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  • Mark Gilbert 3:09pm on Friday, September 27, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: article,   

    Miata Is Always The Answer…. 

    From humble beginnings in the form of British roadsters, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has grown through four generations to establish itself as the widely accepted king of cheap, easy, fun to drive cars.

    Ease of maintenance and modification built the MX-5 Miata into the garage tinkerer’s dream, and its lightweight chassis, 50/50 weight distribution, and and terrific handling have cemented it as the unofficial SCCA track car king.

    Remember, no matter the question, Miata is the answer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA3ZxRRkdd4

     
  • Mark Gilbert 7:02am on Sunday, September 8, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: , showdown, sports car   

    Miata Is Still Always The Answer! 

    https://www.tflcar.com/2019/09/sports-car-showdown-review-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-vs-toyota-86-trd-special-edition/

    Two seats, rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, some sticky tires, and enough power to light em up when the urge strikes. The basic ingredients of a sports car haven’t changed much over the years, and if you’re lucky enough to have a large pile of cash, there are quite a few brilliant examples available today. Unfortunately, for most of us, these pinnacles of automotive performance are all but out of reach.

    Sure, we have plenty of sports sedans, hot hatches, muscle cars, and even SUVs that claim to be sporty—all of which are also available for less than a fortune. But a true sports car for the masses is sadly becoming rarer.

    Luckily, Mazda continues to build the torchbearer for affordable performance. Now in its fourth and arguably best generation, the MX-5 Miata is pretty much the go-to answer for driving enjoyment on a budget.

    Not to be outdone by their Japanese neighbor, Toyota and Subaru entered into a partnership over a decade ago to develop their own small, affordable sports car. Sold as the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and now Toyota 86, the Toybaru has gained a loyal following of enthusiasts, many of whom take advantage of a thriving aftermarket to mod their cars.

    The recent introduction of a TRD Special Edition model to the 86, as well as an updated engine for the MX-5 Miata, provided an excellent rationale to test these two cars and see which is best.

     
  • Robert Burr 12:58pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Permalink |
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    Web Site crash 

    Our Miata web site crashed recently and we lost some posts. I’m trying to recover them.

     
  • Robert Burr 4:24pm on Monday, July 1, 2019 Permalink |
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    updates to Miata web site 

    We’re updating the Miata web site to try to cut back on hackers and other bogus traffic. This may or may not cause some issues with using the web site.

    Some issues have been reported with leaving comments.

    Let us know if you see any problems. rob@quantumleap.net

     
  • Andrew 12:24pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: Autocrosser, , Gulfcoast,   

    Gulfcoast Autocrosser and Performance Driving 

    UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUqDWvjsx9c&feature=youtu.be

    The hard part is learning where the imaginary rod lies in relations to the cones. As for the car, it handles very well with stock tires. My swaybars were upgraded to GWR RoadsterSport brand, a medium upgrade for swaybars. Its helps to reduce, but not eliminated the strong roll of the car.

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    For anyone interested, I will be out at the training ground this coming Saturday, June 1st for another round of novice training. Its a great learning experience, well worth the drive there and nominal cost for about 2-3 hours of driving practice through cones on a safe airfield. You can drive the car as hard or soft as you like. For me its about learning the feel of the car, its handling, braking and threshold of grip.

    Preregistration is going on now: http://rollbase.gulfcoastcloud.com/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=142720&p=144437&g=211172 You pay the $25 at the event, helmets are available for free use.

    This is the last session for the summer and the program resumes in September. Pretty much everything you need is on site for nominal cost: food, drinks/water, paper signage for your car. Do bring lots of sunscreen, hat, proper clothing for direct sunlight as there is no shade.

    The novice program starts at 9:30 AM sharp, I expect to be there around 8AM.

    Your car will need to be inspected (tires, brakes, engine for loose battery and anything loose) and cleared by the officials at the site. The facility is broken down into two parts for Saturday use: novice school and 1/2 mile test/tune track. Novice school is in the morning then they break for lunch around noon and give you 3 runs (tokens) for the test track. You can earn more tokens (more runs) by working the cones (people stationed to reset the knocked down cones). On Sunday the entire field becomes a 1 mile race track.

    Contact me for any other questions.

     
    • Robert Burr 2:52pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds great!

    • Anonymous 3:23pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Where is this held…Google map?

    • Andrew 5:15pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

      Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

      Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

    • Frank Falcone 11:09am on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

      Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

    • Anonymous 12:25pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Andrew, i can’t make it this Saturday but would like to do the event in September. Please keep me informed.

      BTW, I’ve done two of the Equipe-Rapide autocross events at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds this year. They won’t start back up until October but I’ll post the date when it becomes available.

    • Andrew 5:24pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Frank,

      Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

      That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

      As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

      As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

      I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

    • Frank Falcone 10:14am on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

    • Anonymous 4:49pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Frank,

      For purpose of novice training, I don’t think it matters as you are not competing. If you were to race on Sunday, then it would make a big difference.

  • Blas Rolando 8:40am on Monday, April 8, 2019 Permalink |
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    MazdaPros 

    http://www.mazdapros.com

     
  • John Morris 11:17am on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: historic, marker, Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign, Yehaw Junction   

    Yeehaw Junction Historic Sign 

    Ever wonder what was on the Desert Inn historic sign at Yeehaw Junction?

    Well your dream is about to come true 🙂

    The property is at the intersection of State Road 60, US 441 and the turnpike.

    Yeehaw Junction Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeehaw_Junction,_Florida

    According to town historians and several original newspaper articles that are displayed at the Desert Inn and Restaurant, the town was originally named “Jackass Junction” or “Jackass Crossing”. This name was given to the four-corner site back in the early 1930s, when local ranchers rode on burros to visit the Desert Inn (then the local brothel). As the 1950s approached, the Florida legislature felt that a name change was due in light of the construction of Florida’s Turnpike through the center of the community in 1957, resulting in renaming the town to its present-day name.

     
  • John Morris 7:41pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction Palm Beach   

    Barrett Jackson Auction – Two for one Tickets 

    Miata Member Ron Nieporent has two-for-one tickets to the 2019 Barrett Jackson Auction held in Palm Beach on the weekend of April 12-13-14.

    If you would like to be put on the list for two-for-one tickets, please send your name and email to Ron Nieporent. His email is ronnieporent@gmail.com

    Thank you Ron!

     
  • Robert Burr 9:49am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: automatic transmission, , recall   

    Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Transmission Recall 

    Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

    More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

    Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

    The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

    The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

    NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

    https://www.mazdarecallinfo.com/

     
  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: hard dog roll bar, mechanic, question,   

    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?

    Thanks!

    Robert Blanchard

     
    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.
      http://www.mazdapros.com

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.
      https://www.mazdacoconutcreek.com/service/

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

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