Ah summertime, brings me back to the summer of ’69 when I graduated from high school and was awaiting my entry into the U.S. Coast Guard. “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, by Sly and the Family Stone, was playing on the AM car radio and life was good, without a care in the world. Having just graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, CA that June I thought I had the world by the tail. Little did I know that life was about to change in a profound way for this eighteen-year-old lad as “real life” was about to set in!
Cindy and I recently returned from the Willamette Valley Miata Club’s now famous Explore Oregon event, held in Grants Pass this year. This was a fabulous time, memories of which we shall cherish. One of the highlights of the event was meeting and talking with Tom Matano, a picture of Tom and I is included in this writing. For those of you who may not know, Tom Matano is the original designer of the Miata. Tom frequently makes an appearance at large Miata events and is a key-note speaker; telling the story of the Miata, its’ inception and getting to the final result. I felt fortunate when Tom signed the inside of my trunk lid with the inscription, “Always Inspired”.
The month of June kicked off our summer events with Bill Bell leading the pack with two great rides while I hosted the “Summer Splendor” drive which proved to be a bit on the wet side but great fun nonetheless.
The momentum kept going in July with Dee and Duncan’s Two Lanes to Oregon ride which took participants on the back roads through Washington and Oregon, meeting up with Explore Oregon. Bill Bell hosted a couple of rides, including a first-ever drive which included a mini-golf event! Ingvar Carlson resurrected an old time favorite, “Miata Fly-In”, which by all accounts was a great success, especially as it brought in some 19 participants!
Our momentum continues in August with Ross and Nancy Scott hosting a “First Tuesday North End Social” at the outdoor, Burgermaster, in Bothell, fitting for a nice summer evening! Be sure to take in our annual Gathering of Miata’s at Griot’s Garage in Tacoma which will feature a Miata car show, a complimentary lunch for PSMC members, a raffle and a “people’s choice” & trophy presentation for the best car, awarded by Miata generation: NA-ND. This event is always a big draw and by my count this morning we are up to 42 participants, with a couple of weeks to go! Later in the month Bill Bell will a lead a reprise of his ever-popular Olympic Drive Northwest and I will conclude the month’s ride lineup by hosting a revised Mount Baker ride which is still under construction.
As summer wanes in September, we will see a new ride event, “Kruze Kitsap”, hosted by Jim Alexander which is already boasting some 20 participants! Doug’s Miata is hosting a “Miata Mingle”, with details to follow. At the end of the month, I will be leading the Mahogany & Merlot overnight event to check out some cool vintage hydroplane racing boats, classic mahogany wood boats and some great Chelan wineries.
With summer in full swing, we are seeing some great participation in our rides and while conversing with folks at our events I am sensing people are having a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing everyone on our drives as our summer season continues. In the meantime, keep on “zoom-zoom’in”!
Ray Houghton's Passing
Ray and Elsje Houghton at 2012's
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time PSMC member Ray Houghton. His zest for life and British wit kept us all entertained since 1997.
His passion for fine wine took us on tours to the North Cascades, Walla Walla , the Willamette valley, Red Mountain and many other adventures.
A celebration of Ray's life will be held on October 1st at the Guardian Cellars Tasting Room from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The winery address is -
Hope you join us and toast our good friend Ray!
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!