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  • Mark Gilbert 7:44am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Possible Roadster Competition For The Miata 

    Not in the offing just yet, but Hyundai has the idea on the drawing board it appears.

    • Doug Quara 7:52am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Not bad looking. The article seems to be pure speculation. It also does not indicate whether it is expected to be FWD or RWD. If Front, it will not be accepted in the sports car community. If Rear, it might have a shot.

    • Blas Rolando 8:43am on Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The time to change our club name to “South Florida Roadster Club” may have come. 🙂

      • Anonymous 8:21am on Friday, March 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        And either lose a sponsor or gain another

  • Mark Gilbert 4:58pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Show, Car Show, , ummer Crush,   

    Saturday: Summer Crush Car Show 

    This Saturday: Spring Cruise In Car & Art Show. Come out to the Cruise In and Art Show this Saturday from noon to 4pm at Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce at 4200 Johnston Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951.

    Enjoy music by the Doo Wop Guys Band with two food trucks: Georgia Boy & Ethel’s Famous Wings, and Taco Trap.

    Free to spectating public. Open to all classic and collectible cars and trucks (no off premise food or beverages allowed). Fan favorite popular voting with awards and prizes for top five car winners.

    Car entry $10. $2 goes to charity of the day: Family Meals, Inc.

  • John Morris 11:17am on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: historic, marker, Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign, Yehaw Junction   

    Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign 

    Ever wonder what was on the Desert Inn historic sign at Yeehaw Junction?

    Well your dream is about to come true 🙂

    The property is at the intersection of State Road 60, US 441 and the turnpike.

    Yeehaw Junction Wikipedia page:,_Florida

    According to town historians and several original newspaper articles that are displayed at the Desert Inn and Restaurant, the town was originally named “Jackass Junction” or “Jackass Crossing”. This name was given to the four-corner site back in the early 1930s, when local ranchers rode on burros to visit the Desert Inn (then the local brothel). As the 1950s approached, the Florida legislature felt that a name change was due in light of the construction of Florida’s Turnpike through the center of the community in 1957, resulting in renaming the town to its present-day name.

    • marcy 12:06am on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the “enlightenment”

  • John Morris 7:56pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bok Tower Gardens,   

    Bok Tower Gardens 

    On the way back from the Strawberry Festival. (Yum) Sallie and I stopped at Bok Tower Gardens. I have been past it many times and said I will stop there one day.

    Wow!!! all the azaleas were in full bloom.

    There is a lot of history there as well as rare and endangered plants.

    See the link below to view the pictures I took. There also is a great place to eat right there for lunch. There is also a Honey stop on the way in orange country. (The best ever)

    If someone would like to lead a road trip there it is only two and one half hours from the West Palm Beach rest stop on the turnpike.

    Contact me at

    Anyone can view this shared album at:

    • marcy n. 11:06pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply


  • John Morris 7:41pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction Palm Beach   

    Barrett Jackson Auction – Two for one Tickets 

    Miata Member Ron Nieporent has two-for-one tickets to the 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction held in Palm Beach on the weekend of April 12-13-14.

    If you would like to be put on the list for two-for-one tickets, please send your name and email to Ron Nieporent. His email is

    Thank you Ron!

  • John Morris 7:28pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: March's Monthly Meeting At Lester's Diner   

    March’s Monthly Meeting At Lesters Diner 

    Today’s monthly meeting was great. We had the perfect top-down weather coming and going.

    We were pleased to welcome Tom Stadthagen a new member with a beautiful 1996 Cobalt Blue M Edition with beautiful leather saddle color interior. (35,000) original miles.

    The good news is Shellie had her car repaired (she was rear ended coming to the last meeting). We are all happy she and her car are O.K.

    We said goodbye to Karl Johnson with a heavy heart as he is moving to Tennessee for a wonderful job opportunity. We wish he much success and we will miss him. I told him we will come up on a road trip for a nice barbecue. 🙂

    Andrew showed me his wonderful handy work installing car play and a rear view camera in his beautiful red RF. The factory could not have done a finer job. He also put in sound deadening material in his doors for a quieter ride.

