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  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 8:24pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: Dolphin, photo   

    Dolphin Photo 

    Robyn enjoyed her time with the dolphin at the cove.

     
    • Andrew 12:24pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 Permalink |
      Tags: Autocrosser, , Gulfcoast,   

      Gulfcoast Autocrosser and Performance Driving 

      UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUqDWvjsx9c&feature=youtu.be

      The hard part is learning where the imaginary rod lies in relations to the cones. As for the car, it handles very well with stock tires. My swaybars were upgraded to GWR RoadsterSport brand, a medium upgrade for swaybars. Its helps to reduce, but not eliminated the strong roll of the car.

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      For anyone interested, I will be out at the training ground this coming Saturday, June 1st for another round of novice training. Its a great learning experience, well worth the drive there and nominal cost for about 2-3 hours of driving practice through cones on a safe airfield. You can drive the car as hard or soft as you like. For me its about learning the feel of the car, its handling, braking and threshold of grip.

      Preregistration is going on now: http://rollbase.gulfcoastcloud.com/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=142720&p=144437&g=211172 You pay the $25 at the event, helmets are available for free use.

      This is the last session for the summer and the program resumes in September. Pretty much everything you need is on site for nominal cost: food, drinks/water, paper signage for your car. Do bring lots of sunscreen, hat, proper clothing for direct sunlight as there is no shade.

      The novice program starts at 9:30 AM sharp, I expect to be there around 8AM.

      Your car will need to be inspected (tires, brakes, engine for loose battery and anything loose) and cleared by the officials at the site. The facility is broken down into two parts for Saturday use: novice school and 1/2 mile test/tune track. Novice school is in the morning then they break for lunch around noon and give you 3 runs (tokens) for the test track. You can earn more tokens (more runs) by working the cones (people stationed to reset the knocked down cones). On Sunday the entire field becomes a 1 mile race track.

      Contact me for any other questions.

       
      • Robert Burr 2:52pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sounds great!

      • Anonymous 3:23pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Where is this held…Google map?

      • Andrew 5:15pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

        Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

        Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

      • Frank Falcone 11:09am on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

        Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

      • Anonymous 12:25pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Andrew, i can’t make it this Saturday but would like to do the event in September. Please keep me informed.

        BTW, I’ve done two of the Equipe-Rapide autocross events at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds this year. They won’t start back up until October but I’ll post the date when it becomes available.

      • Andrew 5:24pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Frank,

        Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

        That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

        As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

        As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

        I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

      • Frank Falcone 10:14am on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

      • Anonymous 4:49pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Frank,

        For purpose of novice training, I don’t think it matters as you are not competing. If you were to race on Sunday, then it would make a big difference.

    • Andrew 6:17pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 Permalink |
      Tags: , Front   

      Front Camera Installed 

      Hi Folks,

      For those with a ND (Club or GT), MX5 ThIngs sells a front camera that works with the display.

      I did this install today in about 2 hours. After already installing the rear OEM camera and Airplay, taking apart the dash took perhaps 15 minutes, could have done it faster.

      The camera is a nice option for those worried about hitting the curb or wall. In my case its my kayak in the garage since it lies below sight once you get up close. You can clearly and easily see any object. The attached photo is my garage door. At this position I am approx 16″ from the door. and you can see the 6″ concrete footer at the bottom of the screen. I also have the mirror control (not yet connected, waiting to see that the camera works without issue). The AIO box also came with a turn signal alert if I leave it on for more than 20 second a LOUD beeping sound is heard.

      I did have to lengthen the wires by 16″ to mount the AIO box behind the passenger side front panel and to allow for room for the cables.

      Contact me if you have any questions.

