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  • Mark Gilbert 7:06pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink |

    May Monthly Meeting This Sunday At Lester’s Diner 

    A variation on our standard meeting time brings us to Lester’s Diner, 4701 Coconut Creek Parkway at 4pm this Sunday, May 6th.

    This location is the half way point for our members living in Broward and Palm Beach Counties so we expect a big turnout for the meeting. Lester’s supplied us with a very nice room, great service and good food on our initial visit. As always, all members, guests and new friends are welcome to join us for the meeting.

    We’ll talk about past events and we have plenty of great events on the horizon to discuss also.

    Please use the RSVP below to let us know you’re coming. Looking forward to seeing all of you on May 6th at Lester’s.


    • Mark Gilbert 2:13pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink |
      Tags: , , Road And Track, track days   

      The Miata Is the Perfect New Track Car For Novices 

      Track day novice from Road and Track Magazine takes the new RF to Lime Rock for a day of racing.


      • Mark Gilbert 10:59am on Thursday, April 26, 2018 Permalink |
        Tags: Fla. Keys,   

        Keys Road Trip This Saturday 

        Our road trip to Islamorada in the Florida Keys to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday, May 5th. We will be meeting at the 84 Diner just off of I-595 and Hiatus Road promptly at 8:30a.m for our 2 hour drive down to Islamorada. Looking forward to a wonderful day with beautiful weather!

        In order to secure our reservations at the restaurant and brewery for our trip, I must advise an accurate count of members who will be participating in the road trip at least a week ahead of time, by April 28th, to each of the venues.

        Please log on to our web site and visit the event page and reserve your spot for this great road trip.

        We appreciate your cooperation in doing this in a timely manner so there are no issues on the day of the trip. The restaurant will only guarantee seating for those who have signed up for reservations a week in advance. If you decide to show up last minute you may not be able to sit with the group so please sign up by the 28th.

        Looking forward to a great day in the Keys.

        • Sheldon R. Reich 4:17pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Permalink |
          Tags: , motorcycle, , rodeo   

          29th Annual Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo 

          My photo club, Photographic Arts of South Florida sent me this event notice. For those who are interested, there is a fun event coming up this Saturday, April 21 — it’s the 29th Annual Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo at the Pompano Citi Center. It’s Free.



        • Mark Gilbert 4:18pm on Sunday, April 15, 2018 Permalink |
          Tags: Loggerhead, , turtle   

          Loggerhead Turtle Rescue Road Trip 

          Great day in Juno Beach at the Loggerhead Turtle Rescue Facility with the club. Thanks to Gary Koester for arranging this wonderful trip to see how these injured and endangered species of turtles are being cared for and returned back to sea.

          Great lunch on Jupiter inlet at Utiki Restaurant.

          Enjoy John’s pictures from the day here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145vBKZ4aoSPD

          • Mark Gilbert 6:43am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 Permalink |
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            Barrett Jackson Road Trip 

            Great day with club members at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction in Palm Beach yesterday. The cars were just incredible. Thanks to Jeff Cooper for this video from our day:


            • Mark Gilbert 6:11pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 Permalink |
              Tags: cruise control, , ,   

              Mazda Service Letter – Dead Battery on RF 

              For those members who own a 2017 RF, you should be receiving a letter from Mazda North America soon detailing the service fix for the dead battery issue because of the cruise control draining of the battery. Attached is the letter you will receive.


              RF Dead Battery Page 1RF Dead Battery Page 2

              • Robert Burr 10:10am on Thursday, April 12, 2018 Permalink |
                Tags: 919, Evo, hybrid, Porchse   

                Porche Evo’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine sets record at Spa 

                Porsche 919 Evo

                not bad for a 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine

                In most motorsports, the engineer’s cruelest foe isn’t the rules of physics or the driver’s inability to wring every crumb of power from their vehicle. It’s the rules. Rules laid down by overbearing governing bodies, imposing limits on weight, dimensions, power output, tire choices, aerodynamics, braking, and whatever else they can think to control. Usually the point is to keep the drivers safe or make racing more entertaining with evenly matched machines, but that doesn’t mean the engineers like it.

