Nov 28, 2016 update to the Mazda Rotary Miata project car

Rotary Miata Auction Ends Today

By this evening, someone will own one more turbocharged rotary-powered Mazda Miata than they had in the morning. That rotary Miata build you’ve started reading about in the magazine is being auctioned off today. Remember, all proceeds from this auction will be donated to Carly’s education fund. Don’t know who Carly and Mike are? For the full story behind the build, click here.

Thank you to the dozens of readers and family members who took the time to lend a hand along the way. We would also like to thank Toyo Tires, Treasure Coast Miata, Flyin’ Miata and Hard Dog Fabrication for their generous parts donations used to complete this project.

Don’t have the scratch to buy a rotary Miata, but want to donate a couple dollars to Carly’s college fund? You can donate right here.

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spitfirebill UltimaDork
11/28/16 9:19 a.m.

Did I miss a convenient link to the auction?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
11/28/16 9:27 a.m.
spitfirebill UltimaDork
11/28/16 10:24 a.m.

Thanks for helping an old person Tom

trucke Dork
11/28/16 10:52 a.m.

You didn't tell us the purchase came with a 10 year subscription to GRM.

jstein77 UltraDork
11/28/16 2:09 p.m.

Somebody may be getting quite a bargain. It's been stuck at 10K for quite a while and there's only 20 minutes left.

Or does it work like Ebay where everyone saves their best bid for the last second?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/28/16 2:13 p.m.

I believe BaT has a mechanism to avoid sniping - the clock resets to 3 minutes or so after each bid. But most of the action will take place near the end.

dean1484 MegaDork
11/28/16 2:22 p.m.

IF that goes for 10K I hope that they just donate the $$$$ to the fund and give the car to Carly.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
11/28/16 2:40 p.m.

Final sale was $11K to a buyer who knows the story and intends to run it in hillclimbs in Mike's name. Fair price to the right person, which counts for a lot.


cmcgregor HalfDork
11/28/16 2:45 p.m.

11k seems like a pretty good buy. Glad the winner is planning on using it for its intended purpose.

golfduke HalfDork
11/28/16 2:48 p.m.

rotary... miata... hillclimbs... knows the story...

Did Estey just buy another berking car?!?!?! haha.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
11/28/16 3:18 p.m.

I just got off the phone with the winning bidder.

Guess what? It's IMSA racer Jeff Mosing! In addition to buying the Miata and competing with it, Jeff said he's also planning to donate an additional $4000 to Carly's college fund.

Thanks, Jeff!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/28/16 3:41 p.m.

Even without the $4k donation, it still went for more than a nice '95 FM II in Laguna Blue.

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