Highland Games

Saturday, October 6th began with a good layer of fog and mist but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the occupants of 8 Miatas making our way to Laurinburg to attend the 10th annual Highland Games. After parking we boarded a shuttle to the grounds of the John Blue House where the games were in full swing. The opening ceremony was led by two colorful drum majors in resplendent costume and a procession of several pipe and drum corps. There was much to see – highland dance, harp and piping competitions, sheepdog herding demonstrations and the various games. It was obvious after watching the competitors in the sheaf toss, hammer throw, caber toss and other games that the skills
needed to excel were very specialized. There were clan tents and vendors selling all things Scottish and a wide variety of food to be sampled from Scotch eggs to hot dogs and ice cream churned on site.

After enjoying the flavors of the games, we reassembled and drove to Whiteville, NC for dinner at The Chef & The Frog restaurant. We had an enjoyable meal and social time to catch up with members new and old alike. After dinner we said our farewells and made way for home with the sounds of bagpipes echoing in our thoughts.

We enjoyed being your hosts and look forward to the next opportunity to
spend time together in our cars.

Ron and Judy Carmichael


President’s Message – November 2018

As I write this, fall is finally making its appearance. Although summer is nice, it seemed as though it didn’t want to leave! The crisp, cool mornings are a welcome respite from the lingering humidity we experienced in
September and most of October. We started October off with a fun trip to the Highland Games in Laurinburg and a relaxing dinner at the Chef and the Frog restaurant in Whiteville. We had 19 CFMC members for the Games and 20 members join us for dinner. The Games had musical entertainment by a number of “piper” bands along with the traditional Scottish games. The rain held off but the cloudy days kept the temperatures comfortable.

As I mentioned in last month’s column, our quarterly meeting, normally held in October, was postponed due to the
impacts of Hurricane Florence and the availability of suitable meeting venues. As noted in the RTT Extra of October 22, we will have our quarterly meeting on Saturday November 10 at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Wilmington. We will assemble at Carrabbas at 11:00 AM, followed by our meeting and lunch. I encourage all CFMC members to attend this meeting to find out about upcoming events and activities of your Club. A meeting agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.

In last month’s column, I mentioned the great trip to Bird Island hosted by Bill and Marty Fay on September 8. One aspect of that trip was the round trip taxi ride from the Sunset Beach pier to Bird Island. Unknown at the time, Bill and Marty paid for the taxi service for all attendees. Bill and Marty were willing to cover the cost themselves. But after much pressure from me and a lot of reluctance and resistance from Bill, I found out that the cost of the taxi
service was approximately $5 per person. So if you attended the Bird Island outing and you’re so inclined, let’s reimburse Bill and Marty for the taxi portion of what was an outstanding outing.

I hope to see everyone at our quarterly meeting on November 10. And, we are looking for an event and host for December.

Zoom zoom!

Ron Carmichael, President

President’s Message – September 2018

With the approach of Labor Day, we realize that the waning days of summer
are here. But for those of us familiar with the significance of the
June- November period in this area, we realize that we are in the midst of our
most active time for the potential for hazardous weather. Now is the time for
all of us to make sure that our hurricane preparedness plans are complete
and in place; just in case. We don’t have to cringe in fear, but we do need to
be aware, vigilant and prepared. At the same time, we begin to anticipate the
crisp fall mornings that lie ahead; a perfect time for enjoying top- down
weather in our Miatas. And we have upcoming CFMC events that will allow
us to do just that, including a much anticipated trip this month to the Bird
Island Preserve, October’s trip to the Highland Games in Laurinburg, a
possible CFMC rally-type event in November and our annual holiday party.
Specifics on the upcoming trips to the Bird Island Preserve and the Highland
games are included in this issue of the Ragtop Tales. Early indications are
that we will have great participation in these events. We continue to grow
our club with addition of new members. Please make sure that you welcome
our new members and I encourage you to share ideas and information about
what makes our club great; our members and the fun, friendship and
fellowship that we enjoy. I hope everyone makes the most of the remaining
days of summer, and that you take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy
the many fall events and festivals that our beautiful area has to offer.


Ron Carmichael

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 arranged for a wonderful lunch in a spacious and relaxing venue for our meeting.

