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Special Edition

posted Aug 8, 2017, 8:20 PM by John Brenton   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 8:21 PM ]

I have a 2001 Special Edition, which I bought in Florida in 2015. While the car is largely stock I have added a few modifications. Most visibly a Hard Dog rollbar, but have also upgraded the suspension with Tien HA coilovers and shocks with electronic damper controls (this allows me to adjust the firmness of the shocks from inside the car), Hella Supertone Horns (119 decibels each!!), a Flyin' Miata Butterfly Brace with Side Rails (these stiffen the car), K&N Air Intake and, because my rad started to leak I upgraded to a Mishimoto Radiator.
My favourite roads are the wonderful twisties of Virginia, eastern Tennessee and North Carolina, including some great "named" roads such as the Tail of the Dragon, the Back of the Dragon, the Cherohala Skyway and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

True Red

posted Aug 8, 2017, 8:10 PM by John Brenton   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 8:14 PM ]

We have been a member of the NPMC since 2010 and are currently driving a 2015 True Red six speed PRHT.  We enjoy everything from an afternoon drive ending with a picnic with friends to an enjoyable several day ride exploring new roads.  We particularly enjoy zooming through Muskoka, the Laurentians and the Adirondacks.

Road Trip

posted Aug 8, 2017, 8:01 PM by John Brenton   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 8:14 PM ]

Our Miata is a 2006 NC with 65,000 km on it. We've owned it for four years now and have enjoyed trips to the east  coast , travelling the lighthouse route from Yarmouth to Halifax Nova Scotia and a spin on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. It's also been to Johnson City Tennessee with a few spins around the NASCAR track in Bristol. We recently just returned from a trip to Lake Placid New York.

No modifications have been made except for new 17" rims and new Pilot Sport Michelin tires. 

"No one drives my car!"

posted Aug 8, 2017, 6:58 PM by John Brenton   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 5:07 AM ]

I have a rather interesting story regarding my 1990 Miata. 

My husband and I and the two kids moved from Toronto to St. Catharines back in 1989.  I had a job transfer to work here but my husband was commuting.   At the time we had a big 4 door gas guzzling  Cadillac.  It was at my suggestion to go out and buy a nice little commuter car, like a Honda Civic.   No problem he said he would look into getting a nice little Japanese import.

 A few weeks went by and one day he called from work to say his new car was ready and he'd be picking it up on the way home.   

 Everyone was so excited!  Then he arrived!   "What!  It's got only 2 seats and we're a family of four!"  I exclaimed.   "No problem" said Ron   "It's my commuter car and no one else is allowed to drive it."  Well that didn't go over very well.  ;(

 He was so proud of that car  -  touring all around Niagara   -  Everyone knew Ron and his Miata.   He took great care of it and stored it for winter  -  out it came in the spring.  Always drove with the top down!

 Well two and a half years ago Ron passed away!   What shall I do with the car?   Believe me I had lots of offers and my good friends, Linda and Jim, in the Miata club advised me to keep it, learn to drive standard and join the club!  It's been a real adventure and I know my husband would be proud of how I can handle the car.  I even let anyone who wants to drive it!   One of his cardinal rules:  "No one drives my car!"

It has 163,000 km on it!

I hope you liked my story.

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