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Mazda Fights Distracted Driving

Because Mazda can’t convince everyone in the world to buy a Miata they are going to try and convince them to at least put down the phone and drive for fun.

Mazda Patent Bets That Fun Roads Will Prevent Driver Distraction
The patent filing shows that the vehicle would monitor driver inputs to the steering, throttle and brakes for the hallmarks of “enthusiastic driving” and store the location information of these roads in a database that it could then recall and suggest when a driver’s attention is flagging. The system would use internal cameras to help assess a driver’s level of distraction, which would result in a score. This score would trigger one of several variations of the Driving Assistance Program.

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Try again, Fling Miata Yuletide Greeting

Too busy to get this done before Christmas. But sometimes “better late then never” is a good thing.

A Christmas Card.

25 Years Ago – Winter 1992

This is the back page from the Winter 1992 Miata Magazine. I looked through the whole issue looking for just the right thing to add here, and while included the usual stuff, letters with questions, a camparo with a 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL, a Club Chapter spotlight (Tar Heel), it seemed like there were actually more ads than content. So here you have just some of the fancy things you could buy for your Miata way back at the end of 1992.

Click on the image to get a bigger view. You can then enlarge the pop-up image to a much larger size by clicking on the symbol at the upper left to bask in all the glory of early 90’s goodness. Like a Coil Cellular Look Antenna, so you can pretend you had one of those big ticket mobile phone things.

Some of these things were actually very useful and within a few years were built into the car by Mazda, like the trunk shield and door sill protectors. A few were worthwhile like the window sandwicher to protect the easily scratched vinyl back window and the rear deck bags to practically double the trunk space for long road trips.

One of the first things I did buy for the front of my first Miata was one of the black mesh grills. I still run one today and it has protected the A/C condenser coil from innumerable leaves, grasshoppers and 2 low flying birds. As a bonus, it looks better than the open mouth on the NA & NB. Plus, I am almost embarrassed to admit, I bought a pair of those black leather driving gloves too.

Meeting Minutes for the December meeting and Christmas Party

When: December 9th, 2017

Where: Brookstone Clubhouse – Christmas Party

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Don and Kay Boltz, John & Teri Bozzarello, Kurt and Karen Breitinger, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Jacques Fournier, Larry and Rita Garner, John and Carol Haff, Thomas and Jennie Hodges, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Chris and Jackie Rodrigues, Hal and Trudy Scott, Darryl Shipman & Sherry Moore, Kirill and Emille Skilar, Bob & Pat Tarrant, Stacey and Cindy Timmerman, Tom and Susan Varallo, Rudy and Patti Wilmoth, Dave and Sue Woomer, and Victor Yu.

Thanks to Patti for reserving the beautiful clubhouse for tonight’s Christmas party. Many thanks also to Rudy, Patti, & John Haff for setting up the tables, to Rita Garner for picking up the tablecloths, and to Annie Wilms for recommending the caterer. Also, thanks to everyone who helped bring in the food & helped with clean-up afterwards!! Lastly, thanks to the club for footing the bill!

The food was really wonderful and I believe everyone enjoyed the fellowship. As usual the White Elephant was a hit, with all the fun and unusual gifts.

• A vote was taken for club officers and with a vote of 17 of 21 memberships present, voting in favor, the current club officers were voted in for another year. Two memberships abstained since they were officers.
• Next, a vote was taken to waive the requirement for two signatures on checks and contracts for the next fiscal year only. Per the bylaws, this may be waived, but must be voted on annually. 14 of 21 memberships present voted in favor of waiving the requirement.
• A vote was taken to waive the requirement that no two officers serving simultaneously can be from the same household. 18 memberships of 21 present voted in favor of allowing two officers from the same household to serve at the same time.
• Then Jennie Hodges made a motion to change the Bylaw that prevents two members of the same household from holding office simultaneously, it was seconded by Dennis Mason. Since this is a Bylaw change it must be announced to the entire membership before voting. It will be announced and voting will take place in January.
• Bob Tarrant made a motion to keep a minimum $600 in the club bank account. It was seconded by Daryl Shipman. A vote was taken and passed in favor of keeping a minimum balance of $600 in the club account by 19 memberships of 21 present.
• Then Bob Tarrant made a motion to add a Bylaw that would require a minimum balance of $600 be kept in the club checking account, with the ability of a quorum of memberships to vote on allowing the balance to go below $600. It was seconded by Dennis Mason. Since this is also a Bylaw change, it will also have to be announced to the entire membership, and will be voted on in January.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1486.87, added $50 in dues payments and paid out $111.05 for the annual cost of the club website. Balance = $1425.82.

• See Larry or Tom for “Noticed your Miata” cards; to give to people who own Miata’s that may be interested in joining.
• See Dennis for name-tags……
• Club merchandise available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. The 3” window stickers are available; these are the ones that go on the outside. The cling ones for the inside of the glass are also newly available.
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:
• The January dinner meeting will be a planning meeting for next year’s events – so get those ideas together for what you would like to do!! And please show up, because we would like your input, but we also need your help – it’s always nice to have new ideas, and we would love to add a few more organizers. It really doesn’t take much time to plan a dinner meeting or club breakfast. And we appreciate everyone who takes the time to do it!
• Also, planning has not yet begun for the Clubs 25th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for February 3rd, but now that the Christmas party is over – let the planning begin!

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

TBD Dinner Meeting and ‘get together’ with the Corvette Club Stacey Timmerman & Tom Varello
4 January 2018 BJ’s Buffet at 611 Martintown Rd.,  North Augusta, SC

This will be a planning meeting for club events

Tom Varello
3 February 2018 Masters Miata Club 25th Anniversary – TBD Karol Mason/Rita Garner

Not So Secret Santa

I have a couple items that I’m giving away this Christmas to some lucky Club member(s).

First up is a Beatrush Aluminum Undertray. Brand new this thing would set you back $280 with shipping, but this used one is yours FREE, all you have to do is be the first one in the comments to say, “This thing is at the top of my list to Santa.” I’ve got the mounting hardware and the cryptic Japanese installation instructions. Fits any NA or NB Miata.
Second is very slick looking black license plate frame. We bought this to put on our Mini, but because of the design that eliminates the tabs for the screws, it is a little thicker and blocks access to the hatch release button. Free to the first person in the comments who says, “I didn’t do it, it’s a frame up.”Fits any car except apparently a Mini.

If I get any takers I will bring them to the Club Christmas Party. If you aren’t attending, local pickup can be arranged.