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Hop, Loop & Shake Drive

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, we met at the Starbucks in Morgan Hill. Around 10:00 am twelve cars and twenty-one people were off on a wonderful adventure driving the backroads of South Bay. 

We drove along the east foothills of Morgan Hill and Gilroy down to Hollister. While driving through Gilroy we enjoyed the usual delicious smells of rows and rows of garlic. We saw wonderful farms full of galloping goats and other livestock.

All stopped at the Paicines General Store on Airline Hwy 25 for a break and stocked up on snacks and sodas.

We drove South on Highway 25 and back through downtown Hollister to our lunch destination, Dunneville Café & Market. 

Several were treated to delicious sandwiches full of tri-tip beef. Others decided to have breakfast, chicken sandwiches, and other delightful dishes.

There was a Bocce ball court on the premises, however, we all were anxious to get back on the road for more adventure.

We took the Roop Loop through the foothills past Coyote Lake and the old Gilroy Hot Springs.  We crossed west through San Martin and those that continued the drive returned to San Jose and were treated to “custom make your own milkshakes” at My Milkshake.  

Thanks to Kurt for planning and leading another wonderful drive. The weather was just right, and we couldn’t ask for a more pleasant day and drive in our Miatas. 

Miatas at Laguna Seca

Several BAMA members joined hundreds of Miata enthusiasts at the world famous Laguna Seca raceway for a fun packed weekend. A number of longtime BAMA members also volunteered at the event.

Lining up for a parade lap.

Those with a need for speed had an opportunity to do hot laps and test their driving skills. Some got to ride along with a pro driver on the track. Others chose to enjoy the easier pace of the popular parade laps. There were vendors on site with displays and demos and product specials. People enjoyed tasty barbecue and the car show provided opportunities to show off the prized Miatas while sharing stories and good times.

 Making a pass by vendors alley. All tuned up and ready for the track.

Making a pass by vendors alley. All tuned up and ready for the track.

 Historical MX-5s on display in the paddock.

Historical MX-5s on display in the paddock.

In Memory of Peggy Fung

Dear BAMA members:

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that we announce that our member Peggy Fung passed away on August 23. She and her husband Allan have been members for many years. Peggy will be remembered as a lovely lady, someone you would enjoy sitting next to at lunch. Easy to talk with fun to be around. I personally will miss her and I am sure our club will also. We extend our heartfelt sorrow and condolences to Allan and their family.

Mike Abell

BAMA Club President

Peggy's obituary can be read on SFGate.com.

Scavenger Hunt

Nine Miatas met at Starbucks in San Jose at 9:00 a.m. to go on an adventure, a Scavenger Hunt, in our roadsters. Gary & Wendy Allen led the hunt and provided the rules and list of 50 items/places to be hunted and photographed. We all departed at or around 9:30 a.m. with plans to meet up again in Niles for a picnic lunch with our list of photographed  items. Some stayed around the San Jose area as items on the list included a “Google bike”, an Apple icon (not on an iPhone or iPad), a donut shop, an In-n-Out burger & a Philz coffee, none of which were in Niles. Others headed to Niles to hunt & photograph.  

Some of us were lucky enough find parking  close to Niles and walk around town before lunch time. A crowd of car enthusiasts were having an antique car show which was a photography jackpot for our scavenger list which included a California license plate in the old blue & gold colors, a non-Miata convertible, and a car older than 1970.  However, a California state flag (on the list) was nowhere to be found.  Other items on the list were: a "do not enter" sign, something that flies, train or bus transportation, auto parts shop, graffiti, public art, a "one way" sign, drive thru, mailbox, etc.  

The most difficult item to find was a public phone which was worth 50 points, two participants were lucky enough to find one.  Most items were worth 5-20 points.  The object was to reach 400 points at, not before or later, than 12:30 p.m. and to have the least amount of miles getting those 400 points. The directions and rules were a bit fuzzy for most of us, but all in all everyone had a great time.  

