Sun Riders Miata Club of Tampa Bay
Sun Riders recent members Carl and Diana from Apollo Beach have been sports car enthusiasts for many years. Carl’s automotive involvement began in High School with a custom 1950 Ford convertible. Involvement with hot rods ended in college with a sports car enthusiast roommate from Watkins Glen, NY and a friend who had a new 1961 MGA but did not like driving a 4 speed.
A naval career followed, with little car involvement until 1964 when Navy Fed. Credit union had a foreign car program to purchase cars overseas. The overseas order, a new MGB, was delivered in San Francisco.
The more significant event that year was marriage to Diana Hansen, who also had auto experience growing up with Volkswagens, maintained and repaired by her father.
While stationed on the west coast we were involved in several cruise clubs and rallies. Years later we found ourselves living in central Ohio where the MGB was sold with over 300,000 miles on the ODO and a 1967 AH Sprite was found. The Sprite became a 1st/2nd place autocross finisher for a few years. The Sprite went on as an F production SCCA racing car with modest success.
Career changes brought us through Virginia and then a transfer brought us to Florida where we bought the first (of 8) Miata's. Initially we joined the Everglades Miata club and recently, 20+ years ago we moved to the west coast.
Here we were involved with East Bay Miata's and the FAST autocross group. The Sun Riders club came to our attention as a cruising and social activity club which is more compatible with our current interests. Our current Miata is a 2003 NB cruiser!
Welcome new members
Casey - 2023 Red
Michael and Laura - 2020 Black
Ron and Elaine - 2021 White
Doug and Elena - 2008 Black
Greg and Sarah - 2008 Stormy Blue
Roy and Cathy - 2013 Silver
Randy and Kathryn - 2006 True Red
Robert and Laurie 1993 White
Arthur - 2006 Red
David and Kerri - 2016 White
Rick and Loie - 2022 Quartz Metallic
Cynthia - 2008 Gray
Joseph - 2015
Laura - 1999 Silver
Gail - 2013 Liquid Silver Metallic
Colin and Sandra - 2019 Cherry Red
Amir - 1993 Classic Red
Wynn and Patty - 2022 Jet Black Mica
Jorge and Stacey - 2006 True Red