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Roadster Of The Month – Bryan’s Track Beast

Story by:  Bryan – GeneSplicer
Photography by:Bryan, Colour Tech South, Sideline Sports Photography, and Henry Kowalski

In the summer of 2009, a good friend of mine purchased a GTR33 Skyline here in the USA – it’s not like they’re abundant, so it was quite the showpiece.  He started taking it to HPDE events locally to the Birmingham, AL area held at Barber Motorsport Park.  One day I tagged along, and saw the impressive line of Porches, BMWs, and the always present Corvette.

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In The Build – John’s NA6 part II

Last year, I introduced “In The Build” with a rather special car. While this NA6 still hasn’t been finished, it isn’t far from seeing the tarmac. Yesterday John and myself actually picked up his reconditioned engine for “Teala”.

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In The Build – Adore’s F20C

I’ve always been a fan of Adore‘s car from the get go, the fresh paint work and BBS wheels looked magic! He then got funky with the engine bay which kept adding the icing on the cake. Now, he has decided to go on the crazy side and add a F20C into his mariner blue NA6, among other things.

This will be a build to watch! Check it out here.

In The Build – Comic Book Creature

After many months of searching, Wil has finally found himself an MX-5. Shoot over to JDMST to see Wil’s refreshing build thread.

Roadster Of The Month – Paul’s Charged MX-5

Interview by:
Adam Zitka
Photography by: Paul Vail So Paul, what was your first experience with the Mazda Roadster?

Paul: I bought the car totally stock 10 years ago after trying out various other sporty type cars. I wanted something easily insurable at 20 years old but also fun and reliable and it met my criteria perfectly.

At the time It was intended to be a daily driver but a couple of months later I was given a car by the company I worked for at the time. By then I had become quite attached to the car and I couldn’t part with it so I decided to keep it as weekend/project car. What would be your favourite thing about your Roadster ?

Paul: It’s a simple car that’s just great fun to drive. I do still get excited about driving it even now, due to work and a busy home life I don’t get to drive it all that often so I think that helps keep me interested. What was your inspiration behind building your Roadster, and how do you feel about the way it’s turned out?

Paul: I think the NB’s look a bit soft as standard and I wanted a more aggressive looking car. After trying various bits over the years I have eventually ended up with a mixture of Garage Vary and OEM body kit parts which I think look relatively subtle and keep the original lines of the car.

I suppose I have been influenced by which attracted me to the dished wheels look with lower offsets. I have tried to get a compromise between performance and looks so my car’s not slammed and is still relatively practical. Is there anything that bugs you about your car, or any Roadster in general ?

Paul: It can be pretty uncomfortable as its setup as a track/fast road car and it’s pretty hardcore with the aggressive Tochigi Fuji LSD and stiff coilovers. Over long distances it can be tiring to drive. It’s my fault with the modifications I have made so I can’t blame the car. Are there any future modifications you have in mind for the car ?

Paul: It’s shortly going to have a standalone ECU fitted and tuned and I’m hoping for another 20HP to pretty much max out my M45 setup. I’m also considering a ducktail spoiler and eventually I’d love a set of 16” Work Meister S1’s.

I’m finding it a struggle to find things to do to the car now, I’m always keeping a watch for rare parts though. What has been the most memorable moment with your Roadster ?

Paul: I have been to watch the Le Mans 24hr race for the last 5 years and the road trip over to France is great fun and something I really look forward to. Otherwise I love doing track days, I have had some fantastic sessions at Donnington. How long do you plan on keeping the car ?

Paul: I can’t see myself ever parting with it now. I have looked at other cars but I can’t really find anything that fits the bill. I love the fact I can drive it hard and if it breaks i won’t be looking at a massive bill to fix it.

1999 Mazda MX-5 1.8i NB – Classic Red

197BHP – 170FTLB

JR M45 supercharger kit
60mm Pulley
BRP Idle bracket
Pace A/W Charge cooler
Emerald K3 ECU
RC 550CC Injectors
Innovate WB02
Koyo 53mm Radiator
Racing Beat 4-2-1 headers
AutoExe exhaust
6 Speed gearbox

MK2 Harddog sport
BC type BR coilovers
Tochigi Fuji 3.6 LSD

OEM discs with EBC Yellowstuff pads
HEL braided brake lines
XS-Speed brake master cylinder brace

Mazdaspeed sport seats
KG Works gauge cluster and cream dials
Chrome interior trim
Kenwood Headunit and components
Autometer/Tim AFR and boost gauges
RX7 FD3 Nardi 3 Spoke airbag wheel
NB2.5 Center console

Garage Vary Front lip
Garage Vary rear lip
Mazda OEM large side skirts
Mazda OEM ‘Floating’ type adjustable wing
Mazda OEM fog lamp inserts
Carbing Style tow hook
IL Motorsports ‘Eye lids’
Clear reflectors/Sidemarkers
Mazda OEM Chrome fuel flap (Powdercoated black)
NB2.5 Rear lights
Cusco plate relocation bracket
De-badged and Smoothed front Bumper cover
Gloss black OEM Hardtop

Compomotive ML 1520’s 15×8 ET12 (Anthracite)
Toyo T1R 195/50R15’s (Road)
Work Nezart Sport 15×6.5 ET38 (White)
Federal 595RS-R 195/50R15 (Track)

Roadster Of The Month – Chris Lee’s Mental Miata

Interview by: Adam Zajec
Photography by: Jay Lee & Chris Lee

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