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Miatas at Laguna Seca 30th Anniversary Invitation

Extending my invitation to all of you for end of 2019:

Mark your calendars!

The Miata turns 30 next year and you’re all invited to the celebration at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on October 11-13th.

Now that we have a firm date, we’re working on all the various details including adding special things to commemorate the 30th anniversary. We will also be sharing information via FacebookInstagram and Miata.net as in previous years. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our latest videos. If you have any Miata friends who think they might be interested in attending, please have them sign up for the email list via the home page at our website as these emails are our primary channel for reaching out to you.  In the meantime:

Lots of track time?  Yes!
Parade laps?  Yes!
All the top suppliers of cool Miata goodies and services all in one place?  Yes!

Stay tuned for more…….

As always, the website remains the official source of information for the event, where you will also find the link to register when registration opens.

Event registration will open at 9am Pacific time on Saturday, June 15th.

We’ll also send out a reminder before registration opens to provide you with further information.

See you in October!

The Miatas at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Team

Hot Wheels: From Hobby to Obsession

I think it’s time to pump the brakes on this hobby a little. Since I started to obsess over this idea a month ago I think I’m about $200 bux all in already, because I keep sweeping my local supermarkets of the models I want. And it’s a good time for a reality check.

The good news is that historically Hot Wheels do go on sale closer to the holiday season. They are a great stocking stuffer, and a good gift to give. But by that time the selection will dwindle in stores or there will just be random models I have little or no interes in.

Over the past month I have hoarded about 75 Miatas! There’s 5 different kinds. The two 2016 red Miatas I ordered on eBay at $5 each. Since I posted about trying to find a white Mad Mike MIATA I’ve added 40 of them to a shoebox I keep them in. I bought 16 of them today alone. Probably should take a breather on that one. I used to get so angry at assholes that snatched up all the red Miatas so that all i could do is pay five fold for it on ebay. Now I’m the asshole for doing the same thing in the 20 mile radius around my home, from all the supermarkets in sight. Not all were $1 either. I notice stores do a 29% to 49% markup from week to week. Only Wal-Mart is consistently charging 94 cents for both Hot Wheels and Matchbox which brings the total to roughly a dollar with tax. Im glad i also found a few more of the baby blue Eibach spring model, I had the least of that one.

I have been unsuccessful finding a Mazda 787B or Porsche 962 from the Real Riderz Car Culture Circuit Legends line. Visited several Walmarts twice this week alone, no luck just wasted fuel.

But I did pick up a bunch of the Euro Speed cars including another Audi R8 LMS, BMW M1 Procar, Mercedes Benz 190E and an Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA.  Ordered them in one shot from Wal-Mart and they arrived in one day to the store. Wish ordering a Mazda 787B was that easy. I have a feeling there may be a recall on them since people that bought the preorder in September complained on Reddit of a deformed rear wing, which on a $6 dollar 1/64 scale premium model is kind if insulting. I’ll be on the lookout. Still. While the rest is on pause.

I did get a ton of cars I really wanted, like the blue Ford GT or the #33 Lamborghini Super Trofeo. I even got the full Fiat 500 line up, including a short card version from a local mom and pop store called Ton of Toys. Got my first 2019 Hot Wheels Mercedes Benz Unimog at Wal-Mart too. And a few Lamborghini Miura specials at Kmart whom now charges $1.09 for 2018 models and $1.29 for 2019 and 50th anniversary cars like the Ford Escort RS 1600.

Some pix:

And that’s what $200 bux in little toys looks like, money I’ll never see again 😉 but I have to say I do enjoy looking at them with admiration, a lot of the cars bring back fond memories from my racing days.

 

Check out my Hot Wheels collection: click here

How I Got Scammed Buying a Miata on eBay

It’s not the first time I got scammed on eBay. Some five years ago I won a bid on a gorgeous Miata in torch red from a Miami seller only to find out it had three major/moderate damage accidents on it’s CARFAX report. Obviously I didn’t pay for/buy that car.

