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September Dinner Meeting @ TBA
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This is the monthly dinner meeting of the premier Miata Club in the CSRA. Come out and have some eats with fellow Miata owners. Either before, during or after we will have a short business[...]

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27 Years Ago – July 1989 Motor Trend

All of the July issues of the mainstream auto magazines in 1989 had a cover article on a brand new car model from Mazda. After thumbing through all of them I could find on the shelf of the local Food Lion, I chose the Motor Trend to take home and read. I still have it.

I’ve included the add for the BMG Compact Disc Club for an additional bit of nostalgia. At one time I was a member (probably in tandem along with the Columbia House one too.)

10 Years Ago – June 2006

Peach Festival Parade

Date: Saturday, June 17th
Time: 9:00 AM
Attending: Brian & Donna Bogardus, John & Jackie Nicholls, Denny Smith, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman, Lester & Janeth Welsh, Rudy Wilmoth & Patti Letizia and Dave Winkler.

We all met up at Billy’s Super Store and did the usual pre-event thing – chewed the fat. After everyone had a chance to buy some refreshments and/or use the facilities, Stacey rounded us up like a border collie does wayward sheep and led us over to the parade line-up area.

We were assigned spot #34 and the parade marshal had told Stacey that she had set aside enough room for 10 cars, so our seven should have had no problem fitting. Unfortunately she must have thought we were Shriners with go-carts or something because there wasn’t enough room between the pie plate markers to fit all of us. We stretched one car past the beginning marker and several past the ending one. There of course was a simple fix, being as there was no one lined up in front or behind us yet, we just moved the pie plates. 🙂

We then had about another hour to kill waiting on the actual parade to start, so we chewed some more fat and hoped that nothing loud would line up behind us and nothing equine would line up in front of us. It is primary/run off season in South Carolina, so the local politicians were thick as mosquitoes on a summer’s eve shaking hands and smiling.

When the parade finally did start it was kind of anti-climatic. It does seem like every year the crowds lining the route get bigger and bigger and the trick is to meter out your candy tossing so as to not run out before the end and not to end up with a lot of starlite mints and yellow lollipops.

Afterwards most everyone walked into the festival grounds and eye-balled the crafts or ate some nutritious fair food like an elephant ear or a corn dog before heading home.


This is the last of the 10 Years Ago posts, because the July 2006 newsletter was the last one I produced. Someone volunteered to take up the job, but never did. I had been doing a web site along side of the newsletter for almost a decade at that point and by then nearly everyone in the club had internet access. Five years after it happened, we moved into the 21st century.

10 Years Ago – May 2006

Time Speed Distance (Trivia) Rally

Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Sportsman BBQ
Attending: 30 Members and Non-Members alike.

Thanks to all who competed Saturday. Hopefully you are all recuperated, had a good time, and are still speaking to one another! Here are some facts we think you might find of interest:
Of the 15 teams that competed, 6 actually officially completed the course. One team was MIA hopefully they made it home safe and sound and not still circling Aiken? Edgefield County?

There were 171 total points available. Here are the scores of the official competitors:
1) Bogardus – 134
2) Rushton – 89
3) Gray/Powell – 85*
4) Wilmoth/Letizia – 73*
5) Breitinger – 58*
6) Greathouse/May – 44*
*After a deduction of the 5 point penalty for late arrival

If run perfectly the course was by leg:
Time: 59, 98 & 157 min. total time
Distance 39.3, 74.9 & 114.2 miles total distance – some teams drove over 100 miles on leg 1.
Checkpoint came at 29 min, 23 seconds in.

Most frequently missed questions:
Count the Ponds–10 was correct
Pictures of chimney sweep and windmills=Connamara (we won’t be doing this again)
How long is the fence? 7716 feet

Submitted by Jackie, John, Gail & Miller

Today, May 20th, the MMC held it’s 3rd annual TSD Road Rally and Donna and I came in first. The first year we came in 3rd and last year we finished out of the money, but this year we knocked ‘em dead.

There were 15 teams that started and we were #13 out of the gate. When Donna and I arrived at the finish we were the 4th car in. We knew that there a few cars that probably got lost, we had seen a few going the other way as we did the run, but 6 cars had fallen off the course? Turns out it was worse than that because the 3 that were at the finish ahead of us had only made it there by opening their emergency envelopes…

I guess this must have been harder than it looked to us because only one other team besides us finished with an intact envelope before the cutoff time. Four other teams didn’t open the envelope, but came in after the time allowed. Everyone who made it in cleanly got to pick something from the prize table, the top two teams also got a little cash prize to go along with their T-shirt or hat. We got a crisp piece of paper with a portrait of Andrew Jackson and the second place team, Scott Rushton & daughter, snagged an Alexander Hamilton.

We received no points for time as we were over the limit for both legs. We were long on the mileages for both legs, but were inside the spread, so we did get those points. We got the checkpoint time points by a lucky guess. On the question portion, out of 24, we missed the 3 most missed ones from above, plus 2 more. The reason we were long on time and mileage is that we stopped or backtracked to identify the churches, and it paid off as we missed only one of the 20.

Submitted by Brian Bogardus

25 Years Ago – Spring 1991

Then & Now

1956 Porsche 356/1500S Speedster & 1991 Mazda Miata
The Second in a series of wheel-to-wheel comparisons

In purely technical terms, a comparison of the Porsche 356 Speedster and the Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn’t compute. How can you relate a horizontally-opposed, air-cooled, rear-engine car of the Fifties with a front-engine, twin-cam, 16-valve machine of the Nineties, one that we currently accept as the state of the sports car art? You can’t.

So forget the specifications for a minute and consider the generally accepted definition of a sports car: a small, two-seat roadster built for just one purpose, driving pleasure. Now, in that context, put yourself back in the Fifties, and into the Porsche.

For that time the Speedster was very light and simple but also extremely sophisticated, neatly detailed and well finished. Just like the Miata today. The Speedster had a tight structure, supple suspension and precise steering. Just like the Miata today. The Speedster had a very reliable engine, developed from a high-volume production unit to give substantially more power and brisk if not exactly neck-snapping acceleration. Just like the Miata today.

Continue reading: 25 Years Ago – Spring 1991

10 Years Ago – March 2006

Tech Day

Date: Saturday, March 11th
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Breitinger’s Speed Shop
Attending: Brian Bogardus, James & Kurt Breitinger, John Haff, Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.
Guest Attending: Chuck? John? Bud?

My stuffing Club newsletters under unsuspecting Miatas in parking lots paid off as someone I had hit twice, popped in for a while and visited. He is in town until the end of the year working at SRP and whose name I forgot already. He bought a used 99 with some tasteful mods for a fun get around car and showed up to talk Miatas with us. Might turn out to be a member, might not. (Probably not after he reads that I forgot his name.)

We had a whopping 2 cars get worked on. I did the swap of the slightly stripped lug stud and President Dave had his throttle body cleaned and a remote oil filter mount installed. We had one person come to do some wrenching on others cars, Clunk. His partner Thunk showed up a couple times through out the day to help or hinder as needed.


Further inside the newsletter I find this:

Welcome New Members
Kevan & Cate McCaslin from Aiken. They drive a Silver & Black ’99.

Hey, wait a minute, that name (and car) sound familiar, I bet Kevan is the fellow who came to Tech Day…