Autumn Fun Rallye & Social Oct 14, 2017

No time and speed involved, just the fun of driving the roadways with an eye to finding the answers to interesting clue questions.  On this year’s event, Rallyemasters Bob and Ava will direct you through a southern & western route of our scenic Cuyahoga & Summit County Metroparks in a fun rallye easy enough for a beginner to tackle and challenging enough for a seasoned rallye participant. The autumn park colors will make for a beautiful tour and we will gather at the finishing line for refreshments and prizes at “Das Schnitzel Haus” at 5728 Pearl Rd., Parma.
The starting point for this event will be the parking lot of the Boston Mills Ski Resort (across from the train tracks) at 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, Ohio. Rallyers should gather by 11:00 a.m. sharp in order to get their instructions at a driver’s meeting and be prepared to leave in 2-minute increments beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The route will take you on an enjoyable, un-timed drive while you and your navigator answer questions regarding what you see. There will be rest stops, time to sight-see and maybe even some opportunities to get out of your car, explore the area and maybe find another clue or two. Once we all reach our destination there will be appetizers provided for the Rallye participants and a delightful German-style menu for additional food and beverage as the Rallyemasters tally the scores and award the prizes. All questions will be answered in a visual display and you must be present to win!
Please R.S.V.P. to Ava Singerman by October 7th.

Zoomin in the FALL Halloween Gathering: A NEW 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.

Autocross June 25, 2017

Video of Rich Velardo’s run:

Photos of club members & cars at the autocross:

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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?

2017 Tees and Hats

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.

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