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Spring Miatas at the Gap XVIII May 13-18, 2018

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Tour Leaders: Bill & Rancie Titley

It is time for the 18th annual spring trip to the Gap! This year’s trip will be May 13 through the 18th and returning on the 19th. We will be staying at the same motel as in previous years. One new drive is planned for this year.

We have a different drive and or destination every day. You can come and go, for whatever days that work for your schedule. We have great drives on the fantastic Smoky Mountain roads every day. We drive the “Tail of the Dragon” every day (via sunrise runs or a daily run worked into the schedule), which equals 318 curves in an 11 mile stretch of 2 lane nirvana! Other drives include the “Foothills Parkway”, the “Cherahola Skyway”, the “Devil’s Triangle”, and other local notorious “twisty” roads. We drive a lot, and eat too much, and have great fellowship with other Miata wacko’s!  Each day is your choice of what to do and or where to go. You can stay with the group or venture off and explore on your own.   Some people even take a day off to go on a personal side trip (Biltmore Estate, Dollywood, Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, etc.).

We will be staying at the Highland Manor Inn in Townsend, TN. Call (800) 213-9462 or e-mail at This year’s rates are $75/night for 5 or more nights and $85/night for 3-4 nights and $100 for 1 or 2 nights. Be sure to tell them you are with the Miata group to get the special rates. Rancie & I will be arriving around noon on Sunday, May 13th to begin the fun.

Call Bill Titley at (386) 478-1233 or (740) 269-1723 for questions. Don’t miss out on all the great fun! Zoom! Zomm!

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This page has Posts about upcoming Club Events including Around the World Dinners (AWD), Tours, Social Events and other items of interest to members. Everyone is welcome at these events but please notify the designated Hosts by the stated RSVP Deadline.  Especially important, please let the Hosts know as soon as possible if you subsequently have to cancel. Since our dinners often have 40 people, the restaurants have to plan for that extra demand by bringing in additional staff – so we must give an accurate count.

Sundaes on Mondays

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Yes it is almost time for Ice Cream.   Doug and Carol Leavens have put together another season’s worth of ice cream events in interesting places.   No reservation are required — show up and enjoy being with fellow lovers of Miatas and ice cream.   Each of these events is included in the Club Calendar and you can get the complete list by clicking on one of the following links for:  Excel file or printable pdf.

Autocross Schedule

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The Competition Calendar has been updated (4/5/2018) with the revised schedule for autocross events sponsored by Akron Sports Car Club (ASCC) and held at Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH.   Please check the ASCC facebook group for current updates on schedule and times

Generally Tech inspection and registration open at 8AM.   Note that this year you cannot use tape for your car number and class.   On-line Registration is available at (you will need to set up an account with MotorSports Reg).

ASCC Autocross Schedule:

Event 1 – Sunday, April 15
Event 2 – Sunday, April 22
Event 3 – Sunday, May 13
Event 4 – Sunday, May 27
Event 5 – Sunday, July 22
Event 6 – Sunday, August 12
Event 7 – Sunday, September 23
Event 8 – Sunday, October 14
Event 9 – Sunday, October 21
Event 10 – Sunday, October 28

AWD Guarino’s Restaurant May 23, 2018

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On May 23, Dennis Beckman and Maryann Tower will host an Around the World Dinner at Guarino’s in Little Italy located at 12309 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106  phone: (216) 231-3100.

Join us at 6 p.m. for cocktails, 7 pm dinner at Cleveland’s oldest restaurant, originally opened as a speakeasy. Guarino’s features authentic Little Italy cuisine (click for menu) that will take us back to Cleveland’s roots. Sign up at the  monthly meeting or call Dennis at 440.238.076 or click here to email Dennis .

Fabulous 50’s II Drive-in Tour June 16, 2018

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Hosts: Jared & Tiffany Fonner and Scott & Mary Miller

Remember the fabulous 50’s when you picked up your girl, cruised down to the local “drive-in” restaurant, complete with “car hops” and curb service. You enjoyed cheeseburgers and fries and maybe shared a malt with two straws. After checking out the other “rides” on the lot, you cruised up and down the main street, took a drive and ended up at, of course, the local “drive-in” movie theater. There, you’d catch a double feature, and if love was in the air, maybe you got lucky in the back seat! This tour gives you the opportunity to re-live those “glory days” and enjoy all your fondest memories, minus the backseat!  Pictures from the last Drive-in Tour:

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Join us Saturday, June 16th, for the “Fabulous 50’s II Drive-in Tour”. We will meet at a drive-in restaurant for dinner. After enjoying the curb-side menu, we’ll cruise to a drive-in theater and enjoy a double feature, under the night sky with the tops down. Details are still being worked out, as to which drive-in establishments we will be patronizing and we will notify everyone who has signed up later on, as things become finalized.

We’re planning to be able to “tail-gate” for a while, prior to the start of the movie, but again details will be forth coming at a later date. To make the evening more authentic, all participants will be required to dress in 1950’s period clothing. Girls, dig out those poodle skirts or pedal pushers and your favorite tight sweater. Guys, jeans, white t-shirt, leather jacket, letter sweater or your “Ritchie Cunningham” nerd look, which ever was your style. Costumes will be judged and prizes awarded for the best dressed couples. Games and or 1950’s trivia tests are in the works as well. Fender skirts, fuzzy dice and side pipes, etc., are optional, should you want to customize your ride.

This tour will be limited to the first 24 “hot rods” to sign-up. E-mail Scott by May 26th to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you “cats & dolls” and hope you’ll join us for this cruise down memory lane.

Cruise Feb. 2019

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The Northcoast Miata club is planning a 9 day cruise on the Carnival Conquest, Feb 2 – 10,  2019 leaving from Ft Lauderdale.   Click here  for the information sheet.

All members, including family and friends, are welcome to join us in escaping from the Cleveland winter to warm weather, great food and entertainment and lots of fun activities both on-board and on-shore at several Caribbean islands.

Note that prices on the information sheet are early booking prices including all taxes and Port charges; but not airfare or on-shore tours.  Please contact Steve at Steve’s Travel to make your reservations or about any specific questions on costs, travel arrangements to Ft Lauderdale and accommodations at the port (hotel information will be posted later).   Also, please “sign up” for the cruise by contacting Dan Cali or Ava Singerman so we know who will be going. Dan or Ava can also help you with other questions about the cruise. Check back here for updates which will be posted as new information is available.

The Carnival Conquest has fun spots like Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar and SkyBox Sports Bar. There is also a dance club, show lounges, comedy club plus musical shows. Of course there is great dining.   Click the following links for more information on:     On-board activities    and   On-board dining.  

No matter which kind of room you choose — whether a simple Interior or Ocean View, or going grand with a Balcony or Suite — all staterooms have a room steward on duty, an attendant you can call for room service, and more sweet perks inside. All rooms convert from 2 twins to King – your preference.  Click here for room details