Hey everybody, I've been a long time lurker soaking all the great info on here. I have a stock white 1990 miata. I got it for free from my Aunt on my 16th birthday (I'm lucky I know). I orginally thought it was a car for gay hairdressers haah but I kept it and it has really grown on me. I totally love it now. It is my DD and I just did my first autocross with it last weekend. It has about 93,000 miles on it.
I go to school at Rochester Institute of Technology for Mechanical Engineering and I'm from Hatfield, PA (45 minutes north of Philly). I just finished my third year. During the summer, I do coops and make some money. I then spend a some of that money on my car. Last summer I took care of some exterior issues (I did two donuts on an icy highway and hit the gaurd rail. I also had a tire blow on me on the highway and I ended up in a ditch (maybe I'm not so lucky haha)). Anyway, I replaced the fenders and hood, put on a racing beat body kit (now it looks like its driven by a less gay hairdresser), put on a robbins glass window top (the old plastic window cracked in the rochester cold) and got it all painted at Maaco. I did all the work myself except for the paint job. I wish I had, I couldn't of done a much worse job then Maaco but I only had a week to get all that stuff done.
I've been taking car of all the maintenance for it (timing belt, brakes, all that good stuff) and just finished replacing the clutch. It went out after my fifth autocross run of the day
so I missed my last run. There is another autocross next weekend that I will be doing, and I'm trying to convince my girlfriend to drive the car as well.
This summer I'm down in Huntsville, AL working for Toyota. I'm looking to take car of safety stuff now. I'd like to pick up a Kirk Racing Roll Bar since they're made right in Birmingham and I don't have to get it shipped, and maybe a seat to go along with it. However I'm 6 foot with a long torso and I'm concerned about a roll bar since it's my DD. mgeoffriau also had a kirk bar and mentioned on here that it seems to be better suited to shorter people. So I'm still deciding what I'm gonna do.
Eventually I would love to turbo this car and get it up to around 240 hp, but slowly so I can learn how to drive in the process. I would be autoxing it as well as putting it on the track, but it would still be a street car. Then once I get a job and all that good stuff I'd like to get an NB and put in a V8 for a dedicated track car and this car would be my fun street car.
Sorry for the mini novel guys. Just trying to denoob myself as much as possible.
Thanks for reading