3/24/2015 - Annual Meeting 24Mar2015
GCMC Meeting Minutes 3/24/2015
3/14/2015 - Soups, Stews and Chili night at the Bogart's house
Thanks to Ken and Christine Bogart for hosting the rescheduled meeting from February. Twenty four folks showed up to share some really tasty soups, stews and chili. Besides good eats we shared great camaraderie and talk about cars. The business meeting notes follow.
1/15/2015 - January Social Gathering and Planning Meeting at Belterra Park
We had a great turnout at the Belterra Park Stadium Grill for dinner and another round of planning club events for this coming year. Thanks to Tom Hemsath for organizing the details and making reservations. The group agreed that this facility has definite possibilities as a meeting place for future monthly Meet & Greets.
12/6/2014 - 2014 Holiday Party and White Elephant Exchange
We had an excellent turnout for the annual holiday party and White Elephant gift exchange on Saturday 12/6. Almost 30 members, including brand new members Buddy and Sue Smith, were in attendance at the Canterbury House Apartments' Clubhouse, home of Rose Gontkovsky. Thanks, Rose for hosting the party!
10/26/2014 - Big South Fork Train Ride and KY drive
Wow!! We couldn't have asked for a better weekend with the perfect weather and beautiful fall colors to enjoy the train ride on Saturday and some hiking on Sunday morning in SE Kentucky.
10/16/2014 - October Meet & Greet Notes
Nine club members showed up for the October Meet & Greet at Full Throttle Karting on Thursday 10/16. The club provided an assortment of Jersey Mike's sub sandwiches and soft drinks - Thanks Tim and Bobbi.
8/31/2014 - 5 Weekends in August #5
Didn't realize this was a holiday weekend when we first planned it. However, 3 cars including new member Mary Ann Donoghue had a scenic drive (tops up unfortunately) up to Clifton Mill restaurant and a late lunch. Ken Kramer was worried about his battery light coming on so took a more direct route back home while the rest headed to Yellow Springs and Young's Dairy for some much admired ice cream. The drive home allowed tops down.
8/20/2014 - August Club Meeting at the Ross's
While spotty showers dampened the tri-state, the weather held fair for the August club meeting at the home of Tim and Bobbi Ross. Tim had the grill ready for whatever each participant brought and several side dishes appeared at this annual picnic meeting.
7/17/2014 - July club meeting at Keehner Park
Over twenty people attended the July meeting at Keehner Park. The weather was truly outstanding and a much needed change from several of our recent club meetings. Mark McCormick’s wife, Vicki, ran the grill, cooking up brats and metts for the group. Members brought a wide range of outstanding appetizers, side dishes, and deserts.
6/21/2014 - 4 Counties Drive a Success
Ten cars met at Camp Dennison Memorial Park Saturday morning to set off on a 3 hour drive that would take us through some of the best backroads that Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Clinton counties have to offer. We even had a brand new member that just got her car 3 days before the event join us. Other than one disgruntled local at the Loveland Castle that was determined to be upset with us, we had a fantastic drive and near perfect weather. We saw some sites that several club members had never heard of or had heard about but never seen.
6/19/2014 - June club meeting at the Arnold's home
We had a decent turn out for the monthly club meeting at Tom and Suzanne Arnold's home even with the horrid rain in some parts of town. They provided some really great food from the Wurst Pub (no, really...it was fantastic!)
6/8/2014 - 2014 Concours d'Elegance
Sunday, June 8, 22 members and guests joined in mass of 17 Miata’s to arrive in Ault Park with lights on and horns a tootin’. The weather looked frightening but never let a drop for the day until very late and then it was ever so light. This year marked the 14th year for our club to participate as a car club with prime up front parking. This year Concours d’Elegance in Ault Park fbo Arthritis Foundation with a focus on Juvenile Arthritis marked its 37th year. The marques this year were celebrating 50 years for Mustang, 100 years for Maserati and recognition for the mini cars of the past. Several cars were noticed to be first timers in this event which translates to the change that occurs each year with the 200 participants that make it so special.
5/26/2014 - M&M trip
We had incredibly, unbelievably, astonishingly perfect weather all four days of the Ross- & Haas-led trip to explore southeastern Ohio. Our minds were stimulated by visits to a batch of out-of-the-ordinary destinations. And we enjoyed the company of good folks from our two clubs and in each of the places we visited. Thanks for joining us, Queen City Coopers! Watch for our between-the-issues newsletter for more details and some pix. Thanks, John & Teri, Tim & Bobbi!
5/14/2014 - May club meeting at the McCormick's
We had terrible weather but good food and camaraderie for the May club meeting hosted by new club president Mark McCormick and wife Vicki.
5/11/2014 - Hocking Hills Mother's Day Drive
Good times were had by all. Beautiful weather. Amazing food. Great company.
4/1/2014 - Kings Mazda Meeting
Many thanks to the folks at Kings who again this year did free oil changes and inspections for club members.
2/22/2014 - National Museum of the USAF guided tour
Many thanks to club member Tom Draper for hosting an excellent guided tour of the Air Force Museum on Saturday. His wealth if information and details for each aircraft, both foreign and domestic is truly amazing.
2/15/2014 - Feb 2014 Club Meeting
We had a fairly small turn out for the February club meeting. I counted 13 people that shared Stews, Soups and Chowders at Ken and Christine Bargart's house. The weather probably had something to do with attendance. Thanks for hosting Ken and Chris!
12/18/2013 - 2014 Overnight M&M (Miata's and Mini's) Vacation
This drive has been posted to the Event Schedule and we need your help in signing up as early as possible.
12/7/2013 - Holiday Party 2013
A huge thank you to Rose Gontkovsky for hosting this year's holiday party at the Canterbury House Apts club house. Check the Photo Gallery for some great photos of the event.
10/17/2013 - October Monthly Club Meeting
Fourteen members met at the O'Charley's in Mason for our last regularly scheduled club meeting of the year prior to the holiday party in December. There is no meeting scheduled for November as the weather is usually not conducive to great driving.
9/19/2013 - September Club Meeting
Thanks to Mark and Vicki McCormick for hosting the meeting and providing a great meal and beverages. It was a beautiful evening to sit outside and talk Miatas.
