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North to the Future!   


     

We have had guests who contacted us by Facebook, email, or website with their intent to visit Alaska. Whether by driving or cruise. Here are some of our honored guests.....

2017 Tom and Midge Kilduff from Delaware Valley Miata Club. They came up on a whirlwind cruise tour of Alaska. We were only able to have a few hours to eat breakfast at the Snow City Café downtown.

2016 Les Smith from San Diego Miata Club (SDMC) Came up on a cruise with his girlfriend. Decided to meet us on his busy touring schedule.

2016 Dani and Marios are Germans who drove an ND from Vancouver, Canada to Alaska. Dani is a freelance journalist who writes about Vespas, motorcycles, and cars. He especially likes V8s. Hopefully his story about Marios' Alaskan Adventure will be published by auto motor und sport.

2015 Steve and Majella Sharpe are with Sports Car Tours from Newfoundland, Canada. They are continuing their retirement travels in a Miata.

2014 Barry and Robbie Rosenberg are members of the Southern California Miata Club (SOCALM). He drove up here for his 70th birthday.

2013 The Bluebonnet Miata Club of San Antonio, Texas. The Privett's and group take ship cruises together.

2013 Brett Berk is the freelance writer who wrote an article about the Alaska Miata Club for Road & Track Magazine. www.road&track.com

2009 Jack Leach just wanted to drive his Miata to Alaska and blog about it. www.travelblogs.com

2006 Kanazawa Roadster Club visit. Makoto Nakamura and Hiro Katsutaka are from the KRC. They brought Mr. Toshihiro Hirai, the Chief Engineer of the NA Miata to visit us, the Northern Lights, and glaciers.

AKMC members who have driven the AlCan in a Miata.
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Ed from Alabama to Fairbanks in KIMBA.
Michael F. from Las Vegas to Anchorage in JENNY
Tim from Los Angeles to Fairbanks in FANDANGO.
Jason from Arizona to Juneau in DR X.
Paul S. from California? to Anchorage in White M1.
Dave H. from California to Anchorage in ON VFR.
Jeff W. from ? to Anchorage in MEOWTA.
Kevin K in SCARLET from North Carolina and MARCELINE from ? to Anchorage.
Blake from Anchorage to Montana in SMURF.


1. Driving through Canada is exciting because it is dangerous. Especially through the Yukon Territory. Speed is one of the main differences. Fastest posted speed limit is 80 KPH which is approximately 50 MPH. This is a good thing and for good reason. Most of the AlCan in the Yukon Territory is one lane, two way traffic with alternating passing zones and is probably based on the wildlife which may pop up and jump in front of you at anytime.

2. Before even making the trip you should plot your course and decide where you will enter and exit Canada.  No guns allowed into the country, as with, drugs, etc.  A passport is now required, a birth certificate will help through immigration. Make sure your vehicle is registered, insured (full coverage is a great idea just for the windshield), and well maintained. A tune up, good tires (and pressures to include the spare), and basic fluids is a good idea. Many people who want to protect the front part of the car use blue paint tape or even the more expensive clear coat protection.

3.  Driving in the dark is dangerous as the roads have worn out lines and there are no lights or guardrails and the curves are banked.  Try to drive during the day as there are many wonderful views to sight see and take pictures of.  Save some money for lodging to get well needed rest at night.  Perhaps a spare headlight or bulbs is a good idea.

4.  Cell phone, GPS navi-computer, drinking water, credit card, cash, serviced spare tire, gas can with gas, flashlight, and anything else you can think of that would be useful.  It is all good until it isn't.  And that will suck.

5.  Rock hazards, dips, tight turns, animals, and weather, this trip is much more like a rally.  Once you get to Alaska the yearly tearing and repairing of roads is just as bad.

6.  Taking your time and giving yourself ample time to do this journey, getting the proper rest (not in the car), and sitting down and eating your meals are all great ideas.

7.  That is it for now, gas adds up, and don't forget to fill up no less than 1/4 of a tank, 1/2 if you guzzle gas or travel in the winter.  I would not recommend doing this during the winter but it is not impossible.  June or July, perhaps late Aug or Sept at the latest since it is the rainy season.

AKMC Miata Winter Driving Tips

1. Choices: If you can help it, don't drive your Miata in snow or ice. I am not saying it isn't okay in the winter because one should try ice racing a Miata on Big Lake. What I am saying is that even if you do everything right, that bigger and heavier vehicle will still hit you. This also includes staying home if you don't have to be somewhere. Some Alaskans stay home on the first snow day regardless, 200+ accidents keep our collision and body shops in business. After 2 weeks of first snow when it snows again, an additional 100+ car accidents happen. Why temp fate?

2. Maintenance: Is the battery good for another year? Do you plug it in when it is 20 degrees or less? Are the tires inflated properly and is the tread good for another year? Antifreeze check, windshield wipers not streaking, defroster works? Clean off all snow from your vehicle and make sure all your lights and reflectors are visible to others. Hopefully you have a garage but depending where you are in Alaska you may require a block heater, battery heater, and other items to protect from the cold.

3. Speed: SLOW DOWN! Reduce your summer speed to winter speed. This would include leaving earlier for work. As you are driving slower just time the lights to where you don't have to completely stop as starting from a complete stop is harder. Increase your following distance. Plan your routes to avoid the steep grades. If you do have to deal with a hill, keep your momentum up and try not to stop.

4. Traction: It would be wise to have LSD in your Miata as open diff won't cut it. Stud less tire technology is good but studded tires are probably better. You might want to put 50lbs of weight in the trunk. Remember, you will be able to accelerate but not stop any better.

5. Braking: As you are stopping, brake early and correctly. Know your brakes, newer vehicles have ABS, if not, pump brakes and do not lock them up.

6. Skid Recovery: Yup, go to a parking lot and see how to handle driving in snow and ice and see what your car does. Learn how to recover from skidding.

7. Stoplights: When the light turns green, wait for that car running or sliding through the red signal. If you catch a light turn yellow most Alaskans take it to prevent abrupt braking or sliding stops. When you do stop, look behind you to make sure that bigger and heavier vehicle doesn't slam into you anyways

8. White out: This includes white out if the snow is coming down too hard, too foggy, or if you are driving on fresh snow and can't see the lines we usually follow the tracks that are already there. In Anchorage, a 3 lanes easily goes 2 lanes in the winter.

9. Safety Equipment: The jumper cables, chains, tow rope, and or winter safety kit. With water, flashlight, and blankets. This is mostly where you don't have a cell signal. Stay in your car after the call to stay warm from the cold dangers such as Hypothermia or even being hit by oncoming cars.

10. Roundabouts: Seen too many vehicles try to slow down to yield but end up taking out the berm. There is a reason why DOT has to fix ALL the traffic signs around roundabouts every year. Roundabouts are great in the summer but in the winter they are worse than the four way stop sign.