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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:

Autocross

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

Meeting Minutes for September 6th 2018

When: September 6th, 2018

Where: Pot Smoker BBQ, Edgefield Rd., North Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, David and Ellie Brock, Larry Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Bob Mathews, Bob Tarrant, Tom Varallo, Rudy and Patty Wilmoth.  

Thanks to Dennis for making plans for tonight’s meeting.  We didn’t take up all the seats as we have previously but had a good turnout.  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 $979.95, received dues of $10 to end with a balance of $989.95.

Ongoing:

  • 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.

Club Business:

  • September 15th Tom has planned a drive with the Corvette club to Callaway Plantation, we will meet at Steak & Shake on I-20 and plan to leave at 0845 so we can meet up with the corvette club at the designated time.  Tom needs a head count by Tuesday the 11th because we are getting a special rate to get into the plantation.  So please email or call him right away if you want to go!
  • Next month’s meeting will be at Old McDonald Fish Camp (October 4th).
  • Don’t forget the Steeplechase is October 27th for those that want to attend please see 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!
  • 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!
  • 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:

DATE EVENT – LOCATION COORDINATORS
15 Sep Drive to Calloway Plantation, Washington Ga

Meet at Steak & Shake (I-20 & Belair Rd.)

We leave promptly at 0845 – must have a head count by Tuesday Sep 11th!

Tom Varallo
15 Sep And if ya aren’t going with us there’s also: Coffee and Cars  9am-3pm at Carolina Dragway

There is now a $10 charge per car to get in & $20 if you wanna race.

You
4 Oct Dinner meeting – Old McDonald Fish Camp
355 Currytown Rd., North Augusta
Dennis Mason
20 Oct Breakfast & drive – TBD Tom Varallo
2627 Oct Steeplechase in Aiken Tom/Dennis/Brian?
1 Nov Dinner meeting – TBD (Officers Nominations) David & Ellie Brock
2-4 Nov Tale of the Dragon run     Details on our website Brian & Donna Bogardus
15 Dec Christmas Party – Brookstone Clubhouse

1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta

$10 per person in advance

Everyone!

Wanted: One Webmaster

Inquire Within

On November 1, 2018, I will be letting go of the reins of the Club web presence that I have held since early in 1997. I have gone from hand-coding html hosted for free on something called Geocities to a WordPress blog hosted on GoDaddy with our very own domain name, MastersMiataClub.com. It has been fun, but after 21 years it has worn out it’s welcome. Maintaining the site itself is not hard, but wrangling content has become a real challenge.

Keeping it like it is for the hundred something dollars a year, going to just Facebook for free, an online newsletter program or just using an email list, anyway we go, there needs to be someone to keep it updated. This could be you, email me at brian.the.red@gmail.com

I will certainly be available to help anyone get started with the current system or help transition to something else.

NC Miata on the Nürburgring

Sit back, relax, and watch a Koenigsegg test driver run a 7:37 lap of the Nordschleife in his Miata NC. It is 2007 2.0 NC that has been modified for racing and you can read the list of modifications on the YouTube page. Watch the the vertical bar gauges on the right and see how often he is on full gas and rarely touches the brakes.