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Old 10-22-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hello from Chicago!

A few years ago I bought a 1997 Miata to drive at track events. It was quite ugly when I bought it:



Here's what it looks like now:



I've driven many track events with it. I started out driving bone stock; massive body roll, tiny tires, and the slowest guy in the run group. Over time I've gotten to be a much better driver, and have improved the car incrementally to where it is today.

Here's the major stuff:

-Corbeau seats and 5 pt harnesses
-Megan coilovers
-FM sways
-Hard dog roll bar
-Depowered steering rack
-Deleted soft top, antenna, radio, air bags, air conditioning.

While I'm based in Houston, TX, I took the car with me on a long term assignment in Chicago to drive the tracks of the Midwest. In the past few moths I've driven Autobahn, Gingerman, Mid-Ohio, and Road America.

Once I fix all the broken/worn stuff from the track season, I'm planning to do a full race-prep over the winter, starting with a cage from miatacage.com. I'm planning to compete in NASA TTE and perhaps later wheel to wheel in PTE or an IT class.

I have aspirations of an LSx swap at some point, with perhaps a turbo 1.8 along the way, but for now I'm just having a blast with the stock motor, harassing expensive high-horsepower cars.

Cheers,
Nathan
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Welcome, why the rattle can job on the HT? Paint that thing white, it'll look so much better.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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Welcome, why the rattle can job on the HT? Paint that thing white, it'll look so much better.
It was a really oxidized nasty red color when I got it, so I shot it flat black. The plan is to vinyl wrap it over the winter. I've got the materials in hand, just need the time.

I do like the two tone black / white, so will probably stick with the color scheme.
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