Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Targa fundraising efforts

To quote the Flyin' Miata website:
We have a special setup for clubs. If members of the club pledge a total of $500 or more, we'll put the club name on the car. Simply send us the name of the club and a list of the members who are taking part, then have the members pledge normally. The Wild Rose Miata Club of Edmonton has proclaimed they'll be the first to reach this point. Will they?

Well, the answer is yes!

We are the first Miata club to reach the $500 threshold, so congratulations people. We're actually at $600 already, and per the people that have e-mailed me but have not yet undertaken the transaction (which won't be billed until March, assuming that FM makes the required $10,000), we're at $875 and climbing.

Keep it up!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Targa Newfoundland 2008 video viewing

As a bonus for the January meeting, we'll be showing the 2008 Targa Newfoundland race, in which Keith & Janel Tanner competed in with the "Targa Miata", winning their class.

This will both help to stave off "Cabin Fever" in light of the nine days of constant snowfall that we've received, and to perhaps rouse the membership to support Flyin' Miata's efforts to return to the Targa Newfoundland for 2011.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Meeting Reminder -- January 20

The first club meeting of the year is Thursday, January 20th at 7pm in the 2nd floor boardroom at Park Mazda in Sherwood Park.

Hope to see you there. A good opportunity for those that haven't yet renewed your membership for 2011 to do so in-person.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wild Rose Miata Club support for Flyin' Miata's entry to the 2011 Targa Newfoundland race

With great interest, Flyin' Miata has decided to return to the Targa Newfoundland race in 2011 (Sept 10-17), this time with a two-car team. Keith & Janel Tanner are planning for an outright win, re-tooling their 2008 class-winning NA "Targa Miata" with a V8, and Bill Cardell will be competing in the Grand Touring class with a journalist as a co-driver in either "Elvis", FM's V8-equipped NB Miata, or "Nancy", their supercharged NC Miata. You can read about it via the header text of this post.

Many of us have of course enjoyed Keith & Janel's efforts in the 2008 race via our own newsletters, and of course have benefited from the product development that went into the Targa Miata (AFCO suspension, butterfly brace, Keith's latest book, etc...), and spent many an hour riveted to Keith's build diary of the car from 2006-08.

But, to afford this two-car entry, FM can't do it alone, so the call has gone out the Miata community for support.

Upon an idea of mine, all individual support at the "Fan" (up to $50) or "Team Member" ($50 and above) will be pooled with the intent of the club's total support topping the "Patron" level (min $500), which would get the Wild Rose Miata Club's name on the car. (I secretly hope that we'll top $1,500 to the "Sponsor" level, which would have the WRMC listing in all press releases as a major contributor).
Given how much Flyin' Miata has supported the WRMC (donations of door prizes at various Anniversary Parties) as well as their endless tech support for the many of us who have their products on our Miatas (not just turbo-chargers), it's a way of paying them back with our support.

As a "Team Member", you'll receive a limited-edition t-shirt proclaiming your as one of the coolest Miata owners around.

The deadline for supporting this effort is March 11 (as that's the last day that they can withdraw from the race without financial penalty), so take advantage of the above-par dollar exchange now.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 membmership renewals

A renewal notice and pre-addressed envelope were included with all Winter 2011 newsletters mailed out in early December...and many of you have responded already, however, those of you from whom the club hasn't heard back from received an e-mail over the weekend to remind you that your WRMC memberships have now expired.

Please take the time to either pop your renewal in the mail (or bring it to the January club meeting on Thursday the 20th) or send an e-mail in to the club's contact address stating that you won't be renewing.


WRMC Club Executive