I’m sure most car guys have an Automotive Bucket List. I certainly do. It’s not extremely ambitious or exciting, but it’s included things like…
– drive Laguna Seca
– visit the Mazda Basement
– ship Sharka to Europe and drive through as many countries as possible
– do a One Lap
– attend a KINOD meet
Well… some of those got crossed off this past trip to California. Basement? Check.
KINOD? BIG damn check.
Quick KINOD info – it stands for Krispy Kreme / In-N-Out / Drive. Miata buddies in SoCal would get together on Friday nights and do the list. Get a donut, go down the street for a burger, then drive the canyons. Or chat in a parking lot. Or whatever. Something that gets friends together and get cars out of garages.
And post photos online after KINOD.
Some of the best Miata/Roadster/MX5 pix I’ve seen in my life have come from KINOD meets. Just glorious photographic art. That’s been the real driver for me to attend one. KINOD meets always look amazing from the photos posted.
So here’s Sharka’s inaugural KINOD meet.
It was everything I hoped for and more.
Pete, owner of Benny, was my KINOD guide. We drove the hour or so from his house to *the* In-N-Out together.
I decided to put the tire on the trunk for the meet. It completed the faux rally look that Sharka was rocking for the trip. It cuts visibility a little bit, but the huge stock side mirrors cover all the blind spots just fine.
Anyways, we stopped and ate. I’d never had In-N-Out before and it was delicious. White Castle levels of delicious? Maybe. Better than Blakes here in New Mexico, which regularly wins best green chile cheeseburger contests state-wide.
Then we drove to a nearby parking lot that was apparently okay with hosting 25+ Miatas.
Then the magic happened. Over 50 cars showed up.
This happened at 949 Racing (a mini-meet before going to the Mazda Basement) and it was a little strange for me then too. Having a cluster of people swarmed around Sharka? Very… I don’t know what word to type here. It’s very much not anything that I’m used to.
Flattering? Sure. But Sharka’s just a Miata. There’s a million of them. And there’s nearly that many photos of Sharka. haha!
But… yeah. Folks clustered around Sharka. The sheer quantity of kind words for both me and the car were overwhelming. My head barely fit under the hardtop on the drive back to Pete’s house.
To everyone who welcomed us to KINOD – thank you. Sincerely. It was everything I hoped for.
Now onto the pix.
The night before KINOD, I got to have dinner with Pete, JonB, and fwdtamiya. Pete made steak, Jon and Garrett brought some nice beers and other stuff, and I… brought myself. ha! It was a fantastic time and we all chatted till the wee hours of the morning.
I managed to not shoot the cars while they were all together in the driveway. Kicking myself over that one.
This red 90 belongs to a gentleman named Mike aka “90MX” on the forums. I’ve chatted with Mike on and off for years and seen pix of this car.
Photos do NOT do it justice.
There’s a million tiny things that you don’t see in photos. Layers of care. Hours of work applied on each inch of this car. Everything fits together so very well. Everything is harmonious.
I could go on, but unfortunately, I didn’t do too well with my photos. I should have begged Mike to move into some light so I could click my camera 50 times or so. Alas, I didn’t think to ask.
He would have probably done it. Mike is one of the nicest fellows I met at KINOD, and that’s really saying something. EVERYONE was nice. I’m not just saying. This is an amazing group of enthusiasts.
I wish I had more to say about these. The night started to be a blur and memories are running together. I also put my camera back in Sharka’s trunk and just walked around and talked with everyone for about the next two hours.
My photos may be lacking, but my memories of talking and seeing the various unique mods on the different cars… priceless.
They all posed together as the meet was nearing the end. Pete asked for a “professional photo.” And here it is. High ISO and all. ha!
But seriously, what gorgeous cars. Mariner blue is growing on me. I would love to add an early mariner car to my fleet.
And then the Cappuccino appeared. The rest of the KINOD meet was a blur for me. A very small blue blur. The Capp took over the rest of my night.
I got to both ride in and DRIVE this insane little machine. More on that in the next post. I’ll have a full spotlight on the Brappuccino.
And lastly, from me and Sharka, thank you again KINOD! We had a blast!!!