9/7/2013 - ELK CREEK WINERY DRIVE
What a beautiful day for a drive. 7 Miatas met at Willies and headed out for some great roads to Owenton. Big thanks to Larry and Jan Middendorf for leading the drive at a great pace. Kudos to Mike and Tony for keeping right up on their fist club drive!
9/4/2013 - SCCA SOLO CHAMPION
Tom O'Gorman, son of our member Joe O'Gorman, just won the national championship!!!!!!!!! I have ridden with him in an SCCA event and he is incredible! Congrats to the O'Gorman family. It couldn't happen to nicer people!
8/15/2013 - August Planning Meeting
Hosted by Larry and Jan Middendorf with brats and chicken by Chef Matt, we had another great meeting. Weather could not have been better!!! Thanks for your hospitality.
7/18/2013 - July Planning Meeting
Thanks to charter members Tim and Bobbi Ross for hosting this month's meeting. President Kirk Hodulik called the meeting to order at 7:40 with 14 in attendance including 3 new members. Joe Riello and Jeannie & Tony Zlocki. Topics discussed included the Ladies' drive (7/20), Miatas at the Gap (7/26-28), the Mid-Ohio PDX (8/9), Woodward Dream Cruise (8/17), the Elk Creek Winery drive (9/7), the Dayton Concours de'Elegance (9/15) and the Large Scale RC display at Wright Pat (Air Force Museum) on Labor Day. Watch the Event Schedule for details.
6/23/2013 - KY TWISTIES DRIVE
Sunday's weather was absolutely perfect for the Kentucky Twisties run. We all met at the Speedway on the double "A" at 1:45. Those who need to gassed up while tales of once rolled Miata's ran rampant in the minds of newbie passengers...
6/20/2013 - June Meeting
Many thanks to John and Teri Haas for hosting the meeting at Blue Ash park on a beautiful evening filled with lots of good food and folks.
6/9/2013 - Concours d'Elegance 2013
Sunday, June 9
5/24/2013 - M&Ms in WV
We had a great group of 7 Miatas from the Greater Cincinnati Miata Club along with 3 Mini Coopers from Queen City Coopers for a fantastic drive over the long Memorial Day weekend. In the Miatas were Teri & John Haas, Doug & Ken Bogart, Cindy & Greg Garnett, Wendy & Bob Askin, Jan & Larry Middendorf, Tom Hemsath, and Bob Mackey. In the Minis were Nancy & John Cusick, Vel & Ed Fenker, and Bobbi & Tim Ross.
5/16/2013 - May Monthly Club Planning Meeting
Well the rain held off and we had a great turn out for our May meeting. Hosted by Tom and Suzanne Arnold in their usual welcoming style, we sat around the pool and enjoyed chicken and bbq as well as drinks and ice cream sandwiches! Since we had a large group and several first time members Kirk had us all introduce ourselves and our cars.
4/28/2013 - MIATAS in the 36th Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show!
Marking its 36th anniversary, the 2013 Sharonville Classic Car Show was held on the streets of downtown Sharonville (Reading Rd). This is the longest running car show in the region. These are not the cars you will see in early June at the Concours d'Elegance, but the cars you remember from when you were young because your grandfather, dad, uncle or the neighbor next door had one.
4/6/2013 - Kings Mazda Tune Up and Club Meeting
What a fantastic day and turn out at Kings Mazda!!! We had to close registration for the first time at 30 cars. Kings did free oil changes and inspections on the cars as well as providing juice, coffee and donuts for us. THANK YOU KINGS MAZDA. This event alone is worth the cost of a year's membership in our club. But your membership also entitles you to discounts on parts and services at Kings-just show them your current membership card.
2/23/2013 - Chili Cook Off & February/March Club Planning Meeting
WOW-it sure was difficult to pick just one out of 13 great pots of chili but balloting declared Teri Haas the clear winner. Her surprise ingredients were raisins and coffee!!! Many thanks to all who participated in the cook off and to those who brought yummy desserts, corn bread and appetizer trays.
1/17/2013 - January Monthly Club Planning Meeting
Many topics were discussed at the meeting, and elections for club leadership were also held.
12/9/2012 - Greater Cincinnati Miata Club Holiday Party
On Sunday evening 28 club members celebrated the holidays with our annual holiday party. For the second year in a row, we were hosted by club member Joe O'Gorman at his Full Throttle Indoor Karting facility. A Honey Baked Ham, provided by the club, was prepared to perfection by Wendy and Bob Askin. Side dishes and desserts were brought and shared among club members while soft drinks were also provided by the club. More "exotic drinks" were available to imbibe for those who had more sophisticated palates.
11/11/2012 - Impromptu Rabbit Hash Dash
Nine cars met at Devou park to take advantage of the last fine weather of the driving season on Sunday 11/12 with an impromptu dash to Rabbit Hash, KY. No one had had a chance to check the drive directions in some time but we headed out with our family radios and crossed fingers anyway! It didn't take long to figure out that just getting out of Devou park and onto the right road to start the dash proved to be a real challenge - that's what turn-arounds are for, right?
11/1/2012 - Unexpected Loss of Past President Mike Lukey
On Wednesday, October 31, past Greater Cincinnati Miata Club president Mike Lukey unexpectedly passed away due to heart complications. He had recently had a heart attack but was on the mend and had returned to work. He was 59 years old and guided the club as president in the early to mid 2000's. While Mike led the club, he constantly made remarkable changes and upgrades to his black NA Miata.
10/24/2012 - October Planning Meeting
The October planning meeting was held Thursday, October 18, at the Lebanon home of members Bob and Wendy Askin. After a delicious meal of chili, cornbread, salad and cherry tomatoes, VP Allen Schutte called the meeting to order. Present were Tim and Bobbi Ross, John and Teri Haas, Bob and Wendy Askin, and Allen and Marcia Schutte.
9/20/2012 - September Monthly Planning Meeting
The meeting was hosted by Jon & Lori Roberto, along with their dogs Lulu and Cooper. Burgers and hotdogs provided by our hosts were enjoyed by all along with all of the great side dishes and desserts everyone brought.
