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November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Q: What kind of tires should I buy?

A: This is highly subjective, and it depends on what kind of Miata you have, what kind of driving you do, and what your budget is. No, you cannot find a tire for $60 each that will make you fly down the Dragon ahead of the sport bikes and still give you 40,000 miles of service. What you need depends on your goals for your car. Feel free to post up to the forum and give the details of how hard you drive, your wheel size, and your typical use of the vehicle and we’ll give you way more information than you probably wanted. We’ve shaken down and abused pretty much everything from highway touring tires to the stickiest racing slicks. Learn from our experience and mistakes.

That being said, many of us have found that the Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 is an outstanding and well-rounded tire for the Miata. It grips very nicely in the dry, does quite well in the rain, wears decently, is fine in the winters of Chattanooga, and looks aggressive. It is, however, a bit pricey. It’s not the answer to everything, but it’s the choice of many (if not most) in the club for their everyday tire.

Here is some new information with some help from Grassroots Motorsports magazine (updated 6/15/08): Read more…

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Things to consider taking on a run

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment
  • Sunblock 
  • Ear plugs (if you need them)
  • A small cooler capable of fitting in the trunk and some water/drinks. Maybe a snack too!
  • CB radio to communicate with each other.
  • A copy of the days itinerary.
  • A hat
  • A light jacket and jogging pants in case it gets a little chilly.
  • Enough cash to participate in the day’s events.
  • A blanket in case there’s a picnic or you just want to stretch out at a rest stop.
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Appropriate maps of the route and general area
  • Cell phone
  • Booster cables
  • If you have a medical condition, be sure to remember your medicine, and it wouldn’t hurt to tell some of the group about it too.
  • (For the ladies) A fanny pack instead of a pocketbook.

I know, this is a rather long list. There’s not enough room in a Miata for all this stuff, but it’ll give you something to consider when getting ready.

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Fun run tips

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Reprinted with permission of the San Diego Miata Club

Meeting

  • Arrive at the starting point early, with a full tank of gas. If you are going to meet the group en route or leave the group before the end, tell us. When parking in a business parking lot, use the back areas of the lot so their paying customers have places to park.
  • Safety First
  • Stay within the posted speed limit (The yellow speed signs on curves are advisory speeds). 
  • If traffic is going slower than the speed limit stay with the traffic flow.  Read more…

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Planning a fun run

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Reprinted with permission of the San Diego Miata Club

  • Select your favorite roads and/or destination. 
  • Coordinate a date with the Event Coordinator 
  • Do a “pre-run” with the following things in mind: 
  1. Select a convenient meeting place with ample parking, easy access in and out, and restrooms. 
  2. If needed; depending on the time of the run, look for restaurants that can accommodate a large group. (It’s a good idea to talk to the manager to let them know what you have in mind and when…maybe they can work out a special deal for the group.) 
  3. Look for safe places to “queue up” in case the group gets split up by lights or traffic. 
  4. Have we mentioned the importance of restrooms? 
  • On or before the 15th of the month prior to your run, send a brief written description for the club newsletter that includes at least the following details: 
  1. General location of where you’re taking us 
  2. Start time and place 
  3. End location and approximate length of time the run will take 
  4. Type of restaurant and approximate amount of money we should plan on bringing with us or whether to pack a lunch 
  5. Whether the run will be canceled in case of rain. 
  6. Ask for RSVPs if needed for the restaurant or other accommodations. 
  • Prepare and make sufficient copies of written directions to hand out to those in attendance. (Use large type for reading ease.) 
  • Closer to the date, make contact with the restaurant or others that may need to prepare for our arrival. 

A few other suggestions: 
It’s helpful if you take along someone to help you make notes on your “pre-run” so you can write up directions, mileage odometer readings, and road signs to follow. 
For Miata’s sake, avoid dirt roads! 
Consider combining the run with an activity like a wine tour, museum, etc.

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