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  • Robert Burr 10:29am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: BBQ Festival, Flea Market, , Marine   

    Marine Flea Market and BBQ Festival – Sep 14-15 

    Visit the 10th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market and BBQ Festival Sept 14-15 from 9am to 5pm at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach.

    Enjoy the BBQ vendors while looking for deals. Visit marine booths featuring nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two-day festival. The marine flea market area will have offshore rods, reels, tackle dock lines, halyards, sheet lines, anchor lines, ladders, seats, bimini tops, life vests, mooring whips and bases, gauges, wakeboards, skis, wake surfers, kneeboards, boat covers, scissors, fenders, antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and all kinds of other marine items.


    • Robert Burr 10:23am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink |
      Tags: , Labor Day Festival, Labor Day weekend, Okeechobee   

      2019 Okeechobee Labor Day Weekend Festival 

      A community three-day event in the town of Okeechobee that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer on the weekend of August 31, September 1-2 from 10am, to 3pm each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10am Saturday Morning.

      Lots of fun activities planned. There will be vendors with great food, arts & crafts, club information and so on. The admission is free so we just that you support the vendors.


      • Robert Burr 10:16am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink |
        Tags: Battle at the Bridge, Drag Racing,   

        Sebring – Battle at the Bridge Drag Racing – August 24 

        Rev your engines and head to Sebring International Raceway for its late summer marquee drag racing event: Battle at the Bridge.

        This two-day event will host a car show, drift circuit, live DJ & lots of racing. Come watch some of central Florida’s fastest cars go head to head on 1/8 mile of our legendary track.

        Competitors in the Big Tire, Small Tire and Street Tire, Motorcycle and True Street class cars are all welcome to compete for cash and prizes.

        For this event, Seven – Sebring Raceway Hotel, will offer rates starting at just $69/night. Tickets and competition entry will be available for purchase at the gate.

        Do you have what it takes to bring home the cash purse?

        General Admission is $10 for adults & $5 for children 12 and under. All tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. Save $10 off your drag tech card by pre-registering. Call 863-655-7722 to register today.

        Sebring International Raceway is located at 113 Midway Dr. Sebring, FL 33870


        • Robert Burr 10:09am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink |
          Tags: , Key West, Lobster Fest, Weekend   

          Key West Lobster Fest Weekend – Aug 8-11 

          2019 Key West Lobsterfest – Thursday, August 8- 11

          The Lobsterfest will feature arts and crafts, live music, lobster boil, pub crawl, Duval crawl, live music, vendors, fresh lobsters, and much more.

          Thursday 5 to 9pm – Lobster Boil on the Roof at the Waterfront Brewery. Enjoy fresh lobster while overlooking the Historic Key West Seaport at Sunset!

          Friday noon to 4pm – Fiesta De Longosta – Pool Party at Havana Cabana Resort. Hot Sun, Cool Pool, Cold Drinks, Fresh Lobster, Great Music, DJ & More.

          Friday 8pm to midnight – Lobsterfest Duval Pub Crawl. Charity Fundraiser and celebration on World Famous Duval Street

          Saturday noon to 11pm – Street Fair & Concert. Check out all the Arts & Craft vendors as well as the local restaurants featuring amazing lobster creations. Everything from appetizers to full meals is available. Live Music from the Main Stage at Duval & Whitehead 1:00pm til 10:30pm

          Sunday 10am to 2pm – Lobster Brunch. Last chance of the weekend for some fresh Florida Lobster.


          • Mark Gilbert 7:30am on Saturday, July 6, 2019 Permalink |
            Tags: , lantern   

            Morikami Gardens Lantern Lights Festival 

            In October, Morikami Gardens will have their Lantern Lights Festival. Full details can be found here: https://morikami.org/event/lantern-festival/

            This would make for a great road trip I think. Please review the information and this can be discussed at the monthly meeting on Sunday.

            • Andrew 12:24pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 Permalink |
              Tags: Autocrosser, , Gulfcoast,   

              Gulfcoast Autocrosser and Performance Driving 

              UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUqDWvjsx9c&feature=youtu.be

              The hard part is learning where the imaginary rod lies in relations to the cones. As for the car, it handles very well with stock tires. My swaybars were upgraded to GWR RoadsterSport brand, a medium upgrade for swaybars. Its helps to reduce, but not eliminated the strong roll of the car.