9/16/2012 - Dayton Concours d'Elegance
Ken Kramer and Kirk Hodulik met at the Perkins at Tylersville Road and I-75 for breakfast at 8:30 am and about 9:30 headed up to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton for the 6th Annual Dayton Concours d'Elegance. Both of us, having attended the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance on several occasions, were interested in seeing what Dayton had to offer. What would be the same and what would be different about the two shows. With the featured marques being Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg, we looked forward to what we would see.
8/16/2012 - August 16 Club Meeting Highlights
The meeting was hosted by Larry and Jan Middendorf with excellent grilling by their son consisting of chicken breasts, hamburgers, and mets/brats provided by our hosts.
8/12/2012 - Cincinnati Hometown Rally
On a beautiful Sunday morning and early afternoon, 10 cars, including Ron and Lisa with a Porsche, participated in the Hometown Rally put on by Jon Roberto and John Haas. Nineteen somewhat obtuse images of Cincinnati area landmarks and points of interest had to be identified and then found with photographic proof of being there. Points were awarded based on photo proof, photo with participant in it, photo with both participants from the team in it, photo with participants and car in it, and most creative / make the judges laugh. Of the nineteen, on average only about ten were found and photographed in the two hour timed rally, as points would be deducted for each minute late.
7/30/2012 - Heading South on I-75 this Summer?
If you are going South via I-75 you will hit a major tie up just South of the Ky-Tn border. I saw the sign "long delay" and stopped in the rest area to check it out. They had a cue sheet that gave an alternate route via 25W. It was described as 3o miles with the the first 20 as 2 lane winding road and the last 10 as 4 lane. Because I was in my truck 20 miles of winding roar did not have much appeal so I decided to go thru on 75. BIG MISTAKE!!! When I hit the back up it took me 30 minutes to go 2 miles. Again, because I was in the truck I made a U across the grass median and went back to the by-pass route.
7/29/2012 - Miatas at the Gap XVI & Biltmore Estate Tour
Eight GCMC cars attended this annual event in Deal's Gap, NC.-Tom Arnold, Bob Mackey, John and Terri Haas, Mark McCormick, Jon Roberto, Ryan Collins, Bryan Wyatt and myself. 5 of us ran down together Friday morning. We got rained on twice (tops down of course) and it was pouring when we arrived but quickly cleared up. We relaxed by the pool then had a nice dinner at the Lodge. Ryan Collins got down there late due to car trouble and had his first taste of the Dragon in the dark!
7/15/2012 - 2012 British Car Show of Greater Cincinnati
On Sunday Tom Arnold, Dave Gasper, John Haas, Kirk Hodulik and Bob Mackey braved the elements and drove their Miatas over to Fairfield to check out the British Car Show. We had anticipated seeing Tim Ross's Austin Healey 3000, but this was to no avail. Tim's car was in the shop still trying to get the engine tuned properly, so we will all have to wait until next year to vote for Tim's car. There were a couple of cars in the Miata Class including club member Jim Ollier's 1999 BRG which is a near perfect car. Because the rains came, we did not stay to see how the judging turned out.
7/14/2012 - James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Moerlein Lager House
John and Teri Haas, Tom Arnold, Bruce Fahey, Bob Askin, Jon Roberto, Kirk Hodulik, and Larry and Jane Middendorf along with their daughter and son-in-law were in attendance for this event. The car was awesome, as only a James Bond car can be but not being able to take pictures was not so awesome, so many had to settle for a $1.07 postcard (including tax). Afterward we headed down to the Moerlein Lager House were we enjoy delicious lunches and imbibed in our favorite drink.
7/12/2012 - July 12 Club Meeting Highlights
The meeting was hosted by Ken and Chris Bogart with excellent grilled hamburgers and hotdogs,etc provided by our hosts.
6/28/2012 - June 28 Club Meeting Highlights
The meeting was hosted by original members Tim & Bobbi Ross. The cookout, mojitos and potato acceleration device were great as always.
6/23/2012 - Burlington House Car Show
There were some really beautiful automobiles that turned out for this event. Congratulations to Ms. Mary Manska for taking the 3rd place trophy for her lavender '91 Miata. I think she is gong to use it for her hood ornament-Marvin was already measuring : D Fresh from her victory she and Marvin are heading to the Gap tomorrow!
6/10/2012 - 2012 35th Annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance
We had 30 members and friends join us with a car count of 19. Don Slicker, former club member, was ever so thankful to ride and park with us. I think I noticed we picked up a couple of other Miatas joining us in our parking paddock later in the day. This included a couple with a recent model year Copper Mica Retractable Hard Top. Despite the heat, a good time was had by all.
5/20/2012 - May Miatas at Deals Gap Trip
BIG THANKS to John Haas for planning and leading our trip this year. We had a great time driving and then socializing in the evening. The cocktails and sushi on Friday night were especially good! We had some really good early morning Dragon runs and first time driver Terri Mackey was very impressive. Bob and Wendy did a lot of geo caching in addition to driving. Ken Bogart took us to the Falls which I didn't even know existed, and since the Bistro is now closed I introduced everyone to the ice cream place by the river. We missed our Saturday morning connection with Jon and Lori and since cell phone reception is so poor down there we never saw them again! Hopefully John H and Terri M will post their pictures.
4/29/2012 - 35th Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show
This year, despite the threat of rainy weather, a few brave souls from the club toured the car show. GCMC member Bruce Buckley had his 1972 Cuda in the show which was a very nice example of 70's Mopar Muscle.
4/15/2012 - Cincinnati SCCA Autocross at Wilmington Air Park
The Cincinnati SCCA began their autocross season at the Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. Member Gary Benz attended and finished 8th in his (Miata NC) class of approximately 20 cars. Gary said he had a blast and intends to take advantage of future autocross events. He also stated there were several Miata's at the event. It sounds like the autocross event is worth club members taking advantage of by participating this driving season.
4/14/2012 - Spring Clean-Up
Mike Harris, owner of Poppadent, opened up his garages to us so cars could be pulled out of the rain and have dent and door dings removed. In addition club members Jon Roberto, Tom Arnold, and others assisted club members clean, detail, buff, and polish members' Miatas. Bob Mackey's Black NA received the whole treatment including cleaning, protecting and buffing the rear plastic window to the point he no longer is looking to replace it! Mike Harris (Mr. Poppadent himself) was the gracious host who touched up scratches and performed his dent removal wizardry. We even had Bob Nix and his friend bring their Miatas up from Louisville to take advantage of Mike's work.
