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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)

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

2018 Christmas Party

This year’s Christmas Party will be held at the same location as last year, the Brookstone Clubhouse, 1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta (map), beginning at 5:00 PM on December 15th.

We will be enjoying the same great food from Ryan’s Catering as we had last year. The buffet dinner will include 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 any food, just ‘Bring Your Own’ alcohol.

The cost for this year’s event is $10 per person, payable to Karol Mason before December 8th, 2018.

Please also remember:

1) The Brookstone neighborhood’s gates close at 6:00 PM, so plan to arrive before that time.

2) Bring your ‘White Elephant” gift for the gift exchange! (no more than $15 per gift). Each person that wants to participate should bring a gift.

3) Voting for Club Officers for 2019 will be completed at this meeting – A list of Nominees will be provided during the November meeting, and voting will begin by email (and snail mail) at the close of the November meeting.

4) Get your reservation and check to Karol Mason before December 8th.

Thanks to Patti and Karol for setting up this event once again!

Hope to see you all on December 15th !


Aiken Fall Steeplechase

Tom Varallo has offered the Club the use of his rail side spot for this year’s Aiken Fall Steeplechase. He wants you to go and have a good time, so, if you have no other plans for Saturday, October 27th, you would be quite literally foolish not to take advantage of this offer.

Space #262 is on the Outside Rail (see map) and will accommodate only one vehicle and canopy that will be taken up by the Mason’s pick-up truck and awning. We’ll have a big cooler filled with ice and grill and such, so just bring your fabulous selves and something to cook or nosh on during the day, plus whatever you would like to drink.

You can park for free in the Bogardus’s driveway (or on the street in front of the house) at 778 Boardman Rd. It is an easy mile from there to the event or you can ride in the back of the pickup like a day laborer if you get to the house before 8:30 AM.