              For anyone interested, I will be out at the training ground this coming Saturday, June 1st for another round of novice training. Its a great learning experience, well worth the drive there and nominal cost for about 2-3 hours of driving practice through cones on a safe airfield. You can drive the car as hard or soft as you like. For me its about learning the feel of the car, its handling, braking and threshold of grip.

              Preregistration is going on now: http://rollbase.gulfcoastcloud.com/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=142720&p=144437&g=211172 You pay the $25 at the event, helmets are available for free use.

              This is the last session for the summer and the program resumes in September. Pretty much everything you need is on site for nominal cost: food, drinks/water, paper signage for your car. Do bring lots of sunscreen, hat, proper clothing for direct sunlight as there is no shade.

              The novice program starts at 9:30 AM sharp, I expect to be there around 8AM.

              Your car will need to be inspected (tires, brakes, engine for loose battery and anything loose) and cleared by the officials at the site. The facility is broken down into two parts for Saturday use: novice school and 1/2 mile test/tune track. Novice school is in the morning then they break for lunch around noon and give you 3 runs (tokens) for the test track. You can earn more tokens (more runs) by working the cones (people stationed to reset the knocked down cones). On Sunday the entire field becomes a 1 mile race track.

              Contact me for any other questions.

              • Robert Burr 2:52pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Sounds great!

              • Anonymous 3:23pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Where is this held…Google map?

              • Andrew 5:15pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

                Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

                Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

              • Frank Falcone 11:09am on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

                Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

              • Anonymous 12:25pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Andrew, i can’t make it this Saturday but would like to do the event in September. Please keep me informed.

                BTW, I’ve done two of the Equipe-Rapide autocross events at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds this year. They won’t start back up until October but I’ll post the date when it becomes available.

              • Andrew 5:24pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Hi Frank,

                Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

                That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

                As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

                As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

                I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

              • Frank Falcone 10:14am on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

              • Anonymous 4:49pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Hi Frank,

                For purpose of novice training, I don’t think it matters as you are not competing. If you were to race on Sunday, then it would make a big difference.

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




              • Mark Gilbert 12:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Permalink |
                Tags: ,   

                May 11th Keys Road Trip 

                Just a quick reminder that the deadline to sign up for our May 11th road trip to Key Largo is one week away, May 1st. If you plan on joining us, please sign up on our web site and make sure to fill out the form and bring it on the trip to save time once we get to Island Dolphin Care. Sign up page can be found here:


                • Robert Burr 2:09pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019 Permalink |
                  Tags: , , West Palm Beach   

                  Barrett-Jackson Auction in West Palm Beach 

                  by Ron Nieporent  4/12/19

                  I’m no dummy. but he is…

                  sitting there while missing a unique experience at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach Auction.  Today was a great day as the South Florida Miatas Club met for a bagel breakfast and caravanned to the South Florida Fair Grounds.

                  Barrett-Jackson puts on a first class auction and essentially a world class car and memorabilia show.  There were classics from the early days of Henry Ford to a modern day Ford Shelby GT500.

                  There was even a 1993 Miata.

                  And it sold for $5,500.  We need to hold on to our Miatas for the next 10-20 years.  Who knows what they’ll fetch?

                  The atmosphere was electric.

                  We want to send a THANK YOU to the staff at Barrett-Jackson for providing BOGO passes to our club members.  A great time was had and we look forward to being back next year!

                  John’s photo’s from our day at the auction:  https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14GpiOKnhkdRP

                  • Mark Gilbert 11:28am on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Permalink |
                    Tags: Miata Cruise-in, November,   

                    Summer Crush Miata Cruise In 

                    I am happy to announce that after the great success of the initial Florida Miata Club’s Cruise In to Summer Crush last year, it has been decided to make this an annual event.

                    This years event will take place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.

                    Further details as to meet up time and place for the drive north to the winery will be forthcoming as the time gets closer. Please be sure to mark the date on your calendar and RSVP on the calendar event page so you can join in the fun again this year. It should be a great day of camaraderie with our fellow Miata lovers from throughout the state.

                    Miata Cruise-In at Summer Crush Winery


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