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unevolved 11-07-2010 05:49 PM

Chronic Miata Addict
 
I've got a long (relative to my age) history with Miatas, so I'll start at the beginning.

I worked at a driving school (Texas World Speedway) for about 18 months maintaining a fleet of 7 Miatas, while building 4 of those Miatas up to Spec Miata level. I've since moved on to another performance speed shop in the area, but still spend a lot of time around Miatas.

In addition to my employment with them, I spearheaded Texas A&M's GRM Challenge program, building what we believe might be the world's first turbo VG30E-powered first-gen Miata. The car was originally intended for the 2010 Grassroots Challenge, but we ran into some serious logistical issues (no shop space, not enough labor, etc) and the car is now our 2011 Challenge Car. We've by no means given up on it, and a full build thread can be found at our website, http://saeintl.tamu.edu/grassroots/miata.

As a college student, I spend too much time on the internets, so I imagine I'll be on here frequently.

My name's Jake, by the way.

18psi 11-07-2010 05:59 PM

welcome. interesting car you guys are building

turotufas 11-07-2010 07:05 PM

Welcome to here.

rharris19 11-07-2010 08:48 PM

Hey Jake. I didn't know you weren't over that that same shop anymore. Are you working with Kester racing now? Hope all is well and that gas station is coming together. Welcome to the show.

unevolved 11-07-2010 09:14 PM

Kester Racing is no more. The backing dried up a while back. Josh decided to take the initiative, and is the proprietor of Hough Racecraft. (http://houghracecraft.com/) So far, I'm his only employee. Small operation, but we stay busy on the weekends. Just got a new tires machine, spin balancer, and two-post lift. There are some pretty awesome plans for the place, you should come check it out.

rharris19 11-07-2010 09:24 PM

Josh is a pretty awesome guy. A buddy messed up his motor and he told us to just bring it back and take it apart at the shop back there. In fact, I think I have Josh's card on my night stand still. I will definitely come back there and see what you guys are up to the next time I am there.

unevolved 11-07-2010 09:54 PM

Please do. One or both of us are out there whenever there are cars on track.

Pseudosport 11-08-2010 01:28 AM

Welcome! Nice to see another GRM guy here.

unevolved 03-02-2011 12:44 PM

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A few weeks ago, a VERY rough NA followed me home for $650, slightly less than the RX7 I had just sold hours prior. It's getting a GTX bottom end, and a terbo, at some point in the future, right now I'm just focused on making sure it doesn't try to kill me.

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What can I say, I like a challenge.

dustinb 03-02-2011 12:46 PM

Wow, that car is very rough.

moerdogg 03-02-2011 02:14 PM

Wow, that looks scary. Don't catch any diseases from the interior!

curly 03-02-2011 04:20 PM

Were the wheels included? I'm not sure I'd know where to start with that one.
Late welcome btw, always enjoy a good GRM build.

TurboRussian 03-02-2011 07:52 PM

Looks like you guys are building some cool projects. You should be proud of yourself! Welcome!

unevolved 03-02-2011 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by curly (Post 696311)
Were the wheels included? I'm not sure I'd know where to start with that one.
Late welcome btw, always enjoy a good GRM build.

Wheels were part of the deal, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered.

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Originally Posted by TurboRussian (Post 696385)
Looks like you guys are building some cool projects. You should be proud of yourself! Welcome!

Thanks, this one's my personal project rather than a school or GRM challenge build.

cowboys647 03-04-2011 03:58 PM

Good luck man


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