I took our 2016 “ND” MossMiata out this weekend for two events in Los Angeles and one in Santa Barbara. Phew! Lots of people to see and exciting news to hear about – and be a part of!
My first stop was at a KINOD meet in the City of Industry on Friday at 9:30 pm. KINOD stands for Krispy Kreme, In N Out, Drive. I met the group at Krispy Kreme, showed off the new car, and handed out free products. Giving away free stuff makes me instantly popular and is my “secret” way of making new friends. We had a pair of neoprene seat covers to give away but two guys each wanted the set – they decided to share, each guy took one cover! Everything we gave away went to a person who said, “I really need a…” Glad to be of help.
On Saturday morning I drove to Irvine to Mazda NAO to the Southern California Miata Club’s annual membership meeting. Business from the previous year and the new year is gone over, and new people are elected to various positions. There was also a raffle so large the products took up a table about 12 feet long. The raffle helps the club raise funds and Moss is always happy to help the cause. The SOCALM club has a new President for the 2016 year. A surprise to me was the announcement that the club would expand north to include Santa Barbara, and they named me as the region coordinator! I’m very honored. (I’m pretty sure that MossMiata will be a big sponsor of this region.)
On Sunday I brought the car to Santa Barbara Cars & Coffee which is held every Sunday in Montecito. New and old cars filled the parking lot, and our brand new Miata became very popular. One gentleman confessed he thought our new Miata was a Jaguar when I first pulled in. I let many people sit in the car – something you’d never see happen with the new Ferraris or Mercedes at the show. We got a lot of positive comments about the modifications on the car and I think we helped Mazda sell a couple new Miatas as well. Always a bonus to be a brand ambassador.
After Cars & Coffee I could finally park the ND in it’s temporary home in my driveway and take a well-deserved break. I introduced my 1990 Miata to the new car, and I think they became friends. I thought this shot of the “old” first Miata and the newest, both in white, was pretty compelling. The cars are remarkably very similar in size, as they should be. I have to admit that in a year or two my 1990 will be moving on to a new owner so I can permanently have a 2016 in my driveway as my own car. I love it!