                So when Porsche gave its people the chance to break free and show what their machines can do, they overdelivered. They started with the 919 Hybrid, the car Porsche used to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans the past three years. Then they did everything that could make the car faster, the things that would break the rules for the rest of the time. They call the result the 919 Evo.

                And then they took it to Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, the legendary Formula 1 track that’s home to what may be the toughest corner in motorsports. The Evo lapped the course in 1:41.77 minutes, 12 seconds faster than the race-legal 919. In a sport measured by the millisecond, that’s a stupendous improvement. It even beat the all-time track record, set by Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, by 0.783 seconds.

                “The 919 Evo is brutally impressive,” says Neel Jani, the driver who lapped Spa. “It is definitely the fastest car I ever drove, the grip level is at a fully new dimension for me, I couldn’t imagine this amount beforehand.”

                Turns out, when you get to ignore the rules that govern the World Endurance Championship (which includes Le Mans), there’s a lot you can do to go faster. Porsche’s engineers cut the weight of the carbon fiber and aluminum car by 86 pounds, to 1872 pounds, by dropping useless frills like the windshield wipers, lights, air conditioner, electronic race controls, and the pneumatic jack. They also tweaked the exterior aerodynamics, generating 53 percent more downforce, the all-important stuff that keeps the car stuck to the pavement when it’s clocking jumbo jet takeoff speeds. They upgraded the suspension and tires to deal with the extra loads.

                The Evo carries the same two-liter, turbocharged V4 engine as the Le Mans-winning car, minus the fuel flow meter that limits how much gasoline goes kaboom. Combined with a software tweak, that upped its output from 500 horsepower to 720 horsepower. The car uses two energy recovery systems, generating electricity from braking and the exhaust. That’s stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery, and then used to drive an electric motor on the front axle while the engine drives the rear, for maximum all-wheel-drive acceleration. Without imposed limits, that motor now adds another 440 horsepower (as much as the total power of a BMW M3), up 10 percent.


                • Mark Gilbert 11:02am on Monday, April 9, 2018 Permalink |
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                  Road & Track Article On 2019 Miata Changes 

                  Thanks to a friendly Mazda dealer in Canada and some of the insiders at Miata.net, we now know quite a bit more about how the new 2019 Miata will make its power, as well as a few other pieces of information that will make some buyers hold onto their money and send others rushing to the dealership for a 2018 model.


                  Let’s start with the engine. The power figures are impressive–181hp at an as-yet-unspecified engine speed and 151 lb-feet of torque. These are improvements of 26 hp and 3 lb-feet respectively. The only way to increase horsepower that much without increasing torque? You have to spin the engine harder. The current car has come in for some criticism because its 6800-rpm hard redline was 400rpm below the redline of the previous-generation NC Miata. Sure enough, the documentation provided to dealers refers to the “increased rev capacity” of the revised engine.

                  “Ultra-light” pistons, lighter connecting rods, and a new crankshaft are just part of it. The 2019 engine will have larger intake and exhaust ports and a high-lift camshaft. Both intake and exhaust systems will have higher flow and there is a new throttle body. These are the kind of changes that racers have been making on Miatas for twenty-plus years now, but the new ND2 Miata will have them from the factory.

                  • John Morris 5:49pm on Sunday, April 8, 2018 Permalink |
                    Tags: , April,   

                    2018 April’s monthly Meeting 

                    April’s Monthly meeting in Lake Worth brought out some of our Northern club members.
                    We had a nice turnout. Good friends, good food and fun cars. Are we lucky?

                    We also had members Diana and her husband who are historians on Lake Worth. They gave us a quick overview of their historic town. Six of us went down to the Lake Worth Museum with them for a personal tour. Thank You to you both.

                    We had two new members attend Richard and his wife. Welcome!

                    Attached you will find a link to event pictures. Anyone can view this shared album at:


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