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information about Tours, Drives, Meetings.

Cleveland Christmas Lights Tour

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 Monday December 18th
The Nenadals and Garstecks are planning a Lights Tour through Scarlet Transportation.  The coach can accommodate 24 people for a 3-1/2 to 4 hour tour.  To save the date we need to forward them a deposit by October 9th.  The cost will be approximately $13 per person and the departure point TBA.
We will need your FIRM commitment by 10/09 and the cost paid in full by 10/19.
In past years we have had a lights tour in our “every day drivers” and just in the Strongsville area.  We wanted to try something different this year to avoid repetition. (If you think it’s hard keeping Miatas all together on a tour, try keeping “every day drivers” together and in the dark!)
We hope that we can get enough people interested to book this event.
Please Click to email or call  440-885-0366

Zoomin in the FALL Halloween Gathering: A NEW EVENT

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Zoomin the Mountains of East Tennessee
Zoomin in the Fall Halloween Gathering
October 26 through October 28, 2017

Holiday Inn, Johnson City TN
101 W Springbrook Dr
Event Organizer Lorie Haggarty 423-791-0108

Bob Maurer and Becca are signed up for the Fall Zoomin the Mountains of East Tennessee and hope others may want to make the trip also.  
Bob talked with Lorie Haggerty, event organizer, August 24th and she expects that the registration forms will be on their website by September 1.  Their fees are always very reasonable and a special room rate for the event is only $82 per night.  Call the Johnson City Holiday Inn directly at 423-282-4611 for reservations with the Miata Zoomin the Mountains group.

There are lots of good roads and destinations nearby.  Lorie expects our drives to possibly take us to the Snake, Rattler and possible Diamondback and Devil’s Whip.  If their drives do not go there, you can drive them yourself; all are close by.  There’s even Davy Crockett’s birthplace to visit.  Some NCMC members who have been there before, besides us, are Rich and Lilas Velardo, Daryl and Jane Baker, Bob and Diane Wido, and Skip and Mary Ann Williams.  Email me or call with questions or simply log on to Zoomin’s website for more information and registration.  

Their scheduled drives and food events are all optional—a cherry picking kind of registration form.  It is a laid-back atmosphere of Miata friends from many states with drives that are moderately brisk but are not like Miatas-In-Boone’s crazy speeds.  It is about a 7 hour trip, and a drive on Virginia’s Back of the Dragon on the way down or back is fun and doesn’t add much time to the trip—worth the detour.

Here are the basics about the event:

Thursday Oct 26, 7:30 PM, Poolside gathering

Friday Oct 27, A drive in the morning, lunch, a drive in the afternoon, evening poolside Halloween Party

Saturday Oct 28, A drive in the morning, lunch, a drive in the afternoon, 5:00 PM Dinner and Bug Run, 7:30 PM Poolside gathering and cornhole tournament

Sunday Oct 29, 8:00 gather for breakfast, 10:00 optional drive before heading home

All proceeds from the event are donated to Speedway Children’s Charity, a NASCAR non-profit group.

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.


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Touring Guide- STRESS or STRESS-FREE?

When guiding a tour there can be stresses on the leaders that can make for an uncomfortable time.  A few tips may help reduce that stress.  Good preparation of your event along with a little common sense is the key.

There are usually not many stresses on Tour Participants.  As a Participant you just show up at the planned starting point, hopefully on time, and even better, plenty early, to mingle and meet new and old friends, enjoy a coffee or snack, and enjoy a beautiful morning.  Some people could get stressed by meeting new people for the first time. Some people may get nervous about how to tour in a group if you haven’t done it before.  Sometimes people have to adjust to someone else making all the decisions on a tour, and are stressed by just following along all day.  Seems silly, doesn’t it? Continue reading Touring– STRESS or STRESS-FREE?