But more recently I did shell out $12 bux on a 1:18 torch red NC2 PRHT model that turned out to be a scam. Maybe the selling price should have been considered, other die-cast models from China sell for $95. But I figured the Bburago NC1 I wanted to buy forever was typically $9.99 before people figured they could get at least $40 for them on eBay. So yea, that red flag was missed. Didn’t see any negative reviews either. Until everyone started crying wolf and I realized I’ve been scammed too.

Anyway… here’s some pic of the car I thought I was buying, but now have to wait another month before I could file a money back guarantee claim;

Sure is pretty ain’t it?

Screw you to the Chinaman that scammed me… karma is a bitch.

Mazda MX-5: Miata Fender Removal. Fender Bender Fix.

Well I’ve gone and done it. Took the better part of the day but my fender is now fixed. Not the prettiest job but it will have to do for now.

What I’ve learned is that it is possible to change the fender without removing the bumper. I was worried it would take forever. Luckily it didn’t take as long as I thought it would, the most time consuming bit was trying to find the plastic clips that hold the fender liner in place. I picked up some universal Dorman fasteners which don’t sit perfectly but again they’ll have to do. Despite my best efforts most of mine broke even though I was perfectly gentle, I guess after 11 years they get so brittle there’s no way to reuse them.

Another difficulty was getting the side skirt removed enough to get to the bottom bolts. Lucky I didn’t break those clips, universal wouldn’t have been an option, dealer only part.

And finally the new fender I got was somewhat bowed. It took a lot of time to bang it into shape. And even then there are rather large gaps between fender and bumper and fender and hood.

Here’s some photos:

So, in this process I used zip ties and hundred mile per hour (100mph) tape… like in NASCAR (lol) or more commonly known as Flex Tape available from TV in As Seen On TV ads or in my case picked up at Walgreens for $12.99 (4” inches wide 5’ feet long) I used a fraction of it on the cracked bits on the inside of the bumper so that the fender liner has something to attach to. And on the fender headlight bit which cracked off in the accident. The same bit was meant to be screwed into the fender, but for the life of me I could not align it, so I zip tied the damn thing in place. If I took the front bumper off I probably would have been able to tighten it correctly. For now zip ties and tape will do. Going to go for a spirited drive to see if anything loose shakes out. As of now everything is attached tightly. I did scuff up some paint on the car from the sharp metal of the fender, not to mention murdered my hands with cuts and scrapes.

Mazda MX-5: Hunt for Miata Fender in Copper Red (Found It!)

It’s been a week since my mom had a fender bender with my car… (she bent the fender with her car while backing up). Since then I’ve been scouring the Internets for a replacement. Nothing terribly close could be found I called about a dozen local used car part places, but I had two candidates via a web site called Car-Part.com

eBay was crazy pricey. Craigslist had nothing. Car-Part.com however had a ton of options. But because I didn’t want a repaint I decided to stick to Copper Red paint code 32V. First option on Long Island about 69 miles away. And second in Pennsylvania near Wilkes Barre 98 miles away. I emailed both places. Got some photos of close ups of damage. And chose the cheapest less damaged option, $100 bux. Not perfect, but I think it will clean up nicely.

The car on Long Island.

And the car in Pennsylvania:

There were many options all around the East Coast, in a variety of colors:

Like this green PRHT at the same place on Long Island, though I did not see it:

This one looks great, except for the scratches on top right of the pic.

Also with interesting interior, a lot less pumpkin color like in my car. I like this two tone with black highlights. Center console.

Love the look of the Niseko car available in Pennsylvania at yet another wrecker.

Always been a fan of this color, beautiful wheels on it too.

This afternoon I headed East to Medford, NY Thinking all the while that I bought my car on Long Island. Bought the RX-8 spare donut for my car there. And now the fender in the middle of Long Island just shy of the Hamptons, near Haupague and Lake Ronkonkoma. The place was only 69 miles away, but it freaking took me 8 hours round trip $11 in tolls and $20 in fuel, because of Friday traffic and the fact I drove thru NYC trying to cheap out on the tolls.

