Milestones

HOONART Has a New Home!!!

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After months and weeks of working on and planning this, I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new website, now live at hoonart.com. This new URL was part of my final project for my master’s degree. Most of my previous content as well as some curated content has been moved over there. Please follow us on the new site to stay up to date on our latest car show, motorsports, and project Miata coverage.

Mazda’s RX-VISION Concept Keeps The Rotary Dream Alive

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Text by Bryce Womeldurf, images courtesy of Mazda.

For the past few years, it’s seemed that we’d never again see a rotary-powered sports car, not from Mazda, not from anyone. I hadn’t even seen one in Pirelli World Challenge at the local St Petersburg city course since the 2012 Honda Grand Prix. The days of that wonderful banshee wail and accompanying stinky yet aromatic exhaust, it seemed, were over. But then, at the Tokyo Motor Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled this, the RX-VISION Rotary concept. (more…)

Car-lovers mourn Yutaka Katayama, father of the classic ‘Z’ sports line

Datsun 240Z that I spotted back in 2012.Reshared from PRI’s The World

[Ed. note – I wanted to share this smaller report as well about Mr K, that I heard on PRI’s The World, due to the personal details mentioned. I also decided to use one of my own photos for the lead image on this reshare. The loss of the father of the Z is a personal one in that an early Z-car, my mother’s 280ZX, was a large part of what started me in having an interested in cars when I was a child. The loss of the man who brought us the affordable sports car is a great one. The world needs more Mr K’s.]

Diehard fans of the “240-Z” know that you can’t think of this sports car without thinking of Yutaka Katayama. Or the “father of the Z,” as he was known to Datsun and Nissan fans. (more…)

Project Miata Roars Back to Life

My 1995 Miata at golden hourRe-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

There have been many ups and downs with this project and it’s great to say that we’re starting the year off back on an upswing. It took some work to get here but take a look after the jump you’ll see how far we’ve come.  (more…)

RIP Yutaka “Mr K” Katayama, 1909-2015

Mr K next to the original Z car
Re-shared from Japanese Nostalgic Car, text by Ben Hsu

Yutaka Katayama, beloved former Nissan executive and noted sports car enthusiast, passed away Thursday at the age of 105. Known as “Mr K” and respected and adored by legions of Nissan owners, Katayama was responsible for many of the early successes of Nissan, as well as some of the pivotal events in the Japanese auto industry at large, but above all he was one of us, a car enthusiast. (more…)

Rallyways: Miatas at Mazda Laguna Seca

Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Re-shared from RallyWays, text and images by Danny Cruz

This is the mecca of events for Miata enthusiasts in North America. Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – an event that has been happening in some way or another at the same race track since the 1st anniversary of the original Miata back in the early 90’s. (more…)

TODAY IS THE DAY: 2016 MAZDA MIATA LIVE REVEAL!

Text by Bryce Womeldurf, video by Mazda USA, images by Sethofdeath and Mazda

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for, the reveal of not only the 2016 Mazda Miata but also the new ND body style and all of the technical innovations that will come from that. The main things that I think Mazda has to get right for this to continue being the greatest selling sports car of all time include the preservation of Jinba Ittai (person [and] horse [as] one body) as getting the weight down, which has increased with every subsequent generation, keep it fun and keep it simple. They’ve had a great thing going for the past quarter century with this car. It’s had to have been tricky keeping cost balanced with performance while meeting customer’s expectations, new and old. But I’m sure Mazda is up to the task. (more…)