      Here is the link for the kit: https://store.mx5things.com/item/front-camera-switch-mirror-controller-universal-kit


       
    • Mark Gilbert 4:04pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Permalink |  

      Island Dolphin Care Road Trip 

      Thank you to all our members who joined us for the road trip down to Key Largo today. Hope you all enjoyed the day learning about the dolphins. Beautiful weather, fun top down drive and good friends. What more can you ask for on a wonderful South Florida day. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

      John’s Pictures can be found here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145cq02a10SAk

       
    • Mark Gilbert 12:51pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 Permalink |  

      Photos For Mazda Magazine 

      Here is a great opportunity to get your car on the pages of the Mazda magazine. Read below email from Mazda North America for pertinent info:

      To: MX-5 Miata clubs,

      Mazda is seeking photos of your MX-5 Miata in front of iconic United States landmarks for an upcoming project. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 14th. I encourage you to email your photo submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com.

      Submission instructions
      · Include photo(s) of your MX-5 Miata in front of an iconic United States landmark

      · Include a caption with the photo

      · Please email your submission to clubinfo@mazdausa.com on or before Tuesday, May 14th

      If you have any questions, please email me at smalone4@mazdausa.com. Lastly, if your photo is selected, you will be notified by email.

      Thank you,
      Shannon

       

       

       

       
      • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink |
        Tags: , touch-up   

        Scuffed Rims 

        For those of you who own NDs in the Club model trim — which has the dark graphite wheels — I found a resource for touch up paint, in case your wheels get scuffed. It is Testors paint #1153. It can be found in any hobby/craft store for $2.00. The match is pretty close to perfect.

         
        • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          great recommendation, inexpensive and does the trick.

        • efrida auston 3:20am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks for sharing this hepful info.

        • Andrew 8:44am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

          Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb rash, brush painting would work. Curb rash will require filing/sanding down the damage surface and spray paint since you are going to cover a larger area where brush painting will most likely not turn out well.

      • John Morris 1:18pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 Permalink |
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        2019 Miata Club’s May Meeting At Lester’s Diner 

        There was a hardy group at the May monthly meeting, considering rain was in the forecast — and it did rain. We spoke of future events and of the importance of checking your vehicles tire pressure. Good food, good friends and fun cars.

         
        • Mark Gilbert 12:21pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink |
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          Island Dolphin Care Additional Tour Info 

          For those of you who will be going on the Keys Trip on May 11th, our visit will include only the tour of the facility. If you want to do direct  interactions with the dolphins, you must contact Island Dolphin Care to reserve an additional spot for that specific individual interaction. Listed below are the additional offerings and the costs. Please call and ask for Joe Cianciolo and tell him you are with the South Florida Miata Club and he’ll take care of you.

          ISLAND DOLPHIN CARE TOURS

          Guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Tours cost $18 per person. Reservations are required. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call to book. Tours are educational and informative. Guests learn about our history, the therapy programs that we offer, how we care for the dolphins, see the dolphins up close and visit the invertebrate touch tank and sensory garden.

          Educational dolphin experiences are daily at 10AM and 1:30PM. Reservations are required. The experiences are organized to teach guests how we care for the animals, and how they are incorporated into therapy programs with therapists. Participants learn about their anatomy and witness the various types of training that happen each day to maintain each animal’s health. The experience can include a kiss, feeding the dolphins, learning about behavior management and training as well as learning about each animal’s personality. Participants can ask the animal care staff questions while on the dock/platform and then will also have the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions after their session with the animal care staff.

          • Dolphin experience from the dock – $70 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the dock.
          • Dolphin experience from the lift – $120 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the lift where the guest will be lowered to knee deep water.
          • Both the dock and shallow water sessions will be the same length of time, however the lift may include different interactions.

          Yoga by candlelight – $75 per person

          Paint with a dolphin – $75 per person

          Dolphin Float – $110 per person (cost $350 for groups under 4 people).

          Dolphin Ambassador intensive program – spend a ½ day with animal care professionals. Help prepare meals for the dolphins, assist in daily animal care husbandry, and learn about IDC programs. Interact with our dolphins, help make a difference in their lives and all those that attend IDC programs $250 per person. Day begins at 7AM and ends at 12:30PM. Call for further details.

          All programs are based on availability and require reservations. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call (305) 451-5884

           
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