The Miata is great, but all versions feel a bit soulless to me. But I grew up around mostly British cars. My last girlfriend had one of the first 2013 Club Sports. It felt huge compared to my Triumph Spitfire. The Triumph has covered 58,000 miles since March of 2010. It has more legroom but not air conditioning so… » 9/03/14 2:16pm 9/03/14 2:16pm

Another one is MG. Apparently every British 2 sear convertible sports car is an MG. I get it all the time from people when I'm out in my Triumph. Or when I had Morgan, Jensen, Austin Healey, etc cars. "Nice MG" was so frustrating to hear. Read the lettering fool! » 8/26/14 12:30pm 8/26/14 12:30pm

I was backed into while in my Triumph Spitfire while -wait for it - sitting at a red light. 10 pm. I had been behind the guy for about a mile. Nighttime so my lights were on. My car is used in autocross so it's not exactly quiet. We're at the traffic light, he's in his GMC SUV with a hitch in front of me, I look down… » 8/20/14 1:54pm 8/20/14 1:54pm

If you're a good mechanic with patience, these can become awesome daily drivers, but sorting them to that point takes time and money. Lots more than anyone thinks. Off the line, not super but not slow. At the limit in the turns, you have to have a bit of talent, but that's what makes these so rewarding. I'd love any… » 8/02/14 3:07am 8/02/14 3:07am

Race a Mustang GT for FREE? Of course!

It's a scenario we all know. Or hope to know. It's late Monday night and the phone rings, beeps, or a Facebook instant message pops up. Essentially, it goes like this:

Killing the night watching footage of some race or vintage festival late at night. Or of dogs swimming. Or how to realistically airbrush exhaust on your… » 7/15/14 4:21am 7/15/14 4:21am

It's a criterium. They are almost always technical, narrow courses. Plenty of room except when someone doesn't think and gets run over. It's worse when you're in a 40+mph sprint and see someone walking across the course in front of you. I hit a spectator in a race and I was lucky, stayed upright, and still got 4th.… » 7/10/14 3:36pm 7/10/14 3:36pm

I still have my Razr on a shelf. It was a great phone, fit in a cycling jersey pocket and was pretty immune to all but the worst deluges, but take it apart and leave it by the fireplace and it worked like a charm after a few hours at most. Battery life was insane. I prefer the size of it still. I used mine until late… » 7/02/14 1:15pm 7/02/14 1:15pm

There are a few things which need to be cleared up here. The TR4 series had the most powerful engine of the Triumph lineupwhile sold in the States. Spitfire at most was 70hp, GT6 was 98. Thr TR4a was a revision of the frame, and not all had IRS.Thus, you see TR4a IRS badging on most, but about 25-33% were sold with a… » 6/15/14 9:59am 6/15/14 9:59am

Too Many Unsung Heroes, Too Little Recognition

I hear it all the time: "I want to get into racing but I can't afford it." Ok, what kind of racing? Now if you know you HAVE to be at the track and not some vast parking lot or airfield autocrossing, then listen up, Buttercups. I have the simplest solution ever: become a course/grid/tech worker. Of course this means… » 6/12/14 6:02pm 6/12/14 6:02pm

When I lived in Indianapolis, there were still a few street events lingering during the 90's. So much fun, and the whole state loves any kind of motorsports, thus the coverage. You should have seen the crowds at the SVRA Vintage Invitiational at IMS last week. » 6/12/14 11:11am 6/12/14 11:11am