In addition to the traditional “boiler plate” agenda items, we discussed upcoming events including: a trip to Lake Waccamaw for an August rodeo hosted by Rick and Judy Judson, our September outing to Bird Island preserve hosted by Martha and Bill Fay and our October 6 trip to Laurinburg, NC for the Highland Games, hosted by Judy and Ron Carmichael. As a part of the trip to the Highland Games, we are considering dinner at the Chef and the Frog restaurant in Whiteville, which was featured in the August issue of Our State magazine.
We need a minimum number for dinner in order to reserve a private room so a blast email was sent out on July 24 soliciting RSVPs by potential attendees for the October outing so we can determine if arrangements can be made with the restaurant for dinner. In the fall, Patty and Ken Badoian are considering a November CFMC event involving a car rally/run format. However additional volunteers are needed to make this trip a reality. Please contact Ken if you’re willing to help with this event.

At the meeting, Paul Reinmann, Rick Judson, and Leon Rooks reported on their committee’s efforts in the search for a venue for our annual holiday party. Paul reported that after much research and consideration, their recommendation was the Circa 1922 restaurant in Wilmington. This recommendation was approved by the membership. Leon Rooks volunteered to take the lead on coordinating this year’s event. My thanks go to Paul, Rick, and Leon for their hard work in finding, evaluating, and recommending suitable locations for our rapidly growing club.

As we celebrate the arrival of new CFMC members, we also are sad to report that Cathy and Tim Tarlton, long time active members and supporters of our club, will be re locating from Leland to Banner Elk, NC. In October 2016, Cathy and Tim hosted an outstanding multi-day CFMC outing to the Woolly Worm festival in Banner Elk. Their warmth, generosity and friendliness exemplify what being a CFMC member is all about. We wish Cathy and Tim and their family our best wishes as they make this move and we thank them for their many years of support of our club. We hope to see them on our next CFMC trip to Banner Elk!

Enjoy the waning summer weeks, and please plan to participate in the great events we have planned for the remainder of 2018. Zoom-zoom!

Ron Carmichael


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 8 and providing us with warm hospitality and delicious desserts! Even though we didn’t have the numbers of new members attend that we’d hoped for, our discussions centered on how to encourage involvement by all members in our club’s activities. As I’ve said before, events and activities are the lifeblood of the CFMC. We need members to be actively involved in order to make these club events possible. Activities are not limited to hosting trips. We can always use members’ help in many club functions such as maintaining our website, contributing articles for the monthly Ragtop Tales, helping to coordinate special events such as our upcoming holiday party and volunteers to perform outreach to some of our less active members to encourage their participation and involvement. Our more “experienced” members are willing to mentor newer members on how to become involved in club events and activities. The bottom line is that our membership includes a wide range of talents and experience that could be very useful to our CFMC.

Our upcoming quarterly business meeting on July 21 will be hosted by Patty and Ken Badoian. Please see the details in this month’s Ragtop Tales. This meeting is an important opportunity to engage in discussions about participation and involvement in CFMC efforts. A blast email will distribute the agenda about a week prior to the meeting. Finally, I’d like to wish all of our CFMC members and their families a safe and happy July 4th as we celebrate our Nation’s birthday and the many freedoms we have in the USA! Please remember the men and women, and their families, whom have made the sacrifices to make our freedoms possible. Thanks and I hope to see everyone on July 21.

Ron Carmichael

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 from the sun by its spreading gnarled branches and sparse smattering of leaves.
The mighty battleship North Carolina on one side and the Cape Fear River with Wilmington’s waterfront on the other side provided picturesque picture frames for the show.
Our Madzas joined a gaggle of British Sports Cars of all nameplates and years. Also, the show included some classic Detroit iron. What better way to show our Zoom, Zoom than to have a line of Madzas and enjoy the company of fellow members. A BIG thank you to the British Motor Car Club of Cape Fear for inviting us to their 20th anniversary show. All that participated received a nice gift bag that included a small dash plaque for participation in the show.

Class ” Z” CFMC Winners were:

1st Place Don Wahl 2008 Miata – True Red
2nd Place Tom West 1990 Miata – Red
3rd Place Ron Carmichael 2015 MX-5 25th Anniversary Ed.


Car Show Plaque

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 were on display along with dozens of our British car cousins. Congratulations to our Miata category winners!
My thanks to Tom and Nancy Pane for being our hosts and to John and Trudy Williamson, co-chairs of this year? s Brits at the Battleship event, for including our Club. The show brought back many fond memories of my days with my MGB and my Triumph TR6. It was the fun, and challenges, of driving those roadsters that made my decision to become a Miata owner easy.
This year’s Brits at the Battleship show also highlighted how a common interest can bring a group of people together to form the British Motor Club of Cape Fear or the Cape Fear Miata Club. As a ten-year member of the CFMC, I can attest that for me, what started as a club of like-minded car enthusiasts has evolved into many new and lasting friendships. Our Miatas bring us together, but it is the fun, friendship and fellowship that we share that keeps us together.
The CFMC’ s primary method of maintaining our fun, friendship and fellowship among our members is our monthly events. We all enjoy doing fun things with the people we like to be around. Our monthly events are the lifeblood of our Club and, we depend on hosts to select and coordinate our activities. Events can be simple, or on occasion, more elaborate.
Our June CFMC event is a unique opportunity for our newer members to find out how simple hosting an event can be. Ken and Gina Schiess have graciously opened their home for our “Saturday Sipper” event on June 9. Details are included in this month’ s Ragtop Tales.
I encourage our newer members to RSVP to Ken and Gina and attend this informative event. It is designed to share information on the what, where and how of hosting a CFMC activity. Let’ s keep finding new ways of having fun together. I hope to see you there. Zoom Zoom.

