I try not to waste any opportunity to meet other Miata owners whenever I travel, so imagine my surprise and excitement when I came across an invitation to attend Orlando Roadsters Meet on my trip to marshal St. Pete and Sebring this March. I was so luckily to have had the chance to experience the event held at Miata’s & More shop in Longwood just a short drive from Orlando, and a place with at least half a dozen interesting Miatas in the shop with various performance mods and upgrades. It was awesome.
Not only was I lucky enough to be in the right place and the right time to check out some fellow MX-5 owners in a different part of the country, I was able to share the experience with a friend visiting from half way around the world: New Zealand a place where MX-5’s are plentiful both on the street and the race track. In fact her favorite car at the event was done up in a theme that has been raced around the tracks on the North Island by it’s kiwi owner.
The shop hosting the event: Miata’s & More generously fired up the grill and cooked up some tasty burgers and hot dogs for it’s visitors. The facebook sign up page had over 100 people interested and about 50 attending. When we were there I counted something in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 cars with about 10 from the shop itself. But it was a huge event for certain. As we were pulling out of the lot a convoy of five more NA’s pulled in.
I’m especially thankful to the Miata’s & More employee (possibly owner) who was kind enough to lend me “something sharp and narrow” – a pick, to scoop out the damn milkshake from the driver’s side door card speaker mesh which I carelessly spilled while trying to take a picture of the car with Daytona International Speedway in the background… D’oh! So thank you sir for the awesome hospitality, I had an excellent time visiting and meeting all the other owners in attendance.
Here’s some pix:
The first MX-5 Exocet I’ve seen in flesh, and it looks & sounds great!
All generations of the MX-5 were nicely represented. We had a few new ND’s one with the Brembo kit and all the carbon bits around. There was a few Mazdaspeed turbo NB’s. And even a right hand drive NA. Many cars were very much upgraded in performance specs and many of them had the work done at Miata’s & More. According to the few owners I spoke with they do these sort of events monthly and some times even more frequently than that which makes me very jealous. And I love the motto for the club: no fees just join the enthusiasts whom welcome everyone into their community. Besides the MX-5’s there were also Honda S2000’s, Nissan 370Z’s, BMW’s, etc.
Fantastic event and I’d highly recommend this to other locals that may not have heard of the Orlando Roadsters Club or even for the visitors coming to Disney and wishing to take their mind off their vacation by hanging out with local Miata owners. No better way to spend the time in sunny Florida.
Thanks Miata’s & More for your warm hospitality!