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Mazda MX-5: NC Miata Rear-Quarter Trailer by Paul Byers in Australia

One of the coolest things I got to see on my trip Down Under was the NC MX-5 Miata rear quarter trailer made by Paul Byers. Unfortunately I only saw the thing very briefly and the fuzzy/grainy picture above is the only proof as I ran down the sidewalk fumbling my phone to get a shot before the car started moving once the traffic light turned green. I was going to have another encounter with it during the Bathurst 12h but thanks to V8 Supercars organization cancelling the MX-5 parade lap an hour before it was meant to take place, that never happened.

Luckily Paul was nice enough to stop by my post and have a brief chat before meeting him again during our big Sydney Fish & Chips run a few days later. The car wasn’t there, but luckily I was able to raid Paul’s facebook page to get some pictures of the build process to share in this post here.

The rear quarter NC trailer creates just enough storage for an MX-5 to make the car practical. In fact Paul made it out of necessity to haul a spare set of tires and a tool box with him to club track events. Since then he’s made a few more trailers that he proudly shows off on a dedicated facebook page here: www.facebook.com/Pauls-Trailers-481817561952940/ I could certainly use something like that for my upcoming trip down to Gulf Coast of Florida for a few racing events.

And now the build process:

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And the finished product:

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a Pisser’s Racing creation 😉

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With time the development of the trailer included faux-tail pipes, antenna, and brake disks… probably a tad over the top but certainly tastefully done and fits with the overall image of the car and trailer.

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Paul also has other trailers that suit various MX-5 towing needs.

What a great project! I kind of want one now.

Mazda MX-5: Fish & Chips Run with the MX-5 Club of NSW – Sydney Chapter from Kirribilli to Balmoral Beach

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The highlight of my visit to Sydney by far was the Fish & Chips run organized by Guy Coles through the MX-5 Club of NSW, Sydney Chapter. Guy scheduled a 6pm meetup under the Sydney Hourbour Bridge on the North Sydney side in Kirribilli to drive along the northern suburbs to Balmoral Beach for a light dinner.

I was pretty amazed with the turnout… the parking was a bit scattered but looking back at all my pictures I counted at least 20 cars! For a weekday, after work meeting that’s incredible turnout. All those people wanted to meet me? Really? Probably not… As naive as I would be for thinking that, the MX-5 Club of NSW does these fish and chips runs pretty frequently. But to show my appreciation I certainly thanked every person whose hand I shook for coming. And then proceeded to take a million pictures of their cars:

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Every generation of the MX-5 was well represented. I was super happy to see all those NC’s! But there were certainly a number of beautiful NA’s in attendance. As well as a bunch of NB’s including the rare factory turbo SE models that were badged as Mazdaspeed in the US. Plenty of NC’s including the NC1, NC2 and NC3’s. Several special editions among them, including a few 25th Anniversary models as well as some cool colour options like the twin Yellow ones. I was surprised to see that Copper Red Mica (like mine) was such a rare option in Australia while there were plenty of brighter red ones. Someone joked at the start of the event that Black NC’s were the most common option in the club, but soon after that statement was made a bunch of variety rolled in. Some MX-5 owners even brought their “other” car, including a beautiful  RX-7.

We started to roll-out towards Balmoral as some people were still rolling in to Kirribilli to join the cruise. It was fantastic! I was very lucky to catch a ride for the cruise with the only ND in attendance. Chris (originally from Queensland) was a recent transplant to NSW and happy to share the ride with me. And while it didn’t seem like it until it happened, that ride was actually my first time being in an ND, it turns out I haven’t had a chance to drive one yet… Hmm!

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While we cruised to Balmoral Beach it was incredible to see other MX-5’s along the way. Including this red PRHT and another blue that passed us going into the opposite direction. Sydney seems to be a Roadster heaven! They certainly got the perfect weather for it.

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Upon arrival in Balmoral Beach the parking lot was well and truly dominated by the MX-5 club. It was quite a sight to see, especially if you’re into this sort of car, which a few beach goers, especially the younger ones seemed to be. I wasn’t the only one taking pictures of the cars with my phone there.

