Entries by Gina Schiess

President’s Message – August 2018

We’ve reached the peak of summer and we’re beginning to think about the rapidly approaching dog days of August. On Saturday July 21, we had a we ll-attended quarterly meeting. Over two dozen CFMC members were present including two of our newest. Our thanks go to Patty and Ken Badoian who were our hosts and […]

How Revolutionary was the Mazda Miata in 1989?

(This article is from Popular Mechanics.) It’s hard to think about the original Mazda Miata without considering what it is today, nearly 30 years after its introduction. After all, it’s the default choice today for a cheap, light, simple sports car, perfect for just about everything from daily driving to club racing. But obviously, the […]

President’s Message – July 2018

We’ re half way! Through 2018 that is, as hard as it is to believe. While this year is flying by, the CFMC continues to plan for interesting and fun events for the remaining six months of the year. Our thanks go to Gina and Ken Schiess for hosting our “Sippin Saturday” event on June […]

Great Day at the Car Show

The Battleship North Carolina as a back drop and the British Motor Car Club of Cape Fear as hosts combined to make it a great day for our club and for all who attended and participated. Under the spreading tree the our might Cape Fear Miata Club sat comfortable and cool. We were shaded from […]

Tech Column – Mazda Says Its Next-Generation Gasoline Engine Will Run Cleaner Than an Electric Car

Mazda hopes to achieve 56 percent thermal efficiency with the Skyactiv-3 gasoline engine. That would make it the most efficient internal-combustion car engine in history. Mazda is staking much of its future on the continued existence of the internal-combustion engine, with clever tech like spark-controlled compression ignition set to debut in Mazda’s next-generation production-car engine, […]

President’s Message – June 2018

Are you ready for summer? It’s June and it will soon be here. It is the time of the year we enjoy visiting family and friends who like us, enjoy our coastal lifestyle. We are truly fortunate! We had a wonderful time at the Brits at the Battleship event on May 5 where nine Miatas […]

President’s Mesage – May 2018

Is it or isn? t it Spring? Mother Nature still seems to be undecided. Nevertheless, CFMC members gathered at the Brunswick Nature Park on Saturday April 21 for our quarterly meeting. After departing our rendezvous location and traveling to the park, we decided to kick off the beautiful spring day with a 1 ¾ mile […]

President’s Message – April 2018

Spring has finally arrived! After a warm and beautiful February, we were shocked back into reality by a wintry March. But as eagerly anticipated, top down weather lies just ahead. March was another busy month for the CFMC. In addition to our monthly gathering at Bitty and Beaus, on March 17 we had 14 members […]

Tech Column – Paul Reinmann

Saturday Feb 4 Tech Day at Stevenson Miata had the highest member attendance There were 18 Miatas piloted by 19 members, one was a co-pilot. Everyone was able to get their requested maintenance done while several had successful troubleshooting performed. I await feedback on these performance enhancements and will post in a later Ragtop Tales issue. We […]