For this car club's members, it's all about the drive
Space Coast Miata Club members do group "drive-outs" to adventure, for lunch or for overnight, sometimes to a mystery location.
Many car clubs tout classic autos and members frequently enter their beloved metal babies in car shows to win trophies and cash.
For the Space Coast Miata Club, it's all about the drive there. Many of the fan drivers sound more like company spokespersons rather than just an average customer who happens to like the product.
“The Mazda Miata is a sports car that is fun to drive at a very affordable price,” said Steve Saretsky, activities chairman of the club. Members go on planned destination drives and then park as would any attendee of an event and enjoy shared time together.
“Rarely do you ever hear of anyone having mechanical problems or reliability issues with their Miata. People who love to drive love to get behind the wheel of a Miata. However, our club is also open to people who don’t drive a Miata. We affectionately refer to these members as driving an OTM (other than Miata).”
Club members will meet up at the Central Brevard Library at 308 Forrest Ave. in Cocoa at 10:15 am. Friday, Nov. 6 and drive in a procession to the Senior Life Boomer Bash & Senior Expo with Veterans Salute at Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Attractions include a classic car show and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and free admission to the tower until the park closes at 7 p.m. for expo attendees 55 and older, and reduced price admission for 54 and younger.
“Being a member of the Club is a great way to develop new friendships, visit interesting places, and best of all, enjoy dining experiences at affordable restaurants,” Saretsky said. Most are day trips but there are also overnight trips, an annual meeting to launch the New Year and a Christmas party.
“Most of our drive-outs are mystery events. The hosts are the only people who know where we are going and what we will be doing. For example, we all meet at a designated location, follow our hosts and drive to a specific event, and then drive to our lunch destination.”
Space Coast Miata Club was founded by Chet Young in 1989 and is the second Miata club to organize in the United States. There are currently 80 local members, but a number of members hail from across the region and drive in for events and meetings.
Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Central Brevard Library. The cost to join the club is $20 annually. Boniface-Hiers Mazda in Melbourne has supported the club since it was founded with discounts to members and door prizes awarded at every monthly meeting.
For more information and a calendar of events, go to spacecoastmiataclub.org or visit the club's Facebook page.