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  • Andrew 6:17pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Front   

    Front Camera Installed 

    Hi Folks,

    For those with a ND (Club or GT), MX5 ThIngs sells a front camera that works with the display.

    I did this install today in about 2 hours. After already installing the rear OEM camera and Airplay, taking apart the dash took perhaps 15 minutes, could have done it faster.

    The camera is a nice option for those worried about hitting the curb or wall. In my case its my kayak in the garage since it lies below sight once you get up close. You can clearly and easily see any object. The attached photo is my garage door. At this position I am approx 16″ from the door. and you can see the 6″ concrete footer at the bottom of the screen. I also have the mirror control (not yet connected, waiting to see that the camera works without issue). The AIO box also came with a turn signal alert if I leave it on for more than 20 second a LOUD beeping sound is heard.

    I did have to lengthen the wires by 16″ to mount the AIO box behind the passenger side front panel and to allow for room for the cables.

    Contact me if you have any questions.

    Here is the link for the kit: https://store.mx5things.com/item/front-camera-switch-mirror-controller-universal-kit


     
    • John Morris 6:25pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Andrew!! You are very creative and brave.

    • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice work Andrew. I think you are MX-5 Things best customer.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:04pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Island Dolphin Care Road Trip 

    Thank you to all our members who joined us for the road trip down to Key Largo today. Hope you all enjoyed the day learning about the dolphins. Beautiful weather, fun top down drive and good friends. What more can you ask for on a wonderful South Florida day. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

    John’s Pictures can be found here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145cq02a10SAk

     
    • Robert Burr 4:13pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry we missed it. Next weekend is Orchid Fest and Rum Fest.

  • Mark Gilbert 12:51pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Photos For Mazda Magazine 

    Here is a great opportunity to get your car on the pages of the Mazda magazine. Read below email from Mazda North America for pertinent info:

    To: MX-5 Miata clubs,

    Mazda is seeking photos of your MX-5 Miata in front of iconic United States landmarks for an upcoming project. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 14th. I encourage you to email your photo submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com.

    Submission instructions
    · Include photo(s) of your MX-5 Miata in front of an iconic United States landmark

    · Include a caption with the photo

    · Please email your submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com on or before Tuesday, May 14th

    If you have any questions, please email me at smalone4@mazdausa.com. Lastly, if your photo is selected, you will be notified by email.

    Thank you,
    Shannon

     

     

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , touch-up   

    Scuffed Rims 

    For those of you who own NDs in the Club model trim — which has the dark graphite wheels — I found a resource for touch up paint, in case your wheels get scuffed. It is Testors paint #1153. It can be found in any hobby/craft store for $2.00. The match is pretty close to perfect.

     
    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      great recommendation, inexpensive and does the trick.

    • efrida auston 3:20am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this hepful info.

    • Andrew 8:44am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

      Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb rash, brush painting would work. Curb rash will require filing/sanding down the damage surface and spray paint since you are going to cover a larger area where brush painting will most likely not turn out well.

  • Russell Kimkaran 1:38pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cherry Red, GT, Machine Grey, ,   

    2018 ND GT for sale 

    I am selling my 2018 ND GT. I recently had Apple CarPlay installed.
    She is a Garage Princess. Only get driven when the weather is nice. Only 1500 miles.
    The front nose and A-Pillar wrapped in PPF.

    2018 Miata GT. Machine Grey with Cherry Red soft top. Black interior.

     
    • Anonymous 3:15pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You seemed so excited with your car. What happened?

      • Anonymous 3:36pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Need to fund a car for the wife. And I am not spending enough time with the car. Always too busy.

    • efrida auston 3:29am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sold out or available? I love this car, its my favorite one, I dont have my own car, so whenever I need a car I always took it on rent from Car Rental 8 Coupons, well can you tell me where you live and how I can contact from you?

      • Anonymous 4:24am on Monday, May 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        If still interested please call me at 5087338894.

    • LAWRENCE KENNY 7:13am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      any pictures?

    • Russell Kimkaran 9:08am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I posted pictures in the original post.

    • Anonymous 11:40am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Click on the members link at the top of the page and click on his name. Pic of car is under his profile.

    • Mike 12:23pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Russel,

      What is the asking price? Thank you.