3/31/2012 - Spring Tune-Up at Kings Mazda
With all of the great weather we have had in March many have brought their Miatas out of hibernation a little earlier this year. With that in mind, on Saturday, March 31, twenty Miatas were inspected, oil changed, minor service work completed, and in some instances have additional service scheduled for our cars at Kings Mazda. Although we had as many as thirty-one cars signed up for this event, we had a few club members decline having their car(s) serviced due to the high volume of cars to be inspected along with a few no shows.
2/16/2012 - February Monthly Planning Meeting
On Thursday evening sixteen of us met at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. The meeting basically reviewed our event schedule through June, giving additional information on those events already listed, as well as a few additional events to be added. A reminder of the Machine Gun Shoot with the Mini Club is set for April 14th, which is the same day as our Poppadent Spring Clean-Up Event. The additional events include a Saturday, July 7th drive to the Wolf Park in Indiana (about an hour northwest of Indianapolis) that is being coordinated by Mary Manska, and a Drive-in Drive-in event being coordinated for a date this summer by Marcia Jones and Sherry Glover. We will also get the SCCA, CSCC (Cincinnati Sports Car Club) and the Austin-Healey Club's Autocross events on our schedule once that information is made available.
1/23/2012 - 2012 Events
Several events have been added for the 2012 driving season, so please check them out in the Events Schedule.
1/22/2012 - January Planning Meeting
On Sunday afternoon we had twenty diehard GCMC members meet at Full Throttle Indoor Karting to outline the 2012 events calendar. Much was discussed including local driving events, regional events, a return to monthly meetings on Thursday evenings, and the election of new board members to elect new officers for 2012. Stay tuned to see all of the events listed in the Event Schedule.
12/12/2011 - Year End
Another Miata year comes to an end with a great party at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. Plenty of food, laughs, white elephant shenanigans, go karting and a chocolate fountain!!! Can't wait for the pictures to be posted.
12/11/2011 - No Miata Required
The Holidays are for spending time with family and friends. With that in mind we would like to invite all former and current GCMC members to join us for our annual party. The venue can handle a large crowd and we hope to fill it! Details are in the EVENTS section.
10/24/2011 - Valley Vineyards Drive
A big THANKS to Tim and Bobbi Ross for putting together a sweet drive to the Vineyards. We had 6 cars on the drive and 3 more that met us at the Vineyards for a total of 19 folks. Former club members, Ande and Sandy Weinstein joined us. (They were the inspiration for this drive). We enjoyed grilling our own salmon and steak and nobody left hungry : )
9/17/2011 - Girls Drive to Berea, Ky
The women of Greater Cincinnati Miata Club left the rest stop on I-71/75 just after 8:00 on Saturday morning, September 17, for a trek down I-75 to Berea , KY. We arrived at the Kentucky Artisan Center about 9:30. WOW – they really MEAN “Artisan”, not craftsman! We explored the Center until the trolley arrived to give us a tour of Berea so we could get the lay of the land. After the trolley ride, we drove to the Boone Tavern Hotel for an early lunch – delicious food in a delightful setting. Then the shopping started – first near the Tavern, followed by Old Town . We explored the arts and crafts shops and were treated to the 15th annual Spoon Bread Festival, complete with a parade – old tractors, princesses, kings and queens, professional cars (hearses and ambulances), and horses, but no floats, bands or cheerleaders! When we had worn out our feet, we headed back to the Artisan Center for a snack, more shopping, and the end to a delightful day.
8/20/2011 - Root Beer Stand to Adventure Golf Scenic Drive
On a Saturday evening with questionable weather, nine MINIs and seven Miatas joined Tim (in his Miata) and Bobbi Ross (in the Ross MINI) at The Root Beer Stand in Sharonville. After those hungry and thirsty participants enjoyed some of The Root Beer Stand’s finest, everyone set off on a twisty one-hour route to Eastgate Adventures. Creek Road winds and curves through Blue Ash. Baker Lane , with its “k” missing from the sign you see when eastbound on State Route 28, connects 28 with U.S. 50 in Milford . While a few were thrown off course for a short period, everyone made it to the golf course okay. The route proved that you can go from The Root Beer Stand to Eastgate using nice, windy roads inside I-275 (mostly). The miniature golf course was busy, but those who played had a good evening – reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Thanks to those who came – we hope you had an enjoyable time and will join us again. To those who didn’t – next time!
7/16/2011 - Greater Cincinnati Miata Club Gear Is Here!
That’s right. For all of you club members wanting to show your pride in club membership, you may now order apparel (aka “Gear”) via our website link. As has been discussed in the last two club meetings, we have partnered with the SCCA to give our membership the opportunity to order as many or as few items as you wish, in colors and varieties you wish.
7/4/2011 - Cedar Village Car Show
A HUGE thanks to all who came out despite the rain! Everyone who signed up was there-we had 8 Miatas and Bill Bowser joined us with his Lotus Elise. I will post pictures shortly.
6/25/2011 - Drive-in to Drive-in Impromptu Event
On Saturday evening five Miata's and past member and treasurer Bruce Fahey met at the Sonic Drive-in on the main drag in Hamilton for dinner outdoors. A pleasant evening's short drive and we were at the Holiday Drive-in theatre just outside of Hamilton. While we waited for the sky to darken, members socialized and enjoyed each other's company. We then enjoyed the Movie "Cars 2" (accept for the fireworks that were going off next door for the first 10-15 minutes). For those of you wanting to know if a Miata is in the movie, the answer is yes. But you have to watch closely because it only happens for a few seconds when the Miata exits the bathroom stall that Mater goes into. I know that's not what I was hoping for, but then again the movie won't win best picture either.
