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Cruises / Re: Ohio Amish Country Cruise
« Last post by Buzzelli on August 23, 2020, 10:34:54 AM »
What a beautiful  day for cruising with the top down to beautiful Amish Country.  We started our cruise going through Shippingport past the Nuclear and Cracker plants  then a leisurely drive via  39 West to 212 West  to Route 62 .  Our first stop was the beautiful Amish Door Village Restaurant for lunch.  There was something on the menu for everyone, including fabulous home made pies. Joe loved the  coconut cream pie so much he had to stop at the bakery where they made up the pie fresh for him to take home. I wonder if the pie even made it home.  After lunch we drove to the quaint town of Berlin with many country shops.  We only had time for a quick over view but it would be a great place to spend an autumn weekend with a special someone. Of course there is always time for  ice cream! Before going home we walked to Troyers Ice Cream Shop with 32 flavors of homemade ice cream, then we all went our separate ways to home.  Thank you Dan and Karen Flanagan  for a full day of cruising in the sun.  This was a wonderful event for your first cruise!
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Cruises / CRUISIN DELIGHT CRUISE 2.0
« Last post by ZoomZ on July 26, 2020, 06:24:20 PM »
  Cruisn Delight Cruise 2.0
                       by Bill & Juliette Flasche
 
Times are changing! And, so is our planned cruise. Atwood Lake is so rural that pit stops are very old and small and restaurants to few and too crowded.
 
So, we will be “cruisn” the back roads north of Pittsburgh starting and stopping at Sheetz for plenty of social distancing. And, we will not be going anywhere - we will just be doing what Miata's were built to do – having fun. We will be going up, down and around a variety of back roads both before and after our lunch at the Waterhole Restaurant where we will have a private dinning room with social distancing seating.
 
Both our starting and ending points are within a few miles of the I-79 and the Turnpike interchange for easy accesses from just about everywhere. So, plan a full day of "cruisn" in multi styles of driving.

Date & Time: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Meet at 9:30
AM and depart at 10:00 AM

Meeting Place: Sheetz at Rt 910 and I-79 in Wexford

RSVP: by July 29 to 724-935-0872, or jflasche@juno.com
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Cruises / Ohio Amish Country Cruise
« Last post by flanol@hotmail.com on July 16, 2020, 08:38:59 PM »
 We will be driving through Ohio’s picturesque Amish Country.  First stop is lunch, then the tour will continue to the town of Berlin with many shops and stores.  There are also opportunities for excursions  to other venues if you do not want to go to the town of Berlin; wineries (Breitenbach), cheese stores like Guggisberg for their award winning baby swiss cheese, markets, antiques and the world’s largest cuckoo clock in Sugarcreek.  The tour is 110 miles about 2 and 1/2 hours one way.  I hope you find the scenery, food and places to visit to be memorable.   

Option to stay overnight at the Inn at Amish Door Village Inn. Very quaint and has a pool. Most stores in area closed on Sundays however.

DATE & TIME: August 22, 2020. Leave 9:30 AM

LOCATION:  MEET @ PORT AUTHORITY PARK & RIDE LOT (Port Authority Drive) off University Blvd. in Moon Twp. behind the Sheetz (9002 University Blvd. Moon Twp. PA 15108) 2000 feet or so just off business Route 376.

LUNCH:  AMISH DOOR VILLAGE RESTAURANT IN       WILMONT, OHIO

RSVP: By AUGUST 17 to karinf2@verizon.net

TYPE OF CRUISE:  LEISURE *One note of caution as we enter Amish area we must be vigilant for slow moving farm machinery and Amish buggies throughout area.

Please bring a mask. 
Cruise plans subject to restaurant availability during COVID-19
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Cruises / Foxburg Cruise
« Last post by Bobbyt on July 13, 2020, 11:56:56 PM »
In my Dream, Foxburg has never looked sooo good!

As I write this, incapacitated by a recent injury and unsure of what else can happen to all of us by August, this beautiful June day brings hope and promise to this Miata maniac and perhaps many of you?

My roadworthy old Miatas have sat silently all year. 2020 is not a wash, perhaps merely a rinse. 

Our committee has forged ahead, planning our events, intending to have them realized.

On August 15th, join us for what to some members might be a familiar event, the Fox hunt to Foxburg!

