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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 must cancel. Since our dinners often have 40 people, the restaurants often bring in additional staff – so we must give an accurate count.

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Upcoming Events (updated 4/23/19)
Sundaes Monday location changed for 4/29/19
Autocross Instruction Available
Tour to Club Picnic 6/15
Amish Country Tour 7/20
Tour to Edison Museum 8/10/19

Club Calendar updated 4/23/19
Sundaes on Monday Schedule – Revised
Autocross Information updated 4/22/19
Autocross instruction available
Autocross cancelled for 4/20
Competition Calendar updated 4/19/19
Members Only Page (updated 4/18/19)
Member Roster (posted 4/18/19)
Member Photo Directory (posted 4/14)
1st Quarter Financial Report (posted 4/10)
April Newsletter (posted 3/31)
Member Rosters (updated 3/31)


Newbie Autocross Coach…..  Rich Velardo

If you think that you just might want to give autocross a try, but you’ve held back because of all the uncertainties that face a newbie, all that you need to do is ask Rich Velardo (Click to email).    Since Rich is “grounded” for the next few months with a repeat shoulder surgery and cannot drive on an autocross course, he is volunteering to help others get started in autocross.

Rich can help with your arrival, tech inspection, sign in, walking the track, generally help you through the whole process of getting started.  He also has a loaner helmet that you can borrow and will be your own personal coach to walk you through everything and even ride along with you on the course. In short, you’ll get everything that you need to do your first autocross – including even printing your car numbers & class letters for you if need be.  All you need is your car and the desire to have fun learning what you and your car can do.
Just let Rich know which event you’d like to try.

Sundaes on Mondays 2019

NOTE:  The location for the April 29 Event has changed to Sweet Moses.  See links below for details.
Yes it is 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 either the Excel Workbook or Printable pdf.

AWD Santo’s Tue Apr 23, 2019

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Hosts:  Tom & Cathy Walden

Drinks 6:30 PM with Dinner at 7:00 PM (real time).

Santo’s is a casual Italian restaurant that has been family owned and operated for over 35 years.  It is located in the Briarcliff Plaza at 7565 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH, phone: 440.234.6480.  Click for website or directions

We are currently full but will notify those on the waiting list if there are cancellations.

FYBO TOUR – Sat. April 27, 2019

Hosted by John and Donna Garsteck

This is a leisurely TOP DOWN drive on curvy back roads and a stop for lunch.

Meet atThe parking lot of Medina Antique Mall, 2797 Medina Rd (Rt 18), Medina, Ohio 44256.  This location is east of I-71 on rt. 18.
From I-71 – go east on Rt. 18 then left on Windfall Rd and left behind Dunkin’ Donuts .
From I-77 – go west on Rt.18 and right on Windfall Rd. then left behind Dunkin Donuts.

Time:   Arrive by 9:00AM.   Drivers meeting at 9:15.   Leaving promptly at 9:30AM.
We will form 3 groups of approximately 12 cars each.   When you arrive, please join a group that is not full.

What to bring:
Those that need insurance release forms (those not residing at the same address as a current member), please print the release form (Release Form), fill it out and bring with you to save time when checking in.

Bring walkie-talkies and/or CBs.  Be prepared for cold weather with jackets, gloves, scarves, etc. as this is a top down (unless it is raining)  “FREEZE YOUR BUTT OFF TOUR “.

Please have a full gas tank and an empty bladder!!!, No pit stops are planned .

Looking forward to seeing everyone for fun day!

To sign up contact John and Donna Garsteck via email. or there will be a signup sheet at the meeting.

Sip & Zip NEO Wine Tour May 23 – 24, 2019

Tour Leader: Dave & Karen Baker

This will be an overnight trip on Thur 5/23 – Fri 5/24,  to the Northeast Ohio wine region with lodging at the Geneva-On-the-Lake State Lodge (click for website)  There will be a raffle selection for spots to participate.

Who:  If you enjoy wines created in a California/Oregon style, yes.   If you prefer wines from the Niagara grape, probably not.

What: We will be visiting three wineries after our backroads cruise to the northeast Ohio wine region.   Lunch is planned, an afternoon happy hour is arranged, and dinner will be at Ferrante on Thursday evening.   Friday morning there are two activity options.  One is zip lining at Erie Canopy Tours adjacent to the property where we are staying OR doing a self-guided tour to see barn quilts in the area.   Lunch is arranged at Debonne Vineyard.

Participation:  There are spaces for 8 cars   To allow for as many members as possible to have a chance to participate, there will be a lottery.  The drawing will be held at the February 21st regular club meeting.   Members were able to enter the lottery at the January planning meeting and at the regular January meeting.  Members may also enter the lottery at the regular February meeting prior to the drawing.

For additional information contact Karen or Dave Baker at via email   or 330.760.6196

German Heritage Tour – Tue 6/11/19

Hosted by the Ottes & Selbys

A scenic trip into Pennsylvania to visit a state park, enjoy some great Miata roads, then on to a transportation museum with a late lunch at a German Restaurant. The senior entry fee to the museum is $5.00/ea.

Please sign up  at the meeting or via email  to enjoy this leisurely tour.  This tour is limited to 10 cars.

