Yep, I now own a second green NA Miata. A couple months ago an older SCCA friend let me know that they were looking to downsize their fleet (they had at least 4 Miatas and 4 Corvettes at the time), and asked if I’d be interested in buying “Mighty Mouse” which was the nicest of the bunch. After mulling it over for half the autocross season, and consulting with my girlfriend, I finally said “fuck it, why not” and we agreed on a price.
So, what is it?
1997 Mazda Miata M-Edition
Nardi car, so wood wheel and shifter.
“Prepped” for SCCA E-Street, so it has single adjustable koni shocks and a bigger front sway bar. 205 tires shoved on some 15x6 wheels.
Overall, the car is super clean. Biggest issue is that the top is kinda starting to fall apart, but the gave me a new/used one already stretched on a frame. At some point I’ll get around to installing it.
Yeah… so… all of the seller’s cars have names and themes. The other Miatas were Duke (which had the Hutchinson Community College Dragon mascot on the hood) and Smurf (a blue NA another friend bought). I have no real idea why they went with Mighty Mouse, but they certainly went all out. My girlfriend is not a fan, so they’ll be coming off at some point in the near future.
So why did I buy another NA?
As much fun as my 1991 Miata is at autocross, it’s kinda brutal for street driving (750 in/lb springs will do that). I’ve been trying to teach my girlfriend to drive stick and get her involved in autocross. My car has a lightened flywheel and a more aggressive clutch, so it’s not the most forgiving car to learn in, but she’s been a trooper about it. Earlier this year our friends brought “Mouse” out to test an autocross course I’d built. I told my GF to jump in for a test run, and she immediately fell in love with the car, so it didn’t take much convincing later when I told her it was for sale.
So, yeah, this one is for her. It’s less high strung than my car, and she’s already making progress learning to drive manual quicker than she was in my car.