6/12/2011 - Concours d 'Elegance, Ault Park
6/2/2011 - ZMOET-Zoomin the Mountains of East Tn
Several of us went down to this event and it was a blast! Mark your calendar for next year and join the fun. Lots of good drives,car show, autocross, corn hole, pool parties, live charity auction and LAPS ON BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY!!! All events were ala carte so you could do as much or as little as you chose. The people were great, hotel was very nice and there were lots of places to eat if you didn't want to join the party at the pool.
4/23/2011 - Spring Tune-Up at Kings Mazda
Between all of the rain we've had in April, on Saturday fifteen Miatas were inspected, oil changed, minor service work completed, and in some instances have additional service scheduled for our cars at Kings Mazda.
11/14/2010 - Car Museum Drive Recap
We left The Original Pancake House in West Chester on Friday, November 12, with 4 Miatas, 3 MINIs, 1 BMW and 1 Porsche. We added a Miata in Hamilton for a total of 19 people in 10 cars. When we got to the Auburn Inn, we added two people in a Jeep. Supper was at Auburn’s Town Tavern, followed by videos at the Inn. On Saturday, all 11 cars motored to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum – an elegant showplace for colorful, elegant cars. We lunched at Sandra D’s, then walked back to the same parking lot, shared by the National Auto and Truck Museum of the U.S. (NATMUS). This museum is an eclectic collection of vehicles – cars, trucks, motorcycles – in an old factory – not elegant but interesting. Eight cars continued on to Dearborn. Dinner on Saturday was at Edison’s in the Dearborn Inn. On Sunday, the remaining eight cars drove about ½ mile to The Henry Ford. What a museum! Cars, trucks, trains, planes, furniture, agriculture equipment, steam-powered generators, clocks, jewelry, silver and pewter – and that’s just in the Museum building! At this point, the group separated, each car returning home on its own schedule.
10/21/2010 - October Tid Bits
We had a good turn out for last nights meeting.
9/13/2010 - MMGXI in St Louis
They can't catch the Reds but they hit this one out of the park! : )
9/10/2010 - MMG 11
The 2010 MMG will be in St Louis, Mo!!! The dates are 9/10-9/12/10. Make your plans now as I am sure this will be a great event!
6/21/2010 - Miata MX5 video featuring Jon Roberto cameo
6/13/2010 - Concours d'Elegance
Saturday's rain of 3 inches produced flooding, puddling and soft ground every where but Ault Park (almost).
10/7/2009 - MMG Pix
Check out all the great pictures on the MMG website! miatagathering.com
9/15/2009 - Tom O and Auto X
Let me add that I had Tom ride with me as an instructor at an SCCA event and he is fantastic! I took about 30 seconds off my time!!! Then I got to ride with him in his car-I can't see ahead as fast as he can drive : D If you get the chance, definitely take advantage of his expertise. (Dad isn't too bad either!)
9/10/2009 - Tom O'Gorman takes 6th in E stock at SCCA Solo National Championship
Club member Tom O'Gorman, age 17, ran in his 1st SCCA solo National Championship and took 6th place out of 42 drivers in E Stock. Tom was driving an MR2 and was just .48 seconds behind 1st place in class. The event was in Lincoln Nebraska and had over 1200 competitors competing in the weeklong event.
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7/12/2009 - British Car Day
Twelve people arrived at 8:00 to consume a high calorie, high sweet breakfast at the Original Pancake House at Union Center Blvd exit off I-75. There was a lot of swapping and sharing of waffles, pancakes and other deluxe pastries (before any bites were taken of course.
5/24/2009 - Autocross Photos
For the first Autocross of the season, the Miata club was well represented by 10 Miatas and 1 Crown Victoria (Crown Victoria was piloted by Ken Bogart's 16 year daughter, epitomizing the true spirit of this "Driver Education" event).
5/15/2009 - GCMC TO HOST MMG X REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
We are excited about the plans for this event which was started by Jon Roberto and Chris Reiff in 1999. From a small gathering at Sharon Woods the event has grown into a regional event that attracted over 160 Miatas in Indy and has other clubs asking to host it!!!!
3/20/2009 - Annual Club Dues are due 4/1/09
Remember - club dues for all members are due on April 1st. You can use the handy PayPal payment or To pay your membership fee by mail, please send a $20 check to:
12/13/2008 - Club Christmas Party
What a fun time! Great food and white elephant gifts! For the sesond year in a row, gifts went home from where they came...we shall not release names to protect the innocent! We do have a pool going on for next years exchange to see if we have a trifecta!
11/27/2008 - Bluegrass Motorsports Update
I added 3 pictures in the photo gallery of the latest progress of MMGX.
10/18/2008 - MMG X Volunteers needed!
At our meeting Thursday night, a number of people stepped up to volunteer to work the MMG next year. Keep in mind if you volunteer, concessions will be made towards registration fees.
9/28/2008 - MMG 2008 a huge success!
WOW! Our sister club in Indianapolis did a great job! For those of you who did not make it, you really missed a great event! The highlight of the weekend was driving our cars on the "Indianapolis Race Track" to have our individual photo's taken crossing the "Bricks" at the finish line. Getting there was also a thrill. The entire group of 150 participants Que'd up at the venue hotel and had a Motorcycle Police Escort to the track. The Police shut down I-70 and I-465 to accomodate our three mile long procession. Driving down the strait-a-way to the finish line is a rush!
8/21/2008 - August Club Meeting Minutes
What a wonderful night and venue for our meeting! I lost track of just how many we had, but this is the largest group I have seen at a club meeting! We had a sprinkle of new members and seasoned members with new Miatas!
8/5/2008 - Wedding Bells are ringing!
Our own Mike "Poppadent" Harris will be marrying Sarah "Mommadent" Johnston this Sunday, August 10th in North Carolina. We wish them the best!
7/21/2008 - MATG XII Travel Plans
Here are our plans for going down to the Gap this weekend. We are headed out early and leaving this Thursday morning July 24th. Anyone that wants to go at the last minute, feel free to join us. I am sure we can find lodging of some sort...it sounds like there has been a lot of cancellations according to Fontanna...I am sure $4 gas has nothing to do with this!
7/18/2008 - Monthly Meeting minutes.
We had a nice turnout for the meeting! I was happy to see a mix of new members and the usual crew!
7/8/2008 - MMG Cancellation Policies....waiting list
The Indy Club be doing a drawing after the deadline for cancellations, which is July 31st. There have been just a few thus far...
