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Field Trip Suggestions

Posted by Kim P on July 18, 2016 at 10:30am 9 Comments

Ideas for field trips are mainly for the cooler months where we can enjoy the beautiful Florida fall/winter weather!

-Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables is a hidden oasis. But again, I would reserve that for cooler weather. I believe you can get at a group rate.

-Flamingo Gardens in Davie has free-roaming peacocks, numerous caged raptors (including a pair of our nation's national symbol), tram rides, a gift shop, and a smoothie/light fare stand.

-If you liked our trip to Homestead Speedway and want to take it a step further, I highly recommend participating in an autocross event. (Autocross is where you drive your street car on a course with cones and try to beat your time and other cars in your class' time. You are the only car on the course at a time.) There aren't any happening now, but I believe the next one is in October (only 3 months away!!). I have been racing for 1 year now (still technically a noob), but it is a TON of fun! Autocross is known…

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Suggested Road trip in February: Florida Cracker Trail

Posted by Robert Burr on July 14, 2016 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Florida Cracker Trail Museum and annual Cross State Ride. The Florida Cracker Trail runs from just east of Bradenton, and ends in Fort Pierce, a total distance of approximately 120 miles. An annual Cracker Trail ride is now held the last full week in February of each year. The ride begins at a site just east of Bradenton, Florida, and ends with a parade through downtown Ft. Pierce, Florida. Each day's ride is approximately 15 to 20 miles in length. The purpose of the ride is to draw attention to Florida's horse and cattle heritage. http://crackertrail.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Cracker_Trail

Road Trips

Posted by Mark Gilbert on July 8, 2016 at 3:45pm 2 Comments

I know we all greatly appreciate the wonderful venues Lou and John have found for us to travel to on our monthly road trips. They have all been a lot of fun to attend. In an effort to help them, they request that club members suggest additional places they have been to that they think the club would like to include on future road trips. We have a great club and the input of our members is always greatly appreciated. Hope to see everyone at Sunday's meeting

Hello SoFla Miatas!

Posted by Macdafoe on July 6, 2016 at 12:04pm 2 Comments

Just wanted to create an intro posting with the hopes of connecting with my fellow enthusiasts. Picked up '96 NA last year, and recently have had opportunity to start working in the last couple months. "Mister Toad" is 5speed black base model with 136k. Below is what I've completed so far, currently focusing on getting Toad back to well maintained stock condition.

-Radiator, and all associated cooling hoses. Fortunately previously owner already performed TB and h20 pump.

-Heater core hoses into firewall.

-Replaced destroyed black top with new tan one.

-New rotors, pads & brake fluid all around.

-Replaced heinous chrome aftermarket wheels w/ 14" BBS off M edition.

-Redline differential oil change.

-Rebuilt shifter with upper/lower boots, and bushing.

-Replaced seats with boneyard tan leather M edition

-Reupholstered door cards in tan plaid.



Next on the list are motor mounts, Redline fluid for transmission, and bushings. The…

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Hello from a new member.

Posted by Don Resnick on July 5, 2016 at 3:06pm 2 Comments

Hey, all...



Back in '94 and newly married, I was able to lease an NA in Montego Blue (loved that color)! One day I followed a guy in another Miata to a gas station when I noticed the SCCA magnet on his bumper. That move changed my life.



Like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", I found that there was much more than traveling between 2 points. It is the journey that measure a car's soul. We here know that a rocking Auto-X run is much more fun than a low ¼ mile ET.



Unfortunately, life intruded and when my daughter was born, I was forced to give it up. Enter 6 soul sucking years in a Civic before returning to something proper in a WRX 5-door and a successful run in D Stock at my local SCCA club in Toledo, OH.



Yearning again for a convertible but needing 4 seats, I fed my hunger with a '08 MINI Cooper Convertible (non-S) modified with suspension bracing, an AFE CAI, and a Megan Racing exhaust. That vehicle brought me to South Florida (with a detour to… Continue

BUMPER SKIN

Posted by RON & FRAN NIEPORENT on June 30, 2016 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

The bumper skin is from a 1999 10th Anniversary Edition Miata.  It is Sapphire Blue with a half dollar sized scratch on right side.  No physical damage, just paint.  Otherwise it's in great condition.  Call me for more info:  561-371-1054  Ron.

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie)

Posted by DJ on June 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

MInor update (6/30/16)

I have battling with the Megasquirt getting it operate correctly and this is what I get for being cheap and buying used.  Should have gotten a new one and been done already. 

Some of the trouble has been hard to deal with (Poor soldering skills from the original builder, that left a single bare strand of 12v wire loose, which made contact with another circuit causing the magic smoke to leave the Megasquirt) some has been minor configuration issues (resistor soldered in where one is not needed etc.).  I made some good headway and had the car running on the DIYPNP (Megasquirt) last night for about an hour.  I have the radiator fan working correctly and a decent idle, save the A/C operation.  That is my next hurdle, getting the idle to compensate for the A/C and not stall…

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June Road Trip at Endless Summer Winery Report

Posted by Doug Q on June 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Aside from a minor scare to Tammy and me on the road on the way home from the venue (see post elsewhere here on the website), the trip to the Endless Summer Winery on June 12 was memorable for a number of reasons.

 

We headed up from our meeting place at Dunkin’ Donuts on Gateway in Boynton on a typical South Florida summer day: warm.  There were a dozen cars in our caravan up I-95 transporting two dozen really smart people who appreciate the best sports car available.

