Hello everyone. We (my wife & I) come from circle track racing where we raced my step son. He has since moved on to have his own team, so we have been put out to pasture. We would like to spend our spare time at a race track instead of golf course. We had to opportunity to go to the Auto Bahn in Joliet IL. last weekend for a NASA race with a friend who has a couple of road cars (Z06 and a Miata Spec). We had a ball, the people were awesome and the racing pretty intense. So the question is which model year do I look for to start a build. I've read about the different years and the pros and cons of such, but I would really appreciate some input from others. After we find the car what about the Spec Miata in a box?
crash99, starting on Sept. 20th the SCCA Runoffs will start at Road America. Testing for the Runoffs is going on this week. IIRC 64 Spec Miatas have been entered from across the United States. Approx 600 cars total. Qualifying runs from Mon. through Thur. with races from Fri. through Sun. The Spec Miata race is at 11:30 Friday.
If you were to Google "SCCA", then Club Racing, then Nation Championship races you would find a bunch of information on the Runoffs.
As you have found road racers are an open (to a degree ) fun folks to hang with. If you find F production car #51 dark blue with no roof or windshield I would be happy to direct you to locations of the Spec Miata folks.
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Car #: 127
Year : 90 Posts: 284
I can't speak for the "Miata in a Box" from Advanced Autosports, however I use several of his products on the cars I work on and race. His "Oil Relocation Kit", "Shut Off Switch Kit", "Brake Lines" and "Window Kits" quickly come to mind. Good stuff and his service is first rate.
I've been contemplating the same issue, my thoughts were, if you can find a nice pro built car cheap, then get it no matter the year. If you are going to start from scratch, then get a '99. They keep making changes to the other years to keep up with the '99 so you might as well start with it and save some agravation. Also if you are not a smaller guy, and since diets suck, you would be better with the '99
I have pretty much come to the same conclusion. I purchased a 94 that I got a great deal on and will need to part out a lot of it since it is modded anyway, but decided it would be best just to sell it and get a 99 since adding in the 4.3 rear end and almost(not completely decided upon) the 99+ front suspension. Adding both of those to any car ths isn't a 99 is going to cost anywhere from 2000 to 3000. That money can be spent on getting a 99 already with less mileage, less wear and more than likely still come out ahead in price. For a new comer it almost seems like they are forcing the class to go this way. Pretty ridiculous and it has crossed my mind to go to spec944 instead due to some other things I dont agree with in Specmiata.
Many factors will play a role in your car decision but the main one will be budget. If that isn't an issue then find a pro car in the classified section(any year) and start having fun! If you want to build your own and budget isn't an issue find a 99(donor cost is more up front). If budget is an issue then find a NA (cheap donor) and start ordering stuff!
If you expect to be at the pointy end of the field your 2nd race then rent until you realize this isn't going to happen redardless of what year you build. In our region the top 3 guys have all 3 cars covered(1.6,1.8,99)so I wouldn't get to hung up on a year until you have many hrs of seat time under your belt. Then you'll pass your car onto another newbie and then build your dream car!
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Region: NWR / Oregon
Car #: 88
Year : 95 Posts: 2000
Find out what other people in your region are racing. If virtually everyone has the same car a) it's easy to find one used b) it will be easier for people to help you with the setup/prep, and c) when you're in a jam and need a part, someone will have it. If there's a huge mix then it doesn't really matter but if you're the odd man out, it can make things more difficult.
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