Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf
With my Miata having been broken since the end of last September, I hadn’t made it out to a single meet since last year. With that finally sorted out thanks to Maztech, I attended a meet on Wednesday. Hosted by Tampa Bay Miatas and Spinnywhoosh Graphics, this was a “BBQ and Bayshore” meet at Kojak’s House of Ribs with a cruise down South Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd and ending on Davis Island. This was the kick-off event of 2016 for regularly scheduled meets with the bay area’s Miata enthusiasts.
On the way to the meet, I spotted this man and his dog riding in a Lotus 7 replica. I love seeing things like this on the street. It’s safe to say that it’s Chevy powered, with the “SS” badging on the back.
I was a little bit nervous on the way over, because I hadn’t driven the car much for any long distances lately and I’d lost a little bit of smoothness with my shifting. But I made it over there okay.
After dinner I took some quick photos in the parking lot and we headed out onto Bayshore Blvd and over to Davis Island.
There was a pretty good showing of about 15 or so cars with all four generations of Miata present.
Heading over to Davis Island on Bayshore Blvd.
On Davis Island, everyone lined up and parked. Unfortunately we had just missed the sunset. Luckily, I’d brought my tripod so I was able to get some photographs as the sun disappeared behind the bay. Even without the sun, the sky still provided a nice colorful backdrop.
After talking cars and giving some advice on Miata buying to one of the guys, I headed home and had a nice blast down the freeway for the first time since late September. And in that drive, I got my
groove back shift smoothness back. All in all, it was a good meet. Made some new friends, drove to redline a few times. I can’t wait to do it again.