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  • Mark Gilbert 6:27pm on Monday, January 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Bucket List Item For All Miata Owners 

    Since we have many new members who have joined the club recently, I wanted to share a bucket list item for all Miata owners who love to drive their cars. The roads in the Georgia, Carolina and Tennessee mountains are made for our cars. There are unlimited roads to travel and each one is spectacular. Of course, the Tail of the Dragon gets the most notoriety.

    Here is a video clip of a typical run up the Dragon. Notice the folks in the video are about our age. You are never too old to have fun and feel alive!

    Run up the Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j31rGA0raE

    Run down the Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-DjeYrxLpI

    Zoom-zoom-zoom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ikW7pVa_I

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfn4ScbJhHU

     

     
  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 2:52pm on Sunday, January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Thank everyone for socks 

    Roz and Karen

    Christmas @ Jubilee, 2019

    We just want to thank everyone for helping with the sock collection for Christmas.
    This past Christmas, we saw about 135 people at Jubilee, the following Saturday, about 55-60 people, and gave to the 55 children at a school for themselves and their mothers. I’ll try to post some pictures from Jubilee.

    Roz and Karen

     
    • Mark Gilbert 7:52am on Monday, January 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You and Karen are certainly a blessing to those folks. The greatest rewards in this life is always in the giving to others.

  • Mark Gilbert 8:15pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Redlands Road Trip 

    What an absolutely beautiful day for our road trip down south. Hope everyone had a great time cruising the back roads of South Dade County and seeing all the sights the Redlands have to offer. A day like today with such great weather is what these little cars are made for! Thanks to all of our members who shared in the journey.

     
    • Robert Burr 9:35am on Sunday, January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to all who joined us for this fruity tropical history hunt.

  • Mark Gilbert 10:10am on Friday, January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Reminder, Redland Riot Road Rallye Is Tomorrow 

    Click the link to learn more about some of the historic stops along the route through the Redlands tomorrow:

    http://www.redlandriot.com/Stops.html

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:25am on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Don Merchberger 

    Congrats to Don on the purchase of his new 2019 ND soft top Club Edition with BBS / Brembo Brake / Recaro Seat package. It is a beauty. Wishing you many miles of smiles. Zoom-zoom!!!!

     

     

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 9:40am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    St. Augustine Trip Postponed 

    Wanted to update everyone on our planned weekend trip to St. Augustine. Unfortunately, the weekend of March 14-15th will have to be changed. It is bike week in the Daytona Beach area at that time and there are no hotel rooms available anywhere in the vicinity.

    We are working on changing the dates and will update the event calendar once a new date is set. Sorry for the inconvenience this change may have caused.

    We will update the calendar very soon.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:42am on Sunday, January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    1992 Miata For Sale 

    For Sale – 1992 Miata. 33,000 original miles, convertible and hardtop, Automatic Transmission, Power Windows, no Air Conditioning. Asking $6,500. Located in Stuart.

    Call or text Steve Romig at 772-285-5276.

     
  • Robert Burr 12:04pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Miata Now Has Electronic Regenerative Braking 

    Mazda announced a refresh for the MX-5 Miata sports car today for European markets, outlining new trim levels and standard safety equipment. The car hasn’t changed much, save for one thing: the inclusion of the company’s i-ELOOP and i-stop kinetic recovery and stop-start systems, which will now be standard on all European MX-5 models.

    Mazda’s i-ELOOP tech has been around for awhile, but this is the first time we’re seeing it included in the MX-5. It works by converting the car’s kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates, rather than lose it to heat as the car uses its brakes to come to a stop. It then stores that energy in a dedicated capacitor, which in turn powers the car’s electronic systems. Mazda has a great video explaining the entire process:

    This system means the engine-driven alternator doesn’t have to work as hard to power the car’s electronics, which Mazda claims can result in a five-percent improvement in efficiency. And in case you were wondering, no, this doesn’t mean the Miata is now a hybrid. The system only helps power the car’s electronics — it doesn’t assist with propulsion.

    Mazda hasn’t specified how much weight its i-ELOOP system adds to the Miata, or how it’ll affect drivability or the car’s fun factor. But knowing them, we’re sure the car will be just as enjoyable, even with the system in place.

    Mazda declined to comment on whether the 2020 model-year Miata will be receiving the i-ELOOP system in the U.S., though we should receive news on updated trim levels and pricing for the car soon.

    link to article:

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a30443839/mazda-mx-5-miata-brake-recovery-tech/

     
    • Andrew 10:58am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We will see how that works out in the end.

      To remove the load from the alternator (also probably making it smaller to reduce the amount of work the engine needs to do – which is where the 5% improvement comes as the alternator is belt driven by the main shaft), its going to use a capacitor to store the converted brake energy into electricity. Most of the electrical components will then run off that system. A capacitor will high a very voltage more than enough to kill if not careful when working in the engine bay. Additionally, it will add a bit of complexity and expense. Might also might mean limited options for upgrading the braking calipers, pads, lines, etc..

      Just a thought.

      • Robert Burr 11:03am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The future of super-capacitors is unfolding rapidly, as an adjunct to battery systems. Capturing a large amount of power quickly, discharging quickly for large demand, this is the realm of capacitor. Discharging slowly to power 5 volt or 12 volt systems is a clever trick. Thank the electric vehicles for moving this technology of energy efficiency forward at a rapid pace.

  • Mark Gilbert 10:48am on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Track Night In America – Feb 11th at PBIR 

    Track Night In America – Feb.11th at Palm Beach International Raceway.

