The Miata/MX5 of the Month from
Congratulations to Butch on the selection of Miatago as the first Miata of the
I first saw
Sport Compact Car in the magazine rack at a local bookstore. I bought a copy and after
reading through it, decided to subscribe. Along with a check, I sent a couple of photos of
my Miata. I thought nothing more of it. About a month later, I received a call from Larry
Saavedra, the editor. He said he was a Miata fan and would like to have more pictures. He
set me up with a photographer and we met the end of November, 1995, for a photo shoot. The
photographer, Reed Brown (no relation), took several pictures, both static and at speed. I
filled out a release and a fill-in-the-blank questionnaire and that was it. I was a little
disappointed when I didn't hear anything further from SCC. My March, 1996 issue came in
the mail and when I opened it to the index to see what was featured in the magazine, I saw
a small picture of my MIATAGO! I was pleasantly surprised to find a 4-page spread
on my car. I later called Larry Saavedra to thank him for the article and he said that it
was one of their best received articles. They had a ton of calls about the car and since
they couldn't answer all the questions, could they pass my number on to those inquiring. I
said OK, and was fortunate to be able to talk to many Miata enthusiast from all over.
Some particulars about my '91 Red B-package:
- Engine mods include a
Sebring Supercharger with a MSD boost control and timing set at 14 degrees. Plugs are
Bosch platinum and plug wires are Racing Beat Ultra wires. It has a Rod Millen coated
header dumping into the Candoo Performance cat-back exhaust, with a 3½" BroSpeed
stainless tip. A VDO boost gauge is mounted in an A-pillar gauge pod. The valve cover was
powder-coated black and letters filled in with red.
- The car rides on 205/15 Dunlop SP 4000s mounted on 15" MOMO Ferrari wheels. It has
Tokico Illumina shocks and Racing Beat sway bars. It also has Racing Beat front and rear
suspension braces. It has drilled rotors, stainless brake lines, and Hawk pads.
- The exterior includes front and rear air dams, and rear deck spoiler. It has a Racing
Beat Style Bar II and Racing Beat hard boot cover. It has a Brainstorm low-profile
headlight kit and NACA duct headlight cover. PIAA driving lights are mounted in front of a
custom grill. Electric mirrors have been modified and installed. The display for the
remote mounted Bell radar detector is mounted above a MOMO Corse leather steering wheel. A
short shift kit with a Voodoo textured knob is installed.
- Entertainment is by a Pioneer double-din AM/FM, tape, single disc, disc changer
controller, equalizer, amplified radio with remote control. A Pioneer 6-disc changer is
mounted in the trunk. Door speakers are Clearwaters, headrest are high-end Sony, and the
door mounted tweeters are Pioneer. A Harada electric antenna pull in the radio stations.
- Miscellaneous items include lots of Brainstorm stuff; window protector, boot pouch,
between-the-seat pouch, trunk pouch, custom trunk carpet, trunk lid lift kit, and top rear
glass kit. A Wiz hood lift helps keep the hood up. A Mighty Products lighted mirror is
That's the major mods to my car. I'm sure there are some other various and sundry items
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