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March 2019 Meeting Minutes

When: March 7th, 2019

Where: Emishiya Korean BBQ, Martinez

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, David and Ellie Brock, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry Garner, Glen and Deb Link, Dennis and Karol Mason.

Emashiya Korean BBQ was different but good, we had our own room and enjoyed dinner and appetizers.  Everyone found something on the menu that they liked.  Shirley particularly enjoyed the Fried Rice and Karol and Dennis enjoyed the Goon Man Du and Bulgogi and rice.

Treasurer’s Report: The balance started at $951.91 from last month, and added $10 in dues to end at $961.91.

Club Business:

  • Dues for this year are past due!, So please prepare to contribute at the next meeting, and see Mike Dyer to pay them. 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.

Ongoing:

  • See Dennis Mason for name tags, if you so desire.
  • 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.

Upcoming calendar events:

DATE EVENT – LOCATION COORDINATORS
16 Mar Someone wanna plan a drive or breakfast or something??
23 Mar Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast – North Augusta
23 Mar Aiken Steeplechase – we have a nice spot at the rail (thanks Tom & Sue) but you have to buy your own tix this year.
4 Apr April Dinner Meeting – TBD
20 Apr Outing Club picnic/pot luck Bob & Pat Tarrant
25-27 Apr Miata’s at Myrtle Beach

http://miatasatmyrtlebeach.org/

On your own
6-8 June Zoomin’ in the Mountains of East Tennessee https://www.facebook.com/pg/Zoomin-The-Mountains-Of-East-Tennessee-161861850537211/events/ On your own
TBD August Bug Splat Brian & Donna Bogardus
1-3 Nov Deals Gap trip Brian & Donna Bogardus

Breakfast At Auten’s

Members Attending: Rolf & Annie Wilms, Tom Varallo, Kurt Breitinger and Donna & Brian Bogardus

When the Bogarduses led a group to Deals Gap last fall the trip up was foggy, rainy and misty, when they led a group to Greenwood to see a car collection it was foggy and misty, so why would the weather for this morning’s breakfast drive be anything but cloudy and misty. At least it was not foggy nor rainy and it was warm enough for 2 of the 3 cars who took the round about way to Auten’s, to do it with the top down. The Wilms and Mr. Varallo, who live in the Aiken area, took the easy way out and instead of driving to North Augusta just to turn around and drive back, met the other 5 at the restaurant. The food was good and plentiful, the coffee was tasty and promptly refilled and the conversation varied and spirited.

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

When: February 7th, 2019

Where: Red Pepper Cafe, Aiken

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Don and Kay Boltz, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Glen and Deb Link, Dennis and Karol Mason, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Tom and Susan Varallo, Dave and Sue Woomer, .
Thanks to Shirley for making reservations for tonight’s meeting! – Red Pepper was very nice, we had our own room and enjoyed dinner and appetizers

Treasurer’s Report: The balance is at $891.91 from last month.

Club Business:
• Dues for the upcoming year are now due!, So please prepare to contribute at the next meeting,
and see Mike Dyer to pay them. 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.

Ongoing:
• See Dennis Mason for name tags, if you so desire.
• We have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata
owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• 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.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

DATE EVENT – LOCATION COORDINATORS
16 Feb Third Sat meet-up – Autens in Aiken Donna Bogardus
7 Mar Dinner meeting – TBD Karol Mason
16 Mar Someone wanna plan a drive or breakfast or something??
23 Mar Aiken Steeplechase – we have a nice spot at the rail (thanks Tom & Sue) but you have to buy your own tix this year.
Early April Outing Club picnic/pot luck – TBD Bob & Pat Tarrant
25-27 Apr Miata’s at Myrtle Beach

http://miatasatmyrtlebeach.org/

On your own
11 May Road Rally – but we MUST have at least 5 cars, otherwise it’s just too much to plan out Dave & Ellie Brock
6-8 June Zoomin’ in the Mountains of East Tennessee https://www.facebook.com/pg/Zoomin-The-Mountains-Of-East-Tennessee-161861850537211/events/ On your own

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?

February Dinner Meeting

Where: The Red Pepper, 752 Silver Bluff Road (In the Shopping Center behind “Apizza di Napoli”)
Aiken, SC 29803 – map

www.redpepperaiken.com

We will have to conduct our meeting first because “Live Music” starts at 7:30 PM

Please email me: iamnani27@bellsouth.net to let me know if you are coming
because I need a head count before Monday February 4, 2019 in order to let the
restaurant know the final number of attendees.

Event Coordinator: Shirley Dyer 803-645-6173