We had a wonderful picnic lunch at Quarry Lakes Park, it was a CA beautiful day. Participants were polled for their number of points and their mileage. The winner of the day was Brad Rex who was presented with a Gary Allen original wood worked BAMA logo. We hope Gary still has the pattern as this will more than likely be commissioned as a prize for future contests.  

Huge thanks to Gary & Wendy for arranging and leading the Scavenger Hunt. With a little clarification of the directions and rules we could definitely make this an annual event. 

Mazda Miata Summer Tour

With little notice, we received an invite from Mazda to attend a small fan event on Treasure Island. Driving up the coast from San Diego to Seattle, the Mazda Miata Summer Tour made a pit stop in San Francisco to show off their 2019 Miata models.

It would have been great to get more members of the club to join us, as it appeared that Delta was well represented, even at short notice we showed up with 5 or 6 cars. Having made personal contact with the Mazda PR team, they are keen to help promote our club as they understand the reason the Miata has been so popular for almost 30 years is the loyal collection of owners and enthusiasts. 

 Who will be first to get one?

Who will be first to get one?

We appeared to be the only club to arrive with, not 1 but 2 supercharged Miatas, an NA and and RF. The Mazda PR team were keen to chat and obviously fans of all generations of the Miata not just the latest. 

 2019 Miata ND2

2019 Miata ND2

 2019 RF2 with BBS / Brembo and Recaros

2019 RF2 with BBS / Brembo and Recaros

Along with the main attraction, a Soul Red ND2 (Auto) and the Ceramic RF2 there were Food Trucks and Pizza, what more could a Miata owner ask for... (well maybe some decent twisty roads and not just the Bay Bridge and construction site that Treasure Island  is currently).

The external changes to this years models are almost invisible from the any distance. The most obvious one is the addition of a rear view parking camera (a requirement by law on all 2019 vehicles).

 You can spot the 2019 by the rear camera. not as obvious on the Soul Red as the Ceramic.

You can spot the 2019 by the rear camera. not as obvious on the Soul Red as the Ceramic.

Most people will be excited by the modifications to the engine, more power, higher revving, lighter flywheel. All welcome changes, whilst not huge changes, the continuing evolution of the Miata line. This is now the most powerful stock Miata ever released at 181 BHP (+26HP over the 2017/2018 models).

 Zoom Zoom...

Zoom Zoom...

Unfortunately we were only able to look and not test drive these cars. maybe next time Mazda will stop by a local track and show us how they really can perform. (Hint Hint) 

 I do like these seats...

I do like these seats...

It was a short couple of hours, but nice to see the new cars and for Mazda to recognize how much local clubs do to continue the Miata legacy. 

I would like to thank Shannon, Tim and the rest of the Mazda PR team for arranging the event and for inviting us along.  We look forward to attending future events and including many more of our members in them.

Long Live the Roadster 

 

Coastal Drive

We met at Pacifica Safeway parking lot on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to socialize and give pre-drive briefing. Club VP Gary Allen spoke about the rules of the road and Gorkem who was leading the drive provided details about the route and meet up points if the group got separated. We left Safeway with the total of 12 Miatas and drove to our first meet-up point in ocean beach. 

We took couple of pictures, enjoyed the beach scenery and started driving to our next destination Rodeo Beach over Marin headlands.

We drove passed golden gate bridge,  took bunker tunnel and arrived to Fort Cronkhite. 
We stayed at the beach and socialized for about an hour and started driving to our next destination Marshall store.

We passed through Mill Valley, panoramic highway and Stinson beach and continue driving in HWY 1. After about an hour we hit the Marshall store however since it was very crowded, we decided to improvise and eat at Nicks cove a mile north our final destination.

Fort Bragg Weekend

It was a sunny, warm morning at our meeting point by Stow Lake Boat House in San Francisco. Jim H. was a surprise addition to the group headed north, and he graciously supplied the sustenance we needed: donuts! With 5 Miatas, we began the run.

The view as we passed over the Golden Gate Bridge was superb, as were those along the Hwy-1. Jim came to the rescue when my gpslost connection, getting us back on the correct trail. Thanks, buddy!