7/3/2008 - Tom O'Gorman takes 1st in STS2 at the SCCA Nationals in Peru, IN
Tom O'Gorman took 1st place the STS2 class in a 90 Miata at the SCCA National solo event in Peru, IN. on 6/29. Tom represented the Cincinnati region of the SCCA and the Greater Cincinnati Miata Club. Tom was co-driving a car owned bt Geoff Chambers of the Indy SCCA region. Geoff took second place at the event.
6/8/2008 - Concours de Elegance...One HOT Event!
Sunday in Ault Park was really great. We had 19 cars and 32 people come
6/3/2008 - Blue Ridge Parkway Closures
FYI......Thanks Vic M!
5/25/2008 - Happy Memorial Day!
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day! It is time to reflect on why we enjoy our liberties and who afforded us our freedoms. Take the time to thank you local veterans...and to the many veterans in our club...this day is for you because of you!
5/18/2008 - Spring Clean 2 a Great Success!
The rain held off and the sun came out for a wonderful afternoon. A huge thank you to Steve & Lynn Mokrovich for being such generous hosts! They went over and beyond to make everyone welcome!
5/17/2008 - Meijer 300 at KY Motor Speedway June 14th 8:30pm
I ran across a friend last night who has a block of tickets to the Meijer 300. There is a pre-race concert by Smashmouth.
5/12/2008 - Club Meeting & Rescheduled Spring Cleaning Party this week!
Thursday May 15th 7pm:
5/3/2008 - CANCELLED! Spring Cleaning Party
Based on the weather forecast - we will be cancelling the party tonight.
4/26/2008 - Live Strong Rally Sunday April 27th
Sunny, 70 and an event to help fight cancer! Jon Roberto and I have both lost parents to cancer so we both feel very strongly about this cause. I met Lance Armstrong in 2000 in Houston when my mom was dying of cancer. He stopped what he was doing and pulled me aside when I told him about mom. He took the time to have an aid go to his car, get a book and wrote a lenghty note to mom in the cover of his book. He is a real class act!
4/6/2008 - Impromtu Drive
Meet at Willy's in Covington at 1:30 for a run to Rabbit Hash. Download directions from the drive section here on the website. See you then!
3/29/2008 - March Madness Drive
We stole a day from a long winter!
3/20/2008 - March Meeting
What a great turnout at Max & Erma's for our meeting on the First Day of Spring!!! We welcomed new member Dave Thomas and celebrated Andy Mackay finally becoming a proud Miata owner!!
3/17/2008 - Miata Magazine Revived! aka Forever MX-5
1/17/2008 - First Meeting of the Year
We had a lot of enthusiasm for the upcoming year and got some new events on the schedule. We welcomed new members Teresa Gobble and Paul Wylie.
12/16/2007 - ANOTHER GREAT PARTY!
We weren't "top down" like last year but at least the snow held off so we could all gather at the home of Shirley Bennett last night for the Christmas/Holiday Party. As usual there was a LOT of good food, Mojitos by Tim and Bobbi and we even had entertainment from budding rock star, Nick Sabet! Santa (also known as Tim Ross!) had a Car Tunes cd for everyone.
10/27/2007 - Fall Farm Drive
A big thanks goes out to Gary Peacock for hosting a great drive on Sunday. The colors of the trees, the quaint little towns, the awesome food, and the yummy ice cream all made for a great day. We could not have asked for better weather. The Rothchild Raspberry Farm was very cool. You could pet goats, shop for great stuff, and eat some really great food. We stopped by Young’s Dairy and topped off the day with some awesome ice cream.
10/14/2007 - Sauerkraut Festival Drive
What a beautiful day for a Miata drive! THANKS to Gary Peacock for leading us from Quaker Steak and Lube to Waynesville on some really nice back roads. Once we got to the festival everyone seemed to head for the food : ) I've never seen so many craft vendors-not so much about sauerkraut anymore! It actually got hot and the top down drive home felt really good. Sure hate to see this weather end-hopefully it will hold out for one more week and Gary's Fall Foliage Drive next Sunday!!!
10/13/2007 - Girl's Drive
Hey Mary Beth-great job leading your first drive. We started with breakfast at the Breakfast Club in Lebanon then took some really nice back roads to the Jeffersonville Outlet Mall. It was a little chilly in the morning but warmed up nicely as the day went on. After shopping and a late lunch we headed back. We're already thinking about where to go next year!!!
10/2/2007 - Friday Night Drags!
A big thanks goes out to Mike Benzinger for hosting his first event. Only 3 cars showed up but one of them was Glenn Smith. This was his first event that he was able to attend. He had his red '99 that he bought in December. Glenn crews for the Doran Race Team so maybe he can be of help at a shadetree event.
9/20/2007 - Club Meeting
THANKS to Jon Roberto for hosting the meeting. We rehashed the MMG and discussed upcoming plans for this event in the future. We also talked about adding some drives to the schedule for the remainder of the year. We should have some good driving weather left : )
9/9/2007 - MMG
The 8th MMG is history-and what a good time-especially for us Cincinnati folks who only had to show up and enjoy!!!
9/1/2007 - Pre MMG Detail Party
a HUGE thanks to Ken and Chris Bogart for hosting this well attended event. It was a perfect day for it and much "detailing" was accomplished. : ) As always it was great to see everyone. Pictures are in the Photo Gallery.
8/16/2007 - Club Meeting at Quaker Steak and Lube
First time I've dined under a car on a lift!! Thanks to all who came out.
8/11/2007 - Backroads to Waynesville Drive
22 Miatas and 1 BMW gathered in West Chester to take a really nice drive to Waynesville. Lots of curves, sunshine and grins! We had several new and first drive members join us, I heard there was a deer siting up toward the front and no one got lost!! Andy still doesn't have a Miata but managed to keep up in his Buick-oops, BMW : D Of course we had lunch and then split up for shopping or heading back.
8/3/2007 - Drive in to Cruise In
Whew it was hot but we had a good turn out at Sonic for some food and socializing! Our newest member showed up on his motorcycle (no Miata yet!)and another potential member joined us to see what we are all about! Dan Mason then led us on a nice little drive to Milford for the Friday Night Cruise In. We lined up in the back of the lot and walked around looking at all the American cars. After we saw some other "foreign" cars we moved our babies to the front!
