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Rewiring the 1.6l NA Miata … Part 1

NA 1.6l Miata MX-5 with the wiring harness and ECU laying across the engine bay for troubleshooting.

The now ST6 Miata has had some serious electrical gremlins from day one. Intermittent starting issues, random fuel cuts, and erratic idling to name a few. I knew at some point I would rewire the car completely. What I didn’t anticipate however, is that I would give the rewire a first pass just days before the regional championship at Nashville Superspeedway.

Effective Defog and Defrost Strategies for Racecars…

Windshield foggy in the spec miata after a few laps at Talladega Gran Prix

And why I need to implement them now. In past seasons, races in the rain were rare, with only a few to suffer through. But lately, it seems like every race weekend has weather looming over it. Half the races this season have been in what I like to call dynamic conditions. And with these dynamic conditions comes fog. Making what used to be a side note a big priority. Namely, developing a valid...

Autocross is Still Fun!

Lotus Elise and Caterham 7

I used to autocross a lot until I started wheel to wheel racing. Autocross is more available, cheaper and much less demanding on resources. It may not be as exhilarating as racing; but it is a great way to learn and practice car control, hang out with gearheads and in my case … finally test the Lotus.

Spec MX-5 Primer

When I first started racing a friend told me to go where the competition is. Simple advice really but as someone that likes to build it was definitely something I needed to hear. That is exactly what I did when I entered 944 spec with NASA Midsouth. A class with large fields at home as well in the Southeast and Great Lakes regions. I’ve enjoyed several successful seasons in 944 spec and my...

Racecar Prep: The Nuts and Bolts of Things

Racecars undergo a lot more stress than your daily driver. Bolts wiggle loose, leaks develop, lines rub, components wear at a much greater rate etc… That is why at the beginning of every season, a full nut and bolt check is crucial to a successful campaign.

Mazda RX8: The Super Touring Performance Bargain

I have a long history with rotary powered cars.  Namely, of not owning one.  Over the past 15 years I’ve always danced around the idea. The last time I was close to purchasing one I opted for a MR2 Spyder instead. I found a deal on the lightweight, mid engine roadster that I couldn’t pass on. The RX8, was relatively new at the time and commanding new car prices. But I still...

Lotus Elise: Rebuild Part 1 (Where to Start)

As I said in the reintroduction, I let my once pristine Lotus Elise sit in disrepair for 4+ years with a suspected head gasket failure. Now a simple repair has become much more involved. My intent here is to offer a summary of the repair and service steps I’ve completed thus far to catch things up. Maybe diving a little deeper with supporting posts in the future. Diagnosing the Failure 4...

Lotus Elise (re)Introduction: The 1800 Pound Paper Weight

I could write a book on the absurd amount of procrastination that went into letting my 06 Lotus Elise sit in disrepair for 4 years. It would be too kind to say I was busy when in reality, fixing a non racecar just hasn’t been a big priority. But as the years roll by, it’s started to become almost a point of embarrassment and a running joke amongst friends.

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