Monday December 18thThe Nenadals and Garstecks are planning a Lights Tour through Scarlet Transportation. The coach can accommodate 24 people for a 3-1/2 to 4 hour tour. To save the date we need to forward them a deposit by October 9th. The cost will be approximately $13 per person and the departure point TBA.We will need your FIRM commitment by 10/09 and the cost paid in full by 10/19.In past years we have had a lights tour in our “every day drivers” and just in the Strongsville area. We wanted to try something different this year to avoid repetition. (If you think it’s hard keeping Miatas all together on a tour, try keeping “every day drivers” together and in the dark!)We hope that we can get enough people interested to book this event.
Steve Laitinen created a photo album highlighting the Utah Miata Club Grand European River Cruise that members Steve and Ellen Laitinen, and Jan and Bob Stefancic took part in this summer.
Click here to view the album which also has links that expand to provide more information about the descriptions and captions contained in the album. Enjoy!
On Tuesday, November 21, Tony Oriti will host the November Around the World Dinner at Harry’s Steakhouse address: 5654 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH, phone: 216-524-5300. Cocktails are at 6:30 and dinner is at 7:00PM. This is a relaxed steakhouse offering classic surf ‘n’ turf options along with steaks, prime rib and seafood. We have room for up to 40 people. Please RSVP by Nov. 15 to Tony by email or phone (216) 749-6786.
A RECENTLY ADDED EVENT
Zoomin the Mountains of East Tennessee
Zoomin in the Fall Halloween Gathering
October 26 through October 28, 2017
Holiday Inn, Johnson City TN
101 W Springbrook Dr
Event Organizer Lorie Haggarty 423-791-0108
Bob Maurer and Becca are signed up for the Fall Zoomin the Mountains of East Tennessee and hope others may want to make the trip also.
Bob talked with Lorie Haggerty, event organizer, August 24th and she expects that the registration forms will be on their website by September 1. Their fees are always very reasonable and a special room rate for the event is only $82 per night. Call the Johnson City Holiday Inn directly at 423-282-4611 for reservations with the Miata Zoomin the Mountains group.
There are lots of good roads and destinations nearby. Lorie expects our drives to possibly take us to the Snake, Rattler and possible Diamondback and Devil’s Whip. If their drives do not go there, you can drive them yourself; all are close by. There’s even Davy Crockett’s birthplace to visit. Some NCMC members who have been there before, besides us, are Rich and Lilas Velardo, Daryl and Jane Baker, Bob and Diane Wido, and Skip and Mary Ann Williams. Email me or call with questions or simply log on to Zoomin’s website for more information and registration.
Their scheduled drives and food events are all optional—a cherry picking kind of registration form. It is a laid-back atmosphere of Miata friends from many states with drives that are moderately brisk but are not like Miatas-In-Boone’s crazy speeds. It is about a 7 hour trip, and a drive on Virginia’s Back of the Dragon on the way down or back is fun and doesn’t add much time to the trip—worth the detour.
Here are the basics about the event:
Thursday Oct 26, 7:30 PM, Poolside gathering
Friday Oct 27, A drive in the morning, lunch, a drive in the afternoon, evening poolside Halloween Party
Saturday Oct 28, A drive in the morning, lunch, a drive in the afternoon, 5:00 PM Dinner and Bug Run, 7:30 PM Poolside gathering and cornhole tournament
Sunday Oct 29, 8:00 gather for breakfast, 10:00 optional drive before heading home
All proceeds from the event are donated to Speedway Children’s Charity, a NASCAR non-profit group.
Video of Rich Velardo’s run:
Photos of club members & cars at the autocross:
On June 25, four of our members ran in the Akron Sports Car Club autocross at Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH. Bob Palmer, Rich Velardo and Tom Walden ran their Miatas and Nich Bugosh ran his Porsche. Cheering them on were fellow members Daryl Baker, Dave Baker, Bob Maurer and Mike Kerklo (and his grandson Colin who got a few ride-alongs with Rich and Tom). The track was challenging and the weather was a great. In total there were 133 participants, including a total of 14 Miata’s in various classes. Rich placed 2nd in his class (with the best time of the members’ Miatas), with Bob and Tom 3rd in their respective classes and Nick 4th in his class. Thanks to Rich for organizing the group and Bob Maurer for drafting the write-up. Note photos from ASCC used with permission.
Touring Guide- STRESS or STRESS-FREE?
When guiding a tour there can be stresses on the leaders that can make for an uncomfortable time. A few tips may help reduce that stress. Good preparation of your event along with a little common sense is the key.
There are usually not many stresses on Tour Participants. As a Participant you just show up at the planned starting point, hopefully on time, and even better, plenty early, to mingle and meet new and old friends, enjoy a coffee or snack, and enjoy a beautiful morning. Some people could get stressed by meeting new people for the first time. Some people may get nervous about how to tour in a group if you haven’t done it before. Sometimes people have to adjust to someone else making all the decisions on a tour, and are stressed by just following along all day. Seems silly, doesn’t it? Continue reading Touring– STRESS or STRESS-FREE?
New pricing for NMC T-shirts and hats
The new 2017 T-shirts are black, and hats are Blue with safety green ink this year.
Hats are $5
T-shirts are $10
Long sleeve shirts are $12
I will also be taking orders for any special colors or ladies size T-shirts. Or if you have something you wanted printed please bring it to the meeting. But they must coordinate the color with safety green ink to avoid ink charge.
Contact Dan Cali here.
Chip Wigton put together all autocross/HPDE events in our region.
From: Chip Wigton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I put this 2017 autocross schedule together for North and Central Ohio.
See the attached file.
more info on autocrossing and requirements: (thanks Rich V.)
Continue reading 2017 Autocross Schedule
Here is the schedule for the 2017 season of Sundaes on Mondays. These Just-Show-Up events begin at 7pm unless noted otherwise, and continue until 8:30 or so, depending on the weather. Doug Leavens is your contact for this if you have questions.