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10 Years Ago – December 2002

Light Tour

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2002
Time: 6:15 PM
Place: Sno-Cap Drive In
Members Attending: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Karen & Kurt Breitinger, Jim & Judy Creer, John Haff, Chris & Ron Kaufman, Jackie & John Nicholls, Cindy & Stacey Timmerman, Rudy Wilmoth, Dave Winkler and Anita & Henry Wylds.
Guests Attending: Ricky Simmons.

After the “meeting” Rachel was nice enough to draw names and gave away a couple of door prizes. We then semi-reluctantly left the warmth of the Sno-Cap and went outside to fire up the CB radios and go for a drive. There were 12 cars under the awning waiting to participate in Brian’s shortened version of the Augusta Chronicle’s Christmas Light Tour 2001 and in spite of the chilly, upper 30 degree weather about half of the cars had (or put) their tops down for the tour.

Brian and Donna had previewed the route twice earlier and there had been a couple places that weren’t lit up, but they hoped tonight that they might be. They weren’t, but it didn’t detract from the fun, as luck would have it, other houses nearby were very well lit. We were also lucky because for the most part we didn’t lose anybody from the line of cars. There were several times that we were quite stretched out though, especially after a loop through a sub-division off of Fury’s Ferry Road. The last house wasn’t on the Chronicle‘s tour but was added because it was really close to the house of our party’s hosts and it is literally covered in lights that are computer controlled. You have to pause in front for a minute or so to see all the different combinations of chasing lights.

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Master’s Miata Member of the Month for December

Name: Santa Claus

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a jolly ol’ elf with philanthropic streak a mile wide. While it seems I have been around forever, I’m younger than you think. For 364 days a year I am the CEO of a global toy manufacturing conglomerate and one day a year I drive around visiting the houses of good little boys and girls all over the world distributing my excess inventory.

Year/color/options of your Miata? I currently own a 1990 Red Miata purchased used. I have an FM II turbo kit with all the goodies, so I have 200 RWHP at my beck and call for daily driving. But I still need to harness it up to eight reindeer, nine if the weather is lousy, if I’m going to circumnavigate the world in just 24 hours on that day every December.

Joined Masters Miata Club what year? In early 1997, right after I saw how much fun you guys in the Master’s Miata Club had participating in the Graniteville Christmas Parade the previous December.

What initially attracted you to the Miata? Its attractive styling, there is something about the shape and proportions that is just so right. Some would call it cute, but I prefer “non- threatening” and with the speed in which I drive, that helps me not attract the attention of the local constabulary.

What do you like most about your Miata? I have always liked open-air motoring. Early on I used to travel by horseback, but when my distances and load increased I moved up to a sleigh. Now the Miata gives me that same feeling of freedom from confinement while traveling.

How do you use your Miata (daily driver, weekend vehicle, racecar)? I drive the Miata every chance I get. It is used for pleasure and “work.” There aren’t too many roads to drive on around here at the North Pole, so whenever I get a chance I head over to my summerhouse in Finland, where the driving is better.

Do you have a best memory involving your Miata? The very first day I brought the car back to the Santa, Inc. World Headquarters. The motorized pop-up headlights frightened Dasher, Dancer and Prancer. Vixen and Comet thought car was too small for me and bet I’d never be able to get a week’s groceries in the trunk. Cupid, Donner and Blitzen had to be reassured that I hadn’t bought the car to replace them. Only Rudolph got it right off, he took one look and said, “Let’s go for a drive!”

Anything else you want to add? Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.