2021 Events

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This page contains posts and pictures from Tours and events completed so far this year. Additional details are available in the newsletters.
Looking for Good Curves, Tour VI                                 6/27
Click this link to see Rich Velardo’s videos of the drive 
Tour Leaders:   Becca Gustavel and Bob Maurer
The Good Curves tour is being run twice this year in order to keep the group small mainly for safety reasons because of the brisk pace of the tour.
The first group drove the 150 miles of curvy roads on June 27 in record time: Rich Velardo, Len and Marybeth Kozak, Dennis and Maryann Beckman, Daryl and Jane Baker. The tour took us through the less-traveled parts of four counties south of Canton and ended with delicious ice cream treats at Dalton Dairy-ette, treats that were desperately needed for medicinal purposes on that 90-degree day. Thanks to all who joined us,
There is a waiting list for the second running of this drive in October.
Bob Maurer. _______________________________________________________________________
New Member Mini Miata Drive   6/19/21

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Tour leaders Greg & Judy Selby

Again, rain threatened as we were waiting on new members to arrive for the second New member Mini Miata Drive for 2021.
As we gathered, the rain subsided to allow some time to visit and hold the drivers meeting .  Those attending were Brian and Eileen Attwood, John & Memphis Bailey, Mike & Cathy Gillahan, Karen Mangus, Mike & Susie Sikora. Tony Ortit & Jackie Molina were our sweeps and we were pleased to have V-P, Todd and Dee Tannehill join us for this drive.
    The caravan ventured out exactly at 12:30 PM.  A few had their tops down and experienced just a few sprinkles along the way.  All went well, arriving at the Red Hawk Grill on time after the 40 mile drive.  Questions were asked and answered and experiences shared amongst the group, After a delicious lunch, the group departed for home at 3:45PM. 
      We encourage all new members of the Northcoast Miata Club to take part in the experience of sharing the road. We try to schedule 1 drive per month depending on how many new members join.  
Looking down the Road
Greg & Judy Selby

Meet-up with Toledo Miata Club                                            6/5/21

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Fifteen cars of the Northcoast Miata Club met at the “Cleveland” sign at Edgewater Park. The drive was lead by Len and Mary Beth Kozak and sweep Todd and Dee Tannehill. We headed out west on Route 6-the Lake Erie Coastal Tour to meet up with the Toledo Miata Club in Norwalk, Ohio. The weather was perfect for a top-down drive. Doug Leavens and Mary Beth Kozak provided fun facts, information, and points of interest along the drive as we followed the Lake Erie shoreline.

The Toledo Club brought 11 cars and we all enjoyed lunch together. Greg and Terri Wilkins(Toledo) broke us up into mixed teams for a fun and interesting game of Miata Trivia which everyone enjoyed! A lot of us realized we didn’t know as much about our Miata’s as we thought! We socialized and then had a group photo taken of both clubs. The day ended with the traditional stop for ice cream at a local shop and new friends were made.

Len and Mary Beth Kozak

MX5 Time Travel to Zoar, Ohio                                   6/2/21

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Hosted by Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

The weather forecast was rain, but as the string of Miata’s left Ravenna we only had cloudy skies. This was a very leisurely drive thru small towns on our way to the Village of Zoar, (Atwater, Alliance, Minerva, Pekin, Oneida, Malvern, Waynesburg, and Magnolia). The count of how many traffic lights we
experienced on the way was lost after 22. We did manage to stay together for the most part. Rain threatened with sprinkles but not enough to use the wipers. Some we watching the radar on cell phones show an all green event going on.
The group arrived at the main parking lot in downtown Zoar and walked across the St to Donnie’s Tavern where we had reservations for lunch. A separate room was provided for our group of 19 people. the food was delicious and the service was excellent. The most interesting entrée was Dan Splichal’s “Hanging Grilled Cheese”. (see picture).
Being well fed, we gathered outside (still no rain). Everyone had a choice of a self guided tour enjoying the grounds, or a walking tour with a guide. A couple took advantage of the guide and was able to spend several hours learning about the history of the Zoar Settlement.
We thank the following members for joining this interesting tour. Mike & Cahty Gillihan, Bob Hasley & Sandy Stowers, Mike & Lois Klerko, Dale & Cathy Hutton, Tom, Walden, Toni Oriti & Jackie Molina,Dan & Susan Splichal and Bob & Chris Snode.

Discover Youngstown                                                                     5/19/21

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Hosted by the Ottes & Selbys

This drive was first scheduled for May 5th and much to our dismay had to be postponed due to the inclement weather we were experiencing.  So on Wednesday, May 19th, 9 Miatas gathered in Ravenna for a trip down I-76 to the Museum of Industry and Labor in the Youngstown Historical Center.  It was a reminder of the reality of the life of a steelworker.  There were a few of our members that had spent some of their working years in the steel mills and could relate to the hard work involved.
     The next stop a few miles down the road was the Fellows Gardens located in the Mill Creek Park.  The grounds were beautiful and the fountains with seating areas gave such an atmosphere of relaxation. The next leg of the drive began in the Mill Creek Park( (which covers 4500 acres)
driving good roads and enjoying the shady areas..  We stopped about a half a mile from Lanterman’s Mill and most walked to tour the mill.  This involved many levels of declining stairs to reach the mill. Our group was such a hardy bunch. The Mill was built in 1846 and is still operating today.
     The drive continued through the park, eventually arriving at Kensington Grille for lunch.    We were all hungry and enjoyed having time to share experiences and conversations. The final stop was White House Farms, a few miles away where wonderful fruit, produce, pies and donuts were purchased to take home and enjoy.  

