During my early morning walk a few weeks ago I felt the hint of Fall as summer fades and soon the dreaded task of blowing, raking, and picking up seemingly unending piles of leaves will soon be upon me. No longer can I automatically don shorts and leave behind the jacket as an ever-increasing coolness has replaced the balmy summer breezes. Then again, like most things in life, changes occur throughout our days on earth and Bob Dylan epitomized this in his song, “The Times They Are A-Changing”. Our Puget Sound Miata Club, and the car it represents, is no exception to this phenomenon. Like the car itself we have seen our club evolve as some of the newness has diminished and is replaced with a rich following of like-minded folks who know its history and who enjoy the original spirit of the car and the fellowship it inspires.
My, what a summer indeed! By and large, our summer weather couldn’t have been more optimum, with bright and sunny days, with temps largely in the 70’s and 80’s. The month of June brought us Bill Bell’s Miata Island Hopping Drive. I led the short, but sweet, Summer Splendor Drive, and Bill Bell gave us a new drive called the Three Rivers Drive. Ingvar Carlson once again brought us the Miata Fly-In Event and Dee and Duncan provided their one day Two Lanes to Oregon Drive which meets up with the massive Explore Oregon Event. August was ushered in by our largest yearly event, The Northwest Gathering of Miata’s, which featured a car show & trophies, lunch, and a robust prize raffle. Other events in August included Olympic Drive Northwest and Whatcom & Skagit Counties Select Tour. September brought us to our recurring social event known as First Tuesday which was held outdoors at Burger Master in Bothell. Rich Sawyer provided a new drive, the Little Mountain Drive, and Jim Alexander reprised his wonderful Kruze Kitsap Drive which I attended and must admit I saw areas of the Sound I never knew existed!
I extend a special shout out to Bill Bell for reviving our participation in parades which provides a great service to these events and provides us with additional positive exposure. Again, I would encourage members to sponsor new drives as this is how the club continues to exist. Remember too, there are plenty of seasoned members who would be pleased to help! Your PSMC Board met via Zoom this past Friday, September 29th, to conduct our 4th Quarter PSMC Board Meeting. We had a full agenda which includes recurring topics such as our club finances, social media & communications, and new business.
Your Puget Sound Miata Club continues to remain solvent and financially stable. Last Quarter we discussed our new hat and logo initiative which resulted in the club selling all but three of the original thirty-four hats ordered! Bill and Snowden, along with his lovely and talented daughter, were recognized for their efforts in pulling this project together. We also discussed our upcoming PSMC Holiday Party which will be at our returning venue, River Rock Grille in Renton.
That’s about it from me for now. Continue to enjoy the rides and events as the season continues to unfold. In the meantime, keep on “zoom-zoom’in”!
The first-hand story of the first miata
In the early 1980s, Mazda was flush with capital from record sales and already deep in the design process for the next generation of the RX-7. Having proven to the world that it could solve engineering problems that had flummoxed other automotive companies (Wankel’s problematic rotary-engine design, for example), Mazda was confident in its ability to make its flagship sports car a true “world-class” competitor.
The Puget Sound Miata Club was the first Miata club in the United States to join and be recognized as a member of the Miata Club of America. Our claim as the "First Miata Club in the Nation" is based on this fact. Our original club name was:
Our Membership is based in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington and hosts many events each year with several reaching into neighboring states and provinces. The club was organized to share the fun of owning a Miata and to maximize the enjoyment of driving a great roadster.
We do this in a variety of ways - we publish a newsletter 9 months of each year with information about the Miata and our activities; we organize and participate in sports car events such as driving tours, rallyes, autocrosses, driving schools, gymkhanas, and concours d'elegance; we arrange technical sessions to learn more about the Miata and its care; we have parties!; we go to sports car races; we caravan to other Miata or car club events; and we participate in parades.
Unlike many sports car organizations in the Northwest, we do not specialize in any one-type of activity. As a group, we have opted to sample everything. This leverages the opportunities for our Miata fun.
We are a Miata information resource to each other. We know where and what to purchase for the Miata and the best prices available. We get discounts from many dealers and repair shops in the area.
Basically, we have more fun in and with our Miatas. Our organization has been in existence since 1989 and has a current membership in excess of 145 Miatas. Join Us and enjoy your Miata to the fullest!