We will meet at 9AM at the Sheetz on Route 8 north, just shy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a perfect jumping off area for those coming from all points of the compass. 

We have scouted the Route and the pit stop is a full bladder away from the Sheetz parking lot, so upload and unload as necessary in preparation for departure at promptly 9:30.

Prepare for a spirited run, a circuitous jaunt ending with our arrival at the Inn at Foxburg, at approximately by 11:30.

After A lazy lunch on the outdoor veranda, the obligatory ice cream stop will take place homeward bound.

Won’t you please join us. A good time will be had by all.  I know my patience is running thin, but my tires are thick.  Let’s get on the road fellow members; let’s burn rubber, the wait is over! 

Your Vice President, Bobby, and Diane, are your hosts, and Linda, as usual, is your rudder
Contact Bobby by August 9th at bobbyt523@gmail.com or 412-427-9076
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Cruises / Re: Laurel Highlands Cruise
« Last post by Buzzelli on July 13, 2020, 11:25:13 AM »
Will be there. Vickie
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Cruises / WPMC PVGP RALLYE -SAT JULY 25TH
« Last post by ZoomZ on July 12, 2020, 07:49:25 PM »
   

  WPMC PVGP RALLYE
                                                 BY
                                    JOE & LINDA ZIMLIKI

Last year three cars from our club participated in PVGP Rallye.  Joe & I decided to run it for the club this year.  This Rallye had a lot of Miata roads so we thought members would enjoy it.  It will not be timed.  There will be a list of things to answer and find.  You will need a navigator.  For single members if you don’t have someone to ride with you let me know and I can match you up with another single member.  You will be on your own and not following a group of cars although that could end up happening.
The one who gets the most answers correct wins.  There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place prizes. 

ATTENTION: Since last month’s newsletter we have made some changes to Rallye.  We have added some Joe & Linda Miata roads which you will love.  The roads were Miata roads already but these are even better. 
MASKS WILL BE WORN AT RALLYE INSTRUCTION
CARS WILL BE SENT OF INDIVIDUALLY
AFTER THE RALLYE, LUNCH AT RED ROBIN WILL BE  OUTDOOR DINING.

PVGP has asked car clubs that normally participate in PVGP to hold a driving event to raise money for their charities since it had to be cancelled.  Since we were planning to have the Rallye anyway I thought if participates want to they can donate what ever they want.  There will be no set amount
to donate if you chose.  There has been one event so far.  The Corvette Club had a Caravan Challenger and raised $150.50.  So WPMC can we take the challenge and beat the Corvette donation? 

The charities that PVGP support are Autism Society and Merakey Allegheny Valley School.  Autism is self explanatory.  The Merakey Allegheny Valley School is a non-profit organization which provides homes and a full range of services to individuals with all levels of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The majority of the nearly 800 individuals that we support are diagnosed with severe or profound IDD. In addition, most of the people we serve have multiple physical disabilities, extensive medical complications and may require supports for challenging behaviors. Merakey AVS operates facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Dauphin, Lebanon, Mercer, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. An individualized plan of care is developed for each person with the goal of achieving his/her highest level of independence, while enhancing quality of life. Services range from physical, occupational and communication therapies to vocational training and employment support. Therapeutic activities and developmental training focus on sensory, environmental and pre-vocational skill development.

So let’s have a big turnout for this fun event and accept Corvette’s Challenge to raise money for charity.

Date:  Sat July 25

Time:   9:00 am

Meeting Place:  Red Robin Parking Lot at Pittsburgh Mills
                             1020 Pittsburgh Mills Blvd
                             Tarentum, Pa 15084

RSVP:  BY July 21   Linda Zimliki - email lzimliki@westpennmiataclub.com or
                                call 724-327-1762

                                 








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Miscellaneous / Wheel,tires and a cure for the common vibration
« Last post by Bobbyt on July 11, 2020, 03:50:21 PM »
If your car is an NA model with inherent vibration at 65 miles an hour, or if you are just looking for vibration free driving at any speed with any of the four iterations of the Miata, I have a suggestion.

The Hunter Road Force Balance Machine.

Not available at most tire shops, these machines mimic the tire on an actual road as it completes the balance process.  This is the best balance I have experienced.