The Fish & Chips were great! But the company was even better. I’m so happy Guy organized this event and even happier with the amazing turnout. I certainly wouldn’t be able to put anything remotely like that in New Jersey if an Aussie came for a visit. So thanks to Guy… and to the MX-5 Club of NSW/Sydney for being so awesome. Someone even handed me a hat with the club logo on it. I shall wear it proudly!

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The drive back to the train station was pretty neat also as all the MX-5’s scattered into different directions. We got a beautiful glance of Sydney skyline from one of the hills which made me really miss living in Sydney. If only I had started this hobby a little earlier, I would have enjoyed the company of these awesome people back in 2009 when I lived in Australia on a working holiday.


 

Before coming to the big event in Kirribilli I had to pay a visit to Bondi Beach, my favorite place in Sydney. And sure enough I spotted an MX-5 there which I wanted to share in this post. As tempted as I was to have Fish & Chips for lunch at Bondi, I’m glad I found a place serving Kangaroo Burgers instead… between the scenery, the food and the MX-5 community meetup this was one awesome day for me!

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I love Australia… I really love Sydney!

Bathurst 12 Hour Race Weekend for Miata Owners in the MX-5 Club of NSW

All of my hobbies are bound to converge when I arrive in Australia in a few weeks. I love to travel, and I’m getting an opportunity to do so flying to Sydney via Hawaii. I love Motorsport and the Bathurst 12h race is giving me an excuse to go to Australia. I love local foodie experiences and there will be plenty of them at the track. And I love meeting other MX-5 owners, and to my surprise there’s a good number of them in Sydney area and NSW at large.

I was lucky to come across a post from the local MX-5 Club in NSW inviting it’s members to come out and enjoy a weekend of racing at Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 12h…. what a coincidence that I’ll be there? Now I could plan my schedule so my free time is spent chasing after the local Miata owners and making new friends!

If you are local to NSW and for some weird reason not a member of their community yet (what? come on… how could that be?) consider joining the group and making your way to Bathurst to watch some cool cars go racing as well as a big group of fellow MX-5 owners hang out together. I know I’m looking forward to this the most!

Quoted from the MX-5 Club of NSW web site:

http://nsw.mx5.com.au/events/bathurst-12-hour-race-weekend2

Date
Sat 06 February 2016
Duration
2 days (06 February – 07 February)
Meet
McDonalds Panthers Club Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
Time
6:00am for a 6:20am start
Organiser
Joe Kovacic, 0403 106 012, jkovacic@netspace.net.au
Cost
$70 per car for weekend pass for two people

RSVP

Hello Fellow Race Enthusiasts!

The time has come around again where we need to register your interest to the upcoming Bathurst 12hr Production Car Race weekend of 6th to 7th Feb 2016.

Please note you have the option of attending this event for …

  1. All three days or
  2. Just Saturday or
  3. Saturday & Sunday

This year there will a Show & Shine event organised by Raceline Events with Judging and Trophies. There will also be an opportunity of participating in a Parade lap on Saturday.

Please find attached the event entry application form. Fill out and email a copy to myself and Raceline Events asap. A minimum of 10 MX-5s is required for this event to proceed.

Please note that early registration is vital and you need to book your own accommodation asap.

Any questions please feel free to email or call me.

Itinerary

Click here for a PDF of the itinerary.

Saturday
6:00am Meet at McDonalds Panthers Club Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
6:20am Depart Panthers Club for Mt Panorama, Bathurst
8:30am Arrive at Mt Panorama Harris Car Park, Bathurst
12:00pm Meet at Harris Car Park for parade lap briefing
12:30pm Car clubs parade lap behind pace car
5:25pm Racing concludes
7:00pm Meet at Kings Hotel, 60 George St for bistro dinner
Sunday
5:30am Meet at Mt Panorama Harris Car Park for club cars
5:55am 12hr Production Race starts
11:00am Meet at Harris Car Park for lunchtime tour to Orange
2:30pm Return to Mt Panorama for 12hr Race conclusion
3:00pm Raceline Show & Shine event Trophy Presentations
6:00pm Racing concludes

– See more at: http://nsw.mx5.com.au/events/bathurst-12-hour-race-weekend2#sthash.w2Q5S0tZ.dpuf