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It is the 4th of July, so NO meeting.
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Edgefield Cruise-In on the Square @ Sprint (formerly Greg's Gas +)
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Sprint/Greg’s Gas Plus at 1295 W Martintown Rd, North Augusta, SC (just north of I-20 off Exit 1) – map We could plan to leave from exit 1 in North Augusta around 8:30 and[...]

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January Breakfast Wrap Up

A lonely sight.
Rudy, Patti, Rita and I. That’s our (new to us) GT, PRHT.

Meeting Minutes for 5 January 2017

Wow it’s 2017 already!!

When: January 5th, 2017

Where: BJ’s country buffet, North Augusta

Who: John and Teri Bozzarello, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Jacques Fournier, Dick Larson, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Stacey Timmerman, Tom Varallo, Ralf Wilms and Victor Yu.

We all grabbed a bite to eat at the buffet then Tom got the meeting started with “THE BELL” ;-). He turned the meeting over to Dennis to run.

Treasurer’s Report: SStarted at $1340.74 from December 9th and $80.00 in dues collected at the Christmas party and since, the balance comes to $1420.74.

• Tom has some business cards with the club website; to give to people who own Miata’s that may be interested in joining. See Tom if you would like some.
• See Dennis for name-tags…..Dennis has or will be making tags for Dick Larson, Don & Cheri Bozzarello.
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets $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 CafePress
Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.

Club Business:
• Dues for calendar year 2017 are due now. In fact they were due on 1 Jan, so if you have not paid your membership dues please make them. Thank you for your support!
• Rita’s suggestion that membership has already voted on the issue of Karol and Dennis both being officers when we voted them in office was agreed upon.
• Those in attendance voted to waive 2 person integrity for Treasurer/President, when signing checks or contracts. There were 9 votes to waive. Voting began tonight and remaining members can vote online. Voting will run through next week. Please get your votes to Tom, Dennis & Karol. Thank you!

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:
• This meeting was a planning meeting, so the following items were planned:

The following events are anticipated:

14 January Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
21 January Breakfast – Steak & Shake (I-20 & Belair Rd.) Ralf Wilms
2 February Dinner Meeting – TBD Don and Cheri Nesbit
18 February Breakfast – TBD Tom Varallo
2 March Dinner Meeting – TBD Mike and Shirley Dyer
TBD March Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast – N. Augusta Stacey Timmerman
6 April Dinner Meeting – TBD Karol Mason
15 April Club Outing TBD and Bkst/Brunch Bob Tarrant
End of April or first part of May is Miata’s at Myrtle Beach – Keep an eye out for dates TBA
4 May Cinco de Mayo Dinner Meeting – TBD Dennis Mason
6-7 May Carolina Motor Sports (Parade Laps) John Haff
20 May Breakfast – TBD Victor Yu
31 May – 4 June Zoomin of the Mountains of E. Tennessee Tri-Cities Miata
1 June Dinner meeting – TBD Karol Mason
17 June Breakfast at Airport Grille and Drive Trenton Peach Parade Stacey Timmerman
16-17 September Wanna Go Fast – N. GA Mountains TBD

Christmas Party & December meeting

When: December 9th 2016
Where: Woodside Plantation Clubhouse

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Don and Kay Boltz, John and Teri Bozzarello, John and Pat Clark, Ed and Shirley Mauney, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Jacques Fournier, Larry and Rita Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, John and Kathy Omerod, Kirill and Emilie Skliar, Rudy and Patti Wilmoth, Dave and Sue Woomer, and Victor Yu.

Thank you so much to Shirley Dyer for all the planning and to John and Kathy Omerod for getting us into this clubhouse.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1590.74, with $30.00 in income from dues payments and $896.00 Member Party Payments equals $2516.74. Minus $280.00 in expenditures ($10 each for those attending tonight’s party, )and minus $896.00 payment for a total check of $1176.00 (total payment for tonight Christmas Party), the balance comes to $1340.74.

Then we got started with the business of partying!
As usual the White Elephant gift exchange was a hit. Hopefully, everyone had a good time!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

25 Years Ago – Winter 1991

Ol’ Paint

By Vince Tidwell
Miata Club of America

I did an irresponsible thing the other night. No, nothing that I would regret the rest of my days, but the kind of act resulting from a poor decision that everyone makes at least once in their lifetime. I was fortunate in that the outcome was as planned, but it caused me to ponder and discard the editorial that was intended for this issue for what you are reading now.

I usually require at least 24 contiguous hours of tranquility to compile an editorial (hey, I majored in engineering and business, not English). In an effort to find that solitude, I decided to travel to a relative’s cabin high in the Tennessee hills, adjacent to the Smoky Mountain National Park near Gatlinburg. It was early November and the probability of any inclement weather at that time of year which could impede my arrival was slim to none – or so I thought.

Wrong – it snowed. I left the club’s office late in the evening and with excellent local road conditions, knowing that there might be scattered snow flurries near my destination. I congratulated myself for taking a generally lower altitude route and topping of the gas tank full of dinosaur juice. Even though it was a slightly different route than I usually take, it appeared to be the same distance, and I had arrived easily on one tank before.

Wrong again – I ran low on fuel well before I planned. There must be a law against gas stations being open past 9:00 PM in Tennessee. Either that or these good or boys figure that anyone with a lick o’ sense ought not be a drivin’ here late at night. Nonetheless, I was determined to get to the chalet and heat up some of the home-made Brunswick stew and country ham (no caviar dreams and champagne wishes for me, thank you) for what would inevitably be a midnight snack. Press on, Vince ol’ boy.

A sign read “Gatlinburg 18 miles”. My fuel gauge then read WELL BELOW the empty mark tick. Average speed on the road ahead of me was 30 mph (great curves) at best, even when dry. My rear tires were showing their wear bar indicators, but I decided to continue. Oh yes, it was 12:30 AM and I had not seen a car for the last ten

minutes. I knew I wouldn’t seee any on the park road (no facilities or residences) I was about to enter either. Once in, there would be no turning back.

“Shouldn’t I stop and do something?”, I silently asked myself. “Why should I risk running out of gas 15 miles down the road in some pitch-black dark remote mountain hollow with only Cherokee Indian spirits and bears to converse with?” I still can’t answer that question. Maybe I’ve seen too many NIKE ads saying “just do it”.

I was ten miles deep into the park when I had to stop and gaze at a wonderment of nature. There was untrodden snow on the road and a thick two inches on the branches above. Absolute silence as well. Eery – very eery. The illumination provided by my megawatt halogen headlights caused a tunnel-like path. Maybe experiencing that was worth the risk. I turned my headlights off to see just how dark it was and quickly concluded that, “I shouldn’t be here – not now and not in these conditions.” Besides, I just knew there was some black bear bigger than the Miata out there that wanted my stew more than I did. Perhaps I should have put the hard top on before I left after all.

It was literally down hill from there as I put the 5-speed into neutral to conserve fuel. “Remarkable,” I spoke out loud to console myself. “This road has been so full of tourists at times that traffic often comes to a standstill”. Thankfully, no one answered.

Finally, I spotted some lights of civilization and once again the Miata’s fuel gauge fooled me. (The next day I filled the tank finding 1/2 of a gallon to spare – equating to another 15 miles.) Through judicious driving and reduction of the air pressure in the tires for better adhesion in the snow, I made it to the chalet without having to share my stew with Smoky.

I pulled my Miata into the garage at the cabin and, as I still often do, even after two years, went down to the garage to look at it before going to bed. This time was different, though. Instead of listening to it cool after a hot track session or admiring a recent wax job, I leaned against it like a cowboy would have leaned against his horse after crossing a high mountain pass. “A good horse delivers his master from his, own foolishness” is what clearly came to mind.

Copyright 1991, Miata Magazine. Reprinted without permission.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I know it isn’t officially winter just yet, we’ve got about 10 days to go, but the recent colder temperatures has sure made it feel like it is already. So it got me looking at the Winter 1991 Miata Magazine looking for what I might use for the real 25 Years Ago post coming up.

On the back page of every Miata Magazine since the first one has been an ad for an official Miata Club of America charge card. Pictured on the card was beautiful Mariner Blue car that was just like the car Donna and I owned. I was tempted to get it just for that reason, but never did. There still is an application form right there, I wonder if I filled it out and mailed it in would they approve me?