Windy City Miata Club visits Rockford’s Midway Village

Members of the Windy City Miata Club visited Rockford’s Midway Village Aug. 6. The Miata, which has been in production since 1990, is a two-seat sports car. (Photo by P.J. Francis)

By P.J. Francis

Members of the Windy City Miata Club (WCMC) toured Rockford’s Midway Village Museum Saturday, Aug. 6.

The Mazda Miata is an affordable, user-friendly, attractive and reliable two-seater sports car. It has been in production since 1990 and is similar to the British sports cars of the 1960s, minus the oil leaks, unreliable electrics, and aroma of fish and chips.

Two updates have been made in the lifespan of the car, but it has managed to remain loyal to its original concept. It continues to offer fun, reliable and affordable motoring. Driving for the sheer fun of driving, rather than the destination, is the purpose of driving a Mazda Miata.

WCMC is a not-for-profit organization designed to promote the enjoyment of goodwill and fellowship derived from owning a Mazda Miata. Though most of the membership is in the Chicago area, they have members throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and other states. As of the end of 2010, WCMC had 274 members, with 199 Miatas. Enthusiasts are invited to join them at their next meeting or activity. Regular club meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at Fuddruckers in Downers Grove.

Midway Village is at 6799 Guilford Road. Call (815) 397-9112 or visit

From the Aug. 10-16, 2011, issue

Windy City Miata Club visits Rockford's Midway Village. (Photo by P.J. Francis)

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