Medford seems to have a whole row of junk yards along Peconia Ave, among them where I bought my fender today. Reminds me of the chop shops along Avenue P in Newark, NJ

Nice wheels…

It’s not perfect, but it will do.

Since the ad was posted, looks like a bunch of parts were sold already.

This little nipple in the middle of the damn thing will really bother me. Could not see it in pics because of the glue residue  but what can you do. Will have to live with it.

My dog Maxi Max came along for the ride. We stopped in Flushing, the Chinatown of Queens for my favorite soup dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai. And then again at Kababish near La Guardia airport because of heavy bumper to bumper traffic, and because this place was highly recommended by a coworker, so I had to try it. Max helped himself to a piece of chicken kebab while I was out of the car getting gas. He got smacked for stealing, but when we got home he drank the whole bowl of water. The food was punishment enough because it was so spicy….

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll attempt to install it.

Mazda MX-5: Bad Day for my Miata

Always knew someone will run over my Miata. Today my mommy dearest succeeded. It didn’t help I parked behind her on a weird angle… only ran in the house for a minute before going out. But she beat me to it. Put her truck in reverse and plowed over my fender doing plenty of damage.

Not sure how to tackle this project. Will look for another fender for sale online, preferably in Copper Red so I don’t have to paint it. But this won’t be cheap.

This is why I can’t have nice things.

Not sure how she got enough speed to do so much damage as the car was parked two feet behind the truck. So far I pulled out the fender so it’s not running against the tire. And zip tied the fender lining together. Car looks like shit now.

Hot Wheels Mission Accomplished!

…mission accomplished! (sort of)

After a few days of obsessive compulsive behavior. Two supermarket visits and a trip to Wal-Mart dropping $50 bux on toys, my collection is off to a good start!

I cleaned out my local ACME grocery store of their white Mad Mike Miatas that I mentioned in a previous post. And the next day, while I woke up at a crack of dawn for no particular reason, I went to my local 24hr Walmart where I cleaned them out of their Gulf Racing Porsche 917LM cars and the Gulf Livery Indy500 racers… getting many multiples of each. I anticipate them to be fairly rare, so they will be a good car to trade for something else like the red Miata from 2016 that I don’t yet have.

Happy collecting ya’ll.

Love these…

This pair travelled with me from Monterey, California where I scoured local supermarkets for all things Mazda during Miatas at Laguna Seca.

UPDATE September 29: more cars

Only one one left to get is the Matchbox Miata

 

Check out my Hot Wheels collection: click here

Hot Wheels Race Cars Collection

Several years ago I started buying a ton of Hot Wheels diecast race cars to get my little nephews hooked on cars and racing. These days my young nephews have convinced me that I should have started my own Hot Wheels and Matchbox collection much sooner…

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been treating myself to a 1:18 model every now and again when I found a good deal online or in store, but those events have been rare. So far I only have a handful of SVT Cobra’s and SRT Viper’s to speak of. But Hot Wheels are cheap! And while they lack in detail of each tiny model, there’s a huge variety of choice out there. I’ve found myself lately rushing to the toy aisle of my local supermarket every time I go grocery shopping, to go thru the racks to see what’s new. If there’s a box display it takes me a good 20 minutes before I’m satisfied to leave that I’ve dug out everything there is to find in there. When I leave something I had in my hands without buying I feel instant regret.

That’s precisely what happened when I had Gulf Racing Porsche 917 Le Mans long tail from the 70’s and a modern Indy 500 open wheeler in the same livery. They were in my shopping cart for the whole store visit but before I got to the register I chucked them out because I have never seen Gulf livery on an IndyCar before… what a fool!?!

What’s even worse, there have been instances few years ago where I actually bought the cars. Gave them to my nephews who proceeded to bash them against each other, throw them around on the floor, and now keep them piled up in a large bucket because they have so many…. argh!

