 9:15. The finish will be about 1-1/2 hours later. The finish will be less than 5 miles from the start. There is no speed or time component to this rally. All traffic laws must be followed. The start location will be Greg’s Gas Plus at South Carolina exit 1 of I-20. – map

Road Rally Instructions

  1. This Road Rally is NOT a race.
  2. Cars shall follow the printed instructions as closely as possible, observing safe, indicated speeds. The emphasis is on SAFETY, accuracy, observation and FUN.
  3. Ask as many questions as you have prior to the race. Do not assume anything.
  4. Drivers must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and vehicles must be legally registered car.
  5. In this event, teams of people in cars follow a set of driving directions to get from the start point of the rally to the Rally Finale. Along the way each team will take digital photographs as instructed.
  6. Each car shall have a team of two (2) people, a driver and a navigator.
  7. Each car will be given only one (1) set of directions.
  8. The following equipment is required: device capable of taking and displaying digital photos, Google Maps.
  9. The following equipment is not required but is recommended: Google, pencil, paper, and clipboard.
  10. The rally vehicles will be sent off one by one at timed intervals. After the group welcome, announcements and any instructions from the Rally Master, the cars will line up and be given a number.
  11. At the start of the rally the first car will be invited to the starting line by the Rally Master. At that point, the car will be given any last minute instructions. Once the car is ready, the Rally Master will give the clue sheet and clearance for the car to start. The next team is then invited to the starting line. That car will be given clearance 3 minutes after the previous car received clearance and the clues will be handed to the navigator. This repeats until all cars have left the starting point.
  12. Upon completion of the course, your photos will be checked for accuracy. Your course completion distance will be recorded.
  13. Always follow the road you have previously been instructed to be on until another instruction directs you to the next road.
  14. You will not be instructed onto any private roads or drives but you may find you need to enter a public or commercial parking lot or entrance for a photo. Otherwise, always stay on public roads.
  15. A road is defined by name. If you are following Elm Street and have not been directed off of it, stay on Elm Street even if it turns at an intersection.
  16. Course instructions:
    • xxxx – find an object. It will be visible from the road.
    • “xxxx”– Find the words (letters, numbers, symbols) in quotes. These will usually be found on a sign but could be on a mailbox, a pole, on the road itself; basically anywhere but they will be meant to last. Temporary signs, bills and the like must be ignored. It will be visible from the road.
    • N,E,S or W – At the next intersection, take the road that travels as closely as possible to the cardinal direction given: north, east, south or west. Continue on that road until directed off of it even if it changes directions.
    • L or R – Turn onto the next available road to the Left or Right.
    • X – An intersection where you can go left, right or straight.
    • T – An intersection where you cannot go straight but must turn right or left.
    • U – Reverse direction. On a divided road, reverse at next opportunity.
  17. Photo instructions:
    • [xxxxx] – Take a photo showing the things in the brackets.
    • Driver or Navigator – photo must show the face of the person.
    • Car – Photo must show substantially the entire car from front to back or side to side and from the bottom of the tires to the top of the windshield or roof (top).
  18. Only roads with government issued street signs count as roads.
  19. Any road with a government issued street sign is a road even if it looks like a park, parking lot or some other feature more than it looks like a road.
  20. Roads marked as private or dead end are not roads.
  21. If a competitor catches up with you, stop and let them pass. Start again once they are well out of sight.
  22. {Off course clue: xxxxx} – If you find this item, you are lost. Go back and try again.

101. “Rusty’s Pizza”
102. [car with pizza]
103. L at X.
Find a sign with the words “Rusty’s Pizza” on it. Take a photo of the car. The photo must also have a pizza. (Feel free to get creative. The rally master may have been thinking of the painting of a pizza found on the Rusty’s Pizza sign but if you use a real pizza or something else and can convince the rally master the photo directions were followed, you will get the points.) Continue on the current road until you reach an intersection. Turn left.

The winners will be the driver and navigator who get the most photos correct. In the event of a tie, the winners will be decided by the odometer reading closest to the official mileage.

March Dinner Meeting

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Where: Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery in Downtown Augusta – map

The Boll Weevil is located at 10 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA. Come out and have dinner with some Miata enthusiasts. There will be a short meeting after ordering or eating to discuss any old business and/or new business the club may have.

Event Coordinator: Ralf Wilms 843-412-1786

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