For this retired Olympic ski racer, buying a Miata became a gateway to autocross addiction

By Robert Bowen
Jul 26, 2022 | Mazda, SCCA, Miata, Autocross, olympics, GRM+, Skiing | Posted in Features | From the Oct. 2010 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Rupert Berrington

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

Bill Schenker is happy to admit that he’s not perfect. In fact, that’s the whole reason he built his very trick Miata. 

A former Olympic Alpine ski racer, Bill is very competitive by nature. He couldn’t stand the thought of his own weaknesses causing him to lose an autocross …

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DaleCarter GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/25/22 6:17 p.m.

Very cool car and the same gateway as F1 driver Davina Galica :-)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/25/22 6:41 p.m.

Bill's car is (was?) full of details. He did multiple dyno runs to find out the perfect length for the tube connecting the filter to the throttle body. The alternator is about the size of your fist.

That brake setup was the inspiration for our Little Big Brake Kit, IIRC, although the implementation that was on the car the last time we had it on our lift didn't provide enough braking force. It was a tiny caliper he was trying to use - I think the pictures here show a bigger one.

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