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2023 Board of Directors

President

Gerald Blum 

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Originally from New York, I moved to Palm Beach when I was two in 1954. My lovely wife Michelle of 35 years, daughter Carrera and son Keiran all moved to South Pasadena in 2002. I have been involved with cars all my life. I have owned an auto restoration/paint & body shop, racing safety equipment & auto accessory business and later an automotive art gallery. I have raced in amateur racing with SCCA, HSR and SVRA and professionally with IMSA in the Firehawk series. I have been President of car clubs in South Florida and heavily involved in many others.

My first Mazda was a 1978 RX-7, #249 off the assembly line. I have owned a 323, 626, 929 and a B-2000 pickup. I always wanted a Miata but didn’t get around to until 2017 with a Soul Red Club Edition.
Currently I drive a 30th Anniversary Edition number #47, which is a dream.

Contact me: 727-385-0713  Email: sunriderpresident@gmail.com

Vice President

Jim

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I am originally from Allentown, PA. After enlisting in the Air Force in 1977, I spent several years in Utah, California and Colorado where I met and married my wife, Kim, in 1985.  A few months later we moved to Tampa, Florida. We just celebrated our 35th anniversary in December, 2020.  Between the two of us, we have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

I am an avid sports enthusiast.  My favorite sports teams are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, Rays and the University of Florida Gators.

My first Miata was a 2016, soul red Grand Touring Roadster, however it was an automatic.  The following year, when the RFs rolled out, we traded in our 2016 for a 2017 Soul Red RF GT, with standard transmission, which we continue to customize. We joined Sun Riders in 2016 and it was the best decision we ever made. We have met so many wonderful people, seen so many sights in Florida and enjoyed so many miles in our little car. 

Secretary

Debbie

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 I bought my first Miata at the urging of my husband. He knew how much I had enjoyed having a convertible years ago and wanted one again. He also wanted me to have a smaller car, so we’d have more room in the garage. In fall of 2019 I bought my 2016 Soul Red ND. In the spring of 2020 Dave decided he needed to replace his 15-year-old Mustang and drove my car for a week while deciding what to get. He immediately decided he wanted a Miata as well, so he bought a black 2016 ND. We joined the club shortly after and have enjoyed all the friendships we have made. We are both still working. I have been with the same company for 26 years as a director of IT software development. David runs two flight schools as well as teaching flying. Our house is filled with both aviation and Miata décor as they are both obsessions of ours.

Treasurer

Bill

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Originally both my wife Deb of 31 years and I are from South Jersey. Over the years we moved around. Our daughter Amanda and son Andrew were born in Columbus Oh. We moved from Columbus to Ellicott City MD which is between Baltimore and DC. Our daughter went to Eckerd College here in St Pete which attracted us to Tampa Bay. Once our son graduated from high school and decided he also was going to attend college in Fl we made the move here. We bought our 1st Miata in Md. a Copper-Red 2010 Grand Touring PRHT due to winters in Md. We also owned a 2014 Mazda3 Grand Touring. We are now the proud owners of the 2019 30th Anniversary Edition #269 soft top.

Member at Large

Marc

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Originally from Pittsburgh, we moved to Florida in 1986. We settled in Oldsmar and have been here ever since. Both of us retired in 2012 and haven’t looked back!

We have a daughter,   Megan, who had a pandemic wedding last year. It was originally scheduled for the same   weekend as Tail of the Dragon but neither happened. Megan and Matt did get married on August 1, 2020 in a small ceremony (19 people) outside. Not the wedding we had planned, but we weren’t the only ones who were impacted by the pandemic. We joined Sun Riders in 2013 after purchasing our 2012 Brilliant  Black PRHT Grand Touring.  

The Staff

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Eileen and Marc - Membership

Originally from Pittsburgh, we moved to Florida in 1986. We settled in Oldsmar and have been here ever since. Both of us retired in 2012 and haven’t looked back!

We have a daughter,   Megan, who had a pandemic wedding last year. It was originally scheduled for the same   weekend as Tail of the Dragon but neither happened. Megan and Matt did get married on August 1, 2020 in a small ceremony (19 people) outside. Not the wedding we had planned, but we weren’t the only ones who were impacted by the pandemic. We joined Sun Riders in 2013 after purchasing our 2012 Brilliant  Black PRHT Grand Touring.  

Marc was on the BOD for   approximately 3 years before deciding to let somebody else have some fun.  

I am still doing the membership and e-mail correspondence for the Club.

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Jim and I have been members of Sun Riders since 2017 when we purchased our first Miata, a 2017 Soul Red Grand Touring Roadster.

In 2018, we traded it in for a Soul Red RF, which I use as my daily driver.

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and moved to Florida in 1986, 5 months after Jim and I married.  I am currently working as the Office Manager for a land surveying company and have been in their employ for 31 years.

I have been running the Sun Riders Face Book page for a couple of years. I decided to create it so we could share pictures, comments, websites, events, and general love for our little cars.

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Judy and I bought our first Miata in 2004. It was a beautiful 1990 first year model.

We also joined the Sun Riders that year and have enjoyed this club ever since.

In 2017, I bought a Gray 2015 retractable HT GT edition.

We did merchandise for the club many years ago and took over the web site after that.

I retired in 2019 after 37 years with the same company. I enjoy boating, fishing, gardening and playing bass guitar.

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