BMC 2018 Events
(click on links, below, for event information & registration)

Jan 13 : Palace Theater-Post Event

Feb 13 : Fat Tuesday Dinner-Post Event

March 24 : Houdini Museum- Post Event

April 21 : Mud Run X

April : Tech Day

April : Woman's Tech Day

May 19 : Dane, Iowa county Ride

May 19 : SVRA Spring Vintage Festival Road America

June 16 : Holiday Motors

June 21-24 : Door County

June 23-24 : Road America

July 14 : Bergstrom Mazda Ride

July 21 : Lavender Event

August : Deals Gap

August 11-12 : Chicago Audobaun

August 18 : Club Picnic

September 14-16 : Mississippi River Drive

September 29-30: Chicago Audobaun

October 6 :Driftless Ride

October 20 : Fall Color Ride

Nov 3 : Annual Planning Meeting

Other Special Events
Updated March 14, 2018

Here's where you will find information on Autocross, The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Road Rallies, High Speed Performance Events, etc.!

April 29th: Mifflin Memorial Rallye
May 5th: Badger Burrow Rallye
June 3-9: Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive
June 6-10: Zoomin The Mountains, Tennessee. June 9th & 10th: Roads Scholar National Course Rally and Divisional Road Rally
July 14th: After the Foxconn
September 20-23: Hot Lava Ride; Hood River, Oregon.
October: Kettle Moraine Colors
December: The Blacke

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The Coolest Drive Ever

March 25, 2018, Neenah/Appleton
by Pat Kobus

Yes, on Saturday, March 25, five adventure-ready, cozy warm Miatas, one Toyota, and their owners braved the cold (33 degrees) and met in Germantown to trek to Neenah by way of country roads. Going through 4 roundabouts in a row, we then swept past Little Switzerland in Slinger, skirted Big Cedar Lake with lovely forested lanes, zoomed past Sun Burst in Kewaskum, crossed the Milwaukee River three times, discovered Waucousta and Eden and toured around North Fond du Lac. There we saw the sign for the Yellowstone Trail which covers a route from Maine to California. On the way, the homes, farms and soft hills reminded us that Wisconsin is gorgeous.

After a good lunch break at McD's and/or Subway in Neenah, we toured the exquisite Bergstrom.Mahler Museum of Glass, with a great docent who taught us the techniques of glass blowing and paperweight production. The museum showcases the largest collection of glass paperweights in the world. Also, included are Germanic glass, contemporary glass and even some Victorian pieces, all shockingly beautiful. In addition, they were exhibiting student-created Fox Valley Area High School glass pieces that were so impressive they appeared to be made by professionals. The museum, housed in a lovely lakeside mansion, was definitely impressive.

Then a short drive took us into Appleton where we enjoyed shopping and marveling at the goodies at the Wilmar Candy Shop. This yummy, festive place was packed with loyal customers and, though passing up the $210. chocolate bunny, we did our part to support the delicious destination by picking out Easter treats galore. They even have a kitchen in back that you can use to make your own candy, if you plan to go with the kids.

From there, a few blocks got us to the History Museum at the Castle (otherwise known as the Houdini Museum) adjacent to the beautiful Lawrence University Campus. This unique building resembles a castle, originally the Masonic Temple, and houses three large attractions and one small collection of old time toys. On the first floor we viewed authentic pictures and details of life in an asylum for the chronically insane. This was a very serious and moving exhibit. Next, on the second floor, we learned about the famous career of Eric Weiss, otherwise known as Harry Houdini, the great escape artist who lived in Appleton for four years during his youth. This exhibit contained some of Houdini's artifacts such as a large milk can that he was submersed in, an iron maiden, a coffin, a full body straight jacket, manacles, and other paraphernalia. There were hands-on opportunities to test breath control, strength, balance, etc. which some of our braver members tried. After watching a short video about Houdini, we ventured down to the basement level which showed aspects of life in 19th and 20th century Appleton. We viewed an authentic doctor's office, a newspaper printing room, an industrial sized loom for weaving, and a number of other displays. All those nostalgic scenes were fun to see and a great tribute to the past.

After our cultural excursions, we headed to The Stone Arch Brew Pub in town and what a cool place that was! The restaurant is underground and has brick and mortar walls and "romantic" lighting with a fabulous, varied menu from mac and cheese to New Zealand Red Deer with spaetzle. There were a bounty of beers featured as well as many other drinks. We loved our meal and conversation, leaving Appleton with good memories. Our day was truly fun and we thank Mary Lynn and Tom Cinealis for planning and leading this "cool" tour.

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Mud Run X

Just as March came in like a lamb, we hope Saturday, April 21st will be just as great a day to take our Miatas out for their first BMC driving event of 2018.

We will begin the event at 10:00 AM for a meet and greet at Don Miller Mazda. At 10:45 AM we will assemble in the Mazda sales room for a short meeting. At 11:30 AM Don Miller Mazda will then host a lunch for us (usually has been a hot meal to fill your tummy). If you wish to have some work done on your Miata please call them directly and set up an appointment (608-729-0345).

At 12:00 PM there will be a driver's meeting and at 12:30 PM we will proceed to the driving event where we will traverse the twists and turns of Dane and Columbia Counties. After a pit stop at Culver's in Sauk City will will continue our ride through Sauk County stopping at Green Acres Restaurant for dinner.

For more information, and to sign up, see the events page. Hope to see you there.

Web Site Contributors
Photos: Laura Netzinger, Pat Kobus
Articles: Don Gervais, Henry & Laura Netzinger, Ginger Carney, Tom Cinealis, Mary Lynn Cinealis, Pat Kobus

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