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We hit the track with Flyin' Miata's latest power adder.
So I sold my SpecMiata in 2009 to pay for other racing opportunities (SkipBarber). In the bill of sale, I asked to have right of first refusal when he decided to sell. Long story short, the time has come. I can probably swing buying it back (depending on price) if I sold my RX-8. However, it would not be a competitive car (1.6L) if I were to go racing again. I'd mainly be using it for track days. Another issue is it isn't street legal and I don't have a way to tow it currently. I do have a friend looking for an entry level SM track car, so hopefully I can get him to buy it.
Should I buy it back? I think it is mainly for sentimental reasons at this point because I built it and raced it.
Could you make it street legal?
Define - "legal". It's not something I'd want to travel any distance in on the road.
I understand that the sentimental value does mean something.
However, based on the information you gave us, I say that paying a premium for an noncompetitive race car does not make sense. Buy a nice street car and get a new Hard Dog rollbar.
I don't follow Spec Miata so this is probable a dumb question, but are you saying 90-93 Miatas are not competitive?
Convert to rallycross?
Depends on asking price.
In reply to maj75:
Difficult (i.e. $$) to make competitive against the '99 and up currently at national level. Regional level they may have better odds. However, after the whole modified heads debacle, I don't know. I am not that up to date.
Brett_Murphy wrote: I understand that the sentimental value does mean something. However, based on the information you gave us, I say that paying a premium for an noncompetitive race car does not make sense. Buy a nice street car and get a new Hard Dog rollbar.
Fr3AkAzOiD wrote: Depends on asking price.
This ^^ plus this ^ equals the right answer.
Brett_Murphy wrote: based on the information you gave us, I say that paying a premium for an noncompetitive race car does not make sense. Buy a nice street car and get a new Hard Dog rollbar.
The way you worded the OP almost sounded like you wanted us to tell us why you shouldn't buy it.
A non road legal racecar with no way to tow it won't be convenient or easy/fun to make it to random track days as a track only vehicle.
OP, I'm absolutely awful about buying cars I have sentimental feelings towards, and I can't honestly say it's led me to make good decisions. Don't get me wrong, I've regretted SELLING cars, but I've never felt like buying back old racecars was a good decision.
It made good power at the time :)
Its got a good cage if I recall. Might be a good start for an STL car.
does AER or WRL run at any tracks local to you?
Buy it back ! You'll regret not doing so for the rest of your life. Even if you only run it occasionally and sell it later on.
Who wouldn't love just one more go-around with the cars of their past ! ? ! ? !
This is a pretty rare opportunity; if you can comfortably afford to, make it happen . . .
Buy it back...move to a state with lax registration laws to make it street legal...bonus points for a hot and humid southern state assuming it has no AC...daily drive it...I want to see how dedicated you truely are
Raze wrote: ...move to a state with lax registration laws to make it street legal...
hehe..I live in Michigan. No inspections Not that I'd ever drive a non-street legal car on the street...
Well, I called....and left a voicemail. We'll see what happens. I have no idea what condition it is currently in or what he is asking. I don't think I'm going to end up buying it unless it is ridiculously cheap. I will, however, keep track of where it goes if at all possible.
Here's some build pictures from 2007. From flood car to Leeloo the SpecMiata! http://www.teammathermotorsport.com/leeloo_construction_1
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