21st Annual Spring Miatas at the Gap                     5/9 – 14/21

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Hosted By Bill Titley

This was the 21st annual Spring Miatas at the Gap and there were 17 cars – 11 cars from the Northcoast Miata Club, 4 cars from the NWOhio Miata Club (Toledo), and  2 cars from the Space Coast Miata Club of FL.  The week-long trip included different drives each day and most days included one or more trips up and down the Tail of the Dragon – 318 curves in an 11 mile stretch of 2 lane nirvana! We were lucky enough to have four very good to great Gap runs – that in of of itself made the trip fabulous!  Other drives included going through Tellica Plains over to Ducktown and back up via route 30, backroads over and around the Lenore area, back roads gong to Cherokee, the Cherahola Skyway, the Foothills Parkway , and other local notorious “twisty” roads.  On Friday we ran Stechoah and Wayah Valley roads.  Everyone enjoyed too much food, fantastic driving, and marvalous commaraderee and despite the pipeline hack, no one ran out of gas!!  A great six days!!! Next year’s limit will be 20 cars on Sunday May 8 thru Friday May 13 and there are already 11 reservations.  Call me if you have any questions.

Zoom zoom,
Bill Titley

New Member Mini Miata Drive                                          5/15/21

Hosted by Greg & Judy Selby
We met with 3 new Northcoast Miata Club members for the first New Member drive of 2021.
They were Scott & Gina Diosy, Ron & Tami Cross and Joe & Christine Welling. Dan & Susan Splichal joined the group and provided snack bags for us to enjoy. Toni Oriti and Jackie were the sweeps for the day. (Thank you Tony & Jackie)

The weather was perfect and the choice was given whether top up or top down. The route we travel has the landscape changing every 15 minutes or so keeping it interesting for those new to the area. The lunch destination, Red Hawk Grill, was reached and
we all enjoyed relaxing and socializing with a great group of Miata Enthusiasts.
Greg & Judy Selby

Competition Reports                                                                        5/2/21 
YAY! Finally the weather was perfect, dry, sunny & warm as opposed to the previous autox events that were wet, cloudy & cool. This great weather was something new for us this year & we happily enjoyed the day. The food truck was swamped with diners all day, breakfast & lunch orders kept them busy.
New member Mike Gillahan and his 13 year old daughter (aka; Passenger Seat Ballast) were there for his first ever autox and he put up some excellent times. Mike DePeitro was back after the last year of boredom, nice to have him with us again. Overall we had 7 members having fun playing with their Miatas that day. 
We have one more event on May 16th, this is our last until Sunday, August 15th, don’t miss this event. We can also consider doing some of the SCCA events, if anyone is interested in some “parking lot” racing. 

We had two events in April, both days began cold but both dried out & warmed up quickly and we had a lot of fun. On the 18th all of the MIatas ended up in the same run group, something that doesn’t often happen. There were probably 15 or more Miatas from all the different Miata classes running then, it was fun to all be together for a change.
As usual, we can proudly say, “We had a great time”…which says it all about how we finished.  Our club was represented by 7 members for the last event, we’re hoping for more in the nicer weather that’s coming.
There are two more events coming up in May, the 2nd & the 16th. Please remember to ask for a loaner helmet ahead of time, if you don’t have a helmet.
 Rich Velardo
Freeze Your Butt Off Tour                                                  4/24/21

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Hosted by John & Donna Garsteck

Group Leaders: John & Donna Garsteck, Mike & Lois Kerklo, Jan & Bob Stefancic, and Joe & Sandy Wilick
Sweeps:  Dan & Terri Cali, John & Jeannie Embree, Len & Mary Beth Kozak, and Ed& Judy Kura.

After having to skip the tour last year due to COVID, the 25th Annual Freeze your Butt off Tour in 2021 had 37 cars and 74 members enjoying one of the most popular of the club events.  The tour started in Medina and traveled south along several curvy roads down to Amish country and ended with lunch, observing COVID guidelines, at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  The weather was great and top down driving didn’t require the multiple layers and strong heaters that some tours required.  ! Thanks to all those that worked so hard to put on this event!!!

AWL 17 Public Square & Sarah’s Vineyard            4/10/21

Hosts:  Gary & Charlene Davis
The lunch was attended by
20 members who enjoyed good food & conversation at 17 Public Square in Medina, OH. Following lunch, we enjoyed a back roads drive to Sarah’s Vineyard in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. for more casual conversation and wine.  It was a picture-perfect day! Enjoyable lunch, Miata roads, delicious beverages, and great conversation!
Gary & Char
Autocross Test & Tune                                                            3/28/21

Three of our members braved the cold and wet weather at the start of the testing event, Len Kozak, Bob Maurer, and Rich Velardo.  But the weather improved during the event as did the times.  Here are videos of a couple of Rich Velardo’s runs, one wet and slow and one dry and fast!  The first autocross points event will be at Dragway 42 on April 11.  Hope to see some “fair-weather” autocrossers out for that event!

AWL:  Dominic’s Italian Restaurant                                  1/16/21

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Hosts: Mary Beth & Len Kozak and Judy & Ed Kua

We kicked off the AWL/AWD year with our first luncheon on Saturday, January 16.  The lunch was attended by 14 club members who enjoyed Italian fare at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant in Medina.  Following lunch, several of the members went to the H2O wine bar on the square in Medina. We toasted to all that the new year is bringing us by being members of the NCMC and all the drives, dinners, and events we have to look forward to.
Everyone enjoyed the company, food, and conversation. It was a great start to our AWL/AWD season.

Mary Beth and Len Kozak
Judy and Ed Kua

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