At our stop by Point Reyes, Jim said his goodbyes as he only wanted to go for a short run with the Club, heading back to San Francisco. We then met up with two more BAMA cars just north of Point Reyes, andcontinued in wonder at the ocean and cliff scenes.

At the Dog House in Bodega we met up with one more car. Now, we had a caravan. The stripmall restaurant had a great view to the ocean, and some birds that came with the territory.

With “Grad-Night” being a big event in Fort Bragg, we decided to dine early and avoid the crowds. D’Aurelio’s Italian Restaurant supplied our needs with pizza and such. We had travelled 179 really windy, hilly, intense miles, getting to Glass Beach Inn B&B just in time to wind down for the evening. Our last car arrived (had a late start due to a family emergency; all’s well now) and we settled in for the evening. Seven Miatas and one "other" vehicle!

The B&B more than met our expectations. The owners were greathosts, providing for our every need. Breakfast was a happy time.

During the day we visited the Mendocino Botanical Gardens (need a day or two to do it justice) with its many floral displays and gardens, then toured parts of Noyo Harbor, dining at the water’s edge, partaking of locally caught fish.

Most of us took a break at the B&B while others explored Glass Beachin search of little treasures that wash ashore. Seems there are fewer nowadays. We traveled south about 20 miles to dine at the Albion Restaurant (casual to semi-formal) for the evening meal, enjoying specialties of the house made by Chef Steven and Sous-chef Torri. The sunset on this cliff-side was stellar. Some of us gathered for a chat session and some California wine. Good way to end the day.

We had another great breakfast on Sunday. Sure looks like this was a culinary discovery trip. Maybe. After 10am we began our homeward route, this time going inland to enjoy the coastal Redwoods along HWY-128.

Our final stop as a group was at Hamburger Ranch BBQ. Great BBQand really good Root Beer!

My thanks to those that participated, especially our youngest at 14: Graham L.

'Til next time.

By Rollo

Peak to Peak Drive

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, 18 Miata's from the Bay Area Miata Association rallied at Blvd Coffee of Almaden at 9AM. Several of us enjoyed their delicious coffee and yummy breakfast sandwiches.

After welcoming a couple of new members, we ascended to "The Cube" atop Mount Umunhum. We circled the Miatas at the top for group aerial photo. We marveled at the views of the San Jose area but the fog covered Santa Cruz which was a marvel of it's own.

We drove back down Mount Umunhum into New Almaden and crossed the South Valley through the Coyote Valley and back up the other side on Metcalf Road passing the Old United Technology rocket fuel testing site.

 We enjoyed lunch at the at Beach Hut Deli before setting out for Mt Hamilton.

Unfortunately, a couple folks had to leave after lunch, the remaining 15 cars made our way to Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. Once at the top we enjoyed a fascinating docent talk at the 36-inch refractor telescope. 

The rest of us had heard a rumor that the road to Livermore was closed until 4PM for construction. It was about 3:30pm when we left the top of Mt. Hamilton. Half of us took the chance to wind our way down the back of Mt Hamilton and through San Antonio Valley. The rest called it a day and headed back down the front of Mt. Hamilton and home.

Our gambled payed off and the road was open by time we reached the construction area. We arrived in Livermore via Mines Rd, said our good byes, and drove off into the sunset.

See you at the next one!

By Kirk Wilson (with edits)

 

Annual Picnic with Friends and a Special Guest

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Bay Area Miata Association (BAMA) gathered in Huddart Park in Woodside on Saturday April 28, 2018 to celebrate another successful year as a car enthusiast club. The weather was cool and the rain held off while we all enjoyed each other’s warm company and the delicious variety of picnic food brought to share. Many of us enjoyed second and third helpings. 

The picnic included a “Shine & Show” event. After enjoying our tasty meal and great conversation, the crowd moved towards the cars lined up in two rows in the parking lot. Owners were dusting off their Miatas and adding the final shine for our special guest, Tom Matano, who BAMA president, Mike A., described as the “Father of the Miata”.

Tom had the difficult task of judging which cars were the best of their class. Tom said the cars were all well cared for and maintained, he had some tough decisions to make. Before handing out the awards Tom delighted the crowd with stories about the early history of the Miata.

