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Mazda Still Gets It: Driving Matters

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.

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…)

Project Miata Finally Makes Some Progress

Miata crank bolt being removedText and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Since I had a little bit of time on Sunday and I wasn’t coughing too badly, I decided to get back to work on the Miata. Plus I like to drive around during the Superb Owl because no one is on the road and my wife had jury duty the next day, so getting it running would be a good thing. I first had to make a trip to Home Depot for a 4′ piece of pipe (for a cheater bar), and then again, for a corded drill and a center punch. Because screw you, cordless drill, you’re never charged when I need you! I put the Rennenmetal tool on the crank boss, gave the cheater bar some force, and all too easily got the crank bolt out at last!  (more…)

2014 Memorial Day Weekend Meet At Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi

Eight shades of MiataText and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Despite a coating of dust and only having one mirror, which was held on by rubber bands, Roadster made it out to the first show of the year this past Memorial Day weekend at Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi. I finally got to meet some of the local Miata owners in the local club known as Tampa Bay Miatas. Out front we had eight Miatas lined up of all three generations, and surprisingly without planning it, each one was a different color.

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It’s Official, 1 Year With Roadster

Roadster in the garage
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

[Ed Note – I couldn’t resist a good chance at some Turkey puns back in November, so here is a look back at my first year as a Miata owner. It was a little early though, as today is actually one year to the day after I drove Roadster home for the first time, and it overheated, beginning what would become an expensive first year. Things have begun to improve since this post was written, but before we get into that, here is the story of what’s been going on with it for most of this first year. ]

From the past year of my personal automotive frustration, here is a story of my own Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkey. A comedy of errors that could only happen when you combine a man who hadn’t bought a car in almost ten years, hadn’t owned anything with a manual transmission since five years before that, and a location saturated with overpriced and under-maintained Miatas just waiting to win hearts… or break them.

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Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

Roadster at Miatapalooza
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

In the past, I’d been to what I thought of as large car meets. Forty or fifty Subarus? Sure! That’s enormous! But I recently learned that it really isn’t. I’d heard that the Miata community was large, but little did I know how big it really is until I recently attended this year’s Miatapalooza in Lakeland, Florida, a parking lot celebration of every generation of Mazda’s diminutive roadster. (more…)

The Roadster’s New Kicks

The Miata is back from the shop, where it underwent some much needed maintenance repairs in order to be drivable in time for the April car events taking place in the Tampa Bay area. Now that the roadster is driving smoothly, I was finally able to address the biggest eyesore it came with—those ugly wheels. (more…)