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  • Doug Quara 9:10am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 100k, ,   


    Nelli turned over 100,000 miles last night! If I recall correctly, Nelli turned each 10k milestone (10, 20, 30 . . . 90) either going to an autocross or track day or Miata-club event, including last night.

    Nelli is my beloved 1994 Mazda Miata which I purchased new. Ordered April 12, born May 23, and delivered July 13.

    Nelli is mostly all original: original paint, interior, seat covers, top, and yes, even back window which is still clear after all these years. There have been some performance and appearance upgrades including Koni Yellow, Racing Beat front swaybar, Racing Beat cat-back exhaust (replacing a Leistritz which had rusted), VooDoo shift knob, and most recently, Pioneer head unit replacing the dead-and-no-longer-fixable MSSS.

    This has been one of the best, most fun car I have ever owned. It’s been quite reliable. In those 100,000 miles, besides consumables such as brakes and maintenance items such as timing belts and spark plug wires, failures have been limited to: slave cylinder (2), antenna mast, front hubs (many, many laps at Sebring are brutal!), rear diff / axle seal, battery (3) (each of the Mazda gel batteries lasted over 7 years each! Not bad!), headlight sealed beam, a couple of marking bulbs, airbag module, radiator (preemptively swapped out to avoid the aging cracking these suffer from when the tank’s black plastic turns green), crank angle sensor, front engine mount, and shifter bushings.

    There were the occasional bruises fixed by a number of paintless dent repairs. Ironically, most of these were incurred while tucked away in the garage.

    Oh, there was the replacement of the steering rack after sliding sideways into a curb, but we can’t count that against the car unless it’s to blame the car for being so much fun at autocross and time trials where this was inflicted on it.

    This car has not been abused but it has been driven hard. It has dozens of autocross events and dozens of track days under its belt. It has been enjoyed, top down, on countless beautiful South Florida days. It’s almost a part of the family.

    I so enjoy this car! It is one of the best examples ever of an automobile being true to its design criteria. The answer is always: Miata!

    • Mark Gilbert 10:27am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Doug! It is a well kept beauty for sure. Looks showroom new thanks to a very caring owner. Keep on enjoying her for many more fun miles. Zoom-Zoom!

    • Robert Burr 11:37am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on the milestone. I remember Roy Rogers had a ’46 Willys Jeep driven by sidekick Pat Brady named Nellybelle.

    • Doug Quara 12:59pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The name “nell” is a bit of a stretch, I will admit. I forget who said it, it might have been my wife Tammy, but on first sight commented “It’s looks like a white bean!” White bean? Cannellini? “nelli” for short? (OK, I told you it was a stretch.)

  • Mark Gilbert 2:34pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Legend, , Refining   

    Mazda Reveals a Treasure Trove of MX-5 Miata Design History, Shows How We Got the Fourth-gen ND Miata 

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 1

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 2

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 3


  • Mark Gilbert 7:31pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: member cars, member profiles   

    Breakdown Of Members Cars 

    I thought that since we have over 60 members who have signed up on the club’s new web site now, that I would do a breakdown of what cars our members own. This info was taken from your personal profile so if you didn’t list your car in your profile which some people did not do, I couldn’t add your car in the tally. Here is the make up of our club members rides:

    NA – 1989 – 1997 16 cars
    NB – 1998 – 2005 13 cars
    NC – 2006 – 2015 13 cars
    ND – 2016 – 2017 16 cars

    Pretty even breakdown of all the generations.

    • Blas Rolando 8:48pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And only one Hot Red Pepper

    • Robert Burr 9:07pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Since some of the NA series vehicles are nearly 30 years old and some NBs are almost 20, that’s an amazing testament to the lifespan of these little sports cars.

    • Mark Gilbert 5:32am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They certainly are great little cars and the best thing about them, the joy and thrill they give their owners no matter what their age is priceless.

    • Doug Quara 8:49am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting! Thanks for posting, Mark. I am surprised how many NDs we have in the club. Awesome.

    • Mark Gilbert 9:54am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What would be awesome is if we could get a lot of the members to come to a meeting or event and have 25 to 30 cars together at one time like we had at Grieco last year. Maybe the road trip to Sebring would be a great place to start. We have 11 cars signed up so far. Let’s try to get a big turnout for that road trip!

    • Paul Foster 3:09pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It looks like there is a good showing of all the models here. I joined the SFMC back in January but have not yet been to one of the meeting or events as I have only recently got my Miata and have been doing some maintenance jobs on her since purchase. I hope to be able to make the April meeting and look forward to seeing like minded enthusiasts. I have a 93 NA.

    • Jim ODonnell 6:51pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My 97 NA turned 20 . Who has a ’98?

    • marcy nieporent 5:20pm on Friday, March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My ’96 should be ready for historic plates????

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