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Mazda MX-5 Cup: The Global Era Begins At Mazda Raceway

Posted by Robert Burr on August 26, 2016 at 9:28am 0 Comments

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has received rave reviews and multiple awards since its 2015 debut, including World Car of the Year. On the racing side, 94 orders have been placed for the $53,000 MX-5 Cup race car. Sixty-four of those orders have already been delivered to customers, with additional deliveries scheduled in the weeks to come. This Friday, forty of those cars will be taking the green flag at Mazda Raceway in the first race of the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

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Mazda Experience at Sunlife Stadium - Friday August 26th

Posted by Mark Gilbert on August 25, 2016 at 2:11pm 4 Comments

For those members interested in attending the Mazda Experience at Sunlife Stadium tomorrow, the club will have two locations where we will meet up in order to drive down to the event together. Please see below the  locations and times  to meet:

Palm Beach Meet up will be at 10:00am leaving from the area listed below at 10:30 SHARP:
Target Shopping Center
10201 Hagen Ranch Rd
Boynton Beach, FL  33437
(NE corner of Target Shopping Center at Boynton Beach Blvd & Hagen Ranch Rd.
The Broward meet up will be at 10:45am leaving at 11:15am SHARP:
The Field Irish Pub…
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Mazda Family

Posted by Orlando Cabrera on August 25, 2016 at 11:57am 2 Comments

My wife bought a 2016 Mazda 6 GT last weekend. I have an ND, my parent's have a 2000 Protege (with 42k miles!), and my son has a 1997 M Edition. This makes us a total Mazda family.

SCCA Track Night at PBIR 8/23/16 - Event Review (Long)

Posted by Don Resnick on August 24, 2016 at 10:53pm 2 Comments

Background:  I have several track days under my belt in a lightly modified Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S).  These events were hosted by the folks at the Braman Family of Dealership and NOT by a sanctioned Automobile organization. I had an idea what to expect but since this event was run by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), I was unsure how it would be similar / different.

Registration: The SCCA Track Night website was pretty well laid out with links to register and additional information easy to navigate. It was nice to find a list of partners, several of which offer a discount code ($25 off, use one per event). Cost for the event of 3 x 20min sessions (plus extra track time for the Novice Group) was $150. After entering a code, my total cost for participation was $125.

After I registered online, I received my confirmation along…

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Porterfield R4-1 Brake Pad Street & Track Day Performance review

Posted by Don Resnick on August 24, 2016 at 9:17pm 0 Comments

TL;dr: Install these with confidence, expect to clean wheels more often



Background: I am by no means an experienced racer but I have several track days under my belt in a Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S) kitted with Intake / Catback exhaust mods and Kumho V710 slicks but stock suspension, brakes and fluidI've driven this vehicle at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) so this is an comparison of OEM performance on the Mini to upgraded performance on the Miata ND at the same track under similar (dry/hot) conditions.



Track: PBIR is a 2mile track with 10 turns and the main straight is ~6/10mile long.

Track Map Here if you're interested.



For the Miata, most of the corners are 3rd gear and aside from main straight, you touch 4th briefly in 3 spots, short…

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Tee Shirts & Hats

Posted by Mark Gilbert on August 22, 2016 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Vista Print is having a 40% off sale this week. I had previously ordered an embroidered hat from them that had good quality. Ordered a tee today to match the hats we got from Greico last week. Tees are $12 including shipping cost.

ND Brake System Upgrade

Posted by Don Resnick on August 21, 2016 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

First thing: Big thanks to Doug Q & DJ for helping me with this upgrade.

Bakes are important and before taking my Miata to the track on Tuesday, I wanted to make sure my car was safe by installing higher performance pads and fluids.

Having changed pads myself before on other vehicles I was pretty sure I could figure it out but Doug and DJ volunteered their time and experience to make the job go smoothly and quicker than if I did it myself.

Having never bled or exchanged brake fluid, I really appreciated their experience audit  made the 1st drive after the process much less nerve wracking. Having the car stop at the first stop sign - Priceless.

I chose Motul DOT-4 fluid for it's high temp performance and Porterfield R4-1 pads for their rare ability to be a dual purpose street/race abilities. Most brake pads materials are formulated for comfort (low temp stopping power, no noise, and no/low dust) while Track/Racing pads are constructed for the opposite…

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Armrest cover for ND Sport (and Club / GT)

Posted by Don Resnick on August 19, 2016 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

Special thanks to Kim P. for pointing this product out to me...

Redline Goods has a solution for upgrading the hard plastic armrest that comes standard in the ND Sport. They make custom designed covers that you self install over the OEM part.

Cost: $49 and up (mine was $71 before discounts) + $5 for high density ½" foam at JoAnnes.

Install difficulty: medium (for you, easy, I've written a detailed instruction sheet w/ pics).

Install time: ~8 hrs (½ hr disassembly, 7½ hrs gluing/drying time, 10 min. reassembly.

Quality: Excellent! and I have a singularly happy elbow!

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Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21

Posted by Carney on August 19, 2016 at 12:22pm 11 Comments

I just signed up for an autocross on the 21 at the BB&T center. I'll be sure to hand out some flyers. registration ends today so if you want in, get on it!! $45!

https://www.driverregistration.com/eventDetail.php?eventID=302

RF Launch Edition

Posted by Mark Gilbert on August 18, 2016 at 5:47pm 0 Comments

Mazda announced today the sales parameters for the RF Launch Edition. See attached for details:

http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/press-release/mazda-announces-mx-5-miata-rf-launch-edition/

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Hi, I'm somewhat new to the region and was seeking some advice.  I've been using my dad's Miata ('99) and the rain rail needs to be replaced.  I took it to the Mazda dealer and he said it would be at least $1,000 to replace the rail.  I thought that was kind of high considering the posts I've read said it is fairly simple.  Does anyone have any advice on replacing the rain rail?  Or do you have a go-to person?  I would like to get it fixed sooner because the poor trunk is taking a beating.

Thanks-

 

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Comment by Ali on December 13, 2013 at 5:58pm
Rain rails are very delicate. Even a slight bend will cause your soft top to leak. It's not impossible, you just need to know what you're doing. Also, try going to an upholstery place that specializes on soft tops for a quote on replacing the rain rails. Most likely the price will be much cheaper than the dealer. For 1000$ consider buying yourself a hardtop instead!

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