 

While the winery isn’t exactly around the corner, it proved to be worth the drive!  The theme of the grounds, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, is surfing (no surprise there considering the “Endless Summer” name!), with kitschy wine labels, a very cute gift shop, and friendly and engaging staff.

 

While supposedly tours were not scheduled to be conducted on the day we were there, the gracious owner Gary Roberts provided one to our South Florida Miata constituency.  We got…

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Rear Bumper Skin from 1999 Miata very good condition. Make offer.

Posted by RON & FRAN NIEPORENT on June 25, 2016 at 4:51pm 1 Comment

REAR BUMPER SKIN 1999 MIATA. MAKE OFFER.

Greico Mazda 20% parts discount

Posted by John Morris on June 8, 2016 at 11:37am 0 Comments

Just a reminder to all members you wiil get a 20% dicount on all Mazda parts by mentioning you ar a member of The South Florida Miata Club.

Ask for Kevin Lopez 561-278-7800 Ext. 1293.

Lou Marett has Membership cards. 

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August Road Trip at Grieco Mazda

August 14, 2016 from 10am to 2pm
Grieco Mazda is the sponsor of our website.  You can see their logo in the upper right of this page.  It is time for them to renew the sponsorship and we would like to show our appreciation for their support.  The management at Grieco has graciously offered to hold a "South Florida Miatas Cars n' Coffee" from 10:00 to Noon before they open on Sunday, August 14.  Representatives from sales and service will be at our disposal to give us a "tour" of the beautiful new Miatas, to explain maintenance and to answer any and all questions.  Once again, Grieco has gone out of its way to support us.  It is imperative that we have a large attendance at this event.  Please plan on coming and bring any "car people" you may know.  This is a rare treat that can be enjoyed by just about everyone.We will meet for the "Cars n Coffee" at Grieco and then afterwards convoy up scenic A1A to Mulligans Beach House in Lake Worth for lunch.  We need to make lunch reservations so please let us know that you will…See More
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Profile IconShellie Leoni, Robert Burr, Mark Gilbert and another member are attending Lou Marett's event

August Monthly Meeting at The Field Irish Pub

August 7, 2016 from 12pm to 2pm
Time: NoonAgenda: Good food, good friends, good discussion of club events past and future, good answering of Miata tech questions (play "Stump the Experts).  This is a time of friendship and fun. All members, old and new, are invited along with any friends and family.  Put this on your calendar.Zoom, Zoom, John & Lou, Co - PresidentsSee More
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DJ commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"Bank Atlantic Center."
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Doug Q commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"Hey Kim where was that autocross (photos you posted)?"
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Mark Gilbert commented on Lou Marett's event August Road Trip
"Lets show Lou and John how much we all appreciate the time and efforts they put into our wonderful club by having a big turnout for this road trip!"
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Lou Marett commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"Kim, Thanks for the cool suggestions.  It's bright ideas like yours that keep South Florida Miatas vibrant and alive.  Thanks & Zoom, Zoom, Lou "
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DJ posted a status
"While I have attended a few Evo schools, it was not. It was a local autocross school. I will let my Dad share the story some day."
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Don Resnick commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"Doug / DJ, was that Evolution Performance Driving School by any chance? "
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DJ commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"Dad, I think you are still finding dirt in the car from our "ride" through the infield."
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DJ commented on Kim P's blog post Field Trip Suggestions
"I wonder if we can get a group together from the South FL Miata club and some of the other local clubs and see if Gulf Coast Autocrossers will do a special event for us?"
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DJ commented on Lou Marett's event August Monthly Meeting
"Who will the experts be, I am pretty sure I can come up with at least one good question."
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DJ might attend Lou Marett's event

August Monthly Meeting at The Field Irish Pub

August 7, 2016 from 12pm to 2pm
Time: NoonAgenda: Good food, good friends, good discussion of club events past and future, good answering of Miata tech questions (play "Stump the Experts).  This is a time of friendship and fun. All members, old and new, are invited along with any friends and family.  Put this on your calendar.Zoom, Zoom, John & Lou, Co - PresidentsSee More
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Lou Marett left a comment for Juan carlos salas
"Juan Carlos, Welcome to our merry band of Miata lovers.  We are always looking for good people who want to have fun with other good people.  Please visit our website or "like us" on Facebook to keep abreast of club news and…"
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July 2016 Road Trip to Funky Budda FTL

Started by Doug Q in Road Trips. Last reply by Don Resnick on Thursday. 1 Reply

Our club’s July 2016 Road Trip was to the Funky Buddha in Fort Lauderdale.  We arrived to a fairly busy place at 11:45, where we met up with club members.  This was a very well-attended event with a…Continue

Fiat 124 Spider

Started by Doug Q in 2016 Miata Jul 6. 0 Replies

Thanks to John Morris for sharing via email Grassroots Motorsports review of the Fiat 124 Spider, based on Mazda's MX-5.  Sorry, I see '99 Miata in the styling.  My opinion, the Fiat looks good but…Continue

Close call returning from Endless Summer Winery

Started by Doug Q in Road Trips. Last reply by Doug Q Jun 14. 5 Replies

Returning from Endless Summer Winery, which was a really nice place to visit today (thanks, Lou and John for setting it up!), within sight of I-95, there was construction.  Indrio Road jogged right.…Continue

Grieco Mazda 20% Parts Dicount

Started by John Morris in 2016 Miata Jun 8. 0 Replies

Greico Mazda 20% parts discountJust a reminder to all members you wiil get a 20% dicount on all Mazda…Continue

 
 
 

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