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From the fine folks who brought you the Himiko, a British Jaguar Mark 2s look alike made from a Miata, comes something a bit more ‘Murican, the Rock Star, a C2 Corvette Stingray.

If the link for the Rock Star seems like it is taking too long to load (about 90 secs for me) you can read more about it on Jalopnik here.

Meeting Minutes for October 4th, 2018

When: October 4th, 2018

Where: Old McDonalds Fish Camp, Edgefield, SC

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, David and Ellie Brock, Larry Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Hal and Trudy Scott, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Tom Varallo.

Thanks to Dennis for making plans for tonight’s meeting. Sorry we didn’t get the back room we’ve had before – it was being used for a birthday party of a long time customer. But they set us up at a large table in the back (after some jockeying). Members enjoyed chatting and socializing before the meeting started. The food as usual was very good.

Treasurer’s Report: Our treasurer was not present but Mike sent his report – The balance started at $989.95, paid out $50 to reserve the clubhouse for the Christmas party, to end with a balance of $939.95.

Club Business:
• PLEASE see Karol at a meeting or send your money for the Christmas Party to Karol at 144
Ashbyrne Dr., Martinez, GA 30907. $10 per person paid no later than 7 December. Thank you!
• Don’t forget the Steeplechase is October 27th for those that want to attend please contact Tom.
Dennis & Karol and Brian & Donna will be there with canopy, we can coordinate at next meeting for food, drinks etc.
• Tale of the Dragon run on 2-4 November – Gonna be a beautiful time to catch some fall colors
too! Make your reservations now at the Quality Inn and Suites in Robbinsville!
• Our Christmas Party will be on December 15th this year at the same location (thank you
Patty!), Brookstone Clubhouse (1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta). We will be having the same caterer and same meal, but this year there will be a $10 charge per person. This will keep the club funds in good shape, and it’s a pretty good price for an evening of fun and fellowship. We need to collect the money in advance so we can have a check ready for our caterer.
• If you haven’t paid your dues for the year, please see Mike Dyer or any officer at your next
meeting to get caught up. Thank you for your support!
• Dennis has volunteered to become our new webmaster. Thank you Dennis! But he will no
longer be VP so if we have anyone interested in being the club VP that spot is open.
• 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.

• See Dennis Mason for name tags if you so desire.
• Tom and Larry have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata
owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• 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.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

20 Oct Breakfast & drive – Whiz’s Eatery.  Late breakfast and drive.  Details on the website. Debbie & Matt Wojokowicz
26 Oct Steeplechase in Aiken. Tom/Dennis/Brian?
1 Nov Dinner meeting – Nacho Mamas, 976 Broad Street (Officers Nominations) David & Ellie Brock
2-4 Nov Tale of the Dragon run

Details on our website

Brian & Donna Bogardus
17 Nov Breakfast (& drive?) – open.  Someone want to plan something??? Open
15 Dec Christmas Party – Brookstone Clubhouse

1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta

$10 per person in advance


Website Nostaliga

Now that my time is running out as the Club’s webmaster I thought it might be fun to look back some of the old websites I made for the club. The first website was hosted on a place called Geocities that offered up websites for free about practically anything for anybody. Websites were separated into what they called neighborhoods depending on subject. Our car related site was situated in MotorCity, so the address for our website was the very easy to remember www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/6289.

Our website lived there until sometime in late in 2007 when Geocities started to tack on random banner ads that didn’t necessarily reflect the Club’s interests nor met my exacting design standards. From there I found a place called RedRival.com that offered free web hosting with no ads, but our stay there was short lived as it kept getting flagged as a site that would install malware unbeknownst to users.

So in early 2008 I piggybacked the Club’s website onto my own domain “mr-miata.net.” This is when I changed the site from the hard coding of HTML files to using WordPress, the same software I was using for my personal blog. It stayed here until sometime in 2010 when I convinced the Club to join the 21st century and buy their own domain name and web hosting.

For fun, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine can give you a glimpse what some of the iterations of what the website looked like in the past. Start by going to this URL: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.geocities.com:80/MotorCity/Speedway/6289/
The earliest one you can see is May 14, 1999, on the timeline click on 1999, then scroll down until you can click on the green circle on that date. The main page is sparse looking, but the separate page links towards the bottom seem to all go places.

You can also see a couple of site snapshots from the early WordPress days that were hosted on my personal domain here: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://mr-miata.net/mmc/

You can see a few more recent snapshots of the current site at https://web.archive.org/web/20160701000000*/http://www.mastersmiataclub.com/blog/, but not much has changed except for the background in the last 8 years.

All these Wayback Machine links are hampered by the fact that they may only be one page deep or images are missing, but for whatever reason, at the end of 2006, I saved the entire HTML site to my hard drive. So for a nice little trip back to the Club’s website of 12 years ago, click below anywhere on Mr. Peabody and Sherman’a WAYBAC Machine:

Saturday Drive and Lunch (very late breakfast)

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
10:15 amto1:00 pm

Where: Raceway, 2664 Columbia Hwy N, Aiken, SC 29805 – (map)

The Raceway is in front of the Days Inn just south of I-20 at Exit 22. We will be heading to Wiz’s Eatery in beautiful Batesburg-Leesville, SC at 110 Church St (SC23.)

Event Coordinators: Debbie & Matt Wojtkowicz

Please let Them know if you are planning on attending so they can give the restaurant a heads up.


SCCA Autocross this Saturday at Darlington. I don’t think I have the ambition to try to get there this time but it is something I’ve always wanted to try.

2018 Points Event #6