  • John Morris 1:18pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    2019 Miata Club’s May Meeting At Lester’s Diner 

    There was a hardy group at the May monthly meeting, considering rain was in the forecast — and it did rain. We spoke of future events and of the importance of checking your vehicles tire pressure. Good food, good friends and fun cars.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 12:21pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Island Dolphin Care Additional Tour Info 

    For those of you who will be going on the Keys Trip on May 11th, our visit will include only the tour of the facility. If you want to do direct  interactions with the dolphins, you must contact Island Dolphin Care to reserve an additional spot for that specific individual interaction. Listed below are the additional offerings and the costs. Please call and ask for Joe Cianciolo and tell him you are with the South Florida Miata Club and he’ll take care of you.

    ISLAND DOLPHIN CARE TOURS

    Guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Tours cost $18 per person. Reservations are required. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call to book. Tours are educational and informative. Guests learn about our history, the therapy programs that we offer, how we care for the dolphins, see the dolphins up close and visit the invertebrate touch tank and sensory garden.

    Educational dolphin experiences are daily at 10AM and 1:30PM. Reservations are required. The experiences are organized to teach guests how we care for the animals, and how they are incorporated into therapy programs with therapists. Participants learn about their anatomy and witness the various types of training that happen each day to maintain each animal’s health. The experience can include a kiss, feeding the dolphins, learning about behavior management and training as well as learning about each animal’s personality. Participants can ask the animal care staff questions while on the dock/platform and then will also have the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions after their session with the animal care staff.

    • Dolphin experience from the dock – $70 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the dock.
    • Dolphin experience from the lift – $120 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the lift where the guest will be lowered to knee deep water.
    • Both the dock and shallow water sessions will be the same length of time, however the lift may include different interactions.

    Yoga by candlelight – $75 per person

    Paint with a dolphin – $75 per person

    Dolphin Float – $110 per person (cost $350 for groups under 4 people).

    Dolphin Ambassador intensive program – spend a ½ day with animal care professionals. Help prepare meals for the dolphins, assist in daily animal care husbandry, and learn about IDC programs. Interact with our dolphins, help make a difference in their lives and all those that attend IDC programs $250 per person. Day begins at 7AM and ends at 12:30PM. Call for further details.

    All programs are based on availability and require reservations. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call (305) 451-5884

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:37am on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , UK   

    This Is How You Zoom Zoom 

    Today nearly 2000 Miata’s got together at Elvington Airfield in York, UK in an attempt to break the world  record for the most Miata’s together in one place. Looks like they had a lot of fun.

    Great drone footage video of the event here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU8DFkokMtw&fbclid=IwAR0P9-H4A_cYNnPGaONu0jAk240GuhlCiGAtAkiyUfIEPMQFvU7uVHceyVc&app=desktop

    https://www.facebook.com/mx5oc/videos/2197512723668653/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/420794321996986/

     

     
  • Andrew 2:25pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , driving, performance,   

    Gulf Coast Autocross and Performance Driving 

    If anyone is interested and care to join, I am heading out the following Saturday, May 4th to begin autocross/performance driving training. The GCAC offers a monthly novice class training at a very reasonable price as well as autocross racing. My goal is to learn the limits of the car and improve my overall driving abilities.

    Here is the link to their website (doesn’t work very well): http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/

    I have been in email contact with the operator and pretty excited about making this next leap. They have helmets and most of the things there on a loaner or purchase basis. You will need sunscreen as this is an open field, no shade. Not sure how long we will be outside, but expect several hours. I don’t plan to compete, just to learn more about performance driving and how my car behaves and how to recover when pushed to the limits of traction.

    Its a 130 miles trip one way so I will be leaving around 6AM to make it before 9AM. Waiting now for its online registration to open up to simplify the process. Novice class starts 9:30AM sharp.

    Contact me in interested in attending so I know to look out for you.

    Andrew

    PS: Doug, I believe you have been there, if so, please chime in and give us some feedback

     
    • Robert Burr 2:35pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds great. Some of our members have done it in the past and loved it. Take some photos and post a review on your return

      • DJ 6:40pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        One of the best things you can do with your car. So much fun! Bring water and sunscreen. I am planning on going. I have been to almost every one this year. I use to go every month years ago, prior to doing track days.

    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 9:22pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I should be there also, probably in the white 2016. Its a great experience.

    • Andrew 11:09pm on Saturday, May 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I had a great time today at the event. Lots to learn and practice. Plan on going again on June 1st; its sure is worth the time and trouble to get there. For about $40 in fees, food and drink (all provided at the place) plus one tankful of gas, I was able to spend quality time with an instructor and gained valuable experience, one of which is I need to practice and practice. Not easy trying to understand “cone” language.

      I especially want to thank Steve for taking time to show me around and taking a couple of test runs with him in his car.

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