7/31/2007 - Hot Rod Movie Screening
We had a good time getting together and seeing the movie Hot Rod. The movie was a Will Ferrell style comedy, it had its moments.
7/28/2007 - MATG XI
11 years, 11 miles was the theme this year. For the second year in a row the weather was hit or miss. We had a good time looking at all the different models from over the years. The Dragon was heavily patrolled because of wreckless driving in previous weeks, but there were plenty other roads just as challenging. Take a look at the pictures and make your plans for next year. The Dayton club had 13 cars attend...we can do better than that! The new lodging arrangements worked out great. We were able to eat in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and still enjoy the NC roads. A special thanks to Bryan & Christie Wyatt for taking down the canopy & table so we could promote the MMG.
7/21/2007 - Vic Nelson's Deliverance to Freudenfest in Oldenburg, IN
On a wonderful Spring day in July we had 11 Miatas wagon train over some deep back roads to Oldenburg, IN. Vic did a wonderful job on his first drive with his navigator John Haas. Rose found a crown and I think almost everyone enjoyed some delicious corn on the cob and other treats. We even ran into a couple from the Indy club and saw a Pink Miata on the way back!
7/19/2007 - Club Meeting
We had a great turnout for our mid-summer meeting. Joe came with his hands full with our new hats, t-shirts and visor hats. All the new gear is very high quality and looks wonderful...thank you Joe!
6/23/2007 - MX-5 Summerfest Report
Shirley and I were the only ones from the club who made the trek to Joliet, IL for, what it should have been called, MX-5 Rainfest. This was the first time for Shirley on a track so she got some classroom time. I put myself in intermediate so it was right out to the track for me. I really learned a lot on this outing. Threshold braking, finding the right lines, and if you want to go fast in the rain you need ABS and traction control, neither of which I had.
6/16/2007 - Drive-In
We had a caravan of 9 Miatas and chase support vehicles! The weather and movies were perfect. We again was asked if we belong to a car club...ok...we were in Amelia! LOL
6/10/2007 - Concours d' Elegance
Tom Arnold out did himself this year-our parking spot was PERFECT. We had 19 cars from our club and invited any Miata driving by to park with us-gaining us several new members and lots of attention. Hopefully this will be our new permanent spot : D THANKS TOM-and for the continental breakfast and "drooling" towels!
6/8/2007 - The Root Beer Stand and Rusty Griswolds
The rain held off...sort of. We had some great food and then headed down the road for some deep fried twinkies & cheescake and some good music!
6/6/2007 - Midwest Miata Gathering
Just got back from Louisville and a meeting with the Bluegrass Miata Club who are hosting this year's event which is still being sponsored by our club. They have a really nice event planned with some different twists!! Friday night at Churchhill Downs looks to be the highlight of the event complete with thoroughbreds. They have some nice drives planned for Saturday as well as some different things for the Annual Car Show. The Saturday dinner sponsored by Mazda will be a Tailgate theme and they pkan to have a DJ at the venue for after dinner. What fun : )
5/28/2007 - Blue Ash Parade
We braved the drizzle and made it through the parade top down. 9 Miatas represented the club. In between the drizzle storms we all wiped down our cars...it reminded me of the gap trip last July. We all laughed at ourselves until we looked behind us to see the Prowler club doing the same, we stopped, laughed and pointed. We were done by noon and cooking out by 1! John W
5/20/2007 - Gap Trip Proclaimed "Best In Years"!
We couldn't have asked for better weather-for a change NO RAIN! People arrived on Friday at different times but a group of us went to dinner at Lynn's and then made a stop at the grocery for campfire supplies. We headed back and had S'mores around the fire, accompanied by much hilarity.
5/15/2007 - Club Meeting
We had the meeting at a new location-Mio's in Anderson, and enjoyed the outside patio, cold beer and good Italian food.
5/13/2007 - AutoX results...and a new crowning of the
We had 10 club members plus a new potential member trump the field of 25 on a Sunday drive through the cones...and in some cases, over the cones!
5/12/2007 - Scrub and Grub
Papa John Haas and Teri did it asgain! What a wonderful time-perfect weather, great crowd, food and drink, new members, kids, dog and cats-we had it all-even Birthday Cake! Poppadent was there working his magic and Reggie did the buff and shine to perfection. See the photo gallery for the proof.
5/5/2007 - Cinco de Mayo Drive
The rain held off and Joe & Mary Beth O'Gorman led a nice spirited drive on the West Side of town. We had 12 people show and enjoy the twisties and avoid cornholes..oops, potholes! You know you are on the west side when you are asked multiple times if you are in some kind of club or sumthing. Just kidding, no offense to anyone who lives on the west side!.
4/22/2007 - Emergency Burger Drive
First real drive of the season and what a turn out.
3/29/2007 - Board Meeting
The Board met to appoint Officers for the coming year. They are:
3/15/2007 - And the winner is....
The Skyline Logo!!! The voting was really close but we have declared a winner and will be pursuing new car magnets, window decals and other items. It was a tough decision with such outstanding entries. Thanks to all who participated.
3/10/2007 - Cast Your Vote for Our Club Logo
Voting is now closed!
We have 3 designs and need your input!! You may vote until 5pm on Thursday, 3/15. The result will be announced at the Club Meeting that evening.
Each membership will have one vote. Repeat voting will cancel your previous vote. You must be logged into the site to vote.
If a new design is selected the club will provide replacements for your current window cling decal, and your current car magnets.
Once a logo is selected we will be pursuing hats, shirts and other items that may be purchased through Cafe Press and a local source for embroidered items.
Thanks to Sandy Weinstein, Chris Reiff and Marc Louis for the excellent logo designs. Let the voting begin!!!
2/15/2007 - Club Meeting
Thanks to all the diehards who braved the weather to come out.
1/18/2007 - Club Meeting
We had a great turnout for the first meeting of the year, including 2 new members!! We are up to almost 100 members now and look forward to seeing all of you at one event or another this year.