Discount tire on McKnight road has three of these machines and they will be glad to demonstrate this method while you watch.

This is a new foray by this National chain in to western Pennsylvania and they do nothing but tires, mounting and balancing and they do it better than anyone.

I would go out of my way to go there for my tire needs, and I do.  They want to have a tech session for our club when we are Covid Clear.  Tell them Bobby from the Miata club sent you.  You will not regret it!

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Cruises / Re: Covered Bridge Cruise
« Last post by Bobbyt on July 11, 2020, 03:18:04 PM »
Oh well,  we must abide for gosh knows how long.  Better safe than sorry.   
We will do it at some point and thank you and Luanne for your fine plan.  Bobby
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Cruises / WPMC ANNUAL PICNIC - AUGUST 29, 2020
« Last post by Ron Hoffman on July 03, 2020, 09:14:38 PM »
West Penn Miata Club
Annual Picnic

Have you set aside Saturday, August 29, 2020 for our Club’s annual picnic?  If not, then mark your calendars now.  As in past years, the picnic is a good time just to relax and enjoy conversation with other club members.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic there will need to be changes in our food provisions – details below

The picnic will be held at the same time and location as in previous years, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM at the Maple Grove in White Oak Park.  Reservations are required and as in the past, the Club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, condiments in individual packets, soft drinks and water.  In order to minimize handling of food and serving utensils by multiple individuals as recommended by State and local officials, there will be NO covered dishes this year.  Instead, everyone is asked to bring his or her own sides (NO SHARING) plus plastic-ware and paper products (plates, napkins, etc.)  If you want additional garnishes burgers such as lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, etc. then bring those too (AGAIN, NO SHARING).

I need HELP!!   If anyone has ideas for games where you don’t handle and share balls, bean bags, horseshoes, etc. then please get back to me: rhoffman@westpennmiataclub.com or 724-392-7932.  I would really appreciate any help you can give me including providing and running the game, if possible.  Also, games where we drive our cars in the parking lot are out.  The last couple of years we had to share the parking lot with a large group at the picnic grove right next to us so there was no room for “car games”.
 
Please RSVP to my wife Pat at pat.hof@hotmail.com or 724-392-7932 by August 22nd along with your headcount.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and having “fun”.  Also don’t forget your FACEMASKS!!

Directions to White Oak Park:
 
From Pittsburgh via the Parkway East (Approx. 11.2 mi. or 20 min.)
• Exit the Parkway at Forest Hills (Exit 8A) onto Ardmore Blvd. (Rte 30 East)
• Continue 8.8 mi. to Carpenter Lane (Sheetz on right) • Turn right on Carpenter Lane - go 1.4 mi. • Turn right into White Oak Park
• Continue through the park 1 mi. to Maple Grove (on right)

From Irwin PA Turnpike Exit 67 (Approx. 7.5 mi. or 14 min.)
• Take the Pittsburgh Rte 30 West ramp
• Proceed on Rte 30 west 5 mi. to Carpenter Lane (Sheetz on left)
• Turn left on Carpenter Lane - go 1.4 mi.
• Turn right into White Oak Park
• Continue through the park 1 mi. to Maple Grove (on right)

From Monroeville PA Turnpike Exit 57 (Approx. 10 mi. or 23 min.)
• Take the Monroeville Business Rte 22 ramp
• Merge onto Bus Rte 22 West
• Immediately get into the left lane
• Turn left on Rte 48 south (Mosside Blvd.) at Parkvale Bldg.
• Continue 5.8 mi. on Rte 48 to Rte 30
• Turn left on Rte 30 East - go 1.7 mi. (Sheetz on right) • Turn right on Carpenter Lane - go 1.4 mi. • Turn right into White Oak Park
• Continue through the park 1 mi. to Maple Grove (on right)
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Cruises / Re: Kecksburg UFO Cruse
« Last post by flanol@hotmail.com on July 01, 2020, 06:34:47 PM »
 Thank you for a memorable time for our first Cruise as a Mazda Miata Club member. It was an awesome sight watching all the cars driving over the rolling hills weaving our way to Kecksburg,Norvelt Country Club for lunch then onto Ice Cream @ Twist & Shake where we were celebrities when one of the patrons took a picture of all the Miatas Lined up !
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