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1. CSRA Mustang Club’s Third Friday Cruise-In, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Dairy Queen
3149 Washington Road, Augusta, GA
***All Makes and Models are Welcome***
***50/50 tickets will be available for purchase***

2. From now until November on the last Saturday of the month the Sno-Cap Drive In in North Augusta (map) has a Cruise-In starting at 6PM. Sponsored by the Cruizen ‘In Classic’s Car Club, but all are welcome.

3. The CSRA Road Angles Car Club has a Summer Nights Cruise-In Show & Shine from 6 – 9 PM at Hooters on Washington Road in Augusta (map) the date’s are Saturdays July 14th, August 11th and September 8th.

4. Also sponsored by the CSRA Road Angels Car Club is the 2018 Pumpkin Run Car Show on October 13th at the Augusta Mall (map), from 10 – 3. Admission is free; but there’s a $25 registration fee to show a car. Awards will be given. flyer & entry form

Send me any info you get about other area cruise-ins, car shows, drives, etc, to masters.miata.club@gmail.com and I’ll post it here.

August 2018 Meeting Minutes

When: August 2nd, 2018

Where: BJ Country Buffet, 611 E. Martintown Rd., North Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, David and Ellie Brock, Dennis and Karol Mason, Tom and Susan Varallo, Ralf Wilms, Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz, and Victor Yu.
Thanks to Tom and Susan Varallo for making plans for tonight’s meeting. As usual we had our own private room which made is nice as we were doing our planning so we didn’t disturb other diners. Members enjoyed chatting and socializing before the meeting started. The food as usual was good.
The planning meeting was accomplished pretty quickly.

Treasurer’s Report: Our treasurer was not present so our balance of $1170.97 is carried over.

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:
• November 1st after (was it 30 years Brian?) of service to our club, Brian Bogardus is retiring as
webmaster. That will also be time for the website renewal fees. So we need to consider what we want to do from then on. Facebook page, email only, continue the website? (but we will need a new webmaster).
• December will be here before we know it and we need to start thinking about the Christmas
Party. Tom will talk to Patty Wilmoth about getting the clubhouse (where they live) for our Christmas Party again this year (preferably Dec 8th or 15th). We will also need to decide what we want to eat and how best to do that. Start thinking about it, so we can discuss at the next meeting.
• 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
11 Aug Coffee and Cars – Sponsored by Timms Harley Davidson  The meet is from 9am to 12 noon in the parking lot at Dayspring Baptist Church next to Timm’s Harley Davidson of Augusta – 4220 Belair Frontage Road, Augusta You
18 Aug Saturday breakfast and drive will be Bug Splat!

Details on the website.

Brian and Donna Bogardus
6 Sep Dinner meeting – TBD
15 Sep Breakfast and drive – TBD Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz
4 Oct Dinner meeting – TBD Dennis Mason
20 Oct Breakfast & drive – TBD Tom Varallo
26 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 the website

Brian & Donna Bogardus
TBD Christmas Party – December   ?

July 12th 2018 Meeting Minutes

When: July 12th, 2018

Where: Eli’s American Food, 4446 Washington Rd., Evans
Who: John and Teri Bozzarello, David and Ellie Brock, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Thomas and Jennie Hodges, Bobby Matthews, Dan Prince and Lee Shealy, Daryl Shipman and Sherry Moore, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Tom Varallo, Richard and Evelyn Whitehurst, and Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz. Welcome to our new members Bobby and Sandra Matthews!

Thanks to Shirley and Mike Dyer for making plans for tonight’s meeting. We had our own private room and it was set up very nicely with tablecloths and candles to make it warm and inviting. Members enjoyed chatting and socializing before the meeting started. The food was very good and the service was excellent.

Tom Varallo, our president, promised a 3 & ½ minute meeting and that was accomplished.

Tom discussed the event in Edgefield that will be held Saturday July 14th. Stacey Timmerman is in charge and reservations can be made through him to attend a lunch beginning at 12 noon at Oakley Park (Park in front of Oakley Park), then at 1:45 pm there will be a book presentation by the author Tom Pollard, who will be sharing from his new book South Carolina Country Roads. Then if you are interested you can attend the “Second Saturday Market” at the Town Square in Edgefield.

Shirley said the blessing and all enjoyed their meals.

A big thank you to Shirley also for taking the meeting minutes!!

Treasurer’s Report: The club account started at $1160.97, and added $10.00 in dues, which makes a balance of $1170.97.

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:
• 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
2 Aug Dinner Meeting – TBD
11 Aug Coffee and Cars – Sponsored by Timms Harley Davidson  The meet is from 9am to 12 noon in the parking lot at Dayspring Baptist Church next to Timm’s Harley Davidson of Augusta – 4220 Belair Frontage Road, Augusta You

Need A New Top

Hello All,

My 10th-Anniversary Edition is in desperate need of a new top.  Can anyone give me a recommendation of a reliable auto upholstery shop in the CSRA (preferably Evans/Augusta area) that I can take it to???

