I wanted one with no power steering, but this one was so nice, I couldn't pass it up.When shopping for miatas i drove a white 1992 with no power steering Im so close to ditching a car and getting a second miata (Since the new posh power everything versions is really more my g/fs car than mine)
FUUUUCK i want an NA but cant afford it, stop teasing me internet!!
Trolling Miata.net about camaros is totally the right way to stop the internet teasing you...
I wanted one with no power steering, but this one was so nice, I couldn't pass it up.
So I planned to autocross it in ES then STS, but the 15" wheels and the non-OEM shift knob exclude me from ES. In STS, I wouldn't be competitive at all since it has stock suspension. As luck would have it, one of the guys on the local autocross forum is selling me a shift knob for $5. I'll swap em out at autox days. Another guy is going to let me borrow some OEM wheels with Toyo R1s on them. The tires are used, but he said wear em out and then just give him the wheels and tires back when I'm done
The sensitivity to things like this varies. You can enter a car in any class you want, no matter its legal class or modifications. If your fellow competitors think you have an unfair advantage, they can protest you, and if you are violating the rules, you'll be disqualified from the event. There's a certain amount of group enforcement here - if you're a novice, classing is pretty much irrelevant. If you have a nasty violation of your class, you'll likely get a, "Hey, that part actually isn't legal in that class... sorry..." type statement, but not a protest / disqualification. If you're experienced but at a local event, minor things (like a shift knob) tend to be ignored, but major things (like chassis bracing) will get a less kind reminder or, if you're actually in competition with someone for year-long championship points, perhaps a DQ. If you're running at Nats, better have everything exactly to the letter of the rules. People will protest over anything they can find at nats.
San Francisco has a lot of strong competitors at their local autocrosses. There, Shentar could certainly get away with the aftermarket shift knob in ES, but the 15" wheels may or may not be a problem. He could talk to the guys in ES and see if they care. But some people don't like breaking (or stretching) the rules, even if their competitors don't mind, and there's no shame in choosing to self-enforce.
Remember, autocross is real competition, and at the national level, there's money / things of monetary value at stake. As a result, people care about following the rules, and especially so at Nats.
You become Nationals material by going to Nats (and National Tours, and Divs, and Pro Solos). I thought I wasn't worthy, I wasn't ready, for the real competitions. That year, I won the divisions CSP champtionship and CSP at the Fort Worth tour. I came home from Nats with a trophy, but that's largely because I ran in CSPL, instead of open. Still, going, and taking it seriously, is how you become national material. (I was also the only woman in CSPL to run her own car, with no male running it in CSP open)I'm not national material yet.. especially since I run FS in my G35 and FS is dominated by Sam Strano (PAXs top 1 or 2 overall.. nuts). I may go just to see how I do one year when I can afford some more rcomps for the G35. The Miata wouldn't be really competitive in ES since its not a Miata R, but the local guy who has a Miata R is running in the Index class.
It's not only about the grip. It's also a place for potential weight savings and a way to change the throw. The differences from this are tiny, but at nationals, "tiny" is the difference between 1st and no trophy.Its one of those things that the driver has direct contact, so that can give you an unfair advantage. Its BS (not B-stock), but you have to be fair. A steering wheel I could see since a smaller wheel could be an advantage. A knob for better grip seems silly since knobs are so cheap anyway. Thems the breaks.
You become Nationals material by going to Nats (and National Tours, and Divs, and Pro Solos). I thought I wasn't worthy, I wasn't ready, for the real competitions. That year, I won the divisions CSP champtionship and CSP at the Fort Worth tour. I came home from Nats with a trophy, but that's largely because I ran in CSPL, instead of open. Still, going, and taking it seriously, is how you become national material. (I was also the only woman in CSPL to run her own car, with no male running it in CSP open)
Absolutely! I did find a jewel with this one for the price. $2500. Although I know someone selling a mint 94 Miata R with 70k miles. If I had $7k, I'd do that in a heartbeat. As is, this 90 will have a fun life from here on outOh that is a very nice Miata, congrats on the purchase. It looks like it fits the needs for it perfectly. That is really a great car in great shape for how old it is though. (Makes me want a Miata even more because I have hope for finding a decent one some day.)