I hope everyone had a pleasant and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year. With 2020 now in the rear view mirror, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to hopefully a better year.
With that goal in mind, the PSMC Board and several club members met over the Zoom Virtual Meeting website on January 16th to tentatively firm up the 2021 calendar (tentative given the current Covid restrictions that hopefully will be eased or lifted during the year).We’re excited that several new drives were added for 2021 to the many drives, parades, and events held from past years, including the Miata Island Hopping Drive and the Snohomish-Skagit County Exploration Ride. We’re also exploring an activity, separately or in conjunction with the Annual Pacific Northwest Historic Car Corral/Kingston Parade on July 3rd, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a Mazda car winning the Le Mans 24-hour race that took place on June 22nd and 23rdin 1991 (Mazda’s 787B powered with a rotary model 26B Wankel engine).
Please periodically check out the drives and events on the PSMC website asseveral event and drive dates were changed, including moving the Miata Island Hopping Drive to August 28th (from July 10th), the Great Northwest Gathering of Miatas at Groit’s Garage to August 7th (from August 14th), and the Fall City Drive to September 25th (from October 16th). It is possible we may need to make more changes/tweaks as the year goes by.
As the newly elected president, Ithought it might alsobe nice if I introduced myself. My wife Laura and I become members of PSMC in April of 2018. My wife is the Miata owner, a 1992 white Miata that she bought in May of 1992. She and I met in July of 1992, so she has a longer history with the Miata than with me!
During 2018 and 2019, Laura and I went on several PSMC drives and attended several events, including Detailin’ Day and the Great Northwest Gathering/Griot’s Garage (both of which are planned again for this year, May 8th and August 7th respectively). The drives and events were great and we have enjoyed getting to know some of the members.
I started attending the PSMC board meetings in June of 2019 and became a board member in November of 2019. The board members, officers, and chairpersons were all very welcoming, many of whom have been with the club since its very beginning back in 1989. I especially would like to thank Ross Scott and Charlotte Fellers, the presidents in 2020 and 2019, for their excellent stewardship and mentorship.
We have a very good group of board members, officers, and chairpersons. In addition to Ross and Charlotte, Tom Millar, Sean McGriff, Bill Cooper, Bill Bell, Pete Nicholson, and Pat McNulty are on the board, officers, and/or chairpersons.
But more is always merrier … so please reach out to the board at firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at email@example.com if you are interested in joining the board, becoming a chairperson, and/or becoming more actively participating in some of the planning of the club’s events and drives. We can always use some fresh faces to bring some new ideas and opinions, and frankly, to take on some leadership roles. If you want this club to keep functioning like it has in the past, more member volunteers will likely be needed in the not too distant future to step up to help run it.
I look forward to serving as the president of PSMC for 2021.
Zoom - Zoom, Keith
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of our past club presidents, Michael Springer. Michael was very involved with the club as a graphic artist, 2 time president, host and participant of many tours and as a board member the entirety of his membership. He was the 10,th and 18th president during the years 2002 - 2003 and 2010 - 2011.
The last few years have been a struggle for him health wise with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s and suffering a stroke. Michael passed away peacefully Saturday, December 12th, at his home with his wife of over 50 years, Lily, by his side.
A memorial service for Michael will be held after the current pandemic has passed. We, of course, will inform the club membership when a date has been set.
To Our PSMC Members and Friends
Our PSMC Board met 01/16/2021 as a part of our regularly scheduled Board Meeting. The Board discussed at length our events for this year. As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic that gripped the world last March had a profound effect on our lives, including our cherished Puget Sound Miata Club events. However, we are taking an optimistic approach to this years events.
The new 2021 calendar of events is posted on our website and you will notice our calendar is once again populated with new events as well as returning events like Detailing Day and The Gathering. Please check the calendar periodically in case we need to make changes to or tweak the event dates.
We as members of your PSMC board look forward to the day when we can have events that are fun and interesting while complying with both law and safety.
Thanks to all who support our club and be advised that happy days will once again be with us!
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!