Past Tours and Events – 2019

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This page contains posts and pictures from Tours and events completed so far this year.  Additional details are available in the newsletters.  Click here to view last year’s Tours and Events
Bourbon Trail Tour – Sept. 11-13, 2019
Tour Leaders:  Dennis Beckman and Maryann Tower

Eight cars and 16 members participated in an enjoyable and informative tour of several distilleries and other sites along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  The group left Wednesday morning for an enjoyable ride to Frankfort, Kentucky.  After checking in at the Fairfield Inn, we visited our first distillery, Buffalo Trace, for an informative tour of one of most highly-rated distilleries, and we were interviewed by the local newspaper.

From there, the variety of restaurants and distilleries kept us busy and engaged – from the Stave restaurant, a local farm-to-table treasure, to the stately old Talbott Tavern and new, upscale (yet relaxing) Bottle & Bond in the new Bardstown Bourbon Distillery.

The distilleries ran the gamut from those with huge 30,000-gallon fermenting tanks and modern equipment to other large, medium, small and an ultra-small distillery with several-hundred-gallon fermenting cubes and partially hand-built equipment.

Special thanks to Dan & Terry Cal and Mike & Lois Kerklo for their help in keeping us in line (literally) on those highways and Kentucky back roads.

Dennis Beckman

New Member Mini Miata Tour  –  6/29/19
Tour leaders:  Greg  & Judy Selby

This was the 2nd New Member Mini Miata Tour of the season with four new members: Tony & Lisa Terlesky,  Rich & Kat Fink, Terry & Roseann Walls and Ed Saus.  Todd & Dee Tannehill also joined the tour and Tony Oriti , membership director, was the sweep for the day.  The day started out sunny and it was “tops down” except for a brief shower.  The tour ended at  one of our favorite restaurants the Red Hawk Grill in Concord, OH where we all enjoyed a great lunch and socializing.
Port Washington Road Tour, June 27, 2019

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Tour leaders: Mike & Lo Kerklo

13 Miatas departed southern Medina Co. and headed south,driving  by miles of farm fields and an occasional village to Millersburg and the beginning of the Old Port Washington Rd. We meandered over the historic road as best we could, avoiding large sections of gravel road. We pasted by beautiful vistas atop ridges and arrived at our lunch destination of Unusual Junction. The return trip was up rt.93, through Baltic, (to view the massive Jerry Jacobson Sugar Creek Ohio Round House) – then to Dalton Darr-Ett for traditional ice cream.
15th Annual Club Picnic – June 15, 2019

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Hosts:  Betty and Bob Belding

Bob & Betty Belding hosted about 80 club members at the former Firestone Homestead,  birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone, in northern Columbiana County.  A great time was had by all and the rain held off until the drive home.  Doug and Carol Leavens lead a tour to the picnic for those that preferred the scenic route. __________________________________________________________________________
The German Heritage Tour – 6/11/19
Tour Leaders:  Ron & Linda Otte & Greg & Judy Selby

It was a beautiful sunny  day as 12 Miatas left Ravenna, OH to embark on a tour to Harmony, PA.  The first stop was the Greenville Railroad Park, Greenville PA, which houses the largest steam locomotive ever built.  We were able to tour the inside of the locomotive and the caboose.    From there it was down Rt. 19 and a side road leading  to Bruno’s Fine Jewlery,  nestled in amongst  the woods overlooking  the Springfield Falls which used to house the Springfield Pig Iron Furnace.  Larry Bruno,  a nationally recognized jeweler and Goldsmith, finds pig iron pieces and makes lovely jewelry encased in gold and silver.
Then the tour continued to Harmony, PA with a driving tour of that small historic settlement.  That was followed by a delicious lunch at the Log Cabin Inn, a short distance from the settlement,  and then a relaxing ride home.

Zooming the Mountains – May 12 – 16, 2019

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Joining members from the Northcoast Miata Club were members from the Florida Space Coast Miata Club and the Northwest Ohio Miata Club.  A total of 18 cars 33 people had an exciting driving adventure and great Miata fellowship in and around the Great Smoky Mountains with a different drive or destination each day, including several runs on the “Tail of the Dragon“ at Deal’s Gap, which many consider to be the best sports car road in the U.S. It’s just turn after turn with 318 curves in 11 miles. Other drives / destinations were the Cherahola Skyway, Bald River Falls, Fontana Dam, parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the twisty “Devils Triangle”.

Freeze Your Butt Off Tour April 27, 2019

Tour Leaders: John & Donna Garsteck
On a very cold April morning, 47 cars and 87 members met in Medina for the annual “Freeze Your Butt Of Tour”.   We gathered into 4 groups led by John and Donna Garsteck, Mike and Lois Kerklo. Jan and Bob Stefancic and Gary and Char Davis and the sweeps, Art & Maureen Davis, Dan Cali, Jim &Marilyn Nenadal and Scott & Mary Miller.   Most members joined in the fun and adventure by having their tops down.  We traveled on some narrow, curvy backcountry roads with some great vistas, past Amish farms, and Amish buggies.   Lunch was at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek with excellent food and service.

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“Designed to Ride” Tour 
Feb. 12, 2019
Tour Leaders: Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

This was a tour from Mespotamia, on the east side of Cleveland, to the Packard Museum in Warren, OH.  Despite the iffy weather, 15 members met at the End of the Commons Store and after some coffee and browsing in the store headed out to the Packard Museum.

At the Packard Museum there was a Corvette Display from the Mahoning County Corvette Club which had every Corvette model change.  Overhead were banners explaining the car and the major changes in the vehicle for that model year.  Next up were the Packards that are always amazing with their majestic appearances.  Interspersed with the Packards were a variety of British & other motorcycles of different years to bring back the enjoyable memory of being in the open air (safer in a Miata).

The group then motored to the Wayside Restaurant a few miles away for an enjoyable lunch and socializing.   Thanks to everyone that braved the February weather to join us for a mid-winter outing.    Continue to think  Spring and Miata’s !!!

Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

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