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Master’s Miata Photo Scavenger Hunt / Road Rally

The Brocks will once again host a photo scavenger hunt/road rally. The event is be suitable for beginners and experts alike. Any Miata may be entered and is free for members in good standing (have you paid your dues?). Gather at 9:00. Cars will leave the start at 3 minute intervals starting at 9:15. The finish will be about 1-1/2 hours later. The finish will be less than 5 miles from the start. There is no speed or time component to this rally. All traffic laws must be followed. The start location will be Greg’s Gas Plus at South Carolina exit 1 of I-20. – map

Road Rally Instructions

  1. This Road Rally is NOT a race.
  2. Cars shall follow the printed instructions as closely as possible, observing safe, indicated speeds. The emphasis is on SAFETY, accuracy, observation and FUN.
  3. Ask as many questions as you have prior to the race. Do not assume anything.
  4. Drivers must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and vehicles must be legally registered car.
  5. In this event, teams of people in cars follow a set of driving directions to get from the start point of the rally to the Rally Finale. Along the way each team will take digital photographs as instructed.
  6. Each car shall have a team of two (2) people, a driver and a navigator.
  7. Each car will be given only one (1) set of directions.
  8. The following equipment is required: device capable of taking and displaying digital photos, Google Maps.
  9. The following equipment is not required but is recommended: Google, pencil, paper, and clipboard.
  10. The rally vehicles will be sent off one by one at timed intervals. After the group welcome, announcements and any instructions from the Rally Master, the cars will line up and be given a number.
  11. At the start of the rally the first car will be invited to the starting line by the Rally Master. At that point, the car will be given any last minute instructions. Once the car is ready, the Rally Master will give the clue sheet and clearance for the car to start. The next team is then invited to the starting line. That car will be given clearance 3 minutes after the previous car received clearance and the clues will be handed to the navigator. This repeats until all cars have left the starting point.
  12. Upon completion of the course, your photos will be checked for accuracy. Your course completion distance will be recorded.
  13. Always follow the road you have previously been instructed to be on until another instruction directs you to the next road.
  14. You will not be instructed onto any private roads or drives but you may find you need to enter a public or commercial parking lot or entrance for a photo. Otherwise, always stay on public roads.
  15. A road is defined by name. If you are following Elm Street and have not been directed off of it, stay on Elm Street even if it turns at an intersection.
  16. Course instructions:
    • xxxx – find an object. It will be visible from the road.
    • “xxxx”– Find the words (letters, numbers, symbols) in quotes. These will usually be found on a sign but could be on a mailbox, a pole, on the road itself; basically anywhere but they will be meant to last. Temporary signs, bills and the like must be ignored. It will be visible from the road.
    • N,E,S or W – At the next intersection, take the road that travels as closely as possible to the cardinal direction given: north, east, south or west. Continue on that road until directed off of it even if it changes directions.
    • L or R – Turn onto the next available road to the Left or Right.
    • X – An intersection where you can go left, right or straight.
    • T – An intersection where you cannot go straight but must turn right or left.
    • U – Reverse direction. On a divided road, reverse at next opportunity.
  17. Photo instructions:
    • [xxxxx] – Take a photo showing the things in the brackets.
    • Driver or Navigator – photo must show the face of the person.
    • Car – Photo must show substantially the entire car from front to back or side to side and from the bottom of the tires to the top of the windshield or roof (top).
  18. Only roads with government issued street signs count as roads.
  19. Any road with a government issued street sign is a road even if it looks like a park, parking lot or some other feature more than it looks like a road.
  20. Roads marked as private or dead end are not roads.
  21. If a competitor catches up with you, stop and let them pass. Start again once they are well out of sight.
  22. {Off course clue: xxxxx} – If you find this item, you are lost. Go back and try again.

101. “Rusty’s Pizza”
102. [car with pizza]
103. L at X.
Find a sign with the words “Rusty’s Pizza” on it. Take a photo of the car. The photo must also have a pizza. (Feel free to get creative. The rally master may have been thinking of the painting of a pizza found on the Rusty’s Pizza sign but if you use a real pizza or something else and can convince the rally master the photo directions were followed, you will get the points.) Continue on the current road until you reach an intersection. Turn left.

The winners will be the driver and navigator who get the most photos correct. In the event of a tie, the winners will be decided by the odometer reading closest to the official mileage.

March Dinner Meeting

Where: Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery in Downtown Augusta – map

The Boll Weevil is located at 10 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA. Come out and have dinner with some Miata enthusiasts. There will be a short meeting after ordering or eating to discuss any old business and/or new business the club may have.

Event Coordinator: Ralf Wilms 843-412-1786

Optimist Pancake Breakfast

We’ll meet up at 8:00 at Greg’s Gas Plus, 1295 W Martintown Road, North Augusta (Interstate 20, SC Exit 1 – map) then take the short drive to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 1002 Carolina Avenue, North Augusta, SC – map

For $7.00 (note the small price bump) you get all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, or juice. Proceeds will support local families affected by childhood cancer. Good food, good cause, and even a bit of road time! Tickets can be purchased at the door or from Stacey at Greg’s Gas Plus.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and the pancakes will be in the shape of leprechauns, so wear your finest green accouterment.


Event Coordinators: Stacey & Cindy Timmerman 803-257-1717

Breakfast Etiquette:
Order Breakfast
Sit Where We Fit
Tip your Waitstaff
Defer to Regulars

March Coffee & Cars

4th Anniversary Meet @ Carolina Dragway
302 Dragstrip Road, Aiken, South Carolina 29803 – map

March 10th is the next edition of Coffee and Cars Augusta with the Toys for Tots Literacy Program at Carolina Dragway celebrating our 4 Year Anniversary!! We are looking to collect a huge amount of books for all the little ones that need them, so come out and help us fill up those Toys for Tots Book Collection Bins!


More details at the Facebook Event Page

25th Anniversary Drive

On January 30, 1993, at 3:00 in the afternoon, a small group of people met at the Gibbs Memorial Library in Evans, Georgia. There were twelve people present, all from different walks of life: different ages, different lifestyles and different tastes. The one thing they had in common was a love for their Miatas.

Please respond to this email, or post a comment on the website, to indicate that you will participate or not.

For those not wishing to take the scenic, back road route, you may just meet us at the Mercer House Estate Winery, at 397 Walter Road, Lexington, SC, (803-957-7102), at approximately 1200 PM (AKA, noon.)

Here’s the itinerary:
0900 – Breakfast at LaDolce Bakery at 967 Doughery Road, Aiken
1030 – Leave LaDolce, drive to Johnston, SC, via Rt 19 & 191 – about 30 minutes, 22 miles
1100 – Mercy (potty) Break in Johnston
1115 – Leave Johnston, drive to Mercer House Estate Winery, vis Rt 23, 178, 378 – about 44 minutes, 33 miles
1200 – Arrive Mercer House Estate Winery
1400 – Leave Winery, drive to Shealy’s BBQ in Leesville, SC via Rt 1 – about 16 minutes, 12 miles
1415 – Late Lunch/Early Supper at Shealy’s BBQ, Leesville, SC
1530 – Leave Shealy’s, drive to New Holland via Rt 1, 391, 39, 267 – about 24 minutes, 18 miles
1600 – Mercy (Potty) Break in New Holland
1615 – Leave New Holland, drive to Aiken via New Holland Road, Rt 29, Cooks’ Bridge Road, Wire Road – about 23 minutes, 18 miles
1645 – Arrive in Aiken

Hope to see you on the 17th.
Event Coordinators: Tom Varallo 803-640-2406