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New Jersey Miatas End of Season Meet and Cruise: GSP Cheesequake Service Area to Sandy Hook

What a beautiful day for a little drive with the top down to a Miata meet and cruise down the Jersey Shore. Big props to the organizers of another truly wonderful New Jersey Miatas end of season meet at the Garden State Parkway Cheesequake Service Area (exit 124) and especially the cruise down the shore for some amazing food.

I had such a blast!

First, the turnout was excellent even though there were apparently other events happening on the same day around New Jersey and the neighboring states. Nonetheless several dozen cars showed up including a big convoy of Miatas from NYC. Lots and lots of NA’s, a bunch of NB’s and a handful NC’s. No ND’s that I saw… I parked next to a beautiful NC1 Blue soft top whose owner I never got to meet. But the other cars that pulled in I got to chat up the owners and we ended up going on a foodie tour of the shore instead of heading with the rest of the group directly to Sandy Hook.

The plan was BBQ but while driving past a Mexican place we couldn’t resist the amazing smell of their sizzling beef… I think most of the table ordered burritos which were extremely tasty. From there some of the folks in the group broke off to head out home, others went for a little drive and a group photo shoot… more people broke off after, and about six of us continued along the shore towards Sandy Hook… I think it was my first time seeing one of the draw bridges open for a fairly tiny boat coming in from the Atlantic Ocean… there were several classic car and bike shows along Ocean Drive, but otherwise the cruise was nice and scenic. Really enjoyable to watch the architecture of the various summer homes people have close driving distance to NYC and other parts of New Jersey.

At Sandy Hook we had another small photo shoot and instead of standing around talking about cars went to a little seafood place right in the bay at the foot of Atlantic Highlands. The view of New York City in the distance was crystal clear as we rolled up via one overpass, but there was no good place to pull over and take a good picture of this view.  The seafood dinner at the restaurant was finger lickin’ good! The patio seating outside with boats bobbing in the marina was pretty neat. The moon rise was really nice to watch and more plans were made for future MX-5 get togethers.

Awesome Sunday through and through.

And of course here’s a million pix from the day:

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Does MGB stand for Mazda Great Britain?

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And the cruise….

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I should have brought more 1,000,000th Miata stickers, what a great idea to get everyone to sign a few of them.

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Finally at Sandy Hook with two 2007 Copper Red GT’s

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…one more thanks to the organizers, I had such an amazing time!

Can’t wait to do this again.

Woo Hoo! Signed the 1,000,000th MX-5 During Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Event

I missed my chance to sign the car in Germany… I missed it again when the Millionth Miata was on tour through New Jersey… but I’m proud to say I finally caught up with the car in California getting an opportunity to sign it during Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

What’s the big deal?

Bragging rights? Nope… A feeling of pride? Yep! Ever since I bought my Miata I’ve been gravitating towards MX-5 events around the world and Mazda has been very active in contributing with opportunities for owners to get more involved with the company and show their enthusiasm. The current Millionth Miata celebration is a perfect example. The car made it’s first appearance in Japan during an MX-5 get together… then it appeared in Germany at TidM show (which I missed even though I was in Germany two days later). Then it did a tour around the US where enthusiasts were able to drop by their local dealer and sign it… I had my plans made to do it at Wayne Mazda in NJ but that was the same weekend VIR finally approved my marshaling participation for the IMSA race… boo!

The Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was a perfect opportunity to do my signing and enjoy the company of hundreds of other Miata owners present at the facility and around the track. It was pretty awesome.

I liked it so much I signed the car twice… and before anyone complains, the Mazda people working the 1,000,000th Miata booth encouraged us to sign for family or friends so there’s one signature on the right side of the car with my family name… and another sig for me personally on the right front fender (driver’s side since the car is RHD)… pretty neat!

I took a million pictures (of course) of the whole process:

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So, signed the car… got a t-shirt and a little commemorative plaque to prove it… along with all the pix:

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Funny enough, on the first day they didn’t have the t-shirt in 2XL… I got a 3XL just so I fit into it… but next day went back to ask for another one since I saw a new pile of 2XL’s appear… and they encouraged me to sign the car again… And Bam… I did it again:

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Since we were one of the last to leave the track at the end of the event, I got a chance to see the car get prepped for transport… up to Canada or Australia… or wherever else it’s going before it’s final destination at a museum in Hiroshima, Japan

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Thanks for the opportunity Mazda!

Miata’s at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2016 is a GO!

Happy to report that I’ll be attending the Miata’s at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this October (10/1 and 10/2). I won’t have my NC with me but the flights have been booked and hopefully my rental car is something cool… as much as I can’t afford this trip I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see this event first hand, check out the big MX-5 car show, and watch a bunch of owners take to the famous track with their Miata’s. I also missed the opportunity to sign the Millionth Miata when it was in Germany at TidM or closer to home at Wayne Mazda on their NYC stop of the tour or the Easton Mazda on the Philly stop. Hopefully I’ll get to autograph it myself.

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I’ll also be staying for the week after until Pirelli World Challenge takes to the same race track for their season finale. I can’t wait to marshal at Laguna Seca again… I’ve done the Corkscrew corner before from several different stations and different points of view, hopefully this time I’ll get to experience another vantage point.

Either way it’ll be extremely exciting.

So far I’ve used some frequent flyer miles to fly JetBlue from JFK to Oakland and Virgin America from San Francisco to Newark. The flights weren’t as cheap as I would hope to find them, but about $129 going and $159 back if converted to cash. The car rental from Hertz was similar amount, though I’ll keep checking to get a lower rate. I’ll also try to rely on CouchSurfing to keep my accommodation costs down.

This is going to be a blast and a fine way to end my marshaling season… what an adventure it has been so far!

Mazda MX-5: 1,000,000th Miata Tour, Come Sign the Millionth MX-5 Roadster Produced by Mazda

Earlier this year Mazda announced the Millionth Miata produced which is quite an accomplishment and a milestone. I saw my buddy Tanet from Thailand put his autograph on it when he visited the big Japanese MX-5 meet up in Karuizawa, Japan. That was in May. In July I missed the TidM MX-5 meet up in Germany by a week (I was in the Netherlands volunteering for DTM), where a bunch of the Dutch people I was going to meet were actually autographing the car in Germany, and when I got to Germany a few days later, the show was finished.

Now I finally get my chance!

The One-Millionth Miata tour will be coming to New Jersey this August and I plan to be there to sign the car at Wayne Mazda.

More info on the tour is here:  http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/press-release/millionth-miata/ and here: http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/press-release/millionth-miata-tour-dates/

Besides New Jersey (NYC area) there are dates scheduled in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, Massachusetts near Boston, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Arizona and California (of course!) with the final signing opportunity taking place at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.

I think it’s a worthwhile opportunity to check this thing out and sign the car if they let me.

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More info on the One-Millionth Miata is on the Japanese site here: http://www.mazda.co.jp/cars/roadster/million/