I'll be using this page to document the buildup of my recently acquired '00 Miata into a race car for the CASC-OR and possibly FAQ Touring Car road race series. I have successfully competed in Solo 1 and 2 for a number of years in a '00 Miata I purchased new.
The modifications to that car peaked with a set of Ground Control sleeves on KYB AGX shocks, a Hard Dog roll bar, BSP header, KVR Python front calipers, a Sparco Corsa race seat and removal of the muffler and most of the interior. That all came to a grinding halt in May of '04 when I spun the #4 rod bearing which left me with this.
I really enjoyed driving the car on the track but it had gotten to the point I wasn't enjoying the ride or noise on the street (yes, the muffler was installed for street driving). I decided it was time to build a real race car and started researching and ordering parts for a serious race engine. Some parts were late, most were expensive, it was starting to get cold and I was running out of money so the car sat over the winter. :(
But I had some cool looking parts :)
I also decided I could get some "free" tools by building some of the parts for my soon to be (or so I thought) race car. I purchased a set of used bike throttle bodies, a little MIG welder, pipe bender, etc with the intent of building my own IRTBs, header and roll cage. I kept busy over that summer helping friends with their cars. Late fall arrives and I'm no closer to having a race car but I am thinking about starting my own fabrication and race prep business as a side line. Into the winter I head, with a bunch of new tools, a truck, a couple customers and no real place to work. I build roll bar, a couple cages, some tubular control arms and an exhaust system for a few friends and fellow competitors during the spring of '05, borrow a couple cars to compete in that summer and sell my townhouse.
I moved into a nice sized garage in Jan '06 and retreived my car from storage. I still had all of the stock pieces for the car and it was in very good condition overall (except for the partially disassembled and no engine aspects). I was also in need of a new daily driver as the truck was too big and thirsty to commute in and my '91 Civic was nearing the end of it's life. My existing Miata would be the perfect daily driver for me if it had a stock engine but I'd have to find something to do with the un-assembled race engine in my garage.