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
Henry - 2022 Blue Mica
Glenda - 2022 Snowflake White Pearl
Earlee and Carolyn - 2009 Gray
Don and Vicky - 2019 Soul Red Crystal
Wes and Marty - 2021 Gray Metallic
Paul and Jeannie - 2021 Red
Richard - 2016 Soul Red
Deborah - 2001 British Racing Green
Luc and Michelle - 2006 Maroon
Michael and Suki - 2016 Red
Jim and Arcinee - 2016 White
Nick and Catherine - 2019 Racing Orange
James and Lindsay - 2014 Meteor Gray
Joe - 2005 Forest Green
John and Susan - 1999 British Racing Green
Joshua and Donna - 1997 White
Vincent - 2008 Stormy Blue
Jack - 2012 Black
Tormi and Jodie - 2002 Silver
Ben and Wendy - 2016 Soul Red
Nathan - 2002 White
Nick and Sharon - 2004 Sunlight Silver
Ted and Betty - 2017 Soul Red
Shirley - 2006 Winning Blue
Steven and Kelly - 2010 Red
Brandon - 2006 Galaxy Gray
Terry and Janice - 1991 Silver
Carl and Diana - 1993 Black, 2001 Silver