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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 www.highlandmanor.com. 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!

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.

Tour & Lunch June 23, 2018

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Hosted by Ron Otte & Greg Selby


A leisurely drive with a stop or two along the way to a mid-afternoon lunch.  There is a limit of 10 cars which is currently filled.  But you may sign up for the waiting list at the meeting or contact Greg by email.  Tour participants will be notified by email of time and location to meet to begin the drive.

Tour to Club Picnic – Columbiana, July 14th

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Tour leaders:  Doug & Carol Leavens

This is a 3 hour ride to the Club Picnic at Bob and Betty Belding’s home in Columbiana, OH.  We will be departing from Michael’s Place, 12841 State Rd. North Royalton, Ohio at 1:00 PM sharp.  Please let Doug & Carol know if you will (1) join the tour at the start or (2) joint the tour en-route and (3) if you will join us for lunch before the tour.   Please contact Doug and Carol Leavens by email or phone: cell 440.821.0228 or home 440.734.5632.

Tour Route:  From State Rd. we will be taking Rt. 303 east till we met Rt. 82 and quickly take Rt. 534 south to Newton Falls where there will be rest break at the McDonald’s.  The tour will continue south on Rt. 534 to Rt. 14 then east to Rt. 165 then east to Rt. 46 then south to Rt. 14 then east thru Columbiana to the Belding’s home.  We expect to arrive at 4 PM.

See below for estimated schedule:
1:00 PM Start Tour
1:20 PM arrive Peninsula
1:27 PM arrive Rt. 8
1:50 PM arrive Rt. 44
2:10 PM  arrive Windam
2:15 PM arrive Rt82/303
Newton Falls 20 minute break at MacDonalds
4:00 PM Arrive at Picnic
Note that the times along Rt. 303 listed above, including departing time, are subject to change due to a Rt. 303 detour in the Streetsboro area.  We will confirm any required changes in early July.  If joining the tour along Rt. 303 please let Doug & Carol  know so they can advise you of any revised times.

Also when signing up for this tour please also let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming. They need an accurate head count for planning all the great food.

 

 

Curves to Caldwell II – Sat Aug 18, 2018

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Tour Leaders:  Scott & Mary Miller

Are you tired of Northeast Ohio’s mundane & boring roads? Then join us on Saturday August 18, for a winding, “curve” filled drive to Caldwell, OH. Aside from the kinds of roads your Miata was made for, this tour has several unique points of interest.

After lunch at a local restaurant on Caldwell’s historic town square, we will visit the Baker Glass Museum. The museum showcases one of the finest private collections of glassware and antiques in the country. Over 110,000 pieces of glassware, as well as antique guns, clocks, and many other items of yesteryear are on display in the various showrooms.

While at the Baker Museum, you will also be able to visit the U.S.S. Shenandoah mobile museum that will be on the grounds as well. The U.S.S. Shenandoah was a massive zeppelin measuring 680 feet in length and 93 feet in total height. On September 3, 1925, the Shenandoah encountered a violent storm in southeastern Ohio and  broke into two sections and the control car plummeted to the ground. The stern section floated to the ground but the bow section stayed aloft, floating for 13 miles with 7 members of the crew trapped. Fourteen members of the 43 man crew died in the crash.

While there is no set admission fee to either museum, donations are welcomed, in order to keep these places of historical information operating. The owner of the Shenandoah museum is bringing it to the Baker Museum site, specifically for the enjoyment of the Northcoast Miata Club’s Caldwell tour this Saturday. We will collect $7.50 per couple for each museum or a total of $15.00 per couple for both the Baker & the Shenandoah museums. Please send your check payable to Scott Miller, 22739 US Rt. 30, Minerva, OH 44657 by August 1. We will then make one large group donation, to each museum on behalf of the Northcoast Miata Club.

After leaving the museums, we will proceed to Miner’s Memorial Park, where we will learn about the “Big Muskie”. This was the world’s largest dragline and one of the 7 engineering wonders of the world! The bucket alone weighs 460,000 pounds empty and when loaded carried an additional 640,000 pounds. Its volume is equal to a 12 car garage. Built in 1969, “Big Muskie” could move 39 million pounds of earth every hour. There is no charge to view this site.

Finally we will drive to Cambridge, OH and enjoy dinner at Theo’s Restaurant. We will have our own private dining room, order off their regular menu and have separate checks.
The dinners are in the $10 – 18 price range. The tour officially ends here, and it is a very short hop to I-77 for your return drive to all points north.

This tour is a repeat of the tour in 2010 and is limited to the first 24 cars to sign up. Please Click here to e-mail Scott to sign up by no later than August 1st.  Also remember to send a check for the museum admission.
We hope you will join us for this back roads adventure to southeast Ohio.

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