Last month’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was this author’s first attendance to the event and it was big… huge in fact. Due to a combination of trying to cover it all, preparation for publishing, not to mention attending the Sebring 12 and a Miata meet all in the same month; Amelia’s Cars & Coffee event ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor… until today. After the jump, we’ll revisit Cars & Coffee with a selection of photographs of the cars which were there. (more…)
With my Miata having been broken since the end of last September, I hadn’t made it out to a single meet since last year. With that finally sorted out thanks to Maztech, I attended a meet on Wednesday. Hosted by Tampa Bay Miatas and Spinnywhoosh Graphics, this was a “BBQ and Bayshore” meet at Kojak’s House of Ribs with a cruise down South Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd and ending on Davis Island. This was the kick-off event of 2016 for regularly scheduled meets with the bay area’s Miata enthusiasts.(more…)
Re-shared from Hooniverse Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf
Do you ever miss an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in a long time? That’s how I’ve felt about my Miata for the past two months. Every time I drive that car, my hands have a wonderful chat with the steering wheel and shifter. I can’t help but smile as pedal meets floor. For weeks, we had a blast together flying across the Howard Frankland Bridge to St Petersburg, Florida, for Monday night classes; but then one night, my old friend developed a cough. (more…)
This is a bit of a different take on Matt Farah’s One Take series on The Smoking Tire. Instead of driving a tuned car on one of California’s scenic driving roads, he’s instead driving this “K-swapped” Mazda Miata on Gingerman Raceway, during the GRIDLIFE Motorsports & Music Festival. Known as a K-Miata, it’s had its factory Mazda BP 4-cylinder removed and replaced with a combination of Honda K24 (TSX engine) bottom end, with K20 head (from the RSX Type-S), providing the Miata with 250 naturally aspirated horsepower and a quite tall 8,200rpm redline.
When the original Mazda Miata was being designed, it was created with the idea of the “horse and rider being one” or “Jinba ittai” in Japanese, where the car was made around the premise that it would handle as though it were part of you. That idea has been pervaded up through the new 4th generation Miata, which will soon be offered in 2016. Last night, I decided to take a little joy ride in my NA Miata, as I often do in the evenings, but this time I decided to take my little dachshund, Kimi, with me to share in the top down experience (she’s named after our favorite F1 driver, Kimi Räikkönen). I moved her little doggy car seat from the Volkswagen to the Miata and strapped her in with her pink harness, and off we went. She was a little nervous at first, trying to figure out which way to face, but not long into the drive, she was perched up next to the door, trying to smell the air as we zoom zoomed through the back roads near home, sneezing as the wind went up her nose. I wonder, if we do this regularly, if she’ll learn the words “do you want to go for a drive, Kimi?”
[As a quick disclaimer, this photo was taken at low speeds while I had my eyes and attention on the road and with my hand on the wheel (which is why it’s a little blurry). I wanted to preserve the memory, so without looking at the screen, I took a few photos and this one came out well enough that I decided to share it. I was also very careful to have her strapped into her seat which straps to the passenger seat, so that she would be safe. If you’re going to take your dog with you, keep them safe.]
Posted on Instagram by Bryce Womeldurf [“Goodbye #devilhoses. See you in another #20years. Well, see you next oil change. #Stayput #Miata #Miatalife #devilhose #NA #NA8 #jinbaittai #ivemendedsomething”]
Over the weekend, I worked through changing all of the coolant hoses in the Miata. I’m still buttoning up a few things. Tighten this, lubricate that. Stay tuned for a new post coming this week showing all of the work done.
Recently, I was a little annoyed to see a local dealership advertising that you could take a “virtual testdrive” of a new Camry. While I realize that someone may hopefully not just make a judgement on a major purchase, like buying a car, by just watching some videos, it kind of seemed a little insulting that it was being sold that way. This week, I ran across this new Mazda ad, which seems to hit it right on the mark that driving matters. Hit play and see if you can get through it without getting a little choked up.