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10 Cool Miatas & A Cool Pickup Go See 30 Cool Cars

Members Attending: Brian & Donna Bogardus, Trudy & Hal Scott, Dennis Mason, Glenn Link & Deb Tonini, Kurt Breitinger, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman, Don & Kaye Boltz, Daryl Shipman, Ralf & Annie Wilms, Mike & Shirley Dyer and Jennie & Thomas Hodges plus grandson Caleb & friend.

When we rolled out of Greg’s Gas Plus at 11:30 for the drive to Greenwood we were 8 Miatas strong. We also had an OTM bringing up the rear, a Ram pickup truck, because Caleb and his friend refused to ride in the trunk of Jennie’s Mazdaspeed Miata. The Wilms’ got a late start and met us at the lunch spot and Daryl Shipman met us in Greenwood.

The drive started cloudy and a bit chilly so everyone’s top was firmly in the up and locked position. The fog was supposed to break near midday, so we hoped to be able to put the tops down part way to Greenwood, instead, the further north we got, the thicker the fog became. Amazingly enough our practically mile long conga line of cars remained intact on the back road drive, until we got into the Saturday afternoon traffic on the US25 bypass around Greenwood. The left turn into our lunch spot was the trickiest part of the drive and true to form, we lost one car, temporarily, in the maneuver.

On the recommendation of Mr. Shipman, lunch was at a place called Migs Pizza Castle and it turned out perfectly in nearly every way. You ordered at the counter, so no waiting to be seated and can I get you drinks, etc. It was crowded so we sat where we fit, no rearranging the furniture into one long “last supper” style table. The food was actually quite good and the service was fast, I’d be willing to bet this is the first time in history that 20 people from this Miata Club got out of a restaurant in an hour.

Knowing the trouble we had getting into lunch, with the left turn needed,  it would be impossible to get eleven vehicles in row, so Brian made sure everyone knew the short route to meet up with the Corvette Club just short of our final destination. When we got to the correct Greenwood High School parking lot we found not many Vettes and a whole lot of pickup trunks and SUVs. Quite a few of them were coming with more than two guests. It was suggested that anyone who could, carpool, so as to not overwhelm the quiet subdivison we were headed to. It helped some, but we still lined the street in front of the Von Seleens.

Arranged up the driveway hill to Hartmut’s two garages were a series of Porsche automobiles to boggle the mind. From the amazing 911R, to an 80’s cool slant nose 930 Turbo Convertible, to the insane 911GT2 RS, to the bonkers hybrid 918 Spyder, to my favorite, the 1969 911S in Cream with a brown interior. At the end of the driveway was the Lava Orange 911GT3 RS that came to Deals Gap with us in November. There was also the relatively sedate late model 911GTS and LeMans race car in street car clothing, a Carrera GT.

All these cars fit in the one garage at the top of the hill, with the red and yellow tiled floor and one wall covered with trophy cases filled with awards from car show and racetracks across America. The two car garage attached to the house held the “pedestrian” family cars, a Porsche Macan SUV (the GTS version) and an S Class Mercedes Benz (the AMG version of course.)

If that wasn’t enough, we then packed up and drove a couple miles cross town to visit Hartmut’s other garage where he keeps his more eclectic collection of cars. There were a little over 20 cars parked cheek by jowl and ran the gamut from a 1959 Corvette race car to a McLaren 650s Spider, a 1963 Porsche 356C to a Spyker C8, including the first car he bought when he came to America, a 1970 Mustang Boss 302. The last photo below is a 90° panorama I took from the front left corner, how many cars can you identify?

7 comments to 10 Cool Miatas & A Cool Pickup Go See 30 Cool Cars

  • Don

    Without question, a experience of a lifetime. Our host was most gracious, and patient with all our questions. Bravo to the organizer (s) of this event.

  • Chip Cunningham

    Hello Brian, This is one event I hated to miss, especially the vintage Porches. How much is the dues now? I’ll leave it in your mailbox & it will give me a chance to see what the “flipper” is doing with our home of 68 years. I realize that I’m a nonparticipating member but my 1997 is so beat up after 4 hit & runs that I’m embarrassed to drve it in public. I enjoy your articles. Chip Cunningham

  • Larry Garner

    Thanks for the detailed experience; Had planned to go but life got in the way. Great pictures and hope to see more from other’s.

  • Stacey

    Thanks for the very thorough write up and pictures! Cindy and I both enjoyed this outing immensely. Well maybe me more than her her???? but even she came away with a few favorites! Hartmut was indeed an awesome host! Like Christmas in January. He deserves a big appreciation from the Master’s Miata Club!

  • Chip –
    Ten bucks get you in Club and it sounds like you need to find a different place to park… 🙂

    Stacey –
    Donna gave him a dozen of those chocolate chip cookies, so I think that probably covers it. 😉

  • Trudy Scott

    That was one collection of beautiful cars! It was very nice of Hartmut and Gudrun to show them to us.

  • David

    A Carrera GT…. Of course he has a Carrera GT. This is one of the most amazing cars Porsche has ever created and one of my all-time favorites. Wow…