    Just a reminder next months meeting will be at the 84 Diner. Please visit the event web page and make your RSVP online.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:39am on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank You All 

    I want to thank my Miata Club family for all your thoughts and prayers for my mom the past few months during her battle with leukemia. Unfortunately she lost her fight this week but I find solace in the fact she no longer is suffering and is in a better place now with the Lord. Thank you all again. Marisol and I appreciate all your friendships.

    • Robert Burr 12:25pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, condolences on your loss. Your dedication to family is admirable. You set a fine example of a caring son, father and friend.

    • Anonymous 7:14pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry for your loss.

    • Dave Colon 10:21pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, sorry to hear that. Our condolences go out to you and the family.

  • Andrew 7:50am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Another Modification 

    I love to build things like models, furniture, bikes, landscape, etc.. My Miata is no different and even somewhat special as I can enjoy the benefits of a modification every time I drive. Since owning the car, I have made many changes, mainly for safety reasons, some for esthetics, comfort and others for performance or maintenance. Generally most of the modifications are not immediately noticeable.

    Until the 2019 models, you could not get the Club specs along with the GT features; the 2019 gives you both in the GTS. I opted in 2016 for the GT figuring it would be cheaper to add the Club specs (Bilsteins, LSD and STB) improvements later as needed vs the other way.

    Between this past weekend and yesterday, I added the STB (shock tower bar) to the GT. There is no clear definitive answer on the forums as to whether it improves steering response (mostly vague “feelings”), but since Mazda includes it on its Club model and Long Road Racing list this modification as standard on its Ultimate MX-5 spec, there must be a performance reason.

    If you have the ND GT and thought about adding this, it is an easy install only requiring hand tools. The cowl bracket has to be changed since the GT bracket does not have the two bolts needed to secure the brace. That part cost about $60 and up plus shipping depending on where you get it. I got mine from Amazon for $60 shipped and that was the cheapest I could find by at least $30. Its an OEM part from Mazda and uses the existing bolts from the old cowl bracket. Install is around 30-45 minutes.

    Adding the bar takes another 15-30 minutes. You need to know the torque specifications to avoid breaking the two cowl bolts. Note: If you have a Club, you can easily just change out the bar for another one.

    The brace (bar) comes in many flavors and price ranging from $90 to over $500 for the LRR brand. I did not bother with the OEM bar. They vary in materials and construction. In the end I choose the cheaper one from Mega Racing (out of CA and Japan) mainly on price. Picked it up from Ebay for $90 including shipping.; normally list for $120. Its well made, light (aluminum) and fits perfectly. There are several positive reviews on regarding this model, but nothing that stands out. Other reviews on STB in general tend to state it reduces NVH in the ND (noise, vibrations and harmonic sound) front end, but they could not notice if it improved handling. All the more reason that I went with the lower cost option. I am betting that the construction of the Megan bar provides at least the same benefits as the OEM stock bar but with a nicer appearance in the engine bay.

    See attached photos.

  • John Morris 3:03pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Plant City,   

    Strawberry Festival 

    Join me Saturday at 8AM at the Lantana Turnpike Rest Area if you wish to convoy up to Plant City with me

    • Robert Burr 6:36pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      John, text me 305-439-1376 when you arrive. I may be there earlier.

    • DJ 11:15am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My wife say every year that we want to go to this, but we always have a conflict. This year, picking up some furniture Saturday morning. GRRRRR.

    • DJ 11:20am on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t look like I can edit my previous post….

      My wife and I say every year that we want to go to this, but we always have a conflict. This year, picking up some furniture Saturday morning. GRRRRR.

  • Robin Burr 8:13pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: meetings road trips   

    Denise and Jim just put together the Railroad… 

    Denise and Jim just put together the Railroad Museum Road Trip. I think all of our members contribute in one way or another. Not every event is for everyone, and I think it is nice whether we get a large or small turn out. I think everyone should throw things they are doing out there and if someone wants to go, they will! But certainly no one should be offended if you end up going by yourself.

    I know for Rob and I it is very difficult to drive 90 minutes to go to a meeting and then another 90 minutes home – unless we are just up for a drive and feel like doing that. Personally I would like to see the meetings rotate around so we have one towards the south once-in-a-while. Honestly, you are never going to make everyone happy!

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