Car #: 76
Year : "You Pick" Posts: 4422
It was ten years ago this November that Spec Miata made its American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) debut. With 13 cars on hand, no national rule set and a subsequent "Coming of Age" Grassroots feature article, a class was born. We did not have many past champions in that first race but everyone there knew something special was happening. I've won three SM ARRC sprint races and 2 SM Enduro races in the past ten years. I cherish those wins and the fun the ARRC provides with my friends above all other races I've won. It is truly a special event full of SM history and irony.
ARRC IS DOING IT AGAIN ON THIS TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SPEC MIATA!!
With SM5 (2006-2010 MX5 Spec Class) on the eve of its launch in NASA and SCCA, the organizers of the ARRC have again invited a new Spec class to participate in this historic event.
The big difference this time will be the number of cars built for MX5-Cup that are able to race, the large pool of interested parties and the presence of Miata Champions available to contest this event (Sprint and Enduro).
I'M CALLING YOU OUT!!
SM ARRC Winners
SM NASA and SCCA Champions
MX5 inspired pro racers
And anyone wanting to find out what they are made of.
I was there for ARRC SM #1, don't miss your chance to be part of ARRC SM5 #1.
Car #: 92
Year : 99 Posts: 32
quote:All car may update to 2011 suspension......
You mean the 2009 Suspension, the front Subframe (changed roll center at least) was changed IIRC, so was the crank... But when you start fresh(er) you can show up front that the latest and greatest will be used, to soften the blow when you are "forced" to upgrade when it's not a good time for you.
Car #: 76
Year : "You Pick" Posts: 4422
quote:Originally posted by Mike Colangelo: So, what's the word on the transmission failure rate with these cars? Word around the paddock is that the trannys are a bit fragile.
They were but fixed years ago. Can fix the old box or use the new style tranny. Tim Buck can explain more but not a issue. Much like the rear end issue on the 1.6s back in the day, old problems long gone....
Fuel is fuel Cates, it knows no class differences....
Update backdate from day one is my thought but that will surely be debated to death as the class gets going.
Car #: 68
Year : 91 Posts: 2359
Dave it will take a while to get the numbers SM has and it will cost more. I'd love to race those cars, they are awesome sounding and way faster, but I think it will be at least 3 years before we see the participation numbers reach critical mass and that depends a lot on cost containment. Just my opinion.
-------------------- Bruce Wilson 2010 Oregon Region Champ 2010 Monte Shelton Driver of the Year 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill E3 and Under 2 liter Overall Champion Oregon Region SM Class Advisor
Jim, Will the engines have to be sealed from mazda such as in the Playboy cup series or can we run original engines from the donor cars? This new class really has my attention and donor cars are starting to come down in price.
Region: Central Florida
Car #: 3
Year : 1992 Posts: 1304
First of all read the latest fastrack. All new classes if approved are going to start as regional classes and then if.....and only if they show solid growth will they become a national class. This is an idea that Jim Daniels has put some time and effort into flushing out, but it is a long way from becoming a reality.
Year : 1990 sm 1990 ssm 2007 MX5 Cup Posts: 62
As someone who just purchased a pro raced MX5 cup car, the price has to come down for the class to enlarge. The avg price of a MX5 cup car was mid to upper 20s. If you look at the cars for sale in the spec miata classifieds the avg price is about half that.
Body panels are more expensive, way more and we know how they get treated , the tires they run in the pro series are $220.00 a piece, if that is what would be mandated in this new class. A little more than RA1s.
So with the economy the way it is I agree with Gatoratty, it will be a long time coming, but you have to start some where.
With all due respect, I would point out that the entry cost of a COMPETITIVE MX-5 Cup car and an COMPETITIVE SM are the same. It's easy to pick up uncompetitive SM's all day long, but the MX-5 Cup formula is way better at ensuring parity, so if your goal is to have a car that you know can run up front, your entry cost for a car is the same either way.
For those who don't really mind, and just want to have fun on the track, the SM is still the better choice!