What do you do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon? If you are a member of the Miata Club of Southwest Florida, you drive to Marco Island for some food and a tour.

Twenty-six club members in 14 Mazda Miatas ate lunch at Mango’s Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade, spent time at the Marco Island Historical Museum, and finished the afternoon with ice cream at Beebe’s in the Marco Walk Shopping Center.

The members and their sportscars got a lot of attention wherever they drove.

Matt Garnham, a visitor from London, England, was one of several people who spotted the line of Miatas entering the museum parking lot and stopped to check things out.

“I used to have a Miata – we call them MX-5s – like that sexy silver one and thought I’d come and reminisce,” said Garnham.

This was the car owners’ first visit to Marco. Their next trip will be to a dealership in Bradenton, where the completely redesigned 2016 Miata will be unveiled.

Modeled after British roadsters like MGs and Triumphs, Miata is considered by some drivers as the most popular two-seat convertible of all times, with close to a million sold since the first car rolled off the assembly line in 1989.

The Miata enthusiasts meet monthly in Fort Myers and take part in a number of other planned activities, usually forming a caravan from place to place.

“We’ll go anywhere for an excuse to drive. We love our roadsters and we love to drive,” said Donna Noyes, the club’s membership and events coordinator.

The club boasts a membership of 76 cars and 142 registered owners. They come from as far away as Sarasota and include members in Naples and the surrounding area.

On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as a “drive and eat” social club. A recent progressive dinner attracted 40 members in 21 cars. By the time they got to dessert, they had traveled 50 miles.

The club is also one of the attractions in the annual Key West Christmas parade.

“We have so much fun,” according to Noyes, “that people often ask to join our club even though they don’t own a Miata.”

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