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Autocross Schedule

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The Competition Calendar has been updated (2/18/2018) 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).

Event 1 – Sunday, April 8
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

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.


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Hosted by John and Donna Garsteck
This is the 24 th annual FYBO tour and is typically the first driving tour of the season.   A leisurely drive on some curvy country roads with a stop for lunch has been planned.

True to the name of the tour, tops must be down except if raining. In case it is cold you will need hats , gloves, scarves etc. to keep warm. If it snows tour will be cancelled or rescheduled – but it has snowed only once during the history of FYBO tours.
Come join in the fun.
Time and meeting place to be announced – so please check back.

Please RSVP to John & Donna: click for Email or phone 1-440-238-9363

AWD Mandarin House – Mar 6, 2018

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Hosted by Bob Palmer and Ava Singerman on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Mandarin House located at 10393 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, OH 44130. 

Holding with the meaning behind the Around the World Dinners, Bob and Ava will lead us to the Orient when we gather at Mandarin House (click for website, menu and directions) .


At 6:00 p.m. we will gather for drinks (wine, beer, bubble tea, slushies & soft drinks) with dinner orders taken at 6:30 p.m. Mandarin House boasts a large menu of Chinese delights and many Vietnamese & Thai specials.  Their quick service, phenomenal cuisine and amazing prices make this a very popular place for both eat-in dining and carry-out.

Please RSVP to  Ava by email by Sunday, March 4th so appropriate staff can be retained.

Think Spring Wine Tasting Party – March 24, 2018

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Doug and Carol Leavens will host another great party to kick off the driving season.  The party will start at 6:00 PM Saturday, March 24 at their home:  4327 Dogwood Trail, North Olmsted, Ohio, phone

Note: there is no parking on the opposite (hydrant) side of the street.   Christmas lights will be on so you know the right house.

Please bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share plus an appetizer or dessert.   Meat balls and mini hot dogs will be available.
If wine is not your thing, please come anyway as there will be plenty of pop, tea and coffee. The Keurig coffee maker will be on for all. If you have a favorite K cup of coffee bring it a long to share.

Please RSVP via email by March 14th . No limit unless the whole club plans on coming. Last year there were 48 of your best Miata friends.  Looking forward to another great party !!!

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.

Spring Miatas at the Gap XVIII

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May 13 – 18, 2018
By 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, 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!

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!

Girls Day Out April 21, 2018

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Shopping for FABRIC and other important STUFF in Amish country including lunch, dinner and other FUN.
Meet April 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM at McDonalds in Bolivar, OH on SR 212 east of I-77 Exit 93

Caravan to Charm to visit Miller’s Dry Goods, Guggisberg Cheese and neighboring shops; then to Berlin for lunch, Country Craft Cupboard and Helping Hands Quilt Shop; then to Walnut Creek and Zinck’s Fabric Outlet and dinner at Der Dutchman.

Please make your reservation by April 19, 2018 by contacting one of the tour leaders:
Becca Gustavel by email or phone 330-633-1725
Mary Miller by email or phone 330-868-4799


Autocross June 25, 2017

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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.