    Info here: https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/

     
    • David M Brandt 10:54am on Sunday, January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m registered for track with a buddy of mine.

      • Robert Burr 11:18am on Sunday, January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Enjoy, and drop a note later to let us know if you liked Track Night.

  • Mark Gilbert 3:37pm on Monday, January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Miata Tour of Italy 

    The Southwest Florida Miata Club is taking a driving tour of Italy this summer. They reached out to our club to see if there is anyone interested in joining them. Info as follows:

    Join Blue Strada Tours in 2020 for a driving journey into the heart of Italy. Six days driving the rolling backroads of Tuscany and Umbria, with time still to explore the quaint towns of Siena, Orvieto, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Chianti Region, Pienza, Civita di Bagnoregio, and more.
    The Miata Amore Tours include an overnight in the Eternal City of Rome, several nights in the ‘World Heritage” city of Siena, and 3 nights just a short distance from Orvieto in Collazzone. The scenic roads and rolling hills of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria are what connect these amazing cities for 8 days. Rest assured, it is an exhilarating driving experience. Enjoying lunches and Italian coffees in small villages along the way will endear you to the rural life and culture that Italy is so famous for.
    Andrea Mancini, an extraordinary Miata enthusiast and collector, welcomes us to Miataland—a classic Italian villa style inn that is home a personal collection of Miatas. Staying at Miataland is enjoyable in itself, but adding guests from around the world where the Miata has other enthusiastic owners makes it even more so.
    A 16th century Inn overlooking Siena will be home for additional nights while we explore more of Tuscany, including beautiful historic villages and some of the most famous regions for Italian wine.

    Blue Strada’s experienced Tour Leaders have spent many hours organizing the driving routes and hospitality to deliver a motoring excursion you will always remember with a smile. The Miata Amore Tour ends in Rome. Adding more days in Rome at the end of your tour is encouraged and our assistance will be available as needed.
    Blue Strada Tours ٠1277 Hamburg Ct. ٠ Waxhaw, NC 28173 ٠ 1 704 292 8801
    Amore! The 2020 Miata Tuscany Driving Tour s
    Presented by: Blue Strada Tours LLC

    What: 9-Day Miata Tour of Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

    Dates: April 18-26 ٠ June 6-14 ٠ October 10-18

    Tour Starts: Rome, Italy

    Hospitality: 4-Star Inns with all Breakfasts and Dinners included

    • Day 1: Arrival at Rome, usually in the A.M. from North America, with plenty of time to rendezvous with the Miataland van that will take you directly to Piedecolle in beautiful Umbria where Miataland is located. • Day 2: After breakfast and a tour of the museum, we will depart in mid-morning through lovely roads to a special destination for lunch, returning on alternate route. • Day 3: Our route for the day takes us to interesting sights and roads in Perugia to Castelluccia di Norcia for lunch, followed by more lovely roads back to Miataland. • Day 4: More winding roads, towards the wine country’s vistas and beautiful Sienna. • Day 5: Meet the spirals of San Gimignano and a visit to Siena’s Piazza del Campo—a medieval square in the center of Siena, famous for the Palio Horse Races held there twice each year. • Day 6: The views of Volterra, the renowned Super Tuscan red wines of Bolgheri and the Larderello geo-thermals are on our winding route as we return to Siena. • Day 7: More roads to love and a view of the volcano Amiata, while in Pienza. Pressing on to Orvieto, another beautiful hilltop Tuscan city. • Day 8: Our Miataland shuttle returns the group to Rome by mid-day, allowing guests time to see why Rome is so special. And, finally, our Tour Celebration dinner. • Day 9: Transport to Rome International airport will begin per guests’ flight schedule. ****At the end of your Tour, consider adding more days visiting Rome; our assistance will be available as needed.
    Blue Strada Tours ٠1277 Hamburg Ct. ٠ Waxhaw, NC 28173 ٠ 1 704 292 8801

    Amore! Miata 2020 Tuscany Tours
    April 18-26 ٠ June 6-14 ٠ October10-18

    Miata Tuscany Tour Includes:
    • A variety of Miata MX-5s with manual transmission • 8-night accommodations in 4 Star Inns or Hotels • Tour Support Vehicle • All Breakfasts • All Dinners • English-Speaking Tour Guides • Airport Transfers • All Taxes • Primary Insurance on Vehicles The Tour Does NOT Include: • Flights to Rome ٠ Lunches & ‘Adult’ Beverages • Fuel & Tolls ٠ Travel Insurance • Personal Expenses

    • There are 10 Miata’s and each day they are divided into 5 “Spirited Group” and 5 “Scenic Group”.
    • You get to switch between different generation Miata’s every half day. All four generations of Miata’s are represented.
    • Typical days are divided into four stints of 1.5 hours each with coffee breaks and a 1 hour lunch. About 6 hours of seat time. Should end the day by 4pm.
    • Will be staying in two Inn’s: Miataland and one in Siena.

     

    ____________________________________________________________________ TOUR PRICING
    2 Drivers/2 Cars/ 1 Room 2 people/ 1 car/1 Room 1 Driver/1 car/1 Room
    $3,875 per person                      $6,235                            $4,360
    For Reservations Contact: billk@bluestradatours.com , 1 704 292 8801

     
    • David M Brandt 8:18pm on Monday, January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks very interesting to Alice and I, either June or October. Anyone else thinking about it?

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