Red sports cars had adorned the covers of popular sports car magazines. Mazda wanted another standout color, along with red, for the original Miatas. Tom said that yellow was supposed to be one of those colors. However, it took some experimentation with primers, etc. to get the yellow they wanted. Tom had suggested “Mariner Blue” which was available 1990 through 1993. Sunburst Yellow was introduced in 1992. Scott A’s 2002 “Sunburst Yellow” was awarded the trophy for “Best NB”. 

Many thanks to Shirley, Joy & Wendy for planning a very successful picnic.

Several Miata owners got together after the picnic and decided to go on a drive to the beach. Gorkem lead the drive through Pescadero and down to Ben Lomand, driving on what seemed to be almost all of the twisty turny roads on the peninsula. We parted ways at Saratoga after an exhilarating drive. 

We’re all looking forward to next year’s picnic, which should probably include extra blankets and hand warmers.

See Photo Album of the Annual Picnic >>

Mystery Drive to the Filoli House & Gardens

After a bit of a rough start, mostly due to California’s unpredictable Spring weather, the BAMA drivers rolled into their final destination, Filoli, Woodside, CA. The skies turned from rain to nice white fluffy clouds and blue sky.

The group divided up into another three groups and followed very knowledgeable docents throughout the house and gardens. The story of Filoli (an acronym for Fight Love Live) is of a great San Francisco family, the Bourns, who made their mark in CA history with gold mines and the Spring Valley water company. 

The second family who owned the home, the Roth’s, were in transportation (R/R). The house tour included history of the two families who lived in the beautiful countryside estate. Many of the furnishings were owned by the families or were from the same time-period and were donated for exhibiting at Filoli. 

In 1975 the house was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation with an endowment. Its expansive gardens are maintained by 14 gardeners and hundreds of volunteers. The daffodils and tulips were in bloom, the trees were just budding, and the air was crisp from the fresh fallen rain. 

The tour ended, of course, in the lovely gift shop, where we could purchase mementos, including a plant or two, of our visit to this CA treasure. The resident peacock also made his appearance.

We enjoyed lunch in the small café munching on salads, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts.  Afterwards, we parted ways, tired and satisfied after a wonderful afternoon together in the California sunshine.  For more information about Filoli go to: https://filoli.org

Moss Landing Drive and Phil's Fish Market Lunch

On Saturday morning we gathered for some friendly chat and hot coffee before heading out together on one of our favorite runs. We had about 20 cars, 30 members and guests to enjoy the sights as we zigged-zagged through the Santa Cruz foothills to the coast at Moss Landing and eventually back over the mountain as the fun continued. The weather could not have been better, crisp air and sunny skies make for a great top down ride. 

Thanks to Walt for orchestrating and leading us on a great trip. Walt found a very nice, scenic route via Bear Creek Road.

Phil’s Fish Market did not disappoint and was as delicious as always. Parking is always a challenge at Phil’s as it’s popularity on a sunny, brisk day was very evident. The line to get in was out into the parking lot. From Phil’s we cruised to Castroville to the Farmer’s Market for fresh artichokes and other fresh veggies & fruits. We took advantage of an almost empty parking lot, line up the Miatas for a great photo opportunity.

We managed to turn left back onto the highway and drove some wonderful twisty, turning roads to Gzditch Farms for some pie, ala mode, coffee and juice. There we saw another car club, the Thunderbirds! Another great photo opportunity.

Filled to the brim with pie, coffee & juice we drove on to Uvas Reservoir to check out the height of the water.  The Miata drivers lined up their cars again and the cameras came out again. Now there is some great aerial footage and a couple of videos from our drive on the website. You’ve got to check them out! We have some very talented videographers in the group. 

Annual Meeting at OakTree Mazda

BAMA held its annual meeting with a full house of attendees and welcomed the new BAMA board of directors for 2018 on Sunday, January 21. We were pleased to meet four of our newest members and have their participation in the discussions. We even had a couple of recent members volunteer to lead upcoming drives.