Thanks!

25 Years Ago – Summer 1993

My Friend, Mr. Hirai…

by
Norman H. Garett III
Founder Miata Club of America
Concept Engineer Miata Project

We were delayed for a half hour while the technicians replaced a front shock on one of the prototype 323 test mules by the side of the road. It was 1984 and we were testing the new series against samples of its competition in the high deserts of California. There were ten of us from Mazda, a few of us from the Design Studio staff in Irvine and the rest were technicians and senior project managers that had flown over from Japan.

I killed some time taking in the scenery around us. My boss, Mr. Kubo, was speaking with one of the Japanese managers by a small pond down the road, so I headed toward them for some company. As I approached them, I overheard the hushed tones of their gentle native tongue and decided not to interrupt. I walked to the pond’s edge and began skipping a few smooth flat stones across the water. A few minutes later, my solitude was broken by the sight of a second stone skipping along a parallel path to mine. As I turned to see who had launched such a skillful skip, my eyes met with a wel­come smile brightening the face of my boss’s friend. With an even broad­er smile and broken English, he offered me a slight bow as he said, “Hullo. My name is Hirai”.

Before me stood a singularly endearing Japanese gentleman in his late fifties. With a slighly graying crew cut, the physical similarity to Ozzie Nelson was immediate, right down to the fatherly nature. It was my first meeting with the special man who was to become one of the most important men in the Miata story. Our words were few that day, but as we shared a few minutes engaged in a boyhood pastime, we some­how came to understand each other very well.

It was to be another year before I saw Mr. Hirai again. A group of program managers and staff were out to dinner at a local Newport Beach restaurant. Up and down the long table the conversation bubbled about sports cars and the love of driving. The Miata project was moving toward its second clay model, not yet approved, and many parts of the recipe were yet to be decided upon. We all spoke of our particular love of cars. Someone put forth the concept that a sports car should respond as a horse does to a skilled rider, almost anticipating the next command. Hirai took that a step further and expounded on his theory that the first sports cars were the Roman chariots. We all nodded in agreement as point after point was made around the table about the true meaning of a sports car. We ended the evening with the glow of friendship and the fire of opportunity for the car we were pulling out of thin air.

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the Miata was approved for production and that Mr. Hirai was to be the program manager. I am sure that there are many others who were technically capable for the job,


but I was glad he was chosen. We became amazed at Mr. Hirai’s uncanny ability to cut to the core of true not sports car essence as he translated abstract wishes into nuts and bolts. A true engineer, he was looking to make a marketing impression with a pretty shape and a nice spec sheet. Mr. Hirai had elevated his think­ing and the thinking of the design team to the goal of cre­ating that fire deep inside the car that rewarded all who were to drive it. Very philosophical for an engineer, very Eastern for a product concept, but very necessary for the building of a virtuous sports car.

Time after time, I watched as Hirai-san guided, fought, and persuaded element after element that was being designed into the Miata. Weight was one of his greatest concerns. Agility was another. He would work his way back up the design process to find each hidden gremlin that might later “box-in” certain decisions and ferret out those problems at their genesis. If compromises were to be made, it would not be because the design team was caught by surprise. Thorough and deliberate, progress was made with a singular purpose that was a first for Mazda and a model of corporate cooperation.

There were conflicts in Japan, of course. Conflicts of cost, conflicts of timing, conflicts of procedure. As a testament to his leadership skills, Mr. Hirai guided the design crew through each storm and dark night with strength and intellect. Each new day, the project would awaken right on course and a few milestones closer to the goal of making some­thing more than just another car.

Each time I saw him, he had the expression of a young boy just look­ing up from his Erector set. The design process fascinated him and his enthusiasm inspired and led all of us to find the same spark in our hearts to do our best.

I wax eloquent about Mr. Hirai because I have seen so many exec­utives in the auto industry be driven by circumstance, wafting about in a rough sea of indecision and conflicting input. What Mr. Hirai was able to do was not supernatural, but it was and is very uncommon in today’s world ofproject committees and corporate politics. Singular vision exer­cised with unvarying steadfastness was very much rewarded in the Miata project. As Mazda has learned from the course Mr. Hirai chart­ed, so can many companies.

Mr. Hirai retired a few months ago. I hear he is now teach­ing at a local college near Hiroshima. I wonder if those stu­dents know how fortunate they are. I am sure that Mr. Hirai will not let them escape his tutelage without imparting cer­tain aspects of his personality into their way of thinking. And after the Miata, that will be another of his great con­tributions to this world.

Mr. Hirai, you have worked hard for your rest. Be sure to know that each Miata owner appreciates your contributions to the automotive landscape. Let’s hope that your legacy inspires others to help to create cars as significant and reward­ing as the Miata.

And during your days of relaxation, remember to skip a stone for me sometime.

Copyright 1993, Miata Magazine. Reprinted without permission.
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