This happened to a red MIATA which I wish I kept in a box because I have not been successful finding another one for myself no matter how many Walmarts, Kmarts or Target stores I visit. But also other cool race cars like the pair of Castrol livery BMW 3.0 CSL’s below:

I even try to visit stores whenever I travel to see if other places get more variety. I did pick up several Mazda RX7’s on a trip to California last year, or Ford GT, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Cadillac ATS-V.R and Lambo Super Trofeo models on a recent trip to South Jersey while volunteering for MotoAmerica.

Seeing all these models glued to the wall makes me all nostalgic about working IMSA events where I blue flagged the exact Mercedes-AMG GT3’s and Ford GT’s. Or the Pirelli World Challenge where those Cadillac’s dominated everyone else.

Looking on the Hot Wheels web site I see a ton of models I’d like to add to my new wall collection. Including the white rotary Mad Mike MIATA which is the  closest representation of the livery he uses on his crazy drift car:

Or the yellow Lamborghini Super Trofeo, which looks awesome:

Or the Lamborghini Countach pace car which looks legit!

Or even little souped up Ford Fiesta from one of my new favorite sports that went belly up this year: Red Bull Global Rallycross:

Or many other new things that Hot Wheels hasn’t announced yet, or already stopped selling (is it me or is everything out of stock on their web site…. and I’m not paying eBay prices for any of these no matter how much I want them).

So if any one that knows me comes across a cool diecast, go ahead spend that $1 dollar on me, I’ll happily reimburse you.

Cheers!

PS. I’m very pleased with my growing ND MX5 collection, whenever I see them on a shelf I snatch them. I even beat another enthusiast that wanted the car while my eldest nephew an I went to our local Wal-Mart during the Hot Wheels 50th anniversary tour… and that never happens to me, for once lady luck was on my side.

 

Check out my Hot Wheels collection: click here

Single-Make Fiata Series? Yes, please! Spy Shots of Abarth Fiat 124 GT4 in Italy

This is pretty awesome news from the motorsport spies in Italy. Fiat really is developing a GT4 version of the Fiat 124 Spider.

SportsCar365 says so

And so does Daily Sports Car:

This was either just picked up from a translation of a French fan site of Italian machinery. Or reporting of further sightings of the car being tested.

I’m really happy to see this.

I’m a huge fan already of the Fiat Abarth Rally car that came out a while ago:

The GT4 which apparently will be seen racing in a single-make Italian series, would be an amazing addition to the American version of the Global MX-5 Cup as well as the Japanese Miata series and European MAX5 series.

The Fiata is not dead yet!

Donut does Top Gear esque “Celebrity” Hot Lap in a Miata RF and I Love It!

I’m a fan of Donut Media on YouTube/Facebook and for those of you stumbling onto my little blog that haven’t heard about these videos yet, I think you should totally check them out!

The idea is simple and familiar to most “motorheads” as it was blatantly ripped off the British Top Gear show’s Celebrity in a sensibly priced car or whatever Jeremy Clarkson called that segment. But instead of some random real celebrities driving a POS KIA C apostrophe D, we get YouTube “celebrities” driving a Miata RF, and I enjoy watching that more.

They’re only a few episodes deep and since the project hasn’t been shut down by a seize and desist order from the BBC, I’m sure each future episode will only get better and better. The first few are bloody brilliant in all sorts of comical ways not least of which include a minivan having no issue of keeping up with a Miata on a racetrack, because let’s face it… it’s not really a race car lol

I wish the chubby bearded guy and his crew the best of luck with this project, not that they need my wishes as the channel has reached a million subscribers. But they are clearly doing an awesome job! Keep it up. I am especially looking forward to future episodes… hopefully nobody crashes the Miata (I would hate to see it replaced by another random donation from a manufacturer or a cheap rental to keep the show goin)

Link: https://m.facebook.com/donutmedia and

Episode 1: https://youtu.be/dneftF_IMF4

Episode 2: https://youtu.be/eUqwBaCy9dQ

Episode 3: https://youtu.be/2VA6tjQrjxc