Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
8/29/16 10:25 a.m.

We’re headed to North Carolina tomorrow morning. Why? To build a car, of course. Mike Smith, better known as “Curmudgeon” on our online forum, passed away unexpectedly after battling cancer.

And he left behind a radical, unfinished project: A turbocharged, rotary-powered Mazda Miata, originally intended to take on hillclimbs. He also left behind an only daughter, Carly, who plans attend Clemson University. We’re headed up to his garage to turn his dream into a reality, with the eventual goal of auctioning off the car to fund Carly’s education.

Want to help? The family is accepting donations at this website.

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