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Old 07-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #21
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I am starting to get the bug to do track days, this thread is making the itch hard to ignore.

I have a feeling that doing your track day in the Miata will make you sleepless at night yearning for more. Lucky dog.
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Definitely going to try to make the 8/10 at ECR.

I'm new enough that the only things that blow are my turbo and my driving!
Cancelled for track repair. Just got the email.
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You should probably do Miatas @ Hallett next, still my favorite track though TWS is starting to creep-up on it.
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Track prepping!! How do you like it, Chili?


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Cancelled for track repair. Just got the email.
That explains why I saw Eric sign up for a BMW Auto-X over on dfwmiata.com.

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You should probably do Miatas @ Hallett next, still my favorite track though TWS is starting to creep-up on it.
Planning to. That will be the weekend after my next DE event, so I'll have some idea of the Miata's track reliability before going.

Fun stuff!
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:28 PM   #26
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Planning to. That will be the weekend after my next DE event, so I'll have some idea of the Miata's track reliability before going.
Dammit! I'm going to miss two straight years. I just missed Miata's at Hallett last year. Literally had my car ready the next weekend.


As long as your tires/brakes and fluid/front hubs are good, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
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I am starting to get the bug to do track days, this thread is making the itch hard to ignore.

I have a feeling that doing your track day in the Miata will make you sleepless at night yearning for more. Lucky dog.
You need to finish reassembling your Miata and come out with me and sixshooter in October. I know that it cannot come soon enough and I think I will be doing 5-8 track events a year starting next year. It really is like a drug.
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Hopefully after I finish my paint job off, I'm only a few safety items away from my first track day in my Miata. Its been years since I've done one (back in my AE86 Corolla days) and now I'm itching to do one in a faster car.
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You need to finish reassembling your Miata and come out with me and sixshooter in October. I know that it cannot come soon enough and I think I will be doing 5-8 track events a year starting next year. It really is like a drug.
Sometimes I think I should buy a bucket of **** and do the basics needed to track it safely so I can get out there, learn to drive a track, and not worry about the consequences.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:08 PM   #30
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Or buy a "nearly there" complete car that represents a serious discount to NAV that can be tracked to death as it sits now and can then be a great platform for more power if you decide it needs it.

Then, you can leave your current car as a shiny drag car.

For maximum effect, the second Miata should be black.

(Since that picture, the car now has low-profile square pop-up headlights and factory-style front turn signals).
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Track prepping!! How do you like it, Chili?


Fun stuff!
Great to see! You got an amazing deal on it, so now you must roll those savings into more track days!
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Get ready for your wallet to be empty the rest of your life...as if it already isnt. You will never be able to get enough, congrats, you now have the track bug!
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That explains why I saw Eric sign up for a BMW Auto-X over on dfwmiata.com.
Yup, knocking over cones is better than hanging out at home with the teenagers, even in the heat.

July and Aug trackdays have been sparse. Only two days each month. MSR-C 7/20-21 and TWS 8/24-25.

Sept looks fun, 9/7 ECR, 9/13-14 Hallett, 9/20-22 TWS & 9/28 a TT w/ PCA at Mineral Wells
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Pictures!!!

Stock Suspension. LOLOLOLOL!!










Enough V-8 fun. On to the Miata!

BMW Hunting:






Guess who passed on the straight? Sounded awesome!


Miatas at Hallett 2013:






So, since late July:
MSR-C 1.7 CW x 1
MSR-C 3.1 x 2
Hallett x 1

~14 hours of seat time and counting.
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Looks like great fun! This weekend I will be in Albuquerque, NM for Miata Mayhem III at NAPA Speedway! I can't wait!
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Total hoot. As a bonus, the Miata has been 100% reliable. So nice to just get out there and drive.
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Been awhile since I've posted in this thread.

Anyways, I've degraded to a complete, drooling/shaking/need my next fix track junkie.

I joined MSR-C in November. Bought a second Miata to dedicate to the effort in December. And on and on.

Just finished another track weekend with Driver's Edge. Yellow group now. Making good progress. It was cold this weekend, high today was 36. A slick track is a good teacher.

My goal this weekend (besides driving) was to build and test my lap timer/data logger/video logger. Simple setup consisting of an iPod Touch, a Dual XGPS150A and the CMS LapTimer Pro app. I built my own bracket to hold the iPod and GPS. It bolts between my rear view mirror and windwhield header. It worked great. Some pics:

The end of the 1/8"x3" aluminum strap is drilled to match the mirror's mount. This is the mount for older NA's where the mirror screws into the windshield header.


A couple of pictures of the finished aluminum strap. An iPod case will be riveted to one surface and the GPS will be tie-wrapped to the flat at the end.




Installed. To finish, the strap is bent towards the windshield and then a furniture "Elevator Bolt" with a foam pad is placed against the windshield to triangulate. Adjust the nuts so that the assembly is spring-loaded against the windshield and the iPod is level and square for good G-readings. Simple and sturdy.


How it looks from the driver's seat:


Here's some laps from today for your enjoyment!

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Personal best today on the MSR-C 1.7CCW: 1:29.2.


Plus, I did it with a blown engine! (Sigh) Read all about it:

https://www.miataturbo.net/build-thr...6/#post1113926

Just wait 'till the car's healthy again!
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