The agenda covered exciting plans for new drives and some overnight trips to be coordinated by our expanded event committee. New methods were proposed for making it easier for members to contribute ideas. Be sure to check the event calendar on the website and look for notifications on the BAMA Facebook page for scheduled events.

We want to give a big-shout out to the generous hospitality of OakTree Mazda for making their conference room available to us and for providing tasty sandwiches for lunch.

Many of us had fun looking at the new inventory of MX-5's. On the showroom floor, we got to checkout the latest MX-5 with the cherry red soft-top which was decked out with an added Brembo/BBS package and Recaro sport seats.

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Stuart is a prospective member and is shopping for his first Miata. He seemed to really like this classic 1991 NA British Racing Green special edition.

The Election Results Are In

Left to right: Gorkem, Mike, Joy, Gary, Susan

The election results for the BAMA board of directors were confirmed on Saturday, January 21 and the board of directors for 2018 are:

Elected Board

  • President: Mike Abell
  • Vice President: Gary Allen  
  • Treasurer: Gorkem Cakir   
  • Membership Coordinator: Joy Robinson
  • Recording Secretary: Susan Bean

Appointments

  • Media Coordinator: Steve Bean
  • Event Coordinator: Wendy Allen
  • Event Committee Advisors: Walt Lightfoot and Rollo Dowling

Thanks to those of you who voted in this election. Your participation in the club is valuable.

Polar Bear Run

Mazda USA reached out to BAMA on behalf of Mazda USA’s social media team to see if our club and members were willing to brave the cold on New Year’s Day for a nationwide Miata celebration. #MiataPolarBear

That challenge was accepted. Eighteen from BAMA and two guests from LA, 18 in all, in 10 Miatas, and one OTM (it was a Mazda at least) braved the sunshine and temps in the mid-60’s to drive top down on New Year’s Day. Some of us wore polar bear gear and had polar bear mascots to celebrate the challenge.

We met at Woodside Plaza in Redwood City, CA and around 10:30 am drove the seemingly ‘made for Miata’ twisty, curvy road over Skyline Drive to La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, Woodside, CA. Sears Ranch Road Parking Lot and Lower La Honda Creek is now open. There are miles and miles of hiking trails on the preserve, however, this time we only stopped for the breathtaking views and photo ops.

Reluctantly we left the Preserve and headed to the very eclectic San Gregorio General Store for more photo ops, rest stop and provisions.

From the General Store we headed towards Half Moon Bay and lunch at the 3-Zero Café at Half Moon Bay airport. The café was quite busy and we enjoyed watching the small aircraft take off and land, as well as each other’s company, while we waited for our lunches. The food was outstanding, well worth the wait. 

From there we went our separate ways enjoying other twisty, curvy roads on this spectacular CA New Year’s Day. We welcomed in 2018 doing our favorite thing, driving our Miatas. Zoom Zoom. 

Poinsettia Run

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Eight cars and fifteen individuals made the lovely drive through the Livermore hills to the Robert Ferry Nut Company in Waterford. The staff was very hospitable and we tasted a variety of fresh nuts, popcorns and candies. 

From there we proceeded to the Duarte nursery in Hughson for a tour of their poinsettia shop. It is like going to a Costco that only sells poinsettias and cyclamens. 

A T bird club from Modesto was visiting at the same time and we saw a beautiful 1955 model and 2 1957’s. From there we went to the Golden Corral in Modesto for lunch and then broke up.

It was a great drive and as always Walt Lightfoot did a splendid job in leading it.

See Photo Album of the Poinsettia Run >>

A Scenic Ride Through San Francisco Bay Area

Many thanks to Gary & Wendy for arranging a wonderful drive. We met at the Sunrise Café in Pacifica and had a wonderful breakfast meeting up with some other BAMA members including our newest members Russ and Alex Daley in their green NA. 

Everyone signed in and at driver’s meeting Gary passed out directions and a driving map of our route. We headed out towards the Golden Gate Bridge and had a very interesting and scenic drive through the city. Some native Californians had not been in some of the parts we drove through. We drove past some beautiful homes, surfers and many people walking along the bay were enjoying the lovely weather.  