Spring Miata’s at the Gap May 12-17, 2019

Tour Leader: Bill Titley.
This is the 19th Annual Spring Miata’s at the Gap.  There will be a different drive every day on the fantastic Smoky Mountain roads including the Tail of the Dragon!  We drive a lot, eat too much, and have great fellowship with other Miata enthusiasts!  This year’s trip will be May 12th thru 16th and returning home on the 17th – but you may come and go for whatever days that work for your schedule.  Bill will be arriving around noon on Sunday, May 12, to begin the fun.
We will be staying at the same motel as before, the Highland Manor Inn at Townsend, TN (click for directions).  Please make your reservations directly with the hotel – (800) 213-9462 or their website.  This year’s rates are $79.50 for 5 or more nights, $89.50 for 3 or 4 nights, and $99.50 for 1 or 2 nights.  Be sure to tell them you are with the Miata group to get the reduced room rates.
Call Bill at (740) 269-1723 or (386) 478-1233 for any questions you might have.
Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Zoom!  Zoom!

Book Club & dinner Friday, May 10th, 2019

Hosts:  Charlie & Marlene Rodgers
6 PM

Join us for a lively discussion about the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The event will be held at Charlie and Marlene Rodgers home at 11812 Edgerton Rd,  North Royalton (click for directions).  A light dinner will be shared to set the mood of the story. Reserve a spot in this informal book discussion email  or call 440-539-0998.
Copies of the book, CD book or e-book may be obtained through the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The classic book was published in 1719.
Robinson Crusoe tells the story as if writing a journal of his adventures. Even though his parents disapprove, Crusoe takes a ship to London on September 1, 1651. Crusoe finds success and misfortune on the sea. He becomes a slave, establishes a plantation in Brazil, and then spends almost 30 years as a solitary inhabitant on a tropical island. Crusoe saves a native from cannibalistic savages, hence Friday becomes his faithful companion during the latter years. He finally escapes the island and returns to England where he raises a family and experiences further adventures.

Tour to Club Picnic Sat June 15

Tour Leaders: Doug and Carol Leavens

We will be departing from Michael’s Place restaurant at 12841 State, Rd, North Royalton Ohio (click for map).  Departure time is 11:30 AM sharp and the tour will last 3 hours, arriving at the picnic at 2:30 PM.

Please let us know if you would like to join us for the tour (click to email).   When signing up for this tour please let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming (see website post for the picnic).   We will be using Channel 5 on the radios.

Also, there be small brunch before the tour.   Please join us if you can but let us know when you sign up so we can advise the restaurant.

11:30  depart from Micael’s
11:50  Peninsula            16.4 miles
11:57  rt 8
12:20  Rt 44                      34 miles
12:40  Windam               44 miles
12:45  Rt 82/303           47 miles
1:00    Newton Falls     20 minute break at Big Mac
2:30    Arrive at Picnic  86 miles

You may join up with the tour en route but please advise so I will be looking for you.

Doug and Carol Leavens
cell 440.821.0228 home 440.734.5632
(click for Email)


Hosts:  Betty and Bob Belding

Bob & Betty invite club members to the former Firestone Homestead, birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone, in northern Columbiana County for the 15th annual Northcoast Miata Club Picnic.

The picnic will be at the Belding Homestead at 45459 State Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio 44408 (click for map).  Our home is located one-half mile east of the State Route 7 and State Route 14 intersection on the south side of State Route 14, directly across from the entrance to the Links at Firestone Farms GC.  Our house is the first house on the right after you pass the traffic light going eastbound.  Look for the sign.  Everyone is welcome!  Bob’s cell # is 330.853.6658 if you get lost.

There are some neat Miata Roads to travel if you wish a leisurely drive to the picnic   Also, Doug and Carol Leavens are planning a group to convoy to the picnic – details will be posted later.

Arrive any time after 2:30 PM, bring your favorite dish to share along with copies of your recipes (unless they are secret), your favorite beverage and enjoy the afternoon.  The club is furnishing hamburgers, kielbasa, soft drinks, water, table service, plates and cups. We will eat the main feast at 5:00 PM and appetizers as you wish.

THIS IS HOW THE PROCESS WORKS:  As you arrive, bring your goodies to the house and then park along the road to show non-Miata people what they are missing by not owning a Miata.

Please let us know by June 1 that you are coming so we can order enough food.  Our land line number is 330.482.3752, or click to email us.

Also, if someone wants to run Miata rodeo games please contact us ASAP.

Bob & Betty Belding


Tour Leaders:  Wayne Baker, Marsha Showalter & Tony Oriti
This will be a  leisure drive with maybe 2 stops along the way to a late afternoon Lunch/Dinner at an Amish Restaurant to be determined.
Note there is a Limit of 20 cars.  Details will be emailed to all participants after confirmation of  participation.
If you are interested in participating in the drive, sign up sheets will be available at the meetings or click here to email Marsha.

Fall for the Alleghenies – Tue, Sep 17-18, 2019

Hosted by the Ottes and Selbys

This is a tour highlighted by several places of interest as we traverse the Allegheny National Forest with an overnight stay in Bradford, PA.  The next day we will visit another museum before heading back to Ohio along the Allegheny River.  Come join us for a leisurely drive and scenic vistas along the way.  This tour is limited to 10 cars.
To sign up contact us via email or call 216-780-4533.

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