11/16/2006 - Club Meeting
Thanks to all who came out on a cold and rainy night-is it Spring yet??? Highlights are:
10/18/2006 - Club Meeting
We had a great turnout for the meeting. It was good to see so many new faces!! Some highlights are:
9/18/2006 - MMG Photos are posted
There are several hundred photos posted on the MMG website under the photos link!
9/2/2006 - Poppadent Party a success!
The clubs visit to Mike Harris's Poppadent shop was a big success. we had 25 cars come out and brave the rainy day for an opportunity to remove dents and dings from our beloved Miatas.
The club presented a framed Dragon poster to Mike as a thank you for the fine service he provides the club.
There are some photos of the Poppadent event in the photo gallery.
5/10/2006 - Concours d’Elegance @ Ault Park
June 11, 2006, Concours d’Elegance @ Ault Park
4/2/2006 - Root Beer Drive
Check out the photo's from this impromtu drive in the Photo Galleries. What a great day. A perfect cure for "Cabin Fever".
3/31/2006 - Hard Top Hoist from Racer Chuck
Looking for that DIY project you'll be really proud of......take a look at the terrific Hard Top Hoist from Racer Chuck. Link below:
3/27/2006 - Eric's River Run 2006
3/19/2006 - Economy Run 2006
On a bright and sunny Sunday morning, eight cars met at the Shell station on Tylersville Road at Tylers Place Boulevard. The gas tank of each was filled to the first click, and then sealed. The drivers set off on a route approximately 100 miles long that wound west in Ohio into Indiana and south into Kentucky, ending at the Shell station on US 42 just west of I-75 in Florence. The roads were city roads and country roads, some straight, some twisty, some up hill, some down hill (Coasting is economical!), even a stretch of Interstate.
2/10/2006 - Sweeney
In their continuing efforts to support the GCMC, Sweeney has offered $50.00 to anyone sending them a customer that results in new car sale! This applies to any product Sweeney sells, not just Mazda. Not only does the person responsible for this sale receive $50.00, the GCMC also will receive $50.00. So, Sweeney, you, and the GCMC all benefit from any new car sale that we are responsible for. Please make sure that when you refer someone to the Sweeney dealerships, that they mention you AND the GCMC so that proper credit is given. Sweeney has helped us for years, let's do our part to help them! I also understand that they are working on special pricing for GCMC members. This is just another perk for keeping your membership current.
2/7/2006 - Event schedule for 2006
Flip over to the event schedule to check out scheduled upcoming events for this coming season. Some event dates have been scheduled without a venue, so if you would like to plan something, or be involved with someone planning something, please let us know. New, fresh ideas are always welcome!
9/22/2005 - MMG Feedback
9/9/2005 - 2005 Midwest Miata Gathering
Access the 2005 Midwest Miata Gathering website at:
9/4/2005 - Autocross Results
The sixth and final Ohio Valley Austin-Healey Club autocross of 2005 was a very successful event. On Sept 4th, Labor Day eve, nineteen drivers took the grid and tried their best to drive fast and safe. That reflects or motto: "SAFETY FAST" which demonstrates that safety is first, and speed second. As always, safety was highlighted by our course designer Don Klein. He set a fun yet challenging course for us to enjoy. We experienced beautiful weather and received tremendous crowd support on this final Sunday.
We gave away 9 prizes to drivers from six various classes.
A special "thanks for all your help" goes out to Gary Kestin and Todd Spaulding from the Ohio Valley Alfa Romeo Owners Club. The PA was donated by another Alfa guy, Bob Santoro. Joel Edinburgh from the Alfa Club directed our "driver's school" in April. Thanks also to the many OVAHC members who came out and supported our events. A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated during this year and I hope to see you next year when we hold more fun and action packed sessions. Any questions or comments can be directed to me at DLB55AH@CS.COM and the future dates will be posted in the spring on the OVAHC web site http://hometown.aol.com/ovaustinhealey/ early next year.
8/21/2005 - Autocross Result
Sunday August 21st. we held our 5th autocross. It was a beautiful sunny breezy day. We had 31 participants and 6 of them were ladies! We had to turn some away as the 30 drivers or 11 a.m. had already expired.
7/10/2005 - July Autocross Results
The Ohio Valley Austin - Healey Club drivers' training session held on Sunday, July 10 was a fun event for all. Everything went smoothly and the competition between the twenty-one drivers was close as usual. The weather was great and the variety of automotive iron was also. Since we had five Porsche drivers on the grid we created a class just for them. Several spectators got into the act by riding along throughout the afternoon. Hazel Klein had Cindy Loos grinning from ear to ear as they wove between the cones. The two Mazda Miatas both had riders and so did the Corvette. The two Triumphs each carried a passenger and I had one in my Healey as well. Hope to see you on August 21st.
7/5/2005 - Sponsors Page Added
We have added a sponsors page to the website to highlight those vendors that support the Cincinnati Miata Club. Some vendors contribute money or services that permit our club to host the Midest Miata Gathering.
5/29/2005 - Autocross Results
The Ohio Valley Austin - Healey Club proudly hosted the third driving session of 2005 on Sunday, May 29 at Live Oaks Campus. Of the twenty-one drivers, eight were in Mazda Miatas and four were ladies. The course was set up in a manner which allowed us to do two laps on each of our six runs. Everyone had a real good time and enjoyed the wonderful weather on this beautiful day. All was great... until Dales' right front axle broke. Thanks to everyone to helping out and also for being patient. The proud OVAHC "safety fast" champion mugs winners were as follows.
5/8/2005 - Mother's Day Autocross Report
The Ohio Valley Austin - Healey Club proudly hosted the second driving session of 2005 on Sunday, May 8 at Live Oaks Campus. We thanked all mothers for allowing their mates to attend. Of the twenty drivers, ten were in Mazda Miatas and two wereladies. We were pleasantly surprised to have such a large contingent of enthusiastic Miata drivers. They always provide close and fierce, but friendly competition. The course was set up in a manner which allowed us to do two laps on each of our six runs.It was a wicked, snakelike layout entirely in the main parking lot. Everyone had a real good time on this beautiful eighty degree day. The nine OVAHC "safety fast" champion mugs winners were as follows.