Nov 22, 2016 update to the Mazda Rotary Miata project car

Rotary Miata Auction is Live Now!

The time has finally come! That turbocharged rotary-powered Mazda Miata we’ve been helping to complete is done and being auctioned off on Bring a Trailer as we type type this news item. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to Carly’s (Mike’s daughter) 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 Roll Bars 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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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
11/21/16 1:35 p.m.

I'm torn. On the one hand, we really, really need the garage space. On the other, I really, really love this car.

I'll be happysad to see it go.

mndsm MegaDork
11/21/16 1:45 p.m.
Tom Suddard wrote: I'm torn. On the one hand, we really, really need the garage space. On the other, I really, really love this car. I'll be happysad to see it go.

I think you should buy it. There should be a grm museum and this should be in it.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
11/21/16 1:50 p.m.

I considered it, but honestly I hope this car goes for far more money than I have to spend.

I think Mike would be proud to see his creation finished and used, but I think he'd be even prouder to know that his creation helped send his daughter to college.

Brett_Murphy PowerDork
11/21/16 2:18 p.m.

I hope it brings six figures.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
11/21/16 2:19 p.m.

We talked about buying the Ro-spit back for that museum as well. We know where the Berzerkely is too. I was thinking of bidding on this car, as it is really cool, but I think I will stay out of it. I have 8 project cars backed up between the two magazines right now. You can't keep them all, keep them all running, or store them all. Sad truth of my life.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
11/21/16 2:30 p.m.

In reply to Tim Suddard:

Truth of my life as well. I sadly sold my Mini yesterday, and my life would be much easier with one less car.

I placed a bid anyway...

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
11/21/16 2:40 p.m.

I hope this works for Carly and Mike.


mndsm MegaDork
11/21/16 2:44 p.m.

I'm glad the museum idea has been thought of.

Toyman01 MegaDork
11/21/16 2:52 p.m.

Outstanding build gents. You have done yourselves proud!

captdownshift PowerDork
11/21/16 3:11 p.m.

I hope the likes of CJ Wilson ($$$) and passion ends up with it. I see that Mazda Motorsports is sharing it's auction and story on their social media as well. We miss you Mike.

The0retical Dork
11/21/16 9:40 p.m.

I hope the car gets the attention it deserves since it's a great build for a great cause. I wish I was in the position to buy it myself but unfortunately it isn't in the cards right now.

sesto elemento
sesto elemento SuperDork
11/22/16 6:00 a.m.

This makes me really happy. What a great mag/ group of people. You guys rock.

T.J. UltimaDork
11/22/16 7:08 a.m.

Car looks great. Everyone involved with the project should be proud. Wonder if the new owner will name the car Carly?

T.J. UltimaDork
11/22/16 7:28 p.m.

Up to $10k and days to go till the auction ends.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
11/22/16 9:45 p.m.

It's up to $10K.. Allergies.... must be affecting my eyes...

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