Timo Main moneypit monkey

On the way to Laguna Seca for Miatas at Laguna Seca

On the way to Laguna Seca for Miatas at Laguna Seca

Bunch of actual updates are coming, but I had to choose between wrenching time and some last minute fixes, or updating the thread.

The car and I are on the way to Laguna Seca for Miatas at Laguna Seca, with a stop at a customer site on the way. Some of my colleagues wonder why I like to drive to the Bay Area rather than fly:

Miata on CA Hwy 88

Dashboard upholstery is still work in progress and I didn’t get the interior spruced up like I wanted to, but at least it now has a roll bar (fitted with some added CAD in honor of Project Binky), a working head unit, new tires and new brakes. It’s also slower than a three legged dog (are stock 1.6L really that slow?), although the Italian tuneup through the mountains appears to have helped. Alignment has a bit too much toe in at the back - my usual alignment guy isn’t taking new work as it looks like the owner is shutting down the shop, so I had to take it to a local tire place and they couldn’t get the camber and toe adjusted to FM fast road specs - and it occasionally flicks its tail a bit, but it feels good overall.

Heck, I even don’t mind the Hawk Street/Race pads on this one (only pads I could get quickly enough), and I didn’t like those much on the RX8 for street driving.

Let’s hope it’ll hold together OK on the weekend as I need to drive from Monterey straight to my next customer engagement and would prefer not to have to take a rental all of a sudden.