Cindy and I recently completed a 4,800 mile road trip in our new Mazda CX5. We dubbed it the “Americana” trip as we hit a total of ten western states with areas we had not seen before but “always wanted to” mindset. We were in need to stretch our wings once again with this new found freedom and attempted to book a trip this October to our favorite “sleepy” spot in Loretto, Mexico. The operative word here is “tried”. Seems our best kept secret had been overwhelmed by a lot of folks who had a similar mindset. I had barely secured a room at our time share and Alaska Airlines informed me they didn’t have a single seat left, even for a lifetime million-mile Gold Member! As a result, we had to postpone the trip until May. This story is being played out across our great country, Americans are restless and itching to get out and explore the world following a year full of uncertainly, fear and seemingly endless lockdowns. Our little Puget Sound Miata Club is also witnessing a renaissance of sorts in our activity thus far this year.
Our year began a bit on the slow side, likely due to the fact that while in the throes of the pandemic, during our meeting planning process, we elected not to serve food at our Detailing Day event. As a result, this appears to have caused a dip in our attendance in this otherwise popular event. Fortunately, this is something we will be correctly next year. On the flip side, our New Members Drive and our Drive to lunch reported spectacular attendance. Bill Cooper reported a good first year in his annual swap meet out at the Cooper Compound. In looking at our calendar for the remainder of the year we are alive with activity, with rides and events being added all the time. It pays to keep a sharp lookout on our PSMC events calendar to see what gets added new! From early Fall to our annual get together dinner on early December, our offering provides something for everyone’s liking.
I would also like to point out that our ride planning process begins in October. This is where the PSMC Board meets, brain storms and plans our events for the new 2022 year. We use this time to sort of “rough out” our event calendar and is revisited and finalized in January 2022. This also provides an opportunity for club members to bring to the table ideas for future events. We are happy to entertain any and all ideas brought forward and with the collective knowledge on our board we can assist in helping your fledgling idea become a reality!
Jump back on those roads and keep on zoom zooming!
Mazda Quits Prototype-Class Racing
Mazda is quitting international prototype-class racing at the end of this year and concentrating on supporting club-level racing, specifically Miatas. That makes business sense. Prototype racing is expensive for nothing but glory; grassroots racing is where the car-buying customers are (us average enthusiasts.) Read more...
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!