Ron Carmichael

Secretary’s Column – January 2018

CFMC membership dues ($25.00) for 2018 were officially due by January 1, 2018. However, for the procrastinators in our Club, we are extending the payment deadline to January 30th. Checks received by January 30th will be kept on the CFMC roster with all the benefits that go with it. Please mail your check payable to the Cape Fear Miata Club, C/O Mary Sue Wahl, CFMC Treasurer, 546 S. Middleton Drive NW, Calabash, NC 28467.

Please note that if you are attending Tech Day dues must be paid prior to this event.

Tom Pane

Festival of Lights Christmas Parade

Twas’ twenty-four days before Christmas and not a Miata could be heard… when out on the road top there suddenly appeared 12 tiny Miata’s and Santa too? The twelve Miata’s all lined up in front of our house just waiting to be decorated for the Carolina Beach Festival of Lights Holiday Parade.

The lights and decorations were applied with glee as we prepared for a wonderful festive night. But before all that happened we had to eat. All enjoyed a wonderful buffet, from Thyme Savor Cafe. In addition there were many sweets, pies and cookies that were provided by our Miata guests. After our tummies were filled we departed for the parade in our brightly newly decorated Miata’s.

Off, off we drove, the Pane’s, the Judson’s, and Schiess’, all lined up. Off the Hsu’s, the Harris’s and the Wahl’s then more Miata’s joined including the Reinmann’s, Hagerman’s, and Trogdon’s. And how could we forget Frank Pain and his new co-pilot.

With all of our Miata’s in line lead by your hosts in their green Miata with Rudolf’s red nose.

We went off on our way over the Snow’s Cut bridge, and then right onto Dowe Road, for a long dark journey that ended at the staging area for the parade.

After a long wait for some, the word was given and two by two all the Christmas Miata’s joined the parade and proceeded down the boulevard to the delight of the many spectators lining the streets. Candy was handed out to the many children enjoying the parade. Our car horns were sounding a familiar beep, beep and the crowd, responded with cheer.

When our participation in the parade ended some headed for home while others returned to our home to finish off the sweets and have some hot chocolate or coffee.

A great time was had by all and we wish all our Miata friends a very, very Merry Christmas.

Many thanks to our hosts Ken & Pat Badoian!

Secretary’s Column – December 2017

Clearing off my desk I find that there are a few items of importance that will require some action by the Club before the end of the year. There are elections coming in January at the Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party to be held on January 6th. The nominating committee has announced a slate of officers and chairs to be voted on at the upcoming January meeting. Members of the nominating committee are:

John Harris, Chair
David Moyer
Trudy Williamson

They have placed in nomination the following members for the positions indicated.

Ron Carmichael – President

Rick Judson – Vice President

Tom Pane – Secretary

Mary Sue Wahl – Treasurer

Paul Reinmann – Activities Chair

Trudy Williamson – Membership Chair

Ken Badoian – Ragtop Tales Chair (editor). This is a new position formerly under the Secretary.

Other nominations for the above positions may be submitted to the nominating committee on or before the Annual General Meeting.

Members attending the Annual General Meeting will also vote on changes to the Club By-laws. Those proposed changes are as shown in the November issue of the RTT under the minutes of the Quarterly General Meeting held in October.

“The President has proposed that term limits be examined for members of The Board. This would require a change in the By-Laws. Tom Pane recommend that term limits also apply to all Committee Chairs, i.e. Activities Committee Chair and Membership Chair. Ken’s proposal is to have two year terms with the option of an additional one or two year extension. The position of President and Secretary would not be voted on in the same year. This would also apply to the Vice President and Treasurer. “

An Executive Committee meeting to formalize the changes in the By-laws was first proposed for November, but now will be held at a time and date in December yet to be confirmed.

The other change in the By-laws concerns the new chair position for the RTT newsletter editor. Currently the RTT editor position falls under the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary.