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.

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Meet-up with Toledo Miata Club                       June 5, 2021
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
Discover Youngstown              May 19, 2021
Hosted by the Ottes & Selbys

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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     May 9 – 14
Hosted By Bill Titley

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Bill lead the Club’s 21st annual Spring Miatas at the Gap.  There were 17 cars with members from the Northcoast Miata Club, the Toledo Miata Club, and the Space Coast Miata Club of FL.  The week-long trip included different drives each day and several trips up and down the Tail of the Dragon – 318 curves in an 11 mile stretch of 2 lane nirvana! Other drives include the “Foothills Parkway”, the “Cherahola Skyway”, and other local notorious “twisty” roads.  Despite Covid, everyone enjoyed too much food and had great fellowship and despite the pipeline hack, no one ran out of gas!!
Thanks to Bill for another wonderful trip!

New Member Mini Miata Drive            Saturday, May 15, 2021
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.

Competition Reports
May 2
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

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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

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

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!


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