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Club Mission

To unite Central Pennsylvania Mazda Miata enthusiasts in a spirit of friendship and to enhance their enjoyment and knowledge of the Miata.

Club History

Back in 1992, Miatas were becoming more numerous in the central Pennsylvania area but there was no Miata club since the short-lived Keystone Club had disbanded.

Our founder, Dave Allen, decided to remedy this sad situation and travelled to the Miatas at Indy event in the summer of 1992 to get the charter for a new club from the Miata Club of America. Also at that Indy event were Bob & Jo Bookwalter and Julie Swope and these three Miatas (one blue, one white, one red) formed the nucleus of the new club. That summer, more Miata nuts joined the club and after a few local drives, in October PACE took its first run to the Skyline Drive..

PACE membership has continued to grow through the years from this small group to almost 100 Miatas—and their people. In this time PACE has explored most of the many great twisty country roads in our area and has run trips to various areas of the country from Ocean City MD west to Utah and from Charleston SC north to Nova Scotia. Our events have ranged from scenic drives, picnics and dinners to autocross and performance driving school.

After enjoying the hospitality of numerous other Miata clubs, in 2008, PACE decided to organize its own regional Miata event and hosted 125 Miatas from all over the US and Canada for our Buggies & Bridges event which we enjoyed so much we repeated it in 2011, and are having another one in September of 2020.

This is just the beginning of our history as our enthusiastic leaders and membership continue planning for an exciting future.

Past Presidents 

Dave Allen 
Bob Bookwalter 
Harlo Smith 
Don Newcomer 
Randy Chapman 
Bob Gresh
Garry Lookingbill

Key Activities

Single and multi Day Drives - Many drives are scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall months usually on Saturday. There are many country byways that snake up and around the hills of central PA and we drive all of them. Some drives involve interesting destinations but all drives include a food and/or ice cream stop. Occasionally multi-day drives are organized to experience the roads in surrounding states.

Pacemakers - PACE has a contingent of retired folks who asked for some week day drives so the Pacemakers group was formed. These drives are generally at a more leisurely pace.

Annual Picnic - The club sponsors a picnic, usually in August, where members can mingle in a casual, non-driving environment. The picnic is pot-luck with meats and drinks supplied by the club.

Dinners - There are two regularly scheduled dinners during the year, the Spring Kickoff Dinner where officers are elected and events are scheduled and the Fall Planning Meeting where club business and event organization are discussed. These dinners are partially funded by the club. Just recently the Cabin Fever Dinner series was initiated to give members an opportunity to socialize during the long winter months.

Regional Events - These events offer members a chance to visit with fellow Miata owners at locations around the country. Regional events have become very popular and are usually well attended by PACE members.


Membership hovers around 100 cars. Annual dues are $30 Contact Us with question/comments or download an Application from the left side of our "Home Page" to join in the fun.

Pace Officers

Dave Allen

Joe & Sandy Golesh

Vice President

John & Pat Boyer

Fred & Sue Stauffer

Mike Cory


Rod & Nina Slenker

Brian & Carol Piersol

Rick & Marilyn Yanchuleff

Bill & Jeanette Latsha

2019-2020 Members at Large (Looking for 2021-2022)

2020-2021 Members at Large
Bill & Sharon Rimmler