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We pulled off into a parking lot so the last few cars could catch up before we drove across the Golden Gate. Along the route we saw some people enjoying the drive in the little yellow sightseeing cars that weren’t much smaller than our Miatas.  

Our next stop was Fort Cronkhite for a planned picnic and brief Board Meeting.  There we met some difficulty finding a parking space as there was a road race and a surfing event taking place. However, we can be creative with our smaller cars and managed to find spaces and a couple of picnic tables for lunch.  We had a lively board meeting, minutes will be posted once approved.  

From Fort Cronkhite we drive into Sausalito for dinner. After breakfast and a picnic lunch we thought we might not be hungry but the food at Salito’s was so good we could not resist plates of shrimp, fish & chips, fish sandwiches, and some of us even had dessert.  

It was a great day, lovely weather, scenic views, successful board meeting, great food and even better company.  Thanks again Gary for leading a fabulous drive. 

Car Show in Pleasanton

BAMA was well represented at the Cars on Main show sponsored by our bank, First Republic Bank in Pleasanton, on Thursday Sep 14. Shirley and Ken Christensen's classic red NA, Steve Wilson's blazing yellow NB and Walt Lightfoot's soul red ND were on display.  The bank hosted us to BBQ and entertainment.

Other cars in the show were a Pantera, Jaguar XKS, Chevy beach wagon, Corvette, Viper, Boxter, Chevy El Camino, and 1937 Dodge.

Sonoma Run

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Eleven cars, nineteen members, and guests met in Glen Ellen on August 19 at a little coffee shop on Arnold Drive. The club paraded over Trinity Road/Oakville grade stopping towards the bottom to photograph the majesty of the Napa Valley. From there we drove to downtown Sonoma via highway 29, followed by hooking up with Old Sonoma Road, Old Sonoma Highway, Highway 116 and finally Highway 12 which dropped us into the Sonoma square. 

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We had a lovely lunch at the Old Swiss Hotel. At the hotel two additional guests from Rohnert Park who had not registered joined the group midstream. After lunch, some left to go home or wine tasting, others walked over to the original Williams of Sonoma store and were treated to a historical overview by the store manager. A smaller group still stopped in at the local Peets coffee for a beverage before their return home.

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Mystery Drive

Saturday was the Mystery Drive with Walt L. leading. Walt kept the locations a mystery until we actually got there. We had 14 cars and 27 people. To throw us off Walt said the first stop was to see Willie Wonka, we were all thinking chocolate! However, it was a miniature train club.  The trains were in a huge abandoned warehouse in Crockett, CA. The miniature train club members came and ran all the trains for us and patiently answered many questions. The work they put into the train display was amazing and we all had a great time. We were not disappointed that there wasn’t any chocolate! 

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Next stop was to The Nantucket Seafood Restaurant where we all feasted on clam chowder, fish & chips, crab cakes, and various other sumptuous fish plates. We had some great conversations and got to know several new BAMA members who joined us on this excursion. 

After we got our fill of fish, etc. we drove to the Bailey Art Museum in Crockett, CA. Clayton Bailey has on exhibit ceramic sculptures and robots built out of everyday metal objects, like coffee makers, teapots & old roasters. Betty Bailey, Clayton’s wife, had her watercolor drawings on exhibit and Dr. Gladstone had his pseudo-scientific curiosities. Check out the website at claytonbailey.com.  If you’re ever in Crockett  (also home of Aldo Ray) this museum is worth a look.

Our fourth and final destination was Port Costa, which according to Wikipedia was once the United States busiest wheat shipping port. We went into the Port Costa pub to get out of the heat where on exhibit was a huge stuffed polar bear in a glass case. They also had other eclectic displays.  Several of us visited the little antique shop on the corner where there was a small treasure, a Sweetgrass basket, made in Charleston, SC. This brought back memories of watching Gullah women from Daufuskie Island making Sweetgrass baskets in Charleston City Market.    

We all went our separate ways after having a great time on a successful Mystery Tour.  Many thanks